Here’s how to create a Windows XP, bootable, USB key. This is very useful especially persons using Netbook or in the case that your PC is not equipped with a DVD/CD player.

Creating your bootable USB key:

First of all, you will need:

It will also require that:

  • Your USB key is bootable;
  • Your machine accepts the boot on your USB key (see in the BIOS);
  • Your key is fast enough to avoid delays during installation of the OS;

Installing XP

Once downloaded, run the installation software and follow the installation wizard. At the end of the installation, the software will launch.

  • Step 1: Insert your Windows XP CD into the CD ROM drive and click Browse
  • Step 2: Enter the destination path on the PC
  • Step 3: Select your CD ROM drive where your CD is Windows XP and click OK
  • Step 4: Click Refresh and then go on the small arrow just to the left and select the USB key that you used to boot XP
  • Step 5: Select Fixed
  • Step 6: That everything is ready you can just click on the GO
  • Wait for the copying procedure. Then close the software (you are informed when the copy is complete)
  • Installing Windows XP
  • In a first time you connect the USB to your netBook and go into the BIOS
  • Then set your BIOS to boot your PC on USB key;
  • Once done, save and restart your PC;
  • Here, you'll have two lines in the GRUB menu;
  • The first is to select the startup of the installation procedure
  • The second line will be for the rest of the installation and the first boot of Windows XP;
  • Therefore boot on the USB key until Windows XP is fully installed.
  • Follow the installation instructions as for a normal installation
  • Now your Windows XP is installed with your USB key!


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