Step1: Prepping BartPE:
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.
Download BartPE builder from http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
Install BartPE. We’ll be assuming that
you install to C:\pebuilder.
Start PE Builder from the Start Menu.
Point "Source:" to the location of your
Windows XP setup files containing SP3.
Make sure the "Output:" is set
Set "Media output" as
"Create ISO image" and filename as "c:\pebuilder\pebuilder.iso".
When it's done building, image file
"c:\pebuilder\pebuilder.iso" should be created
Step2: Create XP Bootable USB Drive:
Start gBurner (v3.0 or newer version,
Insert the USB drive you intend to boot
Click on the "Copy > Write USB"
icon in the project list.
A "Write USB" project opens
in the project window. If you are using Windows
Vista or Windows 7 operating system, you need confirm the
UAC dialog to continue.
Click "Browse ..." button to open the iso file of
Select the correct USB drive from the
"Destination USB Drive" list if multiple USB
drives are connected to the computer.
Choose the proper writing method.
"Auto" is recommended.
Click "OK" button to
start creating bootable USB drive.
When it's done, copy the Windows XP
setup files to the USB drive. Please note that you'll
only need the i386 folder.
If no errors occured in the above process,
you should now be all set to setup Windows xp from USB
Step 3: Configuring the BIOS:
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
Reboot the system.
While booting (before Windows starts
loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by
hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey
instructions are generally provided on the screen.
Go to the section that contains your
With your USB drive plugged in, the USB
drive should be listed. If it isn’t, your system might
not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is
supported (as is the case with virtually all modern
hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot
Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving
If you’re completely new to BIOS
for Beginners over at Tom’s Hardware might be a good
primer. Be aware though, that you can seriously screw up
your system by providing incorrect settings!
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