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How to create a bootable Windows USB drive.
A common use of a bootable USB flash drive is to use it to boot into Windows. Booting from removable media such as a USB drive allows you to perform diagnostics on a computer that is having trouble booting from the hard drive. You can also use the flash drive to install Windows, instead of using the Windows installation CD.
This guide will outline making a bootable USB flash drive with Windows XP, Vista, or 7. Before we begin, it is important to note that the computer you want to use your bootable USB drive must be able to use a USB drive as a boot device. Most computers built since Windows Vista was released are capable of booting to a USB device. Prior to the Windows Vista time frame, it is hit or miss with motherboards.
To determine if a computer is capable of booting to a USB device, access the computer's BIOS and check the bootable device list. If a USB device is listed, set the USB drive to be the first boot device. If you do not see a USB device in the list of bootable devices, your BIOS is not capable of booting to a USB device.
Note: You may need to have your USB flash drive plugged in when you access the BIOS).
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users
To make a bootable USB drive for Windows Vista or Windows 7, you need to have Windows Vista or 7 installed on your computer. It is recommended that you have a flash drive of at least 4 GB in size, to store all the necessary files.
Tip: Before you start, plug in the USB drive and backup any files you have stored on the USB drive. The drive will be formatted during this process and all files on it will be deleted.
Note: You need to have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD for these instructions to be successful.
1. Open an elevated Windows command line window by clicking Start, typing in cmd in the search text field, then pressing CTRL + Shift + Enter on your keyboard (at the same time). You can also access this by navigating to Start, All Programs, Accessories, right-click with your mouse on the Command Prompt menu item and select Run as Administrator.
2. At the command prompt, type cd c:\windows\system32 to change the directory to the Windows system32 directory. Ensure your USB drive is plugged in, type DISKPART, then press Enter. Type LIST DISK and press Enter.
3. You will see a listing of the disk drives connected to your computer. Find the disk number of your USB drive and type SELECT DISK [USB disk #], where "[USB disk #]" is the disk # for your USB drive. It should now state that your USB drive is the selected disk. If you're not sure what disk is the USB disk, eject the USB drive, perform step number 2 again, connect the USB drive again, and compare the results. Usually the USB drive will be the last drive.
4. Type in the following commands, one by one, pressing Enter after each command.
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
(may take a couple minutes, depending on the USB drive size)
Keep the command prompt window open, but you can minimize it for a little bit.
5. You will now need your Windows Vista or 7 Installation DVD. Put the DVD in your computer's DVD drive. Open up My Computer and note which drive letter is assigned to your DVD Drive and your USB flash drive.
6. Go back to the command prompt window and type in D: CD BOOT (substitute your DVD drive letter for "D:", if necessary) and press Enter. Type CD BOOT again and press Enter. Lastly, type BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (substitute your USB flash drive letter for "H:", if necessary) and press Enter.
7. The last step is to copy the entire contents of the Windows DVD to your USB flash drive. To do this, in the My Computer window (opened in step 5 above), right-click on the DVD drive and select Open to view the contents of the DVD. Copy all the files and folders on the DVD to the USB flash drive.
Your USB flash drive is now set up to be a bootable USB drive for Windows Vista or 7. How to or can boot from CD or DVD
Today computers play a vital role in our daily life and work. A small
computer error may result in terrible results. As common PC users, it's
no need to be good at computer, but it's better to master some simple
computer knowledge. So you can fix it on your own when a computer
problem occurs. Here it shows a simple tip on lost Windows 7 password. A
good example of when to use this tip would be when your Windows 7
password lost and you are unable to log on the computer again.<br /><img src="rylai.jpg" /><br />
<br />What to prepare if Windows 7 password lost?<br />
<br />1. Reliable Windows password recovery software<br />
<br />Today there are many great tools like Windows Password Breaker is used to <a href="http://www.recoverwindowspassword.com/">recover Windows password</a>
for users. They usually can allow users to get instant access to your
locked computer by recovering or resetting the lost Windows 7 password
to empty, no matter what caused the lost password. Lost Windows 7
password? What you need to do firstly is to select one that suits you
best. To different people, the priority of the factors one considers is
probably different while choosing a Windows password recovery tool. But
there are some common factors one may consider: reliability, easy to
use, price, speed and so on.<br />
<br />2. An accessible PC with a driver<br />
<br />One should feel lucky that there are still opportunities to get back
in your computer, even though you lost Windows 7 password without a
