How to Make an USB XP Boot Disk

By Susan Reynolds

You might occasionally run into problems with the Windows XP Operating System. If you cannot boot your XP computer, you need to have a back-up boot disk. Most people use a CD-based boot disc, but you can also make a USB XP boot disk with a flash drive. Flash drives are small, removable media storage devices that plug into a computer's USB port. It only holds a few GB of data, but you only need a 2 GB flash drive for this project.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 GB flash drive
  • Windows XP OS boot disk files

Step 1

Plug in an empty, 2 GB flash drive to the computer's USB port.

Step 2

Go to "Start" and "My Computer," and right-click on the flash drive icon. Select "Format."

Step 3

Select "FAT32" and press "Start." Wait for it to finish formatting and press "OK." Formatting makes the flash drive compatible with your operating system.

Step 4

Download the Windows XP OS boot disk files for Windows XP (see Resources). Save them to your USB flash drive.

Step 5

Remove the USB flash drive from your computer and store it in a safe location.