Saturday, January 8, 2011

How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive (UFD)

 How to Create Bootable USB Flash Drive (UFD) Installation
 for Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7

 © 2007 - 2011 home7ech

Imagine a situation where you need to install Windows Vista or 7 in a system but you don't have access to DVD drive. We all know Windows Vista, Server 2008 or 7 comes in DVDs and you'll need a DVD drive to install them. Then how will you install them? The solution is, you can create a bootable USB drive which can be used to install Windows without using DVD drive. (Quotes from

This will walk through the steps to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Vista or Windows 7 OS.  These instructions assume that you have a computer with Windows Vista installed on it.
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 * A USB Drive (4 GB or more)
 * Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 or 7 ISO image or DVD
 * Host OS: Windows Vista (SP1 or SP2), Server 2008 or 7

Step 1: Format the Drive
The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility.
[Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]
 1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
 2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > 
      Accessories >   Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator
 3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command 
     Prompt window:
    list disk

    The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step.
    I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
 4. Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window.
     Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
    select disk 1
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    format fs=NTFS

    When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable.
In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:
 1. Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
 2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
    cd d:\boot

 3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image.
    I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
    bootsect /nt60 g:
    *) Command Description
        /nt52: Applies the master boot code a previous version of Windows Vista/7/Server 2008.
        /nt60: Applies the master boot code Windows Vista/7/Server 2008.
 4. You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.

Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.

Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB

This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.

I used these instructions an working Properly on 'My.Desktop.PC' loaded with 'Windows.AIO_10.10_HE'.
 The List of INDEX Windows.AIO_10.10_HE WIM files:
  - Windows 7 Ultimate (NetBooks Edition) x86
  - Windows 7 Ultimate (Integrated SP1-Beta) x86
  - Windows 7 Enterprise (Integrated SP1-Beta) x86
  * Approximation Size in USB Flash Drive: 1.44 GB
  *** Thanks for your reading and Hope that helps ...
      I'd appreciate any suggestions ... ***

; Related Articles
  · Create Bootable UFD Windows Vista/7 Manually at Kevin’s Blog
  · Membuat Installasi Windows 7 / Vista dari USB Flashdisk (Indonesian Version)

; Bootable USB Applications
  · WinSetupFromUSB
    » Name: SetupFromUSB.rar [Download]
    » Size: 4.8 MB
    » Date: 2010-10-10
    » Name: Setup from USB.pdf [Download]
    » Size: 1.6 MB
    » Date: 2010-10-21
    » Name: Setup from USB.doc [Download]
    » Size: 4.2 MB
      Date: 2010-10-08
    Alternate Download Link:
    » Name: Setup From USB_exe.7z [Download]
    »  Size: 958 KB
    » Name: Setup from USB_doc.rar [Download]
    » Size: 3.65 MB
  · Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (English Version)
    » Name: Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe [Download]
    » Size: 2.59 MB
  · WinToFlash: Utility to Create Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows XP, 
    Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and 7 (English Version)
    » Name: [Download]
    » Date: 07/20/2010
    » Size: 6.74 MB
    Alternate Download Link:
    » Name: Novicorp_WinToFlash_0.6.0011_beta.7z [Download]
    » Size: 2.01 MB
  · A Bootable USB: Utility to Create Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows Vista,
    Server 2008 and 7 (English Version)
    » URL:
    » Name: [Download]
    » Size: 995,94 KB
  · Bootable USB for Linux

; Notes:
  *) It's Recommended to use 'Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe' for Install Windows Vista, 
      Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.
  *) It's Recommended to use 'Novicorp_WinToFlash_0.6.0011_beta' for Install Windows XP
      and Windows Server 2003.
  *) For Advances User Recommended to use Creating Manually...


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