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How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Key

Note: This guidewill only work within Windows Vista or 7. 1. Format Your USB Key
Plug in your USB key and back upany existing data stored on it. You'll need to format the key before you canmake it a bootable device. Open up a Command Prompt as anAdministrator. You can do this by finding the cmd.exe in yoruWindows/System32 folder, right-clicking the executable, and selecting "Run asAdministrator". Alternatively, type CMD in the Start Menu search field andactivate the Command Prompt using Ctrl + Shift + Enter. You should be underc:\Windows\system32 (assuming your Windows partition is the C drive). Type"diskpart" in the command line to enter the Disk Partition command line tool,which lets you format and create partitions on active disks. Type "list disk" to reveal a listof all your active disks, each of which is associated with a number. Make anote of which one is your USB key, based on the capacity. In our screenshotbelow, our USB drive is Disk 6 (8GB). Next, type the following commands,one at a time: Select Disk # (Where# is the number of your USB disk. We typed "Select Disk 6") Clean (removes anyexisting partitions from the USB disk, including any hidden sectors) Create Partition Primary(Creates a new primary partition with default parameters) Select Partition 1(Focus on the newly created partition) Active (Sets thein-focus partition to active, informing the disk firmware that this is a validsystem partition) Format FS=NTFS(Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutesto complete, depending on the of your USB key.) Assign (Gives theUSB drive a Windows volume and next available drive letter, which you shouldwrite down. In our case, drive "L" was assigned.) Exit (Quits theDiskPart tool)2. Turn the USB Key into a Bootable Device
Insert the Windows 7 install DVDinto your drive, and view the files that it contains. Copy all of the fileshere to a folder on your Desktop. We put the disc contents in a folder named"Windows 7" Go back to your command prompt,running it as an Administrator. Using the "CD" command, find your way to thefolder where you extracted the ISO files. Your command line path should looksomething like "C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE\Desktop\Windows 7\". Type the following commands: CD Boot (This getsyou into the "boot" directory) Bootsect.exe /nt60 L:(where 'L' is the drive letter assigned to your USB key from the previous step) Bootsect infuses boot managercompatible code into your USB key to make it a bootable device. IMPORTANT: Ifyou're currently running 32-bit Windows Vista or 7, Bootsect will only work ifyou use the files from the 32-bit Windows 7 install disc. The Bootsectexecutable from the 64-bit version will not run in 32-bit Vista. 3. Load the USB Key Up with the Install Files
Copyall of the extracted ISO files into the USB drive. You don't need to do thisfrom the command prompt. Just drag and drop the files from the "Windows 7"folder into the drive using Windows Explorer. Your USB key is now all ready togo! Plug it into your target system and make sure you enter the BIOS (typicallywith F2 or F12) to temporarily change the boot order to allow booting from theUSB key before your primary hard drive or optical drive. On the next restart,your system should automatically begin speedily loading setup files off of theUSB key and entering Windows 7 installation.

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vista home premium product key


Is located on the box with your software. If your looking to find your current product key
  1. Manually locating the Windows Vista product key from the registry is nearly impossible due to the fact that it's encrypted.
  2. Note: The manual techniques used to locate the product key for operating systems like Windows 95 and Windows 98 do not work for Windows Vista. That method will only locate the product ID number, not the actual product key used for installation. Luckily, a number of free programs exist to help find product keys.
  3. Choose a free product key finder program that supports Windows Vista.
    Note: Any product key finder that locates Windows Vista product keys will locate the product keys for any edition you may have including Windows Vista Ultimate, Home Premium, Home Basic, Business, and Enterprise.
  4. Download and run the key finder program. Follow any instructions provided by the software.
  5. The numbers and letters displayed by the program represent the Windows Vista product key. The product key should be formatted like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx - five sets of five letters and numbers.
  6. Write this key code down exactly as the program displays it to you for use when reinstalling Windows Vista.
    Note: If even one character is written down incorrectly, the installation of Windows Vista that you attempt with this product key will fail. Be sure to transcribe the key exactly.
  7. Tips:
  8. If you need to install Microsoft Windows Vista but you've tried everything and still can't find your Windows Vista product key, you have two choices.

    You can either request a replacement product key from Microsoft or you can purchase a brand new copy of Windows Vista.

    Requesting a replacement Vista product key is going to be cheaper but if that doesn't work out, you may in fact have to buy a new copy of Windows.
  1. Manually locating the Windows Vista product key from the registry is nearly impossible due to the fact that it's encrypted.
  2. Note: The manual techniques used to locate the product key for operating systems like Windows 95 and Windows 98 do not work for Windows Vista. That method will only locate the product ID number, not the actual product key used for installation. Luckily, a number of free programs exist to help find product keys.
  3. Choose a free product key finder program (http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/tp/topkeyfinder.htm)that supports Windows Vista.
  4. Note: Any product key finder that locates Windows Vista product keys will locate the product keys for any edition you may have including Windows Vista Ultimate, Home Premium, Home Basic, Business, and Enterprise.
  5. Download and run the key finder program. Follow any instructions provided by the software.
  6. The numbers and letters displayed by the program represent the Windows Vista product key. The product key should be formatted like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx - five sets of five letters and numbers.
  7. Write this key code down exactly as the program displays it to you for use when reinstalling Windows Vista.
Note: If even one character is written down incorrectly, the installation of Windows Vista that you attempt with this product key will fail. Be sure to transcribe the key exactly.
Tips:
  1. If you need to install Microsoft Windows Vista but you've tried everything and still can't find your Windows Vista product key, you have two choices.

