Windows XP in a Stick

Recent days, there are so many Linux comes with live CDs. This is an alternative way for those who doesn’t want to install Linux on their hard drive. The live CD also become a problem solver when the system wont boot up or something happened with the system & you may rescue the files with CD. Beside the CDs, one of merely known Linux named DSL (Damn Small Linux) are comes with damn live USB! Note that this method required a computer which have ability to boot from USB devices.

By the chance, I heard something about Windows XP live in a USB flash disk. This is much interesting for me & would like to tried it. In a seconds, there was a secure link referred to the download page from Google. It size’s about 54MB & the link are here.

After it had completely downloaded, the packages are being extracted with WinRAR ~ since it is compressed with RAR format somehow. Finally, there are 7 files extracted from it. The first 2 files are the manual in Germany & Russian language. You might not found the English documentation because bartPE are seems developed by a Germany. First of all, we need to provide a USB stick with minimal size of 256MB. Then, make a fresh quick format with hpusbfw.exe tool includes in the packages. See the picture below.

After the format process done, reboot the system & make sure to activate the USB boot sequence from BIOS ~ while the USB disk are still plugged in. Let the computer booted from it & it will displayed a boot process in the monitor. The boot processes are taking much times depend upon the USB storage speed, so it would be great if you also preparing a coffee & a cigarette during waiting the desktop showing up.

The default desktop background is covered by dark bartPE pictures. In the left corner are showing up a “Go” button ~ representing a Start button in a real Windows. Have a click on it, it will raise a list of simple menu pointing to the default applications such as Windows Wordpad, the Calculator program, Paint image editor & a file manager called A43 replacing the Windows Explorer instead.

Note that this USB live also equipped with the fully functionality of command prompt. From the picture below, it’s DOS are actually come from a real Windows XP.

To view the detailed system information, take a tour to About menu. It will displayed a core simple information likes the system environment & other embedded programs.

Look at the picture below again, an About link from Paint programs shows you the exactly same as the About you might found in a real Windows. However, it is a Germany entirely. Doesn’t have to confused with it.

Although it has great advantages, eg: to rescue the system, it’s legality to use is being asked. This one link from several address pages are showing about the proprietary law legality. For me, it might be fine as long as the needed are still in a right condition. Have a nice mobility with it.


Eko Wahyudiharto
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  1. Blogger Marco said,

    Thursday, August 02, 2007 5:37:00 PM

    this might be a stupid question but can you make a win98 or winme bootable disk in a stick i was kinda trying to do that but im kinda lost of what to do or even really not sure if its posible coz from one of your logs theirs a topic about booting with out an external fdd but with a cd then this log winxp on a stick i was thinking maybe theirs a win98 on a stick... i kinda need it to debug my aspize 4710z .... keep up logging informative stuff... thanks

  2. Blogger Eko Wahyudiharto said,

    Friday, August 03, 2007 10:40:00 AM

    I'll try my best... For a while, take a tour to

  3. Anonymous Mr.Stone said,

    Sunday, December 23, 2007 10:51:00 AM

    Sorry..... but under your steps, after format the stick, it have nothing inside. How can I boot up the computer by an empty stick? Is there any steps missed between "format the stick" and "boot up the machine by stick"? How to use the bartpe.iso file?

  4. Anonymous Anonymous said,

    Friday, April 18, 2008 5:23:00 AM

    Too late but...Mr.Stone, after format you have to copy all the files onto USB flash. Than reboot.

  5. Anonymous Anonymous said,

    Monday, August 11, 2008 8:35:00 AM

    marco, try to check bart-pe website, i was able to make win98 to run live via CD with MSoffice98, bart's website had a tutorial how to edit the autoexec & configs of win 98... but then again, that was a long time ago .... if your still interested, post here your e- m a i l and ill mail you ISO of the cd i created for you to try, but you have to be warned, it was configured to my old pc and im not sure drivers will still work on yours.. or better yet try running a virtual OS, use virtual PC but i think m$ already bought the company

  6. Blogger ~~Happy Credit~~ said,

    Saturday, December 06, 2008 3:30:00 PM

    If ever i was able to succesfully boot and start my computer with this, can i access my files from my computer? my computer recently had been down, it wont boot up and i need to get all my important files, documents, musics, pictures and especially my videos..will i be able to get them with this? and how? please tell me the steps to burn my files in cd or dvd using bart pe..thanks

  7. Blogger Anuj Sharma said,

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:36:00 PM

    found good interview question

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