Create Windows XP Live USB

Though Windows has evolved and we have Windows 7, which is pretty good based on review, but for justified reasons, we still need Windows XP around for PCs with low configuration and ofcourse for Speed.

Now you have one more reason to love XP — It’s portable, bootable LIVE from USB drive.

The idea of XP LIVE USB is interesting and infact very easy provided you follow the instructions below -

The good thing about this method is, you don’t need hefty 700mb XP installer, its pretty small -54MB

Download here and proceed with instructions:

Step 1. Un-Rar the file and you will get 7 extracted files. The first 2 files are the manual in Germany & Russian language. You might not found the English documentation because bartPE seems developed by a Germany. First of all, we need to provide a USB stick with minimal size of 256MB. Incase you are wondering what the heck is BartPE- It’s a utility using which this image is built. The process of creating BartPE image is complex, and I’m not discussing about it here.

Step 2. Then, make a fresh quick format with hpusbfw.exe tool included in the packages. Format using this utility with the settings shown in the image below.

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Step 3. After the format is done, Copy all the files from a folder on USB stick. Reboot the system & make sure that you enable the USB boot giving USB higher precedence in BIOS settings – while the USB memory  is still plugged in. Let the computer boot from it. The boot process speed depends upon your USB storage speed. It was pretty decent for me.

Step 4. There’s no step 4, when you boot into windows, You are done. :)

The default desktop background is covered by dark bartPE pictures. In the left corner are showing up a “Go” button — representing a Start button in a real Windows. Click on it, it will raise a list of simple menu pointing to the default applications such as Windows Wordpad, the Calculator program, Paint image editor & a file manager called A43 replacing the Windows Explorer instead.

Note that this USB live also equipped with the fully functionality of command prompt. It’s DOS is actually same as the one from a real Windows XP.

Look at the picture below, “About” link from Paint program

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It shows you exact same About page as the one you might found in a real Windows XP. However, it is in Germany. Don’t worry about that. Anyway, you don’t even want to read it.

It has great advantages, eg: portability, In emergency-to rescue the system,etc. it’s NOT legally allowed to do so, do it at your own risk.

Happy Portability!

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  • http://www.r4-kaart.nl/ r4 ds

    A very useful version of XP. I had may hard drive gone for replacement. This version let me use my PC even without my hard drive. Fabulous. Thanx for the help.

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    • rock

        i have copied 1386….programe..auto run..bootfont..bootsect..win  51…win52c   on usb ntfs but not running pls wht do now

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    • rock

        i have copied 1386….programe..auto run..bootfont..bootsect..win  51…win52c   on usb ntfs but not running pls wht do now

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  • http://ecxmajin.webs.com majinz

    could i install games on my usb if there is enough space and run it with this?

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    • Rotion 32

      yeah afcouse dear…………..

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      • Toxic

        the same shit :@ Remove disk or other media… blablabla

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        • Janusz

          Had the same problem, then reformatted USB as NTFS (then copied the files) and it worked!

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  • Mohammad

    tanx alot for win live it fun

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  • Informationtechnologyresearch

    not working for me. “Remove disks or other media”

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  • Winue

    it doesnt work Remove disks or other media

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    • Mar11fab

      the same message after reboot ? but no response…

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    • SunnyVo

      You can try this in order to make your USB bootable:
      1. Download this file and save it to your hard disk (for example D:)
      http://www.box.net/shared/pnvlgpe3gb
      2. Extract the file then you you will get a folder named “bootsect” which contains 2 file
      3. Plug your USB key in. Open the command prompt (Start+Run –>type: cmd –>hit Enter)
      4. In the command prompt, navigate to the new extracted folder (in this example is ) by typing as below and hit Enter:
      cd D: [navigate to D drive]
      cd bootsect [navigate to bootsect folder]
      5. When you’re in the bootsect folder, type the following command and hit enter

      bootsect /nt52 G: [where G: is your USB drive]

      you may see the message indicates that your USB has been successfully update…
      Now try to boot your computer by this USB.

      Hope this can help you.

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      • http://digiq.co.cc/ Araf

        Thank You it worked !!!

