Installing Windows from a USB Flash is actually a much better way to install Windows. The main advantage for this is for netbooks, in which they do not have a CD/DVD Drive. So by doing this process, it is easy re-install Windows or Upgrade Windows on a netbook.
Installing Windows from a USB Flash is actually a much better way to install Windows. The main advantage for this is for netbooks, in which they do not have a CD/DVD Drive. So by doing this process, it is easy re-install Windows or Upgrade Windows on a netbook. Alright, so let’s begin with the tutorial. Let’s begin with the requirements for this tutorial.
A USB Flash is required. The size depends on the Windows you want to add to the USB Flash. If you want to add the Windows XP Setup to it, you can use a simple 1 GB USB Flash, but if you want to add the Windows 7 Setup to the USB Flash, an 8GB Flash is definitely recommended. In this tutorial, even though i have an 8 GB USB, i’m going to be adding the Windows XP Setup since i can’t really find the Windows 7 Setup on my computer. But if you want to know how to add the WIndows 7 Setup, i have made a Youtube tutorial that you can watch at the bottom of the article.
You will also need to get the program, WinToFlash. This small tool will transfer Windows Setups on to your USB Flash easily. You can copy the Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and PE Setups to the USB using this program. -
But here’s the important part. You will need to save the Windows Setup as a folder and not as a disc image. This is a required step for the program.
Alright, so once you have all these requirements, we are ready to begin with the tutorial. So,first thing you want to do is format your USB Flash in NTFS format. To do that, head to My Computer, Right-Click your USB and click Format
Leave everything as it is. Just make sure that the format is set to NTFS and not FAT32. Thge reason why we want it to be NTFS is that the setup will be ALOT faster than FAT32. If you were to add it in FAT32 Format, the Setup will be VERY SLOW. So make sure the format is set to NTFS. Also, make sure the ‘Quick Format’ option is checked. When ready, click the Format button and it would take a few seconds to format since we enabled ‘Quick Format’.
Once you are done formatting, go ahead and open up WinToFlash. Once you open it, head to the ‘Advanced Mode’ tab
Here you can select what task you want to do. The above image will show you what to select depending on what you want to do. Since i want to add the Windows XP Setup, selec the first option. But if you want to add the Windows Vista/7 Setup to the USB, Select the fourth option. Once you are ready, click on Run.
You should get this window once you click Run. First thing your going to do is locate the folder which has the Windows XP Setup files. The next step is to locate your USB Flash. If you see in this picture, i’ve already located the files. Once you are ready, click the Run button and you should get the License Agreement for whatever the Windows you are installing. Agree with the license agreement and the process will begin. The process will take a long time, for about 15-20 minutes so think of something to do during that time. Once the process is done, the USB is ready and now you have to boot it up. But first you will have to change the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the USB first. To do this, head to the BIOS
Move to the Boot Tab and select ‘Boot Device Priority’.
Now you are going to make sure that your USB is set to the top of the list to boot from the USB first. You can see, my USB, which is Imation Nano PRO, is set to No.2. We need to switch it to No.1. For me, i had to press F5 to switch it. Once you are done, Save the changes and exit the BIOS. The computer will restart and this should pop up -
What you need to do here is to first select the first option, which will load the first part of the installer, which will format the drive and copy the setup files. The next part is to select the 2nd Option. If it doesen’t work, here’s the tricky part. You can out of the rest, there will be some Debug options. Select the Partition which the Setup has copied the files to. Try each of them until the Windows XP Setup loads up. Go ahead and install Windows XP! That’s it! Now if you want to install Windows 7 instead, here’s my Youtube video, which show you how to add the Windows 7 setup instead -
That’s about it! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you did, why don’t you check out my Youtube channel which has more than 130 video tutorials to choose from -
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