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Windows 7: USB Win XP Portable

30 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 
USB Win XP Portable

Has anybody make a successful Win XP Portable with a thumb drive?

I have read many websites and "How To's" but to no avail... it is one of those things that I tell myself I must learn to do as it would make my life easier for those times when the computer has a virus or help a friend with a problem, etc, etc.

I was able to get one going with bartPE but it takes a long time to load the iso file.

If any of you have, can you point me in the right direction?


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30 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Assuming you'd even getting it working, it wouldn't be usable. The USB interface doesn't work well booting a Windows OS. The performance would be bad, and some sites claim it drasticllay shortens the life of the drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
I must learn to do as it would make my life easier for those times when the computer has a virus or help a friend with a problem, etc, etc.
I'm not sure how this would help (if it were possible) for either situation. If a computer has a virus, either fight it directly or pull the drive and connect it to a working computer and clean it.
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30 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you are worried about viruses, you can try making a bootable antivirus rescue flash drive. You can download the free rescue CDs a lot of AV vendors provide, then integrate them into a bootable usb using the Shardana utility.

FREE Bootable AntiVirus Rescue CDs Download List

Note: I believe all this stuff is legally free. If something to the contrary comes to someone's notice, please let me know.
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30 Jun 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

In addition to bootable AV's Bill linked:

Use free Paragon Rescue CD: Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning to recover Windows 7 partition if salvageable, or copy off files as last resort.
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30 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Has anybody make a successful Win XP Portable with a thumb drive?

I have read many websites and "How To's" but to no avail... it is one of those things that I tell myself I must learn to do as it would make my life easier for those times when the computer has a virus or help a friend with a problem, etc, etc.

I was able to get one going with bartPE but it takes a long time to load the iso file.

If any of you have, can you point me in the right direction?
BartPE works great. Just make a USB BartPE it is an extremely fast boot.
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01 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
BartPE works great. Just make a USB BartPE it is an extremely fast boot.
Can you point me in the right direction? the BartPE I made is extremely slow to boot.

Thanks
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01 Jul 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Bill, have you used any of the bootable AV Rescue Disks? I'm wondering if you can recommend a free one.

My inclination would be toward Malwarebytes based on reputation of the free solution.
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01 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
BartPE works great. Just make a USB BartPE it is an extremely fast boot.
Can you point me in the right direction? the BartPE I made is extremely slow to boot.

Thanks
Sure:
Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD
http://www.collewijn.info/xpe/page/pe2usb.php
Pe2usb: Installing Bartpe To Usb Flash Disk - The CD Forum
GoCoding.Com - PeToUSB - Boot BartPE From USB
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01 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
If a computer has a virus, either fight it directly or pull the drive and connect it to a working computer and clean it.
Indeed
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01 Jul 2010   #10

 

Well, what I like to do is put a light-weight Linux distro on my pen drive. The smaller ones like Puppy Linux take up like 100 MB of space, and can be a real lifesaver when it comes to any Windows-related problem. Plus, Windows viruses are worthless against Linux, so no need to worry about getting your pen drive infected as well.
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