Note: If you delete an iso file from the USB drive and copy over another iso file, then run step 9 again to ensure the files are still contiguous.
Using the USB Flash drive to install Windows
Installing XP onto a target system
1. Boot the target system
from the USB drive you have just made and install XP onto the internal hard drive by following the How to use the USB drive to install XP onto your system's hard disk
section in Tutorial #30
(basically press F6
and select WinVblock 32 bit AND FiraDisk 32 bit
AND the correct AHCI driver
for your system - please read Tutorial #30
for more details which also has a Troubleshooting
If your BIOS setup menu has an AHCI setting for the hard disk controller, set disable AHCI - or else you will need to load an AHCI driver later (after pressing F6 and at the same time as you load Firadisk).
Note: If you get an [iftitle] error message then you have not used the latest grldr file on your USB drive - please use latest Beta version of RMPrepUSB and click on the Install grub4dos button to re-install the correct version of grub4dos (say Yes to the MBR question and make sure you press Enter to copy across the new grldr file). Alternatively, replace the grldr file with the one from the RMPrepUSB app. folder.
Choose INSTALL XP - STEP 1 hit F6 when prompted - later on press S and choose Firadisk 32 and WinVBlock 32
2. Create a smaller (e.g. 200GB) partition to install XP to if you are later going to install Windows 7 as well. For instance, if you have a 500GB hard disk, delete all partitions and create a 200GB partition and install XP onto that partition. This would leave 300GB to make a Window 7 partition later on.
3. Once the target system has completed step 1 and it reboots back to the USB drive again, choose STEP 2 from the USB boot menu and XP will go into the GUI mode install phase, when you are prompted for an XP Pro Product Key - just click Next without entering a Product Key and click No when prompted again to enter one. If you need to enter a key use the one beginning with Q9RV4 contained in the text file in the download xpsp3_Key.txt - you can change it later to your own key.
STEP 1 starts the textmode 'copyfiles' phase...
To avoid a 'Not Genuine Windows' issue later, use the Windows XP CD key from the COA label on the system.
If you fo not have an XP key, skip the product key entry by clicking Next and No.
4. Install the network drivers from the folder on your
USB drive (optional).
If possible use your XP Pro Product Key. If the Product Key is not valid, you will get a 'Not Genuine Windows' message after activation.
If the key is valid but does not activate (maybe it is the OEM key from the COA label) and the target system has a valid licence for XP Pro or Vista Business or Win 7 Pro, you can use the following work-around:
1. Run AntiWPA3.cmd from the AntiWPA folder on the USB drive.
To test Activation will not expire after 30 days...
2. Set the date forwards by 2 months and reboot.
3. If your system asks for activation - try running AntiWPA3 again. Reboot XP and run it in Safe Mode by pressing F8 on boot.
If you want to be able to use Windows Update, then use a valid XP Pro Product key during installation.
You can change the product key by disabling the AntiWPA3 patch (by running it again), reboot and then run c:\Windows\System32\oobe\msoobe.exe /a - enter a valid product key - attempt to activate it, and then run AntiWPA3.
Please note: the target system should be legally licensed for XP Pro!
Installing Windows 7 onto a target system
1. Boot from the USB Flash drive on the target system and follow Tutorial #43
to install a version of Windows 7. Create a new partition and install Win 7 to that partition - click 'skip' when prompted for a Product Key. Note: Use a USB 2.0 port
and not a USB 3.0 port as Win 7 has no inbuilt drivers for USB 3).
2. If required, install a Windows 7 network driver (optional).
Activating Windows 7
Change the Product Key to your own Windows 7 Product Key that came with the target system.
If this does not activate and you have a matching Windows 7 COA label on the system you can activate Win 7 as follows (please ensure you have a valid licence!).
1. Run Windows Loader.exe from the Windows Loader folder.
2. Click the Install
button (search for Daz Windows Loader
or click here
for more info).
3. When it has completed, reboot the computer.
Note: The target system should be legally licensed for the correct version of Windows 7!
To check the system is correctly activated, run Windows Update.
