Ever want to boot up into Windows XP via a USB memory key? Well, now you can. According to Tom's Networking you can install a mini-version of Windows XP - just enough to get your up and running so you can restore from backup, access your files, or do whatever you have to do. I wonder what the security implications are? i.e. if someone were to boot into Windows XP using one of these devices surreptitiously on someone else's PC?
All it takes is a minor error in the Windows Registry or a virus infection, and your operating system can become unbootable. But with a properly configured USB flash drive on hand, you’ll always have a compatible replacement no further away than your pocket or keychain. In addition, the flash drive can also provide a secure browser and virus scanner, and lets you take your favorite DVD burning and Office software with you wherever you may go.
All that’s needed is a bootable USB Flash drive with at least 256 MB of storage capacity and a Windows Setup CD. Using the program Bart PE Builder (Freeware), you can install Windows XP on the flash drive, along with other software as needed (and as available space permits). <more...>