How to Create Bootable USB Drive in Windows 7 and Vista

USB flash drives are commonly used for booting into Windows. When you boot from CDs, Blu-Ray disks, DVDs and USB drives permits you to do diagnostic tests on the system which is not able to boot from the hard drive. Here’s how to create a bootable USB drive in Windows 7 and Vista.

Steps for Creating Bootable USB Drive in Windows 7 and Vista

•    Go to the elevated Windows command line menu by pressing on the Start option.

•    Enter cmd in the search bar.

•    Click on the Control +Shift + Enter keys together on the system keyboard.

•    Access these keys by going to the Start, Accessories and  All programs menu.

•    You need to right-click with the system mouse on the Command prompt window.

•    After that, choose the Run as Administrator option.

•    Enter cd c:\windows\system32 by going to the command prompt window for changing the directory to the Windows System32 directory.

•    Make sure that the USB flash drive is already connected.

•    Enter DISKPART in the search box.

•    Click on the Enter button.

•    Enter List Disk in the search box.

•    After that, tap on the Enter button.

•    Now, you will get the list of the hard disk drives which is paired to the system.

•    You need to search the Disk partition number of the USB flash drive.

•    Enter SELECT DISK (USB disk #).

•    Now, it will start indicating that the USB flash drive is the hard disk which you have chosen.

•    In case you do not remember what hard disk is the USB flash drive, then safely remove the USB flash drive.

•    Reconnect the USB flash drive.

•    Start comparing the listed results.

•    You need to enter the listed commands and do not forget to click on the Enter button after entering every command.

1.    CLEAN



4.    ACTIVE


6.    ASSIGN

7.    EXIT

•    You should have the Windows 7 or Vista installation CD.

•    Place the CD in the system CD drive.

•    Go to the My Computer option.

•