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

18 May 2009   #21

win 7

Hi saverio, yep you can use ImgBurn, or PowerIso, or Alchol 120%. Yep, it will recognise it, but your BIOS has to support that...if your pc is new, don't worry, it will.


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18 May 2009   #22
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Using UltraISO 9.3 is probably the easiest way to do it.

1 - Open the ISO
2 - Bootable > Write Disk Image
3 - Select your USB drive and check 'Verify'
4 - Done.

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27 May 2009   #23

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I followed your excellent thread and it worked like a charm!

I'm truly impressed, I really am!

And then there was easy transfer.... I can only say I still backed everything up thinking I can't put my life in the hands of easy transfer... what can I say... superb!

I am really really impressed, it was only let down by an issue with some still stuck in the floppy age antics from adaptec which meant that I couldn't try the system out on a sata controller card but hey...
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27 May 2009   #24

Windows 7 64-bit (7127) & Mac OS X 10.5.7

Anyone know if any of these methods work with EFI?
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19 Aug 2009   #25

Windows 7 x86 build 7600

if it does not boot after following any of the tutorials, try writing the boots sector also

the commands should look like this

select disk 1 *the usb disk
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=NTFS QUICK
e:\ *the mounted or unrared windows instalation folder
cd boot *the mounted or unrared windows instalation folder
bootsect /nt60 f: *f: is the usb stick
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19 Aug 2009   #26
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04

I always did it the simple way.. set USB as my first 'device' to check during boot, in my BIOS. Then downloaded the ISO of Windows I wanted, un-rar'd it with WinRAR, copied the contents of the un-rar'd folder and pasted it onto the flash drive. Works like that for me :)

I <3 Simplicity.
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19 May 2010   #27
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
Using UltraISO 9.3 is probably the easiest way to do it.

1 - Open the ISO
2 - Bootable > Write Disk Image
3 - Select your USB drive and check 'Verify'
4 - Done.
Escellent tip! I was unaware you could do this so easily with UltraISO!!! REPS!
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24 May 2010   #28

Win 7 Ultimate
Boot.Zip Password Protected ?

I am trying this but when I double click Bootme.Zip I a box that says "Archive not readable, would you like to try a password?" Is it password protected ? I think I will try downloading from another source. Maybe this one is corrupt ?

Please advise

Thanks !


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SpcCdr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tdk08 View Post
^^ Ugg, that's clunky too
So instead do this: (even less complicated)

You will need HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 (be warned many google links for the HP tool are DEAD)
You can find it Here!

1. Run "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool"
2. Select your Thumb Drive as Device
3. Select FAT as File system
4. Volume name "Windows 7"
5. Select Quick Format
6. Select Create a DOS startup disk
7. unzip the and point "Using DOS system files located at" to the unzipped folder with files inside
8. Start Format
PS You wont see any files on the usbstick as they are in the boot sector

(you can also optionally do a second "format" using NTFS- don't worry "all data on drive will be lost" does NOT include the boot sector files.

There you go-My first How to... for WSF.
Cheers ALL
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04 Jul 2010   #30

windows 7 ultimate x86


I followed the guide where I used HP USB storage format tool and bootme.
I got it to boot from the USB but when it does it opens a command prompt, now my question is:
how doe I start the windows installation from there?

kind regards,

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