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Illustrated tutorial: Creating a bootable USB flash drive for Windows XP Gallery

Verify that the setupldr.bin and ramdisk.sys files are in the SRSP1 folder

Now, using Windows Explorer, verify that the two necessary files are in the SRSP1 folder. Once you do so, you can delete all the Windows Server 2003 SP1 files.

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16 comments
vindians
vindians

163 mb sized bootable win xp is enough for the installation?

thisaintmyemail
thisaintmyemail

Tried it with my 64MB drive, at 38.10%, pe2usb stopped, saying it ran out of room.

Benny7440
Benny7440

In the second paragraph of your article it's written: "If you have a good quality UFD that's at least ?512? KB and that was manufactured in the last couple of years, you've probably cleared the second hurdle" Are you sure that the quantity within the ?? symbols are correct? Because I've a 60 MB MuVo that would do & within my system it boots. Thanks for a well written & useful article...

bob
bob

Most computer bios will allow booting from CD. I carry a Bartpe bootable live CD with XP on it in my CD case. It is a handy tool. Since older pcs usually don't allow booting from a stick this option works better for me. I also run Kubuntu Linux on my laptop with WinXP on it using Virtualbox for those few Windows applications I need. Still, it is interesting to contemplate booting from a stick. Thanks for the article.

BTrik
BTrik

"UFD that's at least 512 KB"? Do they even make flash drives that small? That's less than half the capacity of a floppy disk. . .

Texas.Ex
Texas.Ex

Is this possible? The version referred to is a Win PE - not the whole XP. I'd like to put only those things XP needs to change during execution on an internal Hard Drive! Sparky

mikep123
mikep123

does it have to be server 2003 sp1 or can it be sp2?

rainmaker_68
rainmaker_68

iam using a old computer how can i get my bios to recognise my usb so that i can boot from it, also when i open mu bios setup menu alll i see is external device.

koladwd
koladwd

This is a very interesting topic. I look forward to more of these highly educative topics.

dinamic
dinamic

This article is completely useless. It might have been helpful if the software and the distribution of winXP was given.. I have already made it possible to boot from a flash drive, but it fail to load on some chipsets. However, this article might be interesting for newbies.. just bear in mind that "512 KB" would not contain even a bootable MSDOS OS with all the drivers along ;) P.S The quote is from "If you have a good quality UFD that's at least 512 KB and that was manufactured in the last couple of years, you've probably cleared the second hurdle.".

divakarvikas
divakarvikas

i want to make sandisk cruzer micro 2 G.B. flash drive bootable, please send procedure of bootable usb

Doc Disco
Doc Disco

If you are talking about using a USB drive as a boot disk, like a floppy disk, that is easily doable, but to put the entire XP program on any kind of flash card or drive, you need to reduce the operating system size. You CAN'T load a working version of XP on 256 MB, unless you have some tricks up your sleeve that I don't know about. I have a version of XP on my 2MB flash card that can perform most tasks, but takes 5 minutes to boot. Paging memory takes up a lot of write time on the card, and slows everything down. The trick is to use XPLite which is a program that removes any unused parts of XP that you don't want. If you take out behemoths like IE-7.0 and handicapped services, language services, etc. you can have a very reasonably configured XP program that will do what you need, with some room to spare for paging memory on 2Gb. I'm a DJ, and have been using the 2 GB card for a PCDJ system for some time. While bootup is slow, once all resident programs are able to run in RAM, it looks deceptively like any normal PC operation.

nectar.vector
nectar.vector

A good way to transport smaller files is Window's MediaPlayer's sync option. Simply drag and drop media files to burn window and select the sync mode to let this MediaPlayer 11 do the work for you. Can load files to mp3 player also. I love digital media !

thisaintmyemail
thisaintmyemail

@Benny7440: Same here, I have a 64MB ChipsBnk FD I could use, but I'm not sure if the author meant 512KB or MB. I've never seen a FD that small.

capper_r
capper_r

Great article! I ran into an issue with extracting the ramdisk file from win2k3-sp1. The file extracted as ramdisk.sy_ (same name as un-extracted file). When I run the final command I get an error that ramdisk.sys not found. Did the extract fail for some reason or did I make a mistake along the way?