This tutorial will explain how to install windows xp with usb drive. You will learn with screenshots to make make bootable usb and copy windows xp installer.

install windows xp with usb

If you are thinking to install xp from usb boot. Then you are at right place. I’ll show step by step how to boot windows xp from usb. Installing windows xp with usb is very simple. All screenshots are given to show you how to install windows xp. You’ll only need windows XP iso aur windows XP CD. Secondly a usb drive of atleast 1 GB is required for windows xp on usb.

New Method 100% Working & Tested

Download the Rufus Software from Download Button and Open it.

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After you open it. Follow Below Steps:-

  • Plug in your Pen Drive into USB Flash Port.
  • To make a Windows bootdisk (Windows XP/7) select NTFS as file system from the drop down.
  • Then click on the buttons that looks like a DVD drive, that one near to the checkbox that says “Create bootable disk using:”
  • Choose the XP ISO file.
  • Click Start
  • Done!


Another Method To Install XP With USB Pen Drive

Follow this method if the above one doesn’t work for you.

OLD Method – How To install Windows XP From USB

You’ll need WinToFlash tool to make bootable USB and install windows xp from usb.

Download Windows XP SP3 ISO

If you don’t have windows XP iso then you can download free windows XP SP3 ISO here.

Easy Steps to Install Windows XP With USB Drive

Open WinToFlash software this will help you to install windows XP.


windows xp with usb

Once the software is opened Follow below screenshot. If you have windows XP ISO then mount image to Virtual drive using ultraISO. If ultraiso is not installed then you can download ultraiso from here. Otherwise if you have Windows XP CD then insert into your CD rom.

how to install windows xp with bootable usb

The WinToFlash supports both CD and ISO File to be read as disk image and copy that to drive letter. The procedure is mentioned in below screenshot.

install windows xp with bootable usb

For example in my case Drive E contains Windows XP ISO image mounted. whereas F drive is my usb. Then Click Next button and your USB pen drive will be formatted. This tool will make usb bootable and will install windows XP on usb drive. Once the process is 100% then you can reboot computer and boot XP from USB.

If you hit any errors during installation of XP via USB then please comment here. This tool also supports installation of Windows 8 and Windows 7. However you can also find complete tutorial to to install windows 8 from USB and Windows 7 from USB.


Most people had issues on Installing XP through USB Pen drive. If all of the above fails then I suggest to burn it on CD. This works 100%.

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This Post was Last Updated On: September 14, 2023