I am entirely new to this. I need to be able to start Windows XP (I also have a Vista installation disc I can use) and then have it load Office 2010, as well as a couple of portable apps (FastStone image viewer and VLC) to show pics and videos.
I assume I can use the BartPE program to install XP onto my USB drive.
1. Do I have to get a certain type of USB drive, or just any? The one I've bought from BestBuy is an 8 gig drive.
2. Is there a way I can minimize the files for installing XP? Like I said all I want to do is run Office 2010 and portable media apps. I don't even need to get online (from the usb drive).
3. Any advice for a complete newbie? The reason I'm doing this is b/c I need to run powerpoint and show media from a USB drive; I've been just connecting my laptop to whatever computer/display is in the room I'm in, but lately they have been making it harder and harder to twist off the cables from the computers in teh rooms, so I just want to plug what I have into the computer that is already there.