I have to reinstall Windows XP on my old PC. Installing via USB is the only option - the CD/DVD drive doesn't work anymore, as well as the floppy drive and the computer can't start, the startup just keep looping endlessly.

I made a bootable Windows XP flash drive from my laptop, I tested booting the USB on the laptop and it worked fine, the Windows XP setup started normally.

I plugged the USB in my PC, I adjusted the BIOS boot order accordingly, and the PC refuses to boot the flash drive.

Then I removed all options from the BIOS menu, and I left out USB as the only option (I removed floppy, CD, HDD) to force my PC to boot the USB.

I get:

"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media. Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press a key."

What can I do?

  • Neverming, managed to figure this out on my own - the USB itself was disabled in the advanced options in the BIOS. I enabled it, and setup started smoothly. I successfully re-installed Windows XP. – FIXER91 Jul 9 '14 at 10:12

I had a motherboard from ASUS that wouldn't boot from USB unless you went through the one-time boot menu. It didn't matter if you told the BIOS that is was a USB FDD, a USB HDD, or some third "USB" option; it simply never worked.

Instead, when you boot, try hitting F12 repeatedly. With some BIOS's, this will bring up a menu to select the device to boot from. Hopefully the USB drive will be listed there. It worked for me :)

Good luck.

  • I tried hitting F12, nothing happened. – FIXER91 Jul 9 '14 at 7:29
  • Hmm. Different BIOS's have different methods. On my Lenovo, it's the enter key. On a Dell, it's F12. You have to time it right, similar to getting the computer to show the BIOS setup... What is the make and model of your computer? – bitsmack Jul 9 '14 at 7:55
  • BIOS Version: K8Upgrade-NF3 BIOS P1.60; Processor: AMD Semphron 1.6 GHz; The BIOS menu is opened by hitting F2, but all I can do there is set the BOOT order. USB is already on top. – FIXER91 Jul 9 '14 at 7:59

Insert your bootable device and then restart your machine and in starting you continuously press 'Esc' key it open a window that ask for choose bootable device. and choose your use device.

  • try my answer i did this way – Kishan Sep 23 '14 at 9:19

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