Installing Windows XP from a USB key
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.
First of all, you will need:
· A USB key (capacity:1 or 2 GB;)
· A Windows XP CD ( official version )
· A PC with a CD player and a USB key
· And this software WinSetupFromUSB
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;
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!