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How to create bootable disk in windows vista?

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Below is a link to an article on how to do it:
http://www.brighthub.com/computing/windows-platform/articles/7050.aspx

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Try this:

Restore Point:



Try tapping F8 at startup, and from the list of startup selections, select Safe Mode by using UP Arrow Key to go there > then hit Enter.



Try a System Restore once there, to pick a Restore Point before your problem..



Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore > pick a different time > Next > etc

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If Restore does not work and you do not have a Microsoft Vista DVD, make a Bootable Repair Disk to do a Startup Repair:



Download the ISO file at the supplied link, and make a Bootable Startup Repair Disk from it.



Go into your Bios/Setup, or Boot Menu, at startup, and change the Boot Order to make the DVD/CD drive 1st in the Boot Order, then reboot with the disk in the Drive.



At startup/power on you should see at the bottom of the screen either F2 or DELETE, to go into Bios/Setup, or F12 for the Boot Menu.



When you have changed that, insert that Bootable Disk you have made in the Drive, and reboot.



http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html



Above link shows what the process looks like, and a how-to, as it loads to the Repair Options.



Neosmart contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD\'s "recovery center," as we\'ve come to refer to it. It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows Vista, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC. Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it\'s decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows\' users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own.



Read all info at the website about creating and using it:



http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/



ISO Burner: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/active-isoburner.html



It makes a very good Vista Startup Repair Disk.



You can do a Startup Repair, System Restore, etc from it.


Note: It is not a reinstall disc.

Nov 28, 2013 | PC Desktops

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Steps to create a bootable Vista or Windows 7 USB flash drive for the purpose of...


<b>Steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS<br /> <br /> <br /> Microsoft Provides a tool to do this for you - Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which is available for <a href="http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe">download here</a>. If you need instructions on how to use the tool, see the Microsoft Store Help on the ISO-Tool (<a href="http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool">http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool</a>).<br /> <br /> or <br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please follow the steps below</span><br /> <br /> </b> <b>Required:</b><br /> <ul> <li>USB Flash Drive (4GB+)</li> <li>Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)</li> <li>A computer running Vista / Windows 7</li></ul> <b>Step 1: Format the Drive<br /> </b>The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the <i>diskpart</i> utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]<br /> <ol> <li>Plug in your USB Flash Drive</li> <li>Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start &gt; All Programs &gt; Accessories &gt; Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator"</li> <li>Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:<br /> <span>diskpart<br /> list disk</span><br /> The number of your USB drive will listed. You'll need this for the next step. I'll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.</li> <li>Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number "1" with the number of your disk below.<br /> <span>select disk 1<br /> clean<br /> create partition primary<br /> select partition 1<br /> active<br /> format fs=NTFS<br /> assign<br /> exit<br /> </span><span>When that is done you'll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.</span></li></ol> <b>Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable <br /> </b>Next we'll use the <i>bootsect</i> utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:<br /> <ol> <li>Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.</li> <li>Change directory to the DVD's boot directory where <i>bootsect</i> lives:<br /> <span>d:<br /> cd d:\boot</span></li> <li>Use <i>bootsect</i> to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I'm assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:<br /> <span>bootsect /nt60 g:</span></li> <li>You can now close the command prompt window, we're done here.</li></ol> <b>Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive<br /> </b>The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you've copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.<br /> <b>Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB<br /> </b>This is where you're on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS's allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.<br /> <br />

on May 19, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Lost Windows Vista Password: Top 3 Tips to Reset Vista Password


