Welcome to the first episode of TechRepublic's IT Dojo show. During this weekly video, I will discuss best practices that you won't often find in the official product documentation, demonstrate advanced tips that aren't widely known but are highly useful, and share lessons learned from the experiences of real world IT pros. Our first IT Dojo episode covers a handy tip that's been a hit with the TechRepublic audience in the past.
Booting Windows XP from a USB flash drive gives you a great IT support tool. For example, you can make a troubleshooting toolkit for booting and analyzing seemingly dead PCs. Or you could always have your favorite support applications at your fingertips.
In this IT Dojo video, I explain the process and pitfalls of creating a bootable Windows XP USB drive. I outline how to configure a computer's BIOS to boot from a USB drive, how to download and use the free software to create a bootable drive, and how to install Windows XP on the drive.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, walk through the process in a screenshot gallery, and download a PDF version of the tip with the following resources:
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.