It’s helpful to know how to install Windows XP from USB if your CD-ROM drive is not working or if some other problem has arisen. USB drives are not designed to be bootable, but with a little help from a program called FlashBoot, you can install Windows XP from USB on any machine in very little time.
To install Windows XP from USB, you will need:
- A blank USB drive with at least 2 gigabytes of free space
- A computer with an internet connection and CD-ROM drive to modify the USB drive
- Windows XP installation CD/DVD
- Using an extra computer, start by connecting the USB drive to the computer and downloading the free version of FlashBoot. Even though the free version of FlashBoot is considered shareware, it allots one complete and full use for converting a USB drive to a bootable CD/DVD for installing Windows XP.
- Insert the Windows XP installation CD/DVD into the CD-ROM drive. If the CD tries to autorun, simply close out of any windows that open.
- Run FlashBoot and complete the wizard. On the second screen of the wizard, select the first option that will allow you to convert your USB device into a bootable drive. On the next screen, make sure that “CD/DVD disk” is selected and choose the drive letter that the Windows XP installation CD/DVD is in currently. After selecting “Next,” choose “Convert Windows XP/2000 installation CD” from the list and select “Next” again. On the next screen, you’ll specify the drive letter of your USB drive so that the program is aware of where it’s at. Make sure that “USB device” is selected and choose the drive letter. Select “Next” two more times. Lastly, select “Format” and wait for the wizard to convert your USB device into a bootable drive that can install Windows XP.
- Remove the USB drive. You will now want to connect it to the computer that you would like to install Windows XP on.
- Turn this computer off and back on.Your goal now is to access BIOS and change the boot order of the devices connected to the computer. You can typically access BIOS from most computers on startup by pressing F2, F8 or another key. Check your computer manual for more information. Once in BIOS, make sure that “USB device” or “USB drive” is set to boot first before any other drive. Save changes and exit.
- Restart the computer.You will now be able to use your drive. The computer should detect the USB device and display a message that says “Press any key to boot from external device.” Once you see this, press a key.
- Install Windows XP. Once you’ve made it to this point, you’re good to go. Just follow the on-screen prompts and have your product key ready. The USB drive will mimic a real CD/DVD, so don’t, for any reason, remove the drive while the installation is in progress. You can, however, cancel at any time if you feel that the installation has frozen or halted for an unusually long period of time.