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Windows 7: if i copy an OS cd to a USB drive, will it boot?

20 Dec 2009   #1
Mirrorboy

Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit
 
 
if i copy an OS cd to a USB drive, will it boot?

i found a CD drive in my basement that i put in that spare computer i was talking about and i put Ubuntu on it, but if i wanted to install something from a DVD, could i copy the contents of the cd to a USB hard drive and boot from it? like vista or 7 or anything else that uses a DVD.
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20 Dec 2009   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Yes you could as long as you make the drive bootable
Check out this tutorial
Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

Or theres an official MS program on the net for making bootable flash drives for win 7 installation
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20 Dec 2009   #3
Mirrorboy

Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit
 
 

can i just copy the files directly from the installation cd to the USB drive?
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20 Dec 2009   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Follow the tutorial as suggested and you will be good to go...
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20 Dec 2009   #5
Mirrorboy

Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit
 
 

ok...say i didn't want to install windows. is there a universal tool to make bootable usb's from any OS provided you have an ISO of it?
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20 Dec 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

no as different os's use different file types ... Although I believe that most of the popular OS's do have tools that will make a USB drive bootable...
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20 Dec 2009   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

The computer's Bios still has to be able to be set to Boot from USB or an enternal source I think, or it may still not boot


" Doc "
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20 Dec 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Hahaha.. that was the next step, I just didnt want to jump the gun too soon...
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