Install Windows XP from USB

In the following simple solution, I cover one way to Install Windows XP from USB. Running a Windows XP USB Install might be useful for example if you wish to perform an Install on an older Netbook or Laptop that does not have a CD or DVD Drive. One of the simplest approaches to accomplish this goal is to use the YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) tool.

YUMI can be used to put much more than just Windows XP on a USB. You can also use the tool to install Windows 10 from USB, or boot from several Live Linux distributions, virus and malware scanners, system diagnostic tools, recovery and cloning utilities, and more. All from one single Multiboot USB device. In addition to being able to add new ISOs on the fly, this Multisystem software can also be used to remove previously installed ISO files, at your leisure.

How to Install Windows XP from USB

Making a Windows XP Bootable USB. First, you will need an ISO file of your Installation Disk. For this task, I simply used the LC ISO Creator to create an ISO image of my original CD.

  1. Download and launch the YUMI – Multiboot Bootable USB Creator.
    Install Windows XP from USB - YUMI
  2. (1) Select your USB Drive Letter from the list.
    (2) Select Windows XP Installer towards the bottom of the distribution list.
    (3) Browse to and select the ISO you created earlier.
    (4) Click Create.
  3. Once the process is complete, you should end up with your very own Windows XP Bootable USB Installer. Enabling you to Install Windows from a flash drive.