WinToFlash Guide - Install Windows XP from USB Flash drive

Anonymous in this post (Install Windows XP using USB Flash Disk/ Flash Drive - Step by Step Guide) wrote a comment about WinToFlash...

Thank God, finally someone made a good application to make us easier to install Windows from a USB Flash Drive, Pen drive, Flash disk, etc... With WinToFlash you can install Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 from USB Flash Drive easily.

WinToFlash Step by step Guide Install Windows XP from USB Flash drive:

Update to this article (March 15 2013) is available on this page:

-USB Flash disk/Flash drive/Pen drive/Thumb drive, etc.
-Computer with CD/DVD drive to build this Windows XP setup Flashdisk (or you may use computer without CD/DVD drive, but you have to copy Windows XP setup files from another computer to your hard disk)
-Computer with or without CD/DVD drive (e.g. Aspire One)

Flash drive windows XP

Step 1:
Download WinToFlash here
From the Author: This software may contain bugs (spelling too).

So if you find any spelling error please write a comment and correct it or send an email to Don't forget to write your WinToFlash version.

Step 2:
Extract the zip file, then double click on WinToFlash.exe

Step 3:
Click Accept button...

Wintoflash - Step 3Step 4:

This program will transfer Windows setup from CD or DVD to flash drive Recommended to switch on Wizard mode for users have no experience of Windows setup fine tuning Windows setup transfer wizard Following the basic instructions you will transfer the Windows setup program to a flash drive and install Windows on PC have no CD or DVD drive
Click the button to enter Wizard mode...

Wintoflash - Step 4
Step 5:

This program will help you to install Windows from a flash
To access other features and advanced option switch to advanced mode (for advanced users).
For now, we will use wizard mode instead of advanced mode, so click Next...

Wintoflash - Step 5
Step 6:

Specify locations of files and drive
On Windows files path click Select button

Wintoflash - Step 6
Step 7:
Select CD/DVD drive which contains Windows XP CD or folder which contains Windows XP files and then click OK

Wintoflash - Step 7
Step 8:

Specify locations of files and drive
On USB drive click Select button
Wintoflash - Step 8
Step 9:
Select USB Flash drive > click OK

Wintoflash - Step 9
Step 10:

Specify locations of files and drive
Click Next button...
Wintoflash - Step 10

Step 11:
Select "I Accepted the terms of the license agreement" then click Continue...

Wintoflash - Step 11

Step 12:

Warning! Formatting will erase ALL DATA on the target disk. To format press OK, to quit press Cancel

Click OK...Wintoflash - Step 12
Step 13:
Please wait while WinToFlash transferring Windows setup to the flash drive

Wintoflash - Step 13
Step 14:
Click Next and then Exit
USB Flash drive ready...

Wintoflash - Step 14
Wintoflash - Step 14

On a computer without CD/DVD drive (e.g. Aspire One)
You must change the first boot order to USB Flash drive from BIOS. How to do this?

Change Boot order from BIOS:
This is just for example (Aspire 4710)
Your BIOS interface may be slightly different

Step 1:
Plug a Flash drive into a USB port on your computer/laptop

USB Flash DriveStep 2:
Turn on your laptop then hit F2 rapidly (or Del for some other machine)
Then go to the Boot tab > change boot order > then hit F10 key to Save and Exit

BIOS boot priority

Now you can boot from USB Flash drive, first select

1st, text mode setup (Boot from flash again after finished)
Then... On the first restart, select
2nd, GUI mode setup, continue setup + 1st start of Windows
Install Windows XP as usual...

Welcome screen

Good luck! Please let me know if you find any problem, and please help the WinToFlash developer by report any application bug (and spelling too)

How to Install Windows 7 from USB Flash Drive / Flash Disk / Thumb Drive / Pen Drive 

Anonymous said...

first i wanna say thank you for everybody in this forum,after trying many time i had come out a solution, or maybe saying a sharing season for everyone, hope can help other that is still tension with it haha....actually im the guy previously anonymous asking so many question

Hello everybody, before I had successfully install window Xp using wintoflash, I had facing many problem. Here I wish to share my experience using the wintoflash.
Netbook: Hp mini (come with window 7 starter edition)

Step 1:
Having your window Xp installer disc, by using the wintoflash software, make a bootable USB flash drive.
Recommendation -choose advance option, at the format tab, under file system choose FAT 16 LBA (previous I had choose FAT 32 LBA, during booting from USB flash drive an error will occur, so try using FAT 16 LBA first if can't try using other format will solve the problem).

Step 2:
If your laptop comes with original window, it most probably has made a recovery partition for you. From my experience, I recommend this partition should be deleted, if not it will cause other problem (boot problem, hal.dll error) during the reinstall of window.
First choose the first option, you will be able to go to the window installation (create partition, delete partion page).
Recommendation--- deleted all the partition that set previously, than only create your own partition.

Step 3:
At this stage after u had created your partition, and install the window at the partition that u had select. The window will be restart automatically for the first time. After restart, the window won't startup and continues the window installation; this time u need boot the flash drive again and choose the 2nd option. If any error (eg. Hal.dll) occur, try using the other option that had stated.

Step 4:
By now this window will continue the installation. After finis the installation, window is now functioning. BUT in this state, you will probably facing a problem that the window can't boot from the HDD, although the 1st priority had been set at the BIOS to boot from hard disk. For me every time I need to startup into window I need to boot from the flash drive.
Solution---- try using window recovering console, this really help...ok sharing seasons again. As for me, I can boot the recovering console at the window setup page, the solution is I login into window by using my flash drive first, and I make an virtual drive(can be using power ISO) and load the window xp cd (cause hp mini netbook don't hv cd room) so this step had to be done.
In order to install the window recovering console u can go and
If you have the recovering console the previous step can be skip.
After the console had been install by using the method above, the window recovering console will be able to choose after the system is restart. Then follow the instruction from this link
After finish all this step, window Xp will be able to load up normally from the hard disk of your netbook.
If the window start up screen keep on appears, you can see the reference from this link
My other references (using other software)

By Shadow_rx