Install Windows® XP® from bootable USB
What are the guidelines for installing Windows XP from bootable USB?
Windows XP is one of the most commonly used operating system. It is reliable and user-friendly. Windows XP is usually installed from a CD or DVD but you do have an option to create a bootable USB drive. There are two ways to create a bootable USB drive; either you can download a free USB bootable drive creation tool install it on Windows XP and follow the instructions to create the Windows XP bootable USB or you can run ‘BOOTSECT.EXE’ command with valid switches from command prompt to create the bootable USB. The benefit of a Windows XP bootable USB is you can carry it with you easily because USB drives are compact when compared with the CD or DVD, you can reuse the USB drive for any other purpose if needed. The limitation of a bootable Windows XP USB is that it works only on computers that support USB drive booting.
Following are tips to install Windows XP from the USB and some issues that could come up while installing Windows XP from the USB:
- Tips to install
- Boot failure
- File corruption
Tips to install
There are two ways to install Windows XP; either you can upgrade a legacy version of Windows operating system to Windows XP or a fresh installation. If you are planning to upgrade the operating system, you can connect the USB drive to the computer and run the set-up file and follow the onscreen instructions. If you want to start a fresh installation, you need to set the first boot device as USB in BIOS and then boot the computer from the USB. Once the computer is booted up from the USB step by step installation instructions are displayed on the screen. You can follow those instructions to complete the Windows XP installation.
Sometimes you may experience boot up issues and the computer does not from the USB drive. This issue can be because the boot priority is set wrong in BIOS or the USB drive is not detected by the computer due to a connectivity issue. Connect the USB drive correctly and try to boot the computer from USB. Check the motherboard manual in your computer supports USB booting. Some old computers do not support USB booting. If it is not supported, you can try to update the BIOS and they check if you have a 'Boot from USB' option. If not, you cannot use the Windows XP bootable USB on your computer. You need to install Windows XP from the CD or DVD.
You can delete any files from the USB drive. If you delete some installation files from the USB drive by mistake or if the installation files are corrupted due to a virus infection, you would receive error messages while installing Windows XP. So, make sure that no files are deleted and scan the USB drive for virus each time you use it.