Tuesday, September 7, 2010

USB Boot Disk Edition #2 - Install Windows XP from a USB drive

Yes, Windows XP is still the ‘top dawg’ as far as OS installations go. Installing Windows XP is as easy as it gets, from a CD. Wouldn’t it just be easier to install it from a USB drive? Well sure it would! However, it just isn’t that simple to create a Windows XP USB boot disk. There are a lot of reasons why this is the case (which I will not get into at this time), but the good news is that it can be done and I have figured out how to create one - but not on my own :) Go here to find out how to create a bootable USB drive that will install Windows XP! - http://www.eeeguides.com/2007/11/installing-windows-xp-from-usb-thumb.html
***All credit for this information goes to where it is due – Thank you Nick @ EEEGuides.com!
For some of the more ‘advanced’ computer geeks here is something more interesting to try:
Follow the steps in the link above in its entirety. But instead of loading the Windows XP files on the USB drive, load Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 R2 files instead! If you do this, you will then have a Windows Server 2003 bootable USB installation drive.