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How to Create Windows XP Bootable USB | Full Guide🔍

If you want to boot in your computer after system corruption, you need to make a bootable USB. This page will teach users how to create Windows XP bootable USB with two powerful tools.

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A bootable USB can be applied to various tasks: Windows installation and upgrade, data backup, system repair and recovery, access to a computer that won't boot, and so on. Thus, whether you are a tech enthusiast or a novice user, learning how to create a Windows Bootable USB is essential. Luckily, EaseUS will provide three reliable tools to assist you in creating a Windows XP bootable USB in this guideline. Let's dive into the full how-to tutorial.

How to Create Windows XP Bootable USB - 3 Ways


  • A healthy computer.
  • A clean and big USB.

Windows built-in tool Diskpart empowers users to create a Windows XP bootable USB. However, it's a hard task for most Windows users. Thus, we will offer two easy-to-use software as alternatives. Check the following comparison table for more information:

Workable Solutions Efficiency Difficulty
🏅EaseUS Partition Master High - It offers a reliable solution for creating a bootable USB to install or repair a Windows XP system.
🥈Diskpart Medium - It calls for a basic comprehension of command parameters. Incorrect action will cause severe problems. ⭐⭐⭐
🥉WinSetupFromUSB Medium - You need to download and extract this file before using it. ⭐⭐

Before trying any of these methods, let's view the warning that we need to pay attention to:

Making a Windows XP bootable USB will format your USB, which may lead to data loss. Thus, backing up essential data files in advance is necessary.

Way 1. EaseUS Partition Master - Windows Bootable USB Maker

For a seamless experience in creating a Windows XP bootable USB, we highly recommend trying EaseUS Partition Master Professional. Its user-friendly interface, speedy solutions, and comprehensive capabilities make it an invaluable asset in your troubleshooting toolkit. In addition, it can also solve Windows startup errors and remove Windows passwords when you forget.

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Learn all you should do as follows:

Step 1. To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Then, correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Step 2. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, and find the "Bootable Media" feature on the left. Click on it.

Step 3. You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click the "Create" button to begin.

  • Check the Warning message and click "Yes".

Step 4. When the process finishes, you'll see a pop up window, asking if you want to restart computer from the bootable USB.

  • Reboot Now: it means you want to restart the current PC and enter EaseUS Bootable Media to manage your disk partitions without OS.
  • Done: it means you don't want to restart the current PC but to use the bootable USB on a new PC.
Select if you want to boot pc from bootable usb

Note: To use the bootable disk on a new PC, you need to resart the target computer and press F2/F8/Del key to enter BIOS, and set the USB bootable disk as the first boot disk.

Wait patitiently and your computer will automatically boot up from the USB bootable media and enter EaseUS WinPE desktop.

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Then, you can download an ISO file from the Microsoft site, which also applies to installing Windows 10 from USB. As a multi-functional utility, EaseUS Partition Master can also help users reset their forgotten Windows password:

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Way 2. Run Diskpart

The second method, which Microsoft provides, is to use command lines to create a Windows XP bootable USB. However, this requires a USB with at least 5 GB of capacity. Refer to the detailed instructions here carefully:

Step 1. Type cmd in the search dialog under the taskbar. When the "Command Prompt" shows, right-click and choose to open it as administrator.

open command prompt

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type diskpart and press "Enter" to run the Diskpart utility. Then, write the following commands and press the "Enter" button after each command.

  • list disk
  • select disk V (Where V should be the target USB)
  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • format fs=ntfs quick  (To create UEFI bootable USB, format it as FAT32 with the command "format fs=fat32 quick" instead)
  • active

diskpart create a bootable USB

Step 3. Input exit to close this window. Download the Windows XP ISO file from the official website.

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Way 3. Apply WinSetupFromUSB

Regarding making a bootable USB on Windows XP, you can download and apply the WinSetupFromUSB tool. Refer to the step-by-step tutorial here:

Step 1. Insert and format the USB flash drive to NTFS.

format USB as NTFS

Step 2. Download the Windows XP ISO file on the target USB. Then, download and launch the latest WinSetupFromUSB file.

launch winsetupfromusb

Step 3. This tool will automatically detect available USB drives. Locate Windows XP in the "Add to USB" section.

Step 4. Select the Windows XP folder and tick the option. To create the bootable Windows XP Installer, accept the Microsoft EULA and click "Go."

choose usb and Windows XP file

You can also try Rufus by finding a helpful guide in the article below:


In conclusion, this post taught us how to create a Windows XP bootable USB. By following the step-by-step guide, we can easily make a bootable USB and install or repair the Windows operating system on computers without a CD/DVD. We introduced three powerful tools, and EaseUS Partition Master stands out for its versatility and user-friendly operation. Therefore, if you want to shorten and simplify this process, this 3rd software is suitable.

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FAQs of How to Create Windows XP Bootable USB

If you have more questions about creating Windows XP bootable USB, you can follow this FAQ section and find answers:

1. Can Windows XP boot from USB?

Yes, users can boot Windows XP from a USB. They only need to format the USB and make it bootable using EaseUS Partition Master or Diskpart. Then, manually download the Windows XP ISO file from the official website.

2. How do you format Windows XP without a USB?

You can follow the detailed steps below to format Windows XP without a USB:

Step 1. Run the Disk Management by searching this utility in the Windows search box or inputting diskmmgmt. msc in the Run box.

Step 2. In Disk Management, choose and right-click the disk you want to format and click "Format."

Step 3. Assign the settings and follow the on-page guide to complete the formatting operation.

3. How do you make a UEFI bootable USB? 

There are two boot modes on a computer: BIOS and UEFI. If your computer uses UEFI, you must learn how to create a UEFI bootable USB for emergencies. EaseUS Partition Master is a reliable and operable tool you can trust. Below is a comprehensive guide page:

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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