Creating XP Embedded USB Bootable Images from Vista

If you've tried creating USB Bootable XP Embedded Images from Vista then chances are you might have run into a couple of issues.  The UFDPrep application that ships with Feature Pack 2007 was specifically designed to allow you to prepare USB media from the Windows XP Platform - simply because there was no other way of doing it!

If you wish to prepare your USB media from Vista you can use the built-in (and improved) DISKPART utility to prepare and format your media as follows:

Microsoft DiskPart version 6.0.6000

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On computer: DAVBAKERM5


DISKPART> list disk


  Disk ###  Status      Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt

  --------  ----------  -------  -------  ---  ---

  Disk 0    Online        93 GB  1273 KB

  Disk 1    Online        75 GB  1081 KB

  Disk 2    Online      1000 MB      0 B


DISKPART> select disk 2


Disk 2 is now the selected disk.




DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.


DISKPART> create partition primary size=512


DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.


DISKPART> format fs=ntfs


  100 percent completed


DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.


DISKPART> active


DiskPart marked the current partition as active.




Obviously you will need to substitute the disk number, size and format with your specific information.  The one thing to watch out for is that Vista’s DISKPART stamps the MBR so that it looks for BOOTMGR instead of NTLDR.  So in order to boot, you’ll have to rename NTLDR in your XPe image to BOOTMGR.

Happy booting.

Comments (1)
  1. Sungdo Im says:

    more simple method exist.


    c>c:bootbootsect.exe /nt60 usbdriveletter:

    just simple and not requrie formatting

    if you want to use ntldr again

    c>c:bootbootsect.exe /nt52 usbdriveletter:

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