How to Create Bootable USB Stick for Windows 7, Windows Server 2K8
and Windows Vista.
I recently had the need to install Windows 7 from a USB stick. This was because I didn't have
a working DVD drive to hand. I found a couple of tutorials online explaining how to create the disk.
They generally explained this technique:
: USB Pen Drive (Minimum 4 GB), Windows Operating System DVD or ISO image (32 bit or 64 bit)
Go to COMMAND prompt, Type
(You may see an error sometimes. Therefor don't forget to run COMMAND prompt
using Run as Administrator option)
DISKPART> list disk
Select the USB device from the list and substitute the disk number below when necessary
DISKPART> select disk 1
DISKPART> create partition primary
DISKPART> select partition 1
DISKPART> format fs=fat32
xcopy X:\*.* /s/e/f Y:\
where X:\ is your mounted image or physical DVD and Y:\ is your USB device
However it appears diskpart is unable to see USB sticks under Windows XP. Therefor those using
Windows XP I have found an alternative method.
Firstly find the bootsect.exe tool on the Windows 7 disc (in the boot directory). Then run this command
where Y is the drive letter of the USB stick.
D:\boot> bootsect.exe /nt60 Y:
Now copy all the files from the Windows 7 disc onto the USB stick. This can be done by dragging in the
GUI or using the xcopy method shown previously.