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Windows XP flash drive boot problem

Why might your boot drive not work with Windows XP

Few days ago I needed to setup a brand new Windows XP installation. I burned it on a flash and booted from it successfully, the format and files copy processes also went OK. But when the machine rebooted, I found myself in a little surprise. The following error occured : 

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. 

Unfortunately, it turned out that in the majority of cases Windows XP is not able to properly boot from a USB flash – a fact that I was obviously not aware of. So if you need to install Windows XP, I would advise you to do it from a CD. Fortunately, Windows 7 does not have such problems. 

Also note that Windows XP is not officially supported for some time. One of the few reasons to install Windows XP would be an extremely weak hardware configuration or, more probably, a cool old game which you want to play and doesn't want to run in the Compatability mode. ;)


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Kosta Hristov (34 Posts)

Hi there ! My name is Kosta Hristov and I currently live in London, England. I've been working as a software engineer for the past 6 years on different mobile, desktop and web IT projects. I started this blog almost one year ago with the idea of helping developers from all around the world in their day to day programming tasks, sharing knowledge on various topics. If you find my articles interesting and you want to know more about me, feel free to contact me via the social links below. ;)




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