password reset disk or installation disc. Windows password recovery tool
supports to use a third computer to burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash
drive for your locked computer. Any computer is OK, regardless of its
Windows operating system, as long as it has an internal or external
driver. Of course, the presupposition is that you've choose an
appropriate application like Windows Password Breaker. <br />
<br />3. A bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive.<br /><img src="rylai_0.jpg" /><br />
<br />A blank or erasable CD/DVD is required when you resort to third-party
software to reset your lost password in Windows 7. Of course, you can
also use a USB flash drive to achieve it if your selected software
supports it. Please remember to backup your files in the device as its
data will be erased during burning the USB flash drive to reset lost
Windows 7 password.<br />
<br />How to reset <a href="http://www.recoverwindowspassword.com/lost-windows-7-password.htm">lost Windows 7 password</a>?<br />
<br />Once you have made the preparations above, you can start with your
select Windows password software. The instruction listed below is based
on Windows Password Breaker Professional. It will only take you 5
minutes to reset the lost Windows 7 password without any data loss.<br />
<br />1. <a href="http://www.recoverwindowspassword.com/downloads/windows_password_breaker_professional_trial.exe">Download and install Windows Password Breaker Professional</a> in an accessible computer.<br />
<br />2. Run the program and insert a CD/DVD or USB flash drive to computer.<br />
<br />3. Burn the CD/DVD or USB flash drive with Windows Password Breaker Professional.<br />
<br />4. Insert the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive to the locked computer.<br />
<br />5. Set BIOS of the locked PC to boot from CD/DVD or USB.<br />
<br />6. Choose the installation path of Windows, and enter the ID of the path.<br />
<img src="rylai_1.jpg" /><br /><br />7. All Windows account user names will be displayed for you. Enter the ID of a specified User Name to remove its password.<br /><br /><br />8. Enter y to confirm and continue your operation.<br />
<br />9. Enter y to remove another Windows account password or enter n to
finish your operation when the selected windows account password is
<br />removed.<br />
<br />10. Remove the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive from computer and
press any key to restart your computer when you enter n to finish your
<br />11. Log on your computer without password.<br />
<br />Now you have regain accessed to your Windows, its really an easy and safe way to reset lost Windows 7 password. <br />
Go into my computer, if DVD driver is shown it will run the DVD-RAM driver," may mean the unit must be replaced". If on the other hand it is missing the driver, it will need to be re-installed, or you can try a systems restore to bring the computer back to an earlier time before this became a issue.
Go into my computer to check it is there, if yes! go into device manager to see if it's listed. If everything is in place you may have a defective DVD drive unit. If you feel it works you can attempt a system restore and bring the computer back to an earlier time before this happened.
emm, forgot Windows 7 password? There are some methods for you to reset it, just follow the info and have a try Option 1: Use a password reset disk to reset lost password if you have created one before forgtting the password. requirement: USB flash drive or floppy time: a few minutes Note: This password reset disk can be only created when you can log on with the lost windows password.
Option 2: use a freeware to crack lost windows admin password, then you can get back the password, like Ophcrack requirement: download Ophcrack live cd, time: more than i hour
Option 3; a high efficient and easy-to-use low affordable shareware, like Windows Password Recovery Tool, which can reset windows 7 password quickly and successfully. Requirement: a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Time: within a few minutes.
Hi you should be able to do the following, if not you will need an external CD drive & recovery disk.
1. Consider what data you still need from your Acer Aspire One's hard drive. Save the files to an external USB device.
2. Restart the Acer Aspire One's operating system. Wait for the Acer logo to appear on the LCD screen.
3. Press the "Alt" and "F10" keys at the same time to bring up the recovery menu. Press "Enter."
4. Click "Next." Follow the prompts that appear on the screen to restore the operating system back to factory settings.
5. Use the drop-down boxes to select the time zone and language information for your Acer Aspire One. Restart the netbook when you are prompted to finish restoring the computer.
6. Connect the external USB device to your Acer Aspire One and transfer the data you saved earlier back to the netbook.
Warning: It is possible to delete the hard drive partition that has the recovery tool.
If your Acer Aspire One no longer has the recovery partition, you will need to acquire an external USB DVD drive and then contact Acer for a recovery DVD. Connect the USB drive to the netbook's USB port and then insert the recovery DVD in the drive.
If you forgot Windows password,
you can create a Windows password reset bootable CD/DVD or USB flash
drive to reset your lost or forgotten Windows password, i have created a
bootable CD with the tool Windows Password Breaker and reset my administrator password successfully. No need to re-install your system.