It's well known that Windows Vista is more secure than previous Windows versions like Windows XP. So if you lost Windows Vista password, you'll find some effective methods used to reset forgotten Windows XP password cannot work. Well, does that mean one have to reinstall your computer once you lost Vista password? Of course not, there are still opportunities to reset your <a href="http://www.resetwindowspassword.com/lost-windows-vista-password.html" style="font-weight: bold;">lost Windows Vista password</a> with the help of third-party software. Besides, you can also reset lost Vista password in seconds if you create a password reset disk in advance.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">1. Commercial Windows Password Reset Software</span><br /><br />If you search on Google to find a solution to your lost Vista password, many commercial Windows password reset tools will appear in your search results, like <a href="http://www.resetwindowspassword.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">Windows Password Reset</a>, Windows Password Unlocker, Windows Login Recovery, etc. With such a Windows password recovery tool, you can get instant access to your locked Vista computer by burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. The biggest advantage of Windows password reset software is that common users with little computer skill can easily reset lost Vista password in 5 minutes according to the user guide.<br /><br />Take Windows Password Reset for example. As one of the best Windows password recovery software, it can reset lost Vista password in 4 simple steps.<br /><br />Step 1. Download and install Windows Password Reset Professional.<br /><br />Step 2. Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive.<br /><br />Step 3. Boot the locked PC form CD/DVD or USB.<br /><br />Step 4. Reset lost Windows Vista password to be empty.<br /><br />It's worth mentioning that it supports all popular Windows OS, including Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2008/2003.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">2. Free Windows Password Recovery Tool</span><br /><br />If you don't want to pay to recover lost Vista password, you can find some free ones. Ophcrack and Offline NT Password and Registry Editor are the most popular Windows password recovery tools. Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. When you use this utility to recover lost Vista password, please note it'll take you much time to download it and passwords greater than 14 characters cannot be cracked.<br /><br />Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is not only a Windows password recovery tool, but also an almost fully functional registry editor. But it is completely text based which is a little inconvenient.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">3. Windows Vista Password Reset Disk</span><br /><br />A password reset disk can help you reset lost Windows Vista password as long as you create it before losing Vista password. If you don't have one, just follow the instructions to create one (a USB flash drive required).<br /><br />Step 1. Click Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safely, and User Accounts.<br /><br />Step 2. Click Create a password reset disk on the left pane.<br /><br />Step 3. Click Next and follow the forgotten password Wizard to create a Vista password reset disk.<br /><br />When you enter a wrong password on Vista logon screen, the Reset password link will appear. Just click on it to pop up the password reset wizard, then insert your password reset disk in computer and click Next on the wizard to change your lost Vista password in seconds.

on Jan 24, 2011 | PC Desktops

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We had windows vista changed it to windows 7 and now it wont go passed the screen that says systen recovery options. what can i do


Hi ,
Ok , the first thing you need to do is reload win 7 , so put in a bootable cd in your cdrom and let the computer boot from it , if you dont have the disk and dowloaded win7 , then you'll need to get a bootable disk even if you have vista bootable disk , use that then redownload win7 , if you need more help , let me know and i will advise futher ...............Good Luck Roy

Aug 29, 2011 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Ask for a password


Forgot Windows password? A Windows password reset bootable disk could do all the job for you, it can reset your forgotten or unknown Windows password safely and quickly without login, you can create a Windows password reset bootable disk with the tool Windows Password Breaker, then use it to reset your password.

Jan 11, 2011 | eMachines ET183105 PC Desktop

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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.

on Oct 28, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to install Windows Vista/7 using bootable USB storage device


How to install Windows Vista/7 using bootable USB storage device Requires:
- Windows Vista/7 DVD 0r installation source (setup backup files)
- A 4GB USB 2.0 Storage device (Its recommeded to use USB 2.0 device for optimal performance)
  • Plug your USB storage device.
  • Run CMD and execute the following commands one by one.
  • Diskpart
Run Disk parition utility
  • List disk
To get disk index that is used to pefrom disk paritioning.
  • Select disk 1
Selects disk to pefrom disk paritioning.
  • Clean
Flush your existing all USB drive's partitions.
  • Create parition primary
Creates a parition as primary parition.
  • Format recommeded
Format your USB drive w/ recommeded parameters. (No need to worry about file system format)
  • Active
Set the parition as active to hold bootmgr.
  • Exit
To quit Diskpart utlity
Now copy all Windows Vista/7 files to USB storage device... thats all.
  • Boot your PC w/ it, you can install Windows Vista/7 via bootable USB storage device.
Note: If you face any trouble to boot w/ it or unable to boot, try this
FIX.
I:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 I: Where I: is the drive letter of USB storage device

on Aug 29, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I reset my administrative password to Windows Vista, now I can't log in.


The step-by-step guideline:
Step1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool and install it.
Step2: Burn the ISO image file onto a blank CD/DVD.
Step3: Boot up your Windows PC by the bootable burned CD/DVD in minutes.
Step4: Remove the forgot Windows password on the operation interface and logon PC without password.

Oct 18, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Compaq Presario 5WV270 Has No Oprating System


installing windows 95 on your pc would require you to have a bootable disk (either a floppy or cd)
insert your bootable disk and go to bios settings --> once you start your desktop pc, press Del key
then go to Boot menu and select your frist boot to floppy or cd (wherever your bootable disk is) then exit and save changes.
once your pc boots from the bootable disk goto C:
then make a directory (let's say Win95) --> C:\md win95
then press enter
then goto that directory which you've just created ---> C;\cd win95
then press enter
then copy your windows 95 disk on this directory
once you finished copy, run setup
be sure to remove your bootable disk the next time your pc restarts or change the boot sequence (again in Bios settings) to your harddrive as first boot
hope this helps

Nov 13, 2008 | Compaq PC Desktops

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