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Installing Windows 7 via USB flash drive!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by kyle2020, Apr 9, 2009.

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    I've used mine a lot, copying files installation files to a laptop (That got a fresh install of Win 7 :)) and watching videos on my 360/DVD player. Best of all it was free :D Kinda slow though though it is just a microSD card in a USB reader lol.

    Even if you don't use it a lot it's handy to have instead of doing something else like burning to a DVD or sending something via email.
     
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    I cant get it to work at all. In fact, I have never been able to successfully boot from a flash drive to install an OS. I followed this guide to the letter, and for whatever reason, the flash drive is not bootable.
     
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    i still find it weird people still follow his instructions, when theres a single line of text you can paste in a run window, and you can leave the flash drive on NTFS...
     
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  5. kyle2020 Guest

    My 8GB Databar set me back £9 some time last year, im sure over the pond prices are even cheaper. I might just get a sticky label and write "windows installation" on it, stick it to the drive and use it solely for installs.

    *edit*

    Mussels, people follow it because its broken down in to pictures and its easy to follow. If you want to write a guide on a one line method, by all means, have fun.
     
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    bios problem...if you dont have a usb boot option try manually selecting an HDD or "removable media" drive to boot from sometimes it will hide it in their.
     
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    i did - back for vista. i might start a new thread with an 'alternate' method.


    http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?p=1509277#post1509277
     
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    Very true Mussels. I just like having all of my installation files on my eHDD and transferring them over so I can put all different versions on multiple machines. And this makes it SUPER easy to reinstall on netbooks too!
     
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    Ive tried his method too and it doesnt work for me either.

    There is a usb removable drive option in BIOS and it is set to be the first boot device. DVD drive is second.
     
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    Can we take the discussions of alternate methods to their designated threads please? This method works fine for me, several others of this site and thousands of others, so if you want to bash it and recommend other methods, do so in that thread.
     
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    Maybe look under the USB crap in your BIOS. With my board, I have to go to the USB options and set the USB emulation to hard drive to get it to work, and this emulation submenu only appears if it picks up the drive during POST.
     
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    try looking in the harddrive or removable device section then.
     
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    yep, keep discussions on each method to their respective threads.

    crash: start a new thread describing your problem - post a link in these if you want. i think i know your problem anyway, but i'll save it for the new thread.
     
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    Nah. No need to make a thread on it. Just pm me what you think is the problem/solution.
     
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    USB drive doesnt show up, even after a format through windows (XP)

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Ohh ok. Doesnt work with XP. Is there any way I can get the USB drive to be bootable from within XP?

    I know my BIOS supports it.
     
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    theres information in my thread on a program that allows you to do that, quoted at the bottom of the first post.
     
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    Mussels and pantherx12 say thanks.
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    Thanks !

    Simplifies the process so much.
     
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    So thats both Kuro and mussels that have hijacked this thread - nice :shadedshu

    Dont post unless its related to my method or feedback.
     
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    show respect please
     
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    linking to alternatives is hardly hijacking... it IS related to the thread topic.
     
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    I hate to have to quote myself but I said no discussion / linking to alternate methods on my thread - I am the OP so I kinda make the rules.

    I do believe you even posted thanks to that post too mussels.
     
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    multiple links though? why dont you politely ask kyle to put the links in the OP for alternative methodes with a short paragraph as to what they include instead of smpamming links all over someones thread? its like if i were to sell my x58 board and people were asking questions about it and you answered everyone with a link to an asus board. Personally it sounds to me like your trying to fish for veiws because usually you or any other member wouldnt argue over a common respect issue.
     
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    while the OP can set the topic - he cant set any rules. thats w1zzards job.

    While you can set any rules you like, you lack the authority to actually back them up, so unless a moderator or admin agrees with you, your rules simply wont get enforced.

    indeed some people have gone overboard - but he linked to one hell of a simple tool that seemed to do the job well.
     
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