How to Make a Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition in 2012
If you want to run Windows XP from a USB flash drive, you might be interested in the Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition 2012. This is a modified version of Windows XP that can be booted from a USB drive without any installation. It is useful for troubleshooting, testing, or accessing files on a computer that does not have a working operating system.
In this article, we will show you how to create a Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition 2012 using a free software called YUMI. You will need a Windows XP CD or ISO file, a USB flash drive with at least 2 GB of capacity, and an internet connection.
Step 1: Download YUMI
YUMI stands for Your Universal Multiboot Installer. It is a tool that can create bootable USB drives with multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, diagnostic tools, and more. You can download YUMI from its official website[^2^] or from the link below:
Save the file to your computer and run it as administrator.
Step 2: Select your USB drive and Windows XP ISO file
After launching YUMI, you will see a window like this:
Select your USB drive from the drop-down menu and check the box that says \"Format Drive (Erase Content)\". This will erase all the data on your USB drive, so make sure you back up any important files before proceeding.
Next, click on the \"Browse\" button and locate your Windows XP CD or ISO file. If you don't have one, you can download one from the internet archive[^1^] or from the link below:
Choose \"Windows XP Installer\" from the list of distributions and click \"Create\".
Step 3: Wait for the process to finish
YUMI will now copy the files from your Windows XP CD or ISO file to your USB drive and make it bootable. This may take several minutes depending on the speed of your USB drive and computer. You will see a progress bar like this:
When the process is complete, you will see a message like this:
Click \"Next\" and then \"Finish\". You can now safely eject your USB drive.
Step 4: Boot from your Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition 2012
To use your Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition 2012, you need to boot your computer from your USB drive. This may require changing some settings in your BIOS or using a boot menu. The exact steps vary depending on your computer model and manufacturer, but here are some general guidelines:
Insert your USB drive into an available USB port on your computer.
Restart your computer and press the key that opens the BIOS or boot menu. This is usually F2, F10, F12, Esc, or Del.
Select your USB drive as the first boot device and save the changes.
Your computer will now boot from your USB drive and load the Portable Windows XP Live USB Edition 2012.
You will see a menu like this:
Select \"Windows XP Live With USB Tools\" and press Enter. 061ffe29dd