Earlier, we have covered some tutorials – 1. How to Install Windows XP from USB Drive, 2. Alternative Way to Install XP from USB Stick, 3. How to Install Windows 7 From USB Drive. All of those procedures work fine and the readers feedback was positive. But there were some drawbacks with those procedures:
- The previous methods of creating the bootable USB drive for Windows XP involve numbers of steps and take a lot of time to complete.
- You’ve to use the similar Operating System to prepare the USB disk i.e if you want to prepare your bootable USB drive for Windows XP, you’ll have to use Windows XP operating system in order to apply the preparation method. The similar condition is applicable when preparing the bootable USB drive for Windows 7.
- Those methods do not have any option to prepare the bootable stick in such a way that it would install both Windows XP and Windows 7 after spending one time effort.
But we’ve found an awesome free utility WinSetupFromUSB which comes across drawbacks and allows you to create a Multiboot USB drive to install Windows XP and Windows 7 from the same USB drive. No need to prepare your USB stick separately. Even the tool works in both Windows XP and Windows 7.
How to Create Multiboot USB Drive for Windows 7 and XP
Creating the multiboot USB drive is so easy and involves four simple steps. Before getting into the process, make sure that the USB drive that you do have, is minimum 4 GB of volume (recommended 8 GB) and formatted with FAT32 file system. Once you are ready, download WinSetupFromUSB and extract at any location of your computer.
Now, follow the steps below.
- Insert the formatted USB drive in the USB post of your computer and run the WinSetupFromUSB_1-0-beta7.exe.
- Make sure that the utility has detected your USB drive.
- Now, enable the option Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup selecting the check box and browse to the Windows XP installation file location. Next, enable the option Vista/7/Server 2008 Setup/PE/RecoveryISO and browse to the Windows 7 installation files’ location. In both cases, if you have the ISO images, extract them by WinRar or 7-Zip.
- Click the Go button to get started. Wait for some time and your multi-boot USB stick will ready within a while. It may take several minutes.
Though we have discussed the procedure for only Windows XP and Windows 7, you can also add Windows Vista as well as Linux in the same removable drive and use it to install your preferred operating system at your PC.