How to make Bootable USB for Windows XP? How to make Bootable USB for Linux?

 THIS TUTORIAL SHOWS YOU HOW YOU CAN CREATE A BOOTABLE USB FOR WINDOWS XP USING ULTRA ISO AND WINTOFLASH
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL COMPUTERS CAN BOOT THROUGH USB DRIVE


How do i know if my Computer can boot through USB device?

To determine if your PC can boot through USB Drive, enter the BIOS and inside Advanced BIOS Features, check if there are options starting with USB (ie. USB-HDD, USB-FDD, USB-CDROM)
Advanced BIOS Features
Advanced BIOS Features

BIOS - USB HDD
USB HDD
So what you need is the option called USB-HDD to install an Operating System from USB drive, if there is no such option, your computer can not boot through USB device.

PLEASE READ THIS PAGE WITHOUT SKIPPING ANY LINE TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS


Making Bootable USB

WinToFlash Method

Making a bootable USB drive with WinToFlash

Download a copy of a program called WinToFlash.

WinToFlash
WinToFlash Program
1. Using Windows Setup CD/DVD

If you are going to make a Bootable USB from a Windows Setup Disk, insert the Setup disk in your computer and click the [Select] button next to the Windows files path: Caption and select the Removable Drive for the USB drive: Caption. Then Click [OK] when you are ready to proceed:

WinToFlash - Select CDVD drive

Click [Next >] and the Burning process will start:

WinToFlash - Copying Files to Flash drive
WinToFlash creating Bootable USB
Note: If you're using the Free License, ensure that you are connected to the Internet, WinToFlash Basic version is Ad-supported.

Now, after the process is finished, open the USB Drive and you will see the Windows OS Installation files in the USB drive:
Windows Setup Files in Bootable USB


2. Using a Bootable Disk Image (ISO)

If you're going to use an ISO file, connect your USB drive and launch the WinToFlash application. And in the Wizard window, click [Next >]



The USB drive will be shown by WinToFlash, you can choose from multiple USB drives if you have more than one connected. Check the [_/] Use My ISO, RAR, ARJ, ZIP, 7z, CAB, DMG image or archive check-box and click [Select] to choose the correct ISO file. And Click the [Next]:

On the Windows License Agreement window that pops up, Click I do Accept the terms of License agreement box, and press [Continue]:


Note: If you're using the Free License, ensure that you are connected to the Internet, WinToFlash Basic version is Ad-supported.

It might be few minutes before it proceeds to writing the Disk image to the to your USB drive:


After it's finished, Click the [Next >] button:


And Click [Exit]:


As you can see, the Disk Image contents are now present in the USB drive:


The UltraISO Method

We will write the Slitaz 4.0 Linux disk image to the USB (to make Bootable USB Linux), the process is the same if you want to write from a Windows Disk Image.

Launch the UltraISO.exe file, if you are using Windows Vista/7, RIGHT CLICK the UltraISO.exe and click [Run as administrator]


Now Click [Continue to Try ...] button. If you have your Setup Disk, insert it and open the CD drive in the UltraISO user interface. We are going to burn an ISO image, click File->Open to open an ISO disk image. Now choose the ISO file and click [Open]


Now choose Bootable->Wite Disk Image...


And then Click the [Write] button, when prompted, Click the [Yes] button to continue.



The USB drive will be formatted, and the Burning process will start:

After the process is complete, UltraISO will notify you by printing "Burn successful!" message. 

As you can see, the Slitaz Linux setup files are now in the USB drive:



Booting through the Bootable USB:

And now for the actual booting, set the USB HDD as the First Boot Device and boot through your USB drive, as you can see in the following snapshot, we have successfully launched the Slitaz Linux Operating System through our USB device:




7 comments:

  1. hi blogger zx .... can u please help me to create a usb xp with the help of dos commands ..

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  2. Thanks for the tips, it was helpful

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  3. you can use ultra iso to mount and create the bootable flash drive, why the hell you should go for two different softs like 'win to flash' when ultraISO can do the same . If you just want to mount the ISO you can use Daemon Tools instead. UltraISO is more than just mounting, you just don't mount, but you also make lot other options like making bootable drives etc..

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    1. This page is mainly based on WinToFlash software, yes UltraISO can be used though.
      The initial idea was to write something related to WinToFlash, then we (There are 2 of us writing posts in this Blog) created this post about making bootable USB from the WinToFlash, then we updated that post later with the UltraISO options for covering the problems like having no CD/DVD reader and or having no ISO ..

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  4. after the procces with win to flash, its showing updating usb and does'nt continue.. what should i do now???

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    1. I don't think I understood what you said, do you mean it has started writing files to USB already and yet it doesnot continue?

      The program's basic (free) license is Ad-supported, are you sure you have an Active Internet Connection?

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  5. you are right.. i didnt active internet connection.. now its okay.. thanks :D

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