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  • MaF

    the same issue during reboot = Remove disk or other media…

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    • Anonymous

      You must go into bios and set the flash drive to a higher priority. Do this by going to boot, then, if your bios works this way, go to boot priority, then find your device or something that says “USB”, and move it up the list by pressing + on the numpad or by holding
      “Shift+=” on the keyboard.

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  • Bruce

    Hi,

    I can't download WLIVEUSB.rar, I am not sure where I can download it, would you please tell me ?

    Thank you in advance.

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  • Sniper7137

    Thanks. It really worked.

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  • Chaitanya Vrss

    but how to install motherborad drivers on live usb ?
    pls post that one also.

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  • Dazoro

    It does not work for me too, “Remove disks or other media”. I checked again my boot priority and its correct, my usb is on the top priority but I wonder its not working.

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  • Apni

    i hav to copy that iso Or sumting ?

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  • Bounzer

    Excellent. Works great. Now I can retrieve my files if I have a system crash! No more lost files!

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  • Rizal Safwan

    Fabulous Work ,,, This is a great tutorial for the Newbies ,,, anyway like DJ said , Linux os is good for office work and it cannot use window software And Games and linux games is just NOT my type and the graphic all of it in 2D and boring well that it ^,^ ……………  

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    • Dib Gill

      You can use windows programs in Linux by downloading Wine. This way is quite difficult.

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      • Tom

        Or you can use Windows and have no difficulty running the programs.

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  • Rizal Safwan

    Fabulous Work ,,, This is a great tutorial for the Newbies ,,, anyway like DJ said , Linux os is good for office work and it cannot use window software And Games and linux games is just NOT my type and the graphic all of it in 2D and boring well that it ^,^ ……………  

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  • The solution

    Several people comment that this doesn’t work for them; it does work for others. This is probably down to the way the USB memory stick is formatted; there are two ways (one is “hybrid”), and not all computers work with both. I had the same issue with a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro laptop (notoriously finicky). My solution: download the latest version of Multiboot, run it and use it to load file bartpe.iso (and no other files from this .RAR) onto the multiboot USB. See the multiboot page for details; it’s very straightforward.

    I’m commenting to an old thread, because I just found it, tried it, found it didn’t work, and worked around it.

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  • rock

    hello dear i haver download  (Download here and proceed with instructions:)  then i click on wlive usb after installinh i have copy that files contain with 1386 and other 6 files in my usb now i restant my computer but here onlçy sinle line blinking and nothing happen i have formated my usb in ntfs files pls help me on janudar@yahoo.com pls fast thnx

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    • rock

       i have copied 1386….programe..auto run..bootfont..bootsect..win  51…win52c   on usb ntfs but not running pls

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    • rock

       i have copied 1386….programe..auto run..bootfont..bootsect..win  51…win52c   on usb ntfs but not running pls

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  • Jos

    Bart is a Dutchman, not german

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  • Safakaragoz

    pls. new link.

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  • razor

    hey the link for downloading the required files is no more existing…please provide another link.

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  • Ajeet

    The link for the 54MB s/w application says -”File not found”. Please update this to a working link. Thank You.

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  • Tom

    Because I want an OS that works and doesn’t require jumping through hoops to make everything work.

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  • Mode Adham

    download link is down

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  • Terry

    the site doesnt work

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    • Terry

      the download site i mean

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Brian.K.White Brian White

    Because my Vaio P has only Linux on the HD, and no room for a Windows partition because it’s a small expensive SSD. But Sony only provides BIOS updates in the form of a WINDOWS executable. Not DOS, Windows. And the actual flasher is a Windows executable, not merely the self extracting archive/installer outer wrapper. And I really want that bios update because it enables VT in the cpu.

    Before you mention it, I have a FreeDOS live usb that boots and runs great and I use all the time it to flash many motherboards and raid cards.

    But sometimes the vendor only supplies a single option and sometimes it’s Windows. So, a live XP or 7 usb is pretty damned preferable to deleting my Linux install from the hd and installing Windows over top of it, or, living without the bios update and thus without virtualbox and other virtualization apps.

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  • Jaymason

    Hahaha! That’s fuckin’ hilarious! File not found :D Thanks alot, guy.

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  • Chaudhry Azeem

    hi the link to download windows xp from rapidshare is not working. no file found

    please update link and upload on mediafire thanks

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