If you choose to use the Windows Explorer method, then open Internet Explorer andenter C: into the address bar so that you are looking at your local hard drive. Next, selectthe Folder Options command from the Tools menu. When the Folder Options propertiessheet opens, select the View tab. Now, just select the Show Hidden Files and Folders anddeselect the Hide Extensions for Known File Types and the Hide Protected OperatingSystem Files check boxes. Click OK to continue.
Booting from the USB flash drive
Now that you have formatted your USB flash drive and installed the boot files onto it, thenext thing that you must do is to configure your PC to allow you to boot from the flashdrive. This is all done through the computer's BIOS Setup. I can't give you specificinstructions for this part, because every computer is different. I can give you a few pointers though.You can access your computer's BIOS by pressing a specific key immediately after youturn the PC on. The key varies, but it is usually either [F1], [F2], or [Delete]. Once youare in the BIOS Setup, you should verify that all of your computer's USB options areenabled. This might include things like support for legacy USB devices or support for USB 2.0. If there is a time out setting for USB devices, you should set it to the max toinsure that the system doesn't time out while waiting on the USB device to boot. Next, find the section on boot device priority. Normally, a USB flash drive (which isusually listed as USB-HDD, but may be listed as a removable device) will have a verylow boot priority. If the USB flash drive's boot priority is lower than the hard disk (listedas HDD) then the only time the computer would ever boot off of the USB flash drive is if the system were to fail to boot from the hard disk. You must therefore rearrange the bootdevice priority so that the flash drive has a higher priority than the hard drive.
Now that we have finally made it through all of the prep work, it's time to start setting upWindows. As you have probably already guessed, the process of installing Windows to aflash drive is quite a bit different from your normal, run of the mill installation. There area couple of reasons for this.For starters, a full blown Windows XP deployment takes up over a Gigabyte of hard disk space. When you are installing to a flash drive, disk space is a scarce commodity. Even if you have over a Gigabyte of space on your flash drive, you probably don't want to use itall on Windows. It would be nice to have room to install a few applications. Therefore,you need to trim the excess fat off of Windows.