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

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

    i tried putting all the files on to the usb drive however, the system doesnt boot from the usb drive! how do i make it so its bootable. thanks in advance
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    Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
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    Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 7000

    or this which to me seems less complicated: Creating Bootable Vista / Windows 7 USB Flash Drive at Kevin’s Blog
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    Vista x64 Ult/ XP64

    tdk08 said:
    ^^ 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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    Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

    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.
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    Vista x64 Ult/ XP64

    Limneos, I do agree that the CMD method is the most efficient (quickest keystrokes)
    But, you still have to remember or reference to those commands! (and the CMD DOS may be a little overwhelming for some)

    The method I listed means just DL'ing and saving those two files once (say to folder USB Boot);
    Then anytime you want to make a USB bootable, you just run the HP utillity. and you're done - no remembering steps or which drive is your USB
    Very Easy!

    Eis Igian
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    Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

    Aggreed, I guess I forget not everyone has some expertise..

    But it's just a few lines,plus no need for software. And the commands you have to type have some followable

    select disk, select partition , make active.


    not hard to remember.

    Anyway, I posted this because I used many methods and most of them didn't work for me...some worked for XP only, some for Vista only...some not at all.

    And in the method I describe, you will notice there is not an extra step to "make the usb bootable", once you've marked it as active, copying the DVD does the trick, cause it contains the boot record files itself
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    Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

    i know people who are scared because the pitch blackness and no sense of GUI (they panic....)...

    hmm this should be a tutorial...


    or should i give it a shot??

    but it shouldnt be that hard to make it a script...
    as for me i always have my cmd
    just for the wizmo program....
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Good one Limneos!
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    Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit

    Thanks echrada....

    Actually, no matter which method u use, I would suggest having a couple of usb sticks for your several Windows installations, they're very cheap lately. The installation time is much...much faster. I started using USB just for a few netbooks I had to setup. Now I don't use DVDs anymore for installations!
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