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April 8th, 2011

To configure your USB memory stick  for booting Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation setup you will need the following:

A. USB memory stick of at least 4Gb+ capacity that supports USB booting.

B. Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation media.

Note: This will not work for booting a Windows XP installation.

1. Insert your USB stick to your computer and backup all data from the USB stick as we are going to format it to make it bootable.

2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and press 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 press enter.

LIST DISK and press enter.

Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. (My USB stick was listed as Disk 1)

4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and press 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 1

ACTIVE

FORMAT FS=NTFS

(The Format process may take few seconds depending on the capacity of your USB stick)

ASSIGN

EXIT

Note: 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. I use “D” as my optical (DVD) drive letter and “G” as my USB drive letter.

6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands to change the directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives, type the following again pressing enter at the end of each command:

d:

cd d:\boot

7. 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 labelled disk G:\ by the computer, type:

bootsect /nt60 g:

(Where “G” is your USB drive letter)

8. Using Windows Explorer copy all your Windows DVD contents to the USB stick.

Your memory stick is now bootable. You can now use this bootable USB stick as bootable DVD on any computer that supports USB booting from its BIOS.

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