Before the release of Windows 7, Windows XP was considered the most popular OS among users around the world. Microsoft launched it with lots of attractive features. It was released in different variants in October 2001. Windows XP Home, Pro and Media Center Edition was commonly popular among people. Pro was particularly for professional people. It had exclusive features for businessmen and professionals.
Currently, Microsoft doesn’t provide technical support or updates to Windows XP. However, still, 7% of users around the world prefer using this OS. It may be for fun or for research work.
Download Windows XP Pro
- Processor: Pentium III
- Memory: 512MB
- Hard Disk Space: 5GB
- Display: Super VGA (800 x 600)
Methods to Create Windows XP Pro Bootable USB (Installation Guide)
You can create a Windows XP bootable USB flash drive by using various methods. I am going to list here some quick and easy methods. By using them, you can convert the ISO image in an executable file.
Method # 1: Easy USB Creator 2.3.1 application (Free)
(You can use this tool to create a bootable USB flash drive for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 10 and Windows Server)
It’s Microsoft’s official tool. You can download it from Microsoft’s site. It converts the ISO image into a bootable USB drive.
- Connect a USB flash drive with the PC.
- Go to the above section and download the ISO file of Windows XP Pro.
- Download the Easy USB Creator 2.3.1 from Here.
- Double-click the “.exe file” to install it.
- Now, launch the tool.
- It shows a sign like “…” this with ISO file option. Select this sign to add the path of Windows XP ISO file.
- Next, you will see “Destination Drive.” Select a drive where you want to save the “executable file” and click “Start.”
- The tool will start converting the ISO image into a bootable file. Within a minute, your bootable USB is ready. Move to the installation guide.
Method # 2: Bootable USB/DVD of Zipped Windows XP ISO
- Download 7-Zip Extractor to extract files from a zipped folder.
- Go to the above section to download ISO file. Once it is downloaded, double-click the ISO image to extract files.
- Now, burn them into a bootable Windows XP ISO DVD/USB flash drive by using the above tool.
- Your bootable DVD/USB flash drive is ready now. You can use it to install Windows XP on your desired system.
- Move to the installation guide.
Method # 3: Bootable USB/DVD via USB Creator 2.0 (Microsoft’s Tool)
This method involves “USB Creator 2.0” tool that can be downloaded from the official site of Microsoft. Follow the steps below in this context.
- Connect the USB to your PC.
- Download the ISO file from the above section.
- Select USB/DVD to save the ISO image.
- Now, open the tool “USB Creator 2.0” and select “Browse” to locate the ISO file.
- Below this option, there is “Destination Drive.”
- Select the USB drive from here.
- Now click the “Create USB” option at the bottom of the tool. It will start converting the ISO image into the Bootable USB.
- First, enable the “Installation from USB” option from BIOS by using the following steps.
- Restart PC and press “Del” to enter BIOS. (If the system displays any other key, like F1, F2, press it)
- Select “Advanced BIOS settings” by using Up/Down or Right/Left arrow keys.
- Press “USB as the primary boot device” and “F10” to exit BIOS.
- Now, connect your bootable USB to the system and restart it.
- First, select the PC version. Mostly it is 32-bit.
- Select “Install from USB” and click “Next” from there.
- The system starts copying files from the USB drive.
- Create partitions of the hard disk drive and assign a relevant volume to each of them.
- Select a partition where you want to save Windows XP Pro.
- It will collect information first.
- Then Dynamic Updates are installed.
- Now, it shows that it’s preparing installation.
- Finally, the installation begins.
- Now, wait for a while until it completes the installation process. It may take about 40 minutes.
- The PC restarts several times in between. Don’t interrupt the installation process.
- Now set the time and date according to the geographical location.
- Enjoy using Windows XP Pro.
Windows XP Pro Features
It supports IntelliMirror. IntelliMirror feature includes Microsoft Remote Installation Services, user setting management and software deployment.
Encrypted File System helps encrypt files on an NTFS partition. This feature is highly beneficial for mobile machines.
It has a remote assistance feature to troubleshoot problems. You can access any computer in the world remotely. Exchange files with your friends and colleagues by using this feature remotely. So, you aren’t away from your work while using Windows XP Pro.
If you upgrade from Windows Me or Windows 98, you don’t need to install additional tools to use the current apps or programs. It supports both of them.
You can backup in Windows XP Pro by using the standard Win2k backup program.
It’s the only Windows XP edition that supports dynamic disks.
This edition supports two processors.
Terminal Services Session allows you to access any system remotely. It’s highly beneficial to access data from a remote computer.
XP Pro system can be domain members whereas; other editions of XP can’t be.
It also supports Win2K and NT.
It’s the only edition of Windows XP that supports IP Security, Client Services for NetWare, SNMP and Network Monitor.