How to install Windows 7/8 from a USB flash drive (The Old Way)

What you will need:

  • Windows7/8 ISO image or DVD
  • 4GB or 8GB USB flash drive
  • This guide

CAUTION – The actions below will erase all data from the USB flash drive.

For the purpose of this guide we will assume that:

  • Your “D” Drive is your virtual DVD drive or DVD drive letter.
  • Your “E” Drive is your USB flash drive.

In the steps below when a word is in UPPERCAES this indicates that the word is a command that you would type at the command prompt and and execute with the return or enter key.

  1. Insert your USB flash drive into your computer and backup all the data from the flash drive.
  2. Run command prompt with administrator rights
  3. DISKPART
  4. LIST DISK (Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive)
  5. SELECT DISK 1 (don’t forget to Replace DISK 1 with your USB flash drive’s number)
  6. CLEAN
  7. CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
  8. SELECT PARTITION 1
  9. ACTIVE
  10. FORMAT FS=NTFS (Format may take more than a few minutes)
  11. ASSIGN
  12. EXIT (but keep command prompt open)
  13. insert your Vista or Windows7 CD/DVD or Mount your bootable ISO image in Daemon Tools or any other similar application
  14. Go back to command prompt
  15. D: (Don’t forget to replace “D” with your CD/DVD/virtual DVD drive letter)
  16. CD BOOT
  17. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 E: (Don’t forget to replace “E” with your USB flash drive’s letter)
  18. CD D:\ (Don’t forget to replace “D” with your CD/DVD/virtual DVD drive letter)
  19. XCOPY *.* E: /S/H (Don’t forget to replace “D” with your CD/DVD/virtual DVD drive letter & “E” with your USB flash drive’s letter)

Well done, you have created a bootable Vista or Windows 7 install USB flash drive.

The last step is to configure your bios to boot from the USB flash drive then sit back and enjoy as Vista or Windows 7 installs from your USB flash Drive.

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