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. Omkar Avatar

    Heyy Thanx… Its Realy Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Diogo Avatar

    Thank you! Worked to install w2k3 from usb-hdd 16gb formatting ntfs

  3. Geek Avatar

    Thanks! It really helped me. Finally I installed Windows XP in my netbook.

  4. pompy Avatar

    i successfully installed it earlier… now again installing it through this method as my windows XP dvd is with my friend.

    this method works fine with no errors and its so simple. just read instructions carefully and u will end up installing XP with no errors :D

    thanks ADMIN!


  5. Peter Avatar


    I sucesfully installed WS2003 using the described method. However, after the installation, the USB stick is not usable – the Windows folders are missing and one has to recreate it. Is there a reason for such behavior?

  6. Tim Avatar

    i got USBEHCI.sys cannot be found on windows 2k server setup

    1. adamkopp Avatar

      Same problem.

    2. Carbonell35 Avatar

      same problem here, too, w/ win2k srvr and advanced.

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  9. Hunter Avatar

    my anti-virus say that the program is a virus!!! O.o

    1. Admin Avatar

      Which AV program are you using?

  10. Immigration Attorney Riverside Avatar
    Immigration Attorney Riverside

    Install Windows 2000/XP/2003 from USB Stick (Pen Drive) That is very good to know, you gave me some thing to think about on the way house from work.

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