Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I want to install Windows XP on my desktop computer (only XP) but my CD drive is not working.

I've only found installation tutorials on how to install it on the pen drive rather than from the pen drive.

Any ideas on how I can install Windows XP from a USB flash drive?

share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

up vote 24 down vote accepted

The easiest way:

WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prepare the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive.

alt text

WinToFlash is freeware and portable.

share|improve this answer
2  
+1 you got there 1st, this time. –  harrymc Nov 1 '09 at 18:06
    
it's just such a handy tool, i wish it had been available 2 yrs ago when the first eee pc hit the market ... all the time wasted with writing neat tutorials :) –  Molly7244 Nov 1 '09 at 18:08
    
i've used NLite to slipstream service packs and drivers into my WinXP install media and this to write that ISO onto flash drive. very handy. –  quack quixote Jun 12 '10 at 12:49
3  
May be it wasn't but as of February 2013 this thing is an adware. It tries to trick you into installing browser bars, change home page, may be something else. After I carefully deselected all checkboxes it complained that it won't proceed further without me installing something. Couldn't even close it, only kill through process explorer. –  Art Shayderov Feb 28 '13 at 8:08
    
@ArtShayderov I don't recall if unetbootin can put cd to usb including windows one. but may be worth a try –  barlop Apr 6 at 6:41

It is very easy also using YUMI which although is intended for linux works also for other OSs including Windows XP:

If you want to keep the data on the USB pen drive don't check the Format E:\Drive (Erase Content) checkbox.

enter image description here

If you happen to not have the iso image of the CD you can create one if you donn't know how you can create it using CDBurnerXP

And this is how you do that Copy Data Disc:

How to create iso discs

share|improve this answer

We actually did just this recently for an Acer nettop. I found Win2Flash and other USB booting to be extremely slow, unreliable, and ran into numerous problems. As soon as we ordered a $30 external USB DVD drive, it was installed in seconds.

It's entirely possible to do this via USB, but if time / future instances are a concern, the drive is a worthy investment.

share|improve this answer

Rufus is also an excellent tool:

enter image description here

It can be especially useful for cases where: you need to create USB

  • installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.) you
  • need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed you need to
  • flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS you want to run a low-level utility
share|improve this answer

protected by slhck Jan 23 '13 at 16:16

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.