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Boot And Run Windows Xp From A Pen Drive

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There are times when a minor error in the Windows Registry or a Virus Infection, can make your system unbootable. In such a condition a properly configured USB drive on hand with Bart Lagerweij's free utility (BartPE), is a handy replacement for windows operating system.

BartPE will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS file systemsupport.

Don't confuse BartPE with Microsoft's Official Windows PE. BartPE has got some interesting features as compared to Windows PE and it's a freeware.

Requirements To Install BartPE :

  • USB Flash drive with at least 256 MB of storage capacity.
  • The files from your Windows Installation CD-Rom.

How It Works :

  • PE Builder, condenses the original setup data for Windows XP into a slender operating system that is ready to run from or a USB flash drive.
  • This compact, portable version of Windows includes all the important system tools for dealing with a PC emergency.
  • You can even add other programs to this collection, such as the media writing tool Nero Burning ROM or an anti-spyware package such as Ad-Aware SE Personal, during the installation process.

Steps Involved :

  • Download the latest PE Builder version (self-installing package) and install it.
  • Start PE Builder (pebuilder.exe) and insert Microsoft Windows XP installation/setup CD, it will condense the setup files into your pen drive.
  • At the main PE Builder dialog, select the "Pen Drive" option. Hit the "build" button. PE Builder will now ask you to create a BartPE directory, answer with "yes".
  • PE Builder will now start building BartPE. This will take a few minutes. You will see a lot of files getting copied and/or decompressed, into your pen drive. If the data verify was correct and there where no errors reported you can boot the Pen Drive.

If you have any problems or questions about PE Builder post a comment here.

Related: Automate the installation of Windows XP

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 written by

11 Responses to "Boot And Run Windows Xp From A Pen Drive"


January 27, 2009 at 9:53 AM

where is the pen drive opition i dont see it on the interface


February 10, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Hi, I also didn't see any option for pendrive, the only option is burn to cd/dvd


June 6, 2009 at 12:17 PM

There is no option to set USB device. Copying file in pendive was also not working. Is there any other method to tranfer the files of ISO to USB in bootable manner ?


June 6, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Well i got a software named flashboot, which actually convert the iso file into my bootable flash drive. its good and working..

Cheers !!


November 13, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I tried it yuesterday and it works fine..make sure to follow the instructions..


November 13, 2009 at 5:26 PM

PeToUSB worked for me..make the iso in pe builder and use the PeToUSB to burn the iso onto the usb flash drive..

Tried it and it works..but haven't firgured out what its

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December 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Hey! I tried it! First time it gave me no option for USB device. The second time I tried, it worked. It's working fantastic!

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March 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I really admire this, I mean it really looks interesting! I'm actually glad to see all this stuff,Thanks for convey this.

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April 6, 2010 at 12:09 PM

today i am going to try this if its work then i will tell to all my friends


July 10, 2010 at 7:17 PM

i heard it doesnt work on a 4GB pen drive


July 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

I guess this video can help you out, check out USB Boot Drive