I am attempting to create a Windows XP PE ISO on Ubuntu 16.04. So far the best way I found was the apparently popular Gandalf PE version that I downloaded and burned to USB.

I am using UNetbootin as software on Ubuntu to burn the ISO file. The ISO I selected was the latest available: http://windowsmatters.com/2016/11/08/gandalfs-win10pe-x86-redstone-build-14393-version-11-07-2016/

But when I insert and boot from USB on the computer that contains Windows XP Professional, it says that there is no boot file on the USB, and starts booting normally.

I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but does anyone have experience creating a bootable USB ISO with Gandalf on Ubuntu, to boot on a different computer?

What I need is command prompt access, to reset the Windows password.


You should be able to download chntpw from your repo. With access to the physical volume, this will reset/clear your password from a linux environment.

  • I am you be more specific for those readers less familiar with Linux than you are – Ramhound Nov 25 '16 at 1:32

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