How to Run Windows XP on a USB Drive

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What is your favorite operating system? XP has been a great operating system. I think it’s been around as long as I’ve been alive. You may be attached to it, along with your computer. Did you know that Windows XP doesn’t have to be attached to your computer in order to use it?

MyPocketXP has made it possible for you to make any computer into your own. The patent pending MyPocketXP is a PC on your keychain that allows you to turn any PC into your personal PC. Run your Windows installation and your favorite applications from your memory stick. It’s simple to use: plug it in, boot it up and go.

MyPocketXP is not only a super lightweight, portable solution, it also offers a much higher level of security than typical Windows installations. Viruses and spyware cannot harm the installation. If you are worried about loosing MyPocketXP you don’t have to. You can back up and restore the entire system in less than ten minutes with the push of a single button.

Generally speaking, I do recommend at least having one flash drive with Linux on it. You never know when you’ll be at a public terminal, and need to have full control over your operating system without leaving traces behind. If you’re not comfortable with Linux, then MyPocketPC is for you. You can easily run Windows right from the little USB drive!

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5 thoughts on “How to Run Windows XP on a USB Drive”

  1. I would have expected you to be savy enough to note that no public PC allows software installs, so this device won’t work on the most common PC’s that people would want it to work on (hotels, etc.):

    “When MyPocketXP is plugged-into a system it detects if Microsoft Virtual PC is already installed. If this is not the case the software can easily be installed through MyPocketXP’s launch menu.”

  2. I was REALLY psyched to see this until I saw that you need Window$ on the system to run it on the USB drive. It’s still interesting, but I’d rather be able to boot the OS from the BIOS like you can with Linux. So overall I remain unimpressed. Damn shame.

  3. as always Chris your short on the important big a usb chip… cost?? does it in fact work , how about a blank drive , or corrupt drive you need to fix for a friend,. as Amso puts it I remain unimpressed… everyone thought of this since the usb stick came out… but to date its still not really usable yet…

  4. Yes, you do have to have the right to install VMware, VirtualBox or the integrated Virtual PC … having said this there are some key points you guys are missing:

    1. If you just slap a vhd/vmdk on a usb and run the vm from the flash drive, performance is going to be awful … you will not be able to use it for productive use

    2. If you boot from the stick chances are that you don’t have the right drivers on your ‘stick installation’ to support the hardware you are booting on. It will also be slow as write performance to flash drives is poor. And you will wear out the memory stick. The number of write/erase cycles is limited and Windows performs a ton of write ops. So rather sooner than later your flash drive will be unusable if you use this approach

    MyPocketXP’s virtual hard drive configuration solves these issues by running a VM but taking advantage of faster local disk performance.

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