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Invalid Partition Table

I am using windows 7. When I try to install another operating system by booting from an USB device, I get the message "Invalid Partition Table". How can I fix this?

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1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.
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DISKPART and hit enter.
LIST DISK and hit enter.
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ASSIGN
EXIT
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5. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use "D" as my optical (DVD) drive letter and "H" as my USB drive letter.
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7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB.
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http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/
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To resolve this issue, consider the following steps:
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  • At the DOS command prompt, type in: fdisk
  • Question - Do you wish to enlarge large disk support (Y/N) ?
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  • Now to check for active partition, enter: 2
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