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Installing windows off of a USB stick

Discussion in 'General Software' started by ShadowFold, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. ShadowFold

    ShadowFold New Member

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    I have googled this and I seriously can't find any good guides. None of them make sense.. I have the HP formatting tool and I formatted my flash drive for FAT and I put the ISO on it and it doesn't boot from it.. I'm trying to do this with XP and it just doesn't work.. Any help would be awesome.
  2. Tau

    Tau New Member

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    I do it all the time so i dont have to plug a dvd drive into older computers/servers.

    Copy the contents of the install disc (xp/vista/w.e) int a folder on the flash drive, Boot the machine from Vista PE (barts PE might work also) then run the installer off the flash drive from inside the live disc and away you go.
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    Step By Step from vista:
    From admin cmd prompt

    1. diskpart
    1a. list disk
    2. select disk 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1 (replace 1 with your usb drive)
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    Copy Windows Vista's DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (d being your vista cd and e being your usb stick)

    And that's it, boot off your usb disk
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  6. johnspack

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    This works for me- winsetupfromusb : http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=120444
    Just click on the link for version 1.1. It installs a little app that does pretty much all of it for you. Just make sure to have source files ready to go. Should work with any newer windows, I used it to install xp64 on my server. Works great!
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