    You can either request a replacement product key from Microsoft or you can purchase a brand new copy of Windows Vista.

    Requesting a replacement Vista product key is going to be cheaper but if that doesn't work out, you may in fact have to buy a new copy of Windows.

Jul 20, 2014 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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asus n50vc won't install windows 7 from USB device


Try bringing up the boot menu (it will say what key to press on the splash screen) and choosing the usb. if that does not work try moving ports.

Jan 16, 2013 | ASUS N50Vc-B3WM PC Notebook

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format hard drive


Hi
To "format C" means to format the the C drive, or the primary partition that Windows or your other operating system is installed on. When you format C, you erase the operating system and other information on the C drive.
However, it's not a straightforward process to format C. You can't format the C drive like you can format another drive in Windows because you're within Windows when you perform the format. To format C from within Windows would be like lifting a chair in the air while sitting on it - you can't do it.
The solution is to format C from outside of Windows, meaning you need a way to format a drive from somewhere other than your Windows installation. The easiest way to do this is to boot to an operating system (with formatting abilities) from a CD/DVD/BD drive, flash drive, or floppy drive.
This might all sound very complicated but it's actually quite easy to format C. Below are 5 completely free ways to format your C drive:
Note: If you're trying to format your C drive because you want to replace or reinstall Windows, you do not need to format C ahead of time. Formatting is done automatically during the Windows installation. Skip this article entirely and instead see How To Clean Install Windows.
Important: Formatting your C drive does not permanently erase the data on the drive. If you want to completely erase the information on the C drive, see Option 5 below, Wipe the Drive Clean With Data Destruction Software.
1. Format C From a Windows Setup Disc
The easiest way to format C is by completing part of a Windows installation. It's not easiest as far as number of steps goes, but since most of us have a Windows Setup DVD lying around, we have easy access to a means to format drives outside of Windows.
Important: You can only format C this way using a Windows 7 Setup disc or a Windows Vista Setup disc.
However, it doesn't at all matter what Windows operating system is on your C drive, including Windows XP. The only requirement is the disc you use to format C - either a Windows 7 or a Windows Vista Setup DVD. Feel free to borrow a friend's disc if you'd like to try this method but you only have Windows XP... or some other operating system.
2. Format C From a System Repair Disc
If you don't have access to a Windows Setup DVD, but you do still have access to a working copy of Windows 7, you can create a System Repair Disc and then boot to that disc and format C from there.
You can only format C using a System Repair Disc if you have access to Windows 7 to create the System Repair Disc. If you don't have access to Windows 7, find someone who does and create the repair disc from their computer.
Note: A System Repair Disc created from Windows 7 can format a C drive that has any Windows operating system on it, including Windows XP or Windows Vista.
3. Format C From Recovery Console
If you have a Windows XP Setup CD, you can format C from the Recovery Console.
The biggest caveat here is that you must also have Windows XP installed on your C drive. However, if you don't have access to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, this option may be your best to format C.
This Recovery Console method to format C also applies to Windows 2000. Recovery Console does not exist in Windows Vista or later, nor does it exist in Windows ME, Windows 98, or earlier.

Dec 14, 2011 | Samsung R580JBB2 Notebook

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demo problem


If you have installed vista as a multiboot sytem, then you can do the below: Otherwise you have to do as tom19511 said:

Uninstall Windows Vista on a multiboot system
Applies to all editions of Windows Vista.

You cannot uninstall Windows Vista. However, you can change the code that starts the operating system (often called the master boot code), and then remove Windows Vista from your multiboot system and return to Windows XP or Windows 2000. You will need your Windows Vista installation disc for this procedure.

Before you begin, back up your programs, files, and settings. Removing Windows Vista is an advanced procedure that could result in losing information stored on your computer. For information about backing up data, search Help and Support for "back up."

1) Insert the Windows Vista installation disc.
2) Click the Start button getopencontent.aspx?assetid=4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33&documentset=en-us&renderkey=xml, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. getopencontent.aspx?assetid=18abb370-ac1e-4b6b-b663-e028a75bf05b&documentset=en-us&renderkey=xml If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3) Type [DVD drive letter]:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force and then press ENTER.
For example, if the DVD drive letter is F, type f:\boot\ bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force.
4) Eject the Windows Vista installation disc.
5) Restart your computer.
Your computer will start in the previous version of Windows that you have installed.
6) Delete Windows Vista files and folders, such as the Program Files, Users, and Windows folders, manually.

Note: You can also remove Windows Vista by reformatting the partition where it is installed, but do this only if that partition is not the boot partition. Reformatting the boot partition might make your computer unable to start.

Nov 14, 2007 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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