Monday, 05 December, 2005

Creating a bootable Windows XP USB Flash Drive

MAKE Magazine's (see yesterday's entry) blog pointed me to the Tom's Hardware article Windows in Your Pocket, which describes how to create a bootable Windows USB drive.  With a valid Windows XP setup disk, some free utilities, and a fair amount of fiddling around, you can create an emergency boot device to be used for rescue, virus scanning, disk partition backup, and many other things.

I don't know if it's possible to use the thing to boot a computer other than the one on which you created it.  I suspect not, due to the Windows XP activation system.  Even if possible it's likely a violation of the license agreement.