You should now have a dual boot system for XP Pro and Windows 7 and both should be fully and permanently activated. Install any more drivers that are required for your system and all the MS updates. Don't forget to add an antivirus app. (such as the excellent free MS Security Essentials).
What if you have already installed Windows 7 and now want to install XP?
1. Boot to Windows 7 and go into Disk Manager (diskmgmt.msc), select a partition on the hard drive (e.g. C:) and right-click on the horizontal partition and choose Shrink Volume... Reduce the volume size enough to leave room for a new XP partition. Create a new NTFS partition ready for XP.
2. Now install Windows XP to the new partition by booting from the USB Flash drive and following Tutorial #30.
3. Once XP is installed you will find it boots straight to XP and will no longer boot to Windows 7 - don't panic!
3a. At this point you can fix this by installing EasyBCD
and then use EasyBCD to add an entry for XP to the Windows 7 BCD - see 5:27 at this video
for instructions. You do have to install .Net however which may take some time.
3b. Alternatively, you can install and run RMPrepUSB within XP on the target system and type ALT+F5 to show all drives. Then install grub4dos to the hard disk MBR. Also copy the grldr file to the root of the Windows 7 volume (use the Install grub4dos button).
Next press F4 in RMPrepUSB and create a menu.lst file on the hard disk using NotePad, as below (cut and paste this text):
Higher resolution and more colourful background using GFXMenu.
Note that this may not work on some systems which do not have compatible graphics adapters (which is why it is not set by default). If it does not display correctly on a system, press ESC to return to a non-graphical text-based grub4dos menu. GFXMenu does not show any help text and some error messages may be hidden.
Making a mulitboot (aka 'multipass') USB boot drive
The menu.lst provided can be used as a multi-boot USB drive simply by adding more files to the USB drive. If you examine the menu.lst file you will see it has many more entries - for most of these you will simply need to add the correct 'payload' file (e.g. iso file) to the USB Flash drive. Examine the menu.lst and see what options are available (e.g. YLMF, Backtrack, BartPE, Hirens, etc.). Many of these will also be detailed in articles on this RMPrepUSB website - here is a brief summary of some of them...
Hirens Boot CD v15.2 - copy to /ISO/Hiren'sBootCD.iso
- see Tutorial #29
YLMF - add /_ISO/linux/YLMF.iso
- ideal intro to a linux OS for a netbook similar to Windows XP in look and feel - see Tutorial #17
Ultimate Boot CD version 5.0 - add /_ISO/linux/ubcd50.iso
- see Tutorial #24
Parted Magic 4.10 - add /_ISO/linux/pmagicapr.iso
Parted Magic 5.2 - add /_ISO/linux/pmagic52.iso
Partition Magic 5.7 - add /_ISO/linux/pmagic-5.7.iso
- see Tutorial #14
Partition Magic 5.8 - add /_ISO/linux/pmagic-5.8.iso
Partition Magic 6.6 - add /_ISO/linux/pmagic-6.6.iso
Dariks Boot and Nuke v2.2.6 - add /_iso/linux/dban-2.2.6_i586.iso
- see Tutorial #25
Damn Small Linux - add /_iso/linux/dsl4410.iso
Knoppix v5.1.1 - add /_iso/linux/KNOPPIX511.iso
Kasperksy AV 2010 - add /_iso/linux/rescue/rescue.iso
Acronis True Image 2009 - add /_iso/linux/acronis.iso
Windows Password reset - add /_iso/linux/cd100627.iso
(NT password reset) - see Tutorial #12
SliTaz 3.0 - add /_ISO/linux/slitaz-3.0.iso
BackTrack 4 or 5 - see Tutorial #9
for what files to add to /BT4 or /BT5 folders
OCZ SSD firmware update - add /_iso/linux/ocz_fwupd_2.68.12.iso
- see Tutorial #61
Want to add more? Just search this site using the search box at the top of the page for the name of the program or OS that you want to add, then edit the menu.lst file (press F4 in RMprepUSB) to add the new menu entry and add the 'payload' files (e.g. ISO file) as described in each tutorial.
See the grub4dos tutorial
if you want to learn more about grub4dos, or edit the menu or change the menu background. Contact me
if you have any questions after searching this site for answers.
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