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Windows 7: How do you make a USB drive bootable so I can load W7 on a netbook?

06 Mar 2009   #11
chinga69

xp/vista/win7/win8/10 tech preview
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
That's how I do it and I think it's the easiest and fastest way :


Step 1. Format the USB Flash Disk



Run CMD (elevated) and type:
  1. diskpart
  2. list disk (*now find your USB disk number, you'll find it by its size)
  3. select disk 1 (*if your USB is disk 1)
  4. clean
  5. create partition primary
  6. select partition 1 (*this is 1, no matter what number is your USB disk)
  7. active
  8. format fs=fat32 (or ntfs, works with both)
  9. assign
  10. exit
Note: Don't type the things in parentheses above!!

Step 2. Copy Windows 7 or Vista's DVD content to the Flash Disk





Still on CMD, assuming your dvd is drive d: and your usb is drive e:
  • xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\
You're done. Works perfectly.You'll make the fastest install ever.
nice work thank you

cheers brad


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06 Mar 2009   #12
win7

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
That's how I do it and I think it's the easiest and fastest way :

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Step 1. Format the USB Flash Disk




Run CMD (elevated) and type:
  1. diskpart
  2. list disk (*now find your USB disk number, you'll find it by its size)
  3. select disk 1 (*if your USB is disk 1)
  4. clean
  5. create partition primary
  6. select partition 1 (*this is 1, no matter what number is your USB disk)
  7. active
  8. format fs=fat32 (or ntfs, works with both)
  9. assign
  10. exit
Note: Don't type the things in parentheses above!!

Step 2. Copy Windows 7 or Vista's DVD content to the Flash Disk






Still on CMD, assuming your dvd is drive d: and your usb is drive e:
  • xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\
You're done. Works perfectly.You'll make the fastest install ever.
This method is the best in my opionion and what i use for all laptop installs.
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06 Mar 2009   #13
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

I actually really enjoy working in the command line window.
I changed the text color to a bright green on the black background, changed the default size if the window, use a nice fancy font, but mostly I still love using commands and switches.
I know in today's super Gooie world that most folks don't even know what the CMD window is or how to do anything in it and I think that's a shame. Everyone should retain the basic knowledge of command line interface, it's extremely useful when things go sideways in Gooie.
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06 Mar 2009   #14
chinga69

xp/vista/win7/win8/10 tech preview
 
 

hi the links provided in above posts state that larger than 4 gig drives wont work but i just did it with a 32 gig drive and it works great

4 GB USB thumbdrive (NOT MORE THAN 4GB! Booting from USB flash devices isn’t supported on devices bigger than 4GB. Smaller USB sticks won’t work either since W7 won’t fit on them!)

cheers brad
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06 Mar 2009   #15
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

I have done it with 8GB, 32GB split in 5 partitions with multiple installations...all of them worked great.
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06 Mar 2009   #16
win7

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
 
 

How can you make the changes of font, color etc to CMD?

EDIT: i want inverted, white with black text.
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06 Mar 2009   #17
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Hello win7.

If you right-click on my pointed area and select properties, you get the font and layout options among others.


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06 Mar 2009   #18
hdjunkie

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
Hello win7.

If you right-click on my pointed area and select properties, you get the font and layout options among others.
Wow, I never noticed that. Cool tip.
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16 May 2009   #19
racoonlab

win 7
 
 

I followed this:

How to Install Windows 7 from USB Flash Drive

and everything was perfect.
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18 May 2009   #20
saverio

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

ok, so I've created my USB boot flash stick, so do I use ImgBurn to install the iso to the USB stick?

Will the computer recognise the USB stick on bootup and begin the installation?

Sorry to be so thick
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