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Re: Need a bootable disk for my window vista i have two...
Microsoft usually has a 1 software per unit agreement that you either knowingly or unknowingly agree to when you use the operating system...You can contact them and purchase a new COA license and use your current disc.....But here is something better....If you have bought a pre-built system, like a HP, Dell, eMachine bla bla bla...just go on line and find the company's customer support 800 number. Call them up and tell them that you need some discs. Tell them that you cought a virus that has crippled your system and you need factory discs. They will mail you them free of charge. However if you built your system then your only choice is to buy a COA license. (If you were talking about copying the contents of your hard drive and puting them on a different hard drive...sorry it dont work like that.
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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
<b>Steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS<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 />
or <br />
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please follow the steps below</span><br />
<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 />
<li>Plug in your USB Flash Drive</li>
<li>Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start >
All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select "Run as
<li>Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:<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 />
create partition primary<br />
select partition 1<br />
format fs=NTFS<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 />
<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 />
<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
Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if you are a Netbook user. Using bootable USB to install an operating system (OS) not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD.Creating or using an USB drive to install Windows operating systems is very easy if you follow the below mentioned steps.
Here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB.
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.
2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator. 3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:DISKPART and hit enter.LIST DISK and hit enter.Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. 4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do. SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number), CLEAN, CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY,SELECT PARTITION 1ACTIVE,FORMAT FS=NTFS(Format process may take few seconds),ASSIGN,EXIT. Don't close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.
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.
6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:
D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where "D" is your DVD drive letter.CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H:(Where "H" is your USB drive letter)
7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB.You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature).Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a bootable USB on XP computer.
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
How to install Windows Vista/7 using bootable USB storage device
- 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.
Run Disk parition utility
To get disk index that is used to pefrom disk paritioning.
Select disk 1
Selects disk to pefrom disk paritioning.
Flush your existing all USB drive's partitions.
Create parition primary
Creates a parition as primary parition.
Format your USB drive w/ recommeded parameters. (No need to worry about file system format)
Set the parition as active to hold bootmgr.
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
I:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 I: Where I: is the drive letter of USB storage device
Download the HP Format Tool and install it. Get your boot disk or the downloadable files and copy/extract them to a folder on your HD. Make sure anything on your USB Drive is backed up because we are going to format it...
Open the HP Format Tool Start/Programs/Hewlett-Packard Company/HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool It should automatically select your USB Drive. Select FAT or FAT32 Under File System. Select Create a DOS startup disk Select using DOS system files located at and point to the folder containing the boot disk files. Then click Start
Or you can download Win to flash ,follow the bellow link for details, For Windows xp http://www.intowindows.com/bootable-usb/ Or http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-a-bootable-usb-drive-from-your-windows-cd/ For vista http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2009/08/27/make-a-bootable-usb-installer-for-windows-xp-vista-7-with-wint/
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more information Thanks.
Ignoring the suspicion that any "downloaded" image of Windows 7 probably is a "bootleg" copy of copyrighted software ......................
Restart your computer, and immediately press DEL to enter BIOS SETUP mode.
Reconfigure your "boot devices" to make the CD/DVD reader the *FIRST* bootable device.
Save the updated configuration, and reboot with the disk inserted into the reader.
This will walk through the steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS. These instructions assume that you have a computer with Windows Vista installed on it. Required: ·USB Flash Drive (4GB+) ·Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7) ·A computer running Vista / Windows 7 Step 1: Format the Drive The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.] Plug in your USB Flash Drive Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator” Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window: diskpart list disk 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. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below. select disk 1 clean create partition primary select partition 1 active format fs=NTFS assign exit When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable. Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable Next we’ll use the bootsect 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: Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives: d: cd d:\boot Use bootsect 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: bootsect /nt60 g: You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here. Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive 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. Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB 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. I used these instructions to get my new Dell Mini 9 laptop loaded with Windows 7 (the PDC bits). HTH.