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How to boot Windows XP from USB stick

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    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

    How to boot Windows XP from USB stick


    Hello. I want to install Windows XP (32-bit version) on my laptop. Do you know how to boot XP from USB ? This question may sound simple, but it's not as simple as installing Windows 7 or 8 from USB. I've tried some programs (Rufus, WinToFlash) but it didn't work. Maybe i did something wrong, despide i've followed some tutorials from the internet. If you have the right steps, please, let me know. Thanks !

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    N. Calif
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    Windows 10 Pro + 8.1 pro and 7 Utimate


    Installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not a straight-forward task as Windows XP does not recognize the SATA drive. In order to install operating systems such as Windows XP on SATA drives, the latest SATA drivers are required.Download SATA drivers for the motherboard from the website and integrate them with the XP installation CD using software such as nLite. SATA drivers can also be installed as third party drivers; you will be prompted during the installation process. Without proper SATA drivers,installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not possible as SATA mode would have to be disabled in the BIOS to continue with the installation.
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    Last edited by genet; 16 Mar 2014 at 16:52.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    How old is the laptop? The last time I tried to install XP from a thumb drive the BIOS on my XP era PC was just not up to it.
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    Vista and Win7


    I think you have enough advice for the specific problem at hand. But if you are unable to resolve your problem, I suggest you install XP in virtual with either VMware Player or Virtual box. Both programs are free and should not give you any installation problems right from an .iso stored on your system.

    Running a system in virtual has the advantage that you can run it together with the host system side by side. Here is an example that happens to be Windows 7 and Windows 8, but XP would be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
    ... installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not possible as SATA mode would have to be disabled in the BIOS to continue with the installation.
    As the last sentence says, just go into the BIOS and change the Controller to use IDE Mode instead of AHCI (SATA).
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    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sml156 View Post
    ... installing Windows XP on a SATA hard drive is not possible as SATA mode would have to be disabled in the BIOS to continue with the installation.
    As the last sentence says, just go into the BIOS and change the Controller to use IDE Mode instead of AHCI (SATA).
    I think this is a Win8 system. What about UEFI and XP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I think this is a Win8 system. What about UEFI and XP.
    Good point. If it is a Win 8 machine with UEFI then the OP will need to enable the legacy boot option.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit


    My laptop is Sony VAIO VPCSE1E1E (was made in 2011). This laptop supports booting from USB (this option is in BIOS). I have Windows 8 installed right now, and i want to have both 8 (64-bit) and XP (32-bit version). Regarding virtual machines, i don't want to stick with them. The problems that concerns me are, will i be able to make the USB bootable (like Windows 7 or 8) and if so, what are the things that i have to modify in order to be able to dual-boot both 8 and XP ?
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