Create a Windows 7 and XP multi-boot USB drive

By creating a multi-boot USB flash drive to install Windows 7 or Windows XP (or both) right from your flash drive, you can dual boot in no time. Follow the instructions given after the jump to make your own multi-boot USB drive.

create usb multiboot
create usb multiboot

Part 1

# Connect a formatted USB drive to you PC, download WinSetupFromUSB and extract the files.

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create usb multiboot 1

# Navigate to the extracted folder and right-click on WinSetupFromUSB executable file (.exe) and choose Run as administrator

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create usb multiboot 2

# Now in the window that opens check if your USB drive is listed in “USB Disk Selection”, then choose or type in the following

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create usb multiboot 3

Now hit the RMPrepUSB button

# Now toggle the options as shown below

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create usb multiboot 4

# Then click on Prepare Drive button and click on the window that follows

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create usb multiboot 5

# Let the command prompt perform requisite operations and thereafter close the PrepUSB tool window

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create usb multiboot 6

# Now locate the XP installation files from the CD/DVD or local hard drive and then click Go.

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create usb multiboot 7

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create usb multiboot 8

# After that insert the Windows 7/Vista DVD/Recovery ISO or browse from the local hard drive and locate the files in the box as shown below

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create usb multiboot 9

# After the process is complete click Done

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create usb multiboot 10

Part 2

# Then download Bootfiles utility and extract the contents to desktop preferably. Browse to the extracted folder and locate menu.lst and winsetup.lst files, copy them and paste in the USB drive.

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create usb multiboot 11

# When prompted will the Copy and Replace option click on it

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create usb multiboot 12

That’s it your multi-boot Windows 7/Vista and XP USB drive is ready.

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