Windows 7 Tips: Install Vista and Windows 7 using bootable USB storage device

Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be installed via a bootable USB drive as well. And the installation would be much easier and faster than installation via DVD. Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 R2 also can be installed via USB drive except installation of Windows 7 & Windows Vista .

Initially Windows Vista/7 DVD or installation source (setup backup files stored on local hard disk) & a 4GB USB 2.0 Storage device would be required. You can follow the steps to install Windows Vista/7 from USB Drive. 

1. Plug your USB storage device and run CMD and execute the following commands one after another.

A:  Diskpart  Run Disk partition utility  

B:  List disk  To get disk index that is used to perform disk partitioning.  

C:  Select disk 1  Selects disk to perform disk partitioning.  

D:  Clean  Flush your existing all USB drive’s partitions.  

E:  Create partition primary  Creates a partition as primary partition.

F:  Format recommended  Format your USB drive with recommended parameters. (No need to worry about file system format)  

G:  Active  Set the partition as active to hold bootmgr.  

H:  Exit To quit Diskpart utility

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2. After executing the above commands simply copy all Windows Vista/7 files from DVD/Backup storage to USB storage device.  

3. Change boot settings from BIOS and set it to boot with your USB drive, you can install Windows Vista/7 via bootable USB storage device. That is it. 

Note: For boot problems try Fixing your USB Storage drive with the command  I:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 I: where I: is the drive letter of USB storage device.

"Windows 7 Tips: Install Vista and Windows 7 using bootable USB storage  device"

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