How to Load an XP Embedded Image to a Compact Flash


The Windows XP Embedded operating system is designed for use on small, specialized computers like kiosks, arcade games or point-of-sale terminals. You can boot XPe on your kiosk or other machine immediately by connecting a Flash device.

  • Connect your Compact Flash device to the computer.

  • Access a command prompt. In Windows Vista and 7. Click "Start," type "cmd" into the "Search programs and files" box, and then press "Enter."

  • Enter a command of the following format at the prompt:

    format Drive: /fs:ntfs /v:Label /q /a:512

  • Drag and drop the entire contents of the XP Embedded image -- all the directories and files -- to your CF device.

  • Insert the CF device into the computer on which you want to boot XP Embedded. If you are not automatically given the option to boot from the flash drive, you'll have to make a modification to the computer's BIOS settings. How to access the BIOS depends on the make of your computer, but it always involves pressing a certain key early in the startup process. A message should appear on the screen specifying the key -- watch for it, and be quick. Once inside the BIOS, add the CF device to the Boot Order list.

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