Install Windows from usb, Boot Windows XP, Vista and 7 from USB drive..

posted by Firas Sameer on January 20, 2011 in SW/HD Maintenance with 12 comments
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Will I be able to Boot Windows, install Windows from USB stick directly?

Yes, you will be able to install Windows from usb, boot Windows XP, Vista or Win 7 on any PC or laptop that you want from a USB memory stick as per the Windows version you have prepared to use.

Booting my computer using USB memory stick is it only for installing Windows?

boot windows install windowsFor many reasons, you might need to use the USB memory stick to boot windows on your PC or laptop if you don’t have a CD/DVD drive, maybe for maintenance purposes, or maybe you need to install any Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 on a notepad so in this case you need to boot from a USB stick.

Do all computers have the USB booting facility?

Old computers don’t support the USB booting facility though even with the new PCs sometimes you need to manage the Booting sequence to activate the USB Boot.

What do I need to have a Bootable USB memory stick?

You need to have the following:

  • 4 GB USB memory stick
  • CD/DVD of the desired Windows such as Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
  • A FREE tool called Novicorp WinToFlash
  • A Couple of minutes to perform the operation

Note: You need to backup all your data stored in the USB memory stick as it will be formatted.

How can I download and use Novicorp WinToFlash?

First of all to download Novicorp WinToFlash you can click on the below button to be directed to the download page:

Download WinToFlash

Secondly, and for the installation part you may follow the below instructions:

  • Insert the desired USB memory stick into your computer/laptop usb port.
  • Insert your Windows CD/DVD into the CD/DVD drive.
  • Unzip the file Novicorp WinToFlash with WinRar tool.
  • You will find the result as shown below, double click on the WinToFlash.exe application icon.

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  • Click on Accept for the terms and conditions.

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  • Here, you can use the Advanced mode tab for other functionality but for normal purpose and usage you may click on the Windows Setup Transfer Wizard button.

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  • Click on Next to continue.

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  • Select the source path and distention and click on Next to continue.

This is so IMPORTANT step, you need to select the CD/DVD drive letter were the Windows CD/DVD is located (so the files will be copied from as the source), and also to select the drive letter of the USB, hence if you have several USB flash memories plugged in to the computer you have to be careful as the desired USB stick will be formated.

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  • Accept the License Agreement and click on Continue.

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  • A warning message will pop up reminding you that the destination will be formatted (the USB memory stick) so you have to be sure 100% that you have selected the correct drive letter from the previous step, then click on OK.

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  • Wait for around 10 minutes to compete the file transfer.

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  • Click on Next when finished.

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  • Click on Exit.

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How to use this Bootable USB memory stick to install Windows?

Now, after you have completed all the above processes you can use this USB memory flash to install Windows that you have selected whether it is Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 on any computer.

But in order to make this happen, you need to select the USB as the first bootable device from your motherboard BIOS so you can boot Windows (for more information you can refer to “Windows XP installation process” ).

And in all cases, you can follow the simple and direct process of Windows installation by reading the tutorials and watching the videos there from the below links:

This is how to install windows from usb, if you have other methods on how to use this tutorial, you may POST your COMMENTS below.

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12 Responses to Install Windows from usb, Boot Windows XP, Vista and 7 from USB drive..

  1. Jafar Albadran says:

    Good article Firas,
    The title give the impression that you can boot a PC from a USB stick but the content of the article show how to use the USB stick instead of a CD/DVD drive.

    You would probably agree with me that the title should read Install … instead of boot….

    I am looking to boot into Windows from a USB drive i.e. have another OS for testing purposes.

    Keep the good work, well done on the website.


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  2. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    Using the memory stick instead of the CD/DVD is one of the benefits that this way can provide, nevertheless I believe the title reflects the idea of booting the computer using a USB stick no matter if the article shows how to install the USB tool or not as at the end of the day you will be able to boot the PC from a USB stick instead of the Hard drive or a CD/DVD.
    Please note that what would be the purpose of booting a computer from a USB instead of a CD/DVD rather than installing windows or repairing windows!!! so I guess the first impression that comes into mind from the title is related to those purposes..

    Thanks for your comments and tell me if you have other opinions.

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  3. Ahmad says:

    Thanks alot Mr. Firas for these useful articles . this is what I was trying to know about booting using a USB memory stick .
    BTW the topic of this article was pretty good as everyone can understand what does it mean and what’s eventually the article will be about

    Keep it up Mr.Firas . we are Impatiently waiting the good from you and I am sure this website will pop up soon as u publishing those useful steps.
    another things I would like to inquire about,
    are u aiming to make HTML and css lessons ?
    because I have good backround about HTML and CSS languages but I was looking for summarized deomnstration on the international network but unfortunately I couldn’t find what I was looking for .

    Warm Regards and greatly appreciated

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  4. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    Thank you Ahmad for your comment but actually I am not intending to do lessens in coding as this is not my field and not the websites theme..
    but if we decided to put such lessens we would inform everyone.


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  5. gryp luc says:

    -can I use my 2003XP Windows program ????
    _ are I be sure that my laptop won’t lose a lot
    his memory? And if so can you give me a sollution. I am preparete to pay for it.
    You just have to tell me how..

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  6. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    Do you mean if you format and install Windows xp will erase all of your data or not? or you are wonderring if this USB method would make a problem to your data?

    What is the issue exactly so I can assist.!!

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  7. jameel says:

    MY PC shows message “windows XP is corrupted”. Now when i insert the Windows XP CD into my CD ROM, after some files installation the system ask me to select a drive in which i have to install the OS. I select Drive c, then press F for formatting, then after some times the system shows the message ” windows cannot be installed since drive C is corrupted”. same message is shown with Drive d & e.
    But when i connect this hard drive to my Office PC, every this is normal. All other data is readable from this drive.
    I guess whats wrong in my hard disk…

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  8. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:


    I posted your question in Ask A Question page of

    I also answered it there from the below link:

    Please note any questions should be posted in Ask A Question in order to be categorized.


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  9. faith says:

    mine 2 hdd opening doesnt. hdds normally opening wont. cuz me ”sata device not found” that telling. else cd burning false have. bootable cd xp to burning cant. what shall making im?

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  10. Firas Sameer Firas Sameer says:

    My dear Faith, I am not sure what is the real problem of yours, it seems you have translated your comment from your language to English so it seems it doesn’t make sense .. so please advice or make your comment more clear so I can provide further advice.


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  11. faith says:

    xp to bootable cd make would like im. however error giving system. hdds how fixing able im? cuz when since(recent 2 year) each 2 hdds opening doesnt. disk damaged, amiss where any im not sure.

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  12. It’s really a cool and useful piece of information. I am glad that you
    shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

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