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					How to Create an XP Bootable USB Flash Drive
An XP bootable flash drive is a flash memory device that has been
configured to allow you to boot up Windows XP on a computer by plugging
in your flash drive device into the USB port. An XP bootable flash drive
is highly useful for two purposes:
Booting up XP to troubleshoot on any computer that permits the boot.
Transporting Windows applications between different physical locations
such as home and the office.
To create an XP bootable flash drive, you first need a computer that has
BIOS that will permit you to configure its USB port as a configurable
device. Then you need a flash memory drive that is set up to be able to
act as a booting device. It might not be readily known at first if you
have a flash memory drive that is going to boot; one thing to look for
when you access a computer's BIOS is whether or not the plugged-in flash
drive appears in the listed items on the setup screen. Hopefully this
happens, and you can then select this as the first device to check during
your boot sequence. Some computers might require that you hit F10 to
select your flash memory device.
Assuming that you have the computer and the drive that you need, now you
need to get the software that will permit you to condense Windows XP onto
your flash memory device. This includes: PE Builder, which is easy to
install just by following the directions; you need to install it into
your root directory and make a folder in C:PEBUILDER3110a called SRSP1.
This will enable you to download Windows Server 2003 Service Pack One to
this place. There are only two files you need from it: setupldr.bin and
ramdisk.sys. Don't extract anything else, because you may totally corrupt
your current version of Windows if you do. Specifically, never run the
Windows Server 2003 SP1 executable file.
Once you have these files, run your PE Builder CD (Windows XP
Professional CD). Make sure you hold down the [Shift] key to prevent
Autostart from launching the CD. Launch PE Builder manually. When the
Source field on the main PE Builder screen, enter the letter of the drive
in which you put the CD. Check to see that the Output box contains BartPE
and that the "None" option is selected in the Media Output panel. Once
you have all this squared away, click Build. You can watch the progress
of the compression.
When it's complete you're prepared to format and copy the Windows XP
Professional bootable image to the UFD with the BartPE USB Installer.
Open a Command Prompt window and use the CD command to switch to the
pebuilder3110a folder. Next, insert the UFD into a USB port; note the
drive letter to which it is assigned, as you'll need to enter it into
your next command prompt that you type.
Let's imagine that it was assigned to drive E. You will now type the
following command (take note of the last letter in the command). pe2usb -
f e:
When Bart is all done, you just hit any key to exit the program, and you
have your XP bootable flash drive.
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who writes for a number of UK
businesses. For logo branded USB Flash Drives, he recommends
Flashbay.com.

				
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