I'm trying to put Windows XP SP2 on my pendrive because I need to format an UMPC via USB port.
I'm trying using USB_multiboot_10, but it fails when I press "P" to format the usb drive (a Kingston Datatraveler G3 - 8GB). I tried formatting with the normal tool of inside Windows 7, but USB_multiboot_10 doesn't recognize the pendrive anyway.

Now, my question is: there is a way or a tool to format an USB drive more accurately than the windows built-in tool?
Or maybe better: there is a way to use an USB drive to install Windows XP (instead of a CD) other than USB_multiboot_10 and WinToFlash? I tried win to flash, it puts data on the USB stick, but when I start the UMPC from USB it says that the file hal.dll is missing..

  • WinToFlash should be working are you sure your following the instructions? Have you tried using Windows XP Service Pack 3 instead by chance? – Ramhound May 16 '13 at 11:17
  • @Ramhound: No unfortunately I only tried with a copy of Windows XP SP2. Is it so important to compromise the installation? – Overflowh May 16 '13 at 14:44
  • Have you tried using a different pen drive? I can confirm from experience that WinToFlash does work with XP. – Karan May 16 '13 at 14:56
  • @Karan: I have just two pen drives. Both Kingston Datatraveler G3, one of 8GB and one of 32GB.. – Overflowh May 16 '13 at 15:55
  • Did you try both? See if you can delete all partitions from the drives and then use WinToFlash. If it complains about an unformatted disk, create a single FAT32 partition and try again. You can also try Rufus or WinSetupFromUSB. – Karan May 16 '13 at 16:00

You can try use diskpart by open cmd:

list disk (you should see your usb drive here)
select disk x (your usb drive)
create partiton primary
format fs=ntfs quick

After this just copy all files from install medium to the flash drive. When setting up the device don't plug your flash drive into usb 3.0 ports.

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