We already blogged the method to install Windows Vista/7/2008 from USB stick, besides, few readers want the same with Windows XP too. We tried to find out the solution but didn’t get simple and straight forward way to make this. Well now we have solution, to make bootable USB stick to install Windows XP.


How To:

  1. First of all, plug your USB stick and Open (My) Computer. Right click on USB stick and choose Format… to prepare it.
  2. Download and extract WinSetupFromUSB. Now run the utility.
  3. Mark checkbox corresponding to Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup and locate installation source or CD that contains I386 or AMD64 folders.
  4. Now click on Go button to start copying installation source to USB stick and finalizing all sort of things.
  5. Once its Done! you can restart your PC and boot from USB stick. You need to follow 3-Steps installation, viz:
    1. Text mode setup
    2. GUI mode setup
    3. Start Windows for first time

    Booting with Windows XP USB Stick

    Start with First part of Windows installation; When the first step (Text mode setup) completes and system reboots, boot with USB stick again and select Second part of 2000/XP/2003 Setup and complete GUI mode setup. Now instead of boot with HDD, boot with USB stick one more time and choose Second part setup again and keep USB stick plugged-in until you see Windows desktop.

Applies To:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003

– UPDATED 01/10/2011

36 responses to “Install Windows 2000/XP/2003 from USB Stick (Pen Drive)”

  1. Jason Lee Avatar
    Jason Lee

    I keep getting an error at the Windows 2000 installation TUI. It always BSoD’s saying “INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE” meaning it can’t read from my USB drive. Any way to work around this?

  2. Anon Avatar

    does this work in linux?

  3. RCD Avatar

    did anyone try to install windows server 2008 using this tool?

  4. nimish Avatar

    I am getting a dump error message when installing the first part. Please help on this issue

  5. rajesh Avatar

    nice app bro

  6. pharoth Avatar

    saludos. first, if you want the usb is good, you have thath preparar the usb.
    do it click in RMPrepUsb and put format fat 32. and listo!! you can do the steps up. sorry my nglish is very bad.


    1. sakti Avatar

      hey i think u r xp cd is bad change the cd

  7. David Avatar

    This software looks great, but I keep getting those “ERROR xxx.xxx file not copied” on almost about every file.

    I attached a capture of the problem:

    It would be great if anyone can help me out.

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