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how to run windows xp on a usb drive

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I have a 4GB usb drive and i've been searching online on how to use it to boot windows xp from the usb drive, as I have a virus on a laptop and I need to run some applications from the thumb drive.

I've already tried the following places, but it didn't work:
http://wintoflash.com/download/en/
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-create-bootable-windows-7-vista-or-xp-usb-flashpen-drive-with-a-single-click-must-try/

There has to be a way to make it work?  I don't want ot use the usb drive to install windows xp, but to actually run it from the usb drive.
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This is what I have used in the past.

http://reboot.pro/1128/
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looks pretty intense, isn't there an easier way?
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Make yourself a UBCD4Win (this will be a bootable CD which boots into a Windows and which already includes many tools, including AV software. There is also a tool with that tool you can use to create a USB stick from that CD:

http://ubcd4win.com
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so after creating the ISO, I can save that on my memory stick and it will boot from that?  How do I install antivirus software on my memory stick, as my purpose in doing this is to have a bootable usb drive so I can install some antivirus software to run it on a PC that is infected.
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http://forums.ngine.de/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1243

This is the only method I have ever seen work... And not, a FULL XP is not going to be easy. rindi's suggestion for UBCD/BartPE works great if you only need it as a recovery solution, but they take allot of customizing....
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Oh, and FYI, the article I referenced is NOT a PE version of XP, but a full install....
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The UBCD4Win already has antivirus tools onboard, so you don't have to add more. There is a tool included (ubusb.exe) which you can use to create a bootable USB stick.
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Johnb6767 that link doesn't work anymore, the link to the actual tutorial.
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+1 for UBCD if all you want to do is remove the viri.
With the tool I mentioned you would again run the usb installer included in the download.
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I'm already almost finished building it using bartPE.

So the best option is to use the UBCD4 is what you're saying?
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Yes, it includes many more tools than bartpe (basically it is based on bartpe but with more value).
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creating the ubcd, it creates an ISO, do I just take that in put it on my flash drive?
It's for creating a bootable CD rom, but I don't want a CD rom, I want it to run on my flash drive.
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Are there any programs out there that will allow me to actually run winxp from a flash drive, where I can download and install programs onto the flash drive, without using these customized programs like bartPE?
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I copied everything from the bartpe folder to the flash drive, and it says "bootmgr is missing, press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

How do I fix this?  Why is it missing?
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I searched all over my computer and it's not anywhere there.
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Thanks everyone for your help, I only got the UBCD4WIN to work.
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There is a file called UBUSB.exe file under hte ubcd4win folder that cretes the bootable USB, so that's how I got it to work.
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