Things required to prepare XP/Vista live USB
1. Microsoft Windows XP/Vista CD/DVD
2. Two GB or more capacity pen drive
3. Net connection( No need to worry about the speed of the connection. I am doing this on a slow internet connection). It’s a matter of few MBs
4. CD/DVD to make live CD/DVD.
5. WinBuild software, using which we are going to create live CD.
*Download the WinBuild Here (It’s just 834KBs!)
*Extract the file and copy it to a New Folder (Recommended required space is 2GB)
*Unpack and Run Winbuilder (no installation required!)
*On your mark, get set, go…
Steps to create Vista/XP live CD/USB
1. The first screen of WinBuilder gives you a brief explanation on how to use this magnificent program. You can read all the necessary instructions here. Switch to the Download tab to proceed further.
2. This is the download screen of WinBuilder were you need to select required tools, drivers and other crucial applications required for a live CD/USB. As you can see in the screenshot, you need to choose one option from the available three (Recommended, Complete, or Minimum) options in the drop-down menu. You can further remove from the list which shows just below these three options.
3. After selecting the required option, press the Download button, which is located just below the left side pane. The time required to download depends on what options you have selected in the left side pane just before. Download size is around 40 MB.
5. Expand the tree named Applications. In this option, you will see all the available sections of applications, which you can add to your live Vista/XP CD/USB.
6. Next screen is the Finalize option. It might take a few minutes to build the live media. If you like to create a live CD, select the ‘Create ISO’ option and provide the label for the CD.
10. Now, your bootable USB/CD is ready.
11. Insert the CD/USB and kick start your live Windows operating system.
Note: Make sure your system supports ‘booting from the USB’ before creating the live USB. On Windows Vista, you will need to disable the UAC (User Account Control).