How to install and boot Windows on an external (USB) hard drive

Can someone help me im getting an error after setup completes saying ' line 0 in usbboot is corrupt setup cannot continue' can you tell me what to do this is my usbboot.inf file


HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR","DisplayName",0x000000 00,"USB Mass Storage Driver"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR","ErrorControl",0x00010 001,1
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR","Group",0x00000000,"System Reserved"

HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbehci","DisplayName",0x00000000,"USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller Miniport Driver"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbehci","Group",0x00000000,"System Reserved"

HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbhub","DisplayName",0x00000000,"USB2 Enabled Hub"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbhub","Group",0x00000000,"System Reserved"

HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbuhci","DisplayName",0x00000000,"Microsoft USB Universal Host Controller Miniport Driver"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbuhci","Group",0x00000000,"System Reserved"

HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbohci","DisplayName",0x00000000,"Microsoft USB Open Host Controller Miniport Driver"
HKLM,"SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\usbohci","Group",0x00000000,"System Reserved"
can you show what to do thanks in advance

Chuck B

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ALIppp: I'm surprised you haven't been banned for that question: You are requesting that we participate in Piracy!
16) a few more notes:

This install will only work on the computer it was first installed on. You can't take it to a friends house or to school/work and boot a different computer with it without installing it from said computer.

Is there a reason for this? Any way around it?
Wow, this is a great hack article! I don't have a windows machine (all linux) and I'm trying to install windows xp from USB stick to a USB hard drive :) that is double trouble... I got the first part working (booting installation from USB stick) by tinkering with setupldr.bin and using grub to boot it. And then of course I was getting the 7b error when second part of the setup was trying to boot from the USB hard drive... this article saved me -- worked like a charm. Thanks a lot!
Is this method working? I am getting "TXTSETUP missing or corrupt error. Status 14." error, anyone knows what I am doing wrong?
For all of us, who are struggling to get it right:

Can someone who is more experienced please prepare the required files (Steps 01-09) into for example and share it, so we can just inject these changed files into the ISO and burn it (Steps 10-11).


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"For all of us, who are struggling to get it right:"
That's going to be a handful of people in 2023. XP is easy to run in a virtual machine within W11 and if portability is a concern an atom powered netbook gets a significant speed boost when XP replaces W7.
There may be something on Youtube if you remain desperate to do this.