Install Windows XP from an ISO on a USB drive onto a SATA hard disk without nLite (using Easy2Boot)

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If you have a Windows XP Install ISO file and a USB flash drive or USB hard disk drive, you can install Windows XP to any IDE/SATA/SCSI/RAID system directly from the XP ISO file.
The XP Install ISO does not need to be changed or modified in any way – just use a standard Microsoft Windows XP Install ISO (e.g. XP SP3).
If you have a Windows XP Install CD, then make an ISO file from the CD first.
The SATA controller is automatically detected by Easy2Boot and a virtual F6 floppy disk is created in memory which will contain the correct mass-storage driver for the disk controller present in the target system.
You can use the USB drive to install any system with Windows XP and you can add Windows Vista/7/8/SVR2012/SVR2K8R2 Install ISOs + linux ISOs + other bootable files to the same USB drive to make a multiboot USB flash drive.

Do NOT configure the BIOS with the E2B USB drive as Drive 0 = first HDD. The internal hard disk shoud be the first disk. Boot from the E2B USB drive using the BIOS Boot Selection menu and hotkey (e.g. F2, F8, F9, F10, F12, ESC – depending on system)
Boot from the E2B USB drive and choose STEP 1 for first text-mode Windows XP Setup stage (formats and copies file to hard disk)
Re-boot to the E2B USB drive again after Windows text-mode Setup stage resets and choose STEP 2
Re-boot after Windows GUI-mode Setup stage has completed (if it reboots to E2B press F7 to reboot to the hard disk)

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41 COMMENTS

  1. That is probably the worst tutorial I EVER saw. extremely chaotic, everything done before it is said what is done. No explanation of file structure or drives used. But the cherry on top is how confirmation windows are repositioned every time they popup, and right away confirmed without any chance to see what is done.

  2. So I wiped and formatted my usb stick, installed grub4dos to both the master and partition boot record, and dropped my iso files on the drive. The first try it was looking for the first item in the grub menu and couldn't find it. The second I organized the folders like you had them _ISO/Windows/ etc and now I just get one line of GRUB4DOS version, date, mem: 636K/898M/0M, End: 36873A and that's it. My .iso file I got online (actually tried 2 different ones) and extracted it using winRAR. Neither showed the files organized like yours. I'm guessing its an iso formatting issue or possibly a bad version of the grub file? I'm new to this, do you have any suggestions?

  3. I followed every step but my hard drive doesn’t show up in windows setup and I think easy2boot detects a wrong south bridge 🙁

  4. For some reason after performing step 2 and when it should start loading the XP screen, I only see a flashing cursor and it stays like that forever. Anyone found a fix to this issue?

  5. Works really well, made a multiboot usb with it. disk recovery utils, password reset utils, multiple linux distros, and windows from xp-10.

  6. Hello, after completing the loading into memory at the step 1, the screen goes black with only one pulsing cursor at top left… It stays like that forever! Any idea what can i do?

  7. Cant install…
    «ERROR: this drive booted as floppy disk – please change BIOS settings to boot as a hard disk or read E2B FAQ!»
    My machine is a netbook with no too much options for boot, i tried many options with no changes and the same message error
    Any idea? :/

  8. I couldn’t get the target system to boot off the usb drive. I followed everything I could up to that point, it just refuses to boot the drive. I have a pretty modern system (probably why) of a Ryzen 2700X on an X470 board.

  9. Honestly, Thank you! I was stuck with this issue for several days but it turns out that all along I was searching for solutions to problems I did not have. Thank you!

  10. here is the situation of error 14:
    At first after choosing step 1 this row appears:

    Info: no scsi/sata/raid pci ids in driverpack.ini file

    And then it starts listing those 3 drivers but in my case it only detects two… So, comparing to this video, the driver that is missing in my setup is this:
    Driver 1: pci/ven_8086&dev_2829&cc_0106 name= iastor3

    After that the loading of the xp iso to the memory proceeds and it completes in about 5 minutes… After that the blue screen named Windows setup appears and that's where the error appears:

    File ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded.
    The error code is 14.

    Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.

    so the step 1 doesn't complete… I tried making only step 2 but it was useless it didn't do anything

    Is anyone having the same issue? Any suggestions? Thanks

  11. Driver 3 at the beginning of the step 1 is not present and when step 1 finishes i get error 14! Any solution?

  12. when i get to the installation, i'm prompted to press F6 to install the drivers, when i do so i get an error: File ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 14. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.

  13. I go to install it on my hard drive but I run into "File ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. The error code is 14 Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.

  14. In my computer showing blue screen error ..and showing bios is not fully acpi compliand.. What can i do sir plz help?

  15. I know this is late but I'm still getting the same blue screen (0x00007B) after "Setup is Starting Windows…"
    I don't have an IDE option in BIOS.

  16. Iam doing the instalation of Windows 7 but on reboot doesnt appear the step 2 so its like a new start and it doesnt let me proceed with the instalation, any idea?

  17. at this point: 4:42 system hard disk not detected by BIOS! and at this point: 5:28 it says DPMS not available (driver pack files not present)….help pleaseee. Where can i find the driver pack files and where do i install them???

  18. Nice, that worked on my old Athlon 64 with VIA SATA controller, which can't boot from optical drives. It wouldn't work for me at first, then I watched this and learnt about step 2 🙂 All good now, thanks.

  19. PCIVEN_8086&DEV_A102&REV_31 <—- without this sata ahci/raid/scsi driver for xp iso the boot will halt every time with "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration"
    Where can i get one?

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