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How can I install windows xp on a flash drive?

I have this old computer that I'm about to give away but I'm going to wipe everything from the HD. I couldn't find the disk that contained xp only the service pack 1 and 2. The only thing I can think of is that it's stored in the HD. I haven't checked if it is on the HD but if it is do I just copy winnt32.exe to the flash drive?
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  2. to my knowledge its going to be a bit more complex than just copying and pasting. generally, if im understanding what you want to do, you need to format the drives a certain way to be bootable, or have other files that will allow it to be recognized as bootable idk
  3. Beezy said:
    to my knowledge its going to be a bit more complex than just copying and pasting. generally, if im understanding what you want to do, you need to format the drives a certain way to be bootable, or have other files that will allow it to be recognized as bootable idk

    I just want to transfer winnt32.exe over to the flash drive. The flash drive is like the disk that contains windows. In case the HD fails, I have windows xp on the flash drive so I can then reinstall it.
  4. if you want to be able to BOOT into the USB as an installer, as in have the motherboard recognize it at post and have it in the boot priority (assuming your motherboard can boot from a usb, if its older it may not..) then you want the first link
  5. Beezy said:
    if you want to be able to BOOT into the USB as an installer, as in have the motherboard recognize it at post and have it in the boot priority (assuming your motherboard can boot from a usb, if its older it may not..) then you want the first link


    Thanks. Will try it and come back if I have any problems.
  6. albertotron said:
    Beezy said:
    if you want to be able to BOOT into the USB as an installer, as in have the motherboard recognize it at post and have it in the boot priority (assuming your motherboard can boot from a usb, if its older it may not..) then you want the first link


    Thanks. Will try it and come back if I have any problems.


    to my knowledge its not as simple as just putting the folder or file on the stick. it needs to be formatted a certain way and have proper boot files alongside anything else
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