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Making a bootable device with Vista

Can I make a bootable device with Vista? I want to make a floppy, a CD, or something that I can use to boot another computer with a corrupted hard drive. Is this possible? How do I do it? thx

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You can do that here:

http://bootdisk.net/

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ok if it is windows xp and u want to format it then what u can try is that if u have the option for the complete pc restore,then what u need to do is that shut down the computer completely and then all u need to do is that shut down the computer completely from the power button and then press and hold down the "ctrl" button and then press the power button only once and keep tapping the f11 key on the keyboard....and follow the instruction that says complete factory setting and then it will give u some message from symantec and then click on ok and the computer will be format,all u need to do is follow the instruction very carefully.....

or u can try once again,shut down the computer and then press the power button only once and keep tapping f12 key on the keyboard and then highlight the cd drive and then put nthe xp disk in and keep tapping enter and enter and enter untill it will take u to the windows set up screen and then it will give u the option to press R to repair and esc to continue and press esc on the keyboard and then delete all the partition the instructuin will be given just read it carefully and it will be formatted........hope this will work take care...

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You will need to access the BIOS/CMOS and make sure the USB boot option is there and enabled. Then you will have to change the priority of the option to come before your hard drive. If you tell me what kind of machine you have I can tell you how to get to the BIOS.
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