First we’ll prep the USB drive we’ll be
using for booting. This is by far the largest step in the
process, though it shouldn’t be difficult for anyone to
follow. It requires a functional Windows system.
If no errors occurred in the above process,
you should now be all set to setup Windows xp from USB
You should now reboot and go into the BIOS
configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so
wildly from system to system, but generally entail the
Step 4: Booting into BartPE:
Assuming that you properly configured your
BIOS and your USB drive supports booting, BartPE should now
load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may
take a while.
If it isn’t working, then double-check the
following before making a scene:
Is your BIOS properly configured for
booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed
and does it have top priority?)
Have you correctly prepared the USB
drive in step one? (Restart the procedure.)
Does your USB drive properly support
being booted from? (Try another one!)
Step 5: Prepping the Hard Disk:
You need to make sure that your hard drive
is partitioned and formatted properly. Especially if you've
had Linux or some other operating system on it, you'll need
to repartition and format it. BartPE contains DiskPart for
disk partitioning and A43 File Manager to format your drive.
If you are sure that your hard drive is set
up properly (i.e. it has only run Windows, it contains a
valid FAT or NTFS partition) then you can safe yourself the
hassle and skip this step.
To repartition (This procedure will destroy
any data on the hard drive):
From the Go menu, navigate to DiskPart.
Enter the commands needed to repartition
your drive. For example, try the following: select disk
0 (select the first disk), clean (purges the entire
drive, essentially resetting it), create partition
primary (creates a single partition from the entire
disk), assign (assign the partition a drive letter),
exit (quits DiskPart).
To format (This procedure will destroy any
data on the hard drive):
From the Go menu, navigate to the A43
Right-click on the target drive (e.g.
C:) and click Format. Should be self-explanatory.
Step 6: Launching Windows XP Setup from USB
With your drive all ready, you can now
launch the Windows XP setup with a few custom parameters.
Let's assume that the files are available at X:\i386.
Plugging in a device now won’t work.
Remember that all USB devices will need to be plugged in
right from the start while using BartPE.
Run the following command:
Run X:\i386\winnt32.exe /syspart:C: /tempdrive:C:
/makelocalsource. Replace C: with the drive you want to
install Windows to.
Proceed with the installation. When
asked to convert the installation volume to NTFS, answer
No. The setup program incorrectly believes that your USB
drive (which is formatted as FAT) needs conversion.
The setup program will then silently close,
which might make you think that something went wrong. Don't
Step 7: Continue Windows XP Setup from Hard
Reboot your system.
Unplug USB drive during post stage.
Change your BIOS settings back to boot
from hard disk again as needed.
You can now continue to finish setting
up Windows XP.
Note: The above guide works with Windows XP
only. For Windows 7 / Windows Vista please refer to another
guide at http://www.gburner.com/online-help/setup-win7-from-usb-drive.htm