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Windows 7: How do you create a USB boot drive

20 Sep 2011   #1
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How do you create a USB boot drive

I am sure this question has come up before and is very easily answered but I really need some help!!! Please could someone tell me how to make a bootable usb drive with windows 7. Please can you make the instructions really clear because I don't want to muck up!!!

Any help much appreciated

P.S. Hope I have got this in the right part of this forum!!!


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20 Sep 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I had picked the wrong link - sorry.
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20 Sep 2011   #3
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hello Music Guy123
Is this what your looking for - USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Danny
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20 Sep 2011   #4
Johnrai

Windows 7
 
 

You can follow the steps to make a USB drive bootable.

1)Insert the USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.

2) Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator.

3) When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:
DISKPART and hit enter.
LIST DISK and hit enter.
Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive.

4) In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do.
SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS
(Format process may take few seconds)
ASSIGN
EXIT

Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5) Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use “D” as my optical (DVD) drive letter and “H” as my USB drive letter.
6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:
D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.
CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.
BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H:
(Where “H” is your USB drive letter)

6) Copy Windows DVD contents to USB.

You are done with the USB bootable drive. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature
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20 Sep 2011   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

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20 Sep 2011   #6
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

My problem is that I don't have a windows instalation DVD, is there any way I could get one/make one for either free or cheaply???
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20 Sep 2011   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Do you have a genuine Windows 7 key? If you do have, then you can borrow the particular version Windows 7 media from a friend and make an ISO.
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20 Sep 2011   #8
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yeah i do, do you mean borrow the disc and use my key to activate it or what...I am just a bit confused!!!
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20 Sep 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Yes. Only your key is unique. The Windows disk is not unique.
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20 Sep 2011   #10
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Have another look at the link I posted at the beginning of the thread. It will show you how to create a installation usb from your friends disk which you can install from then activate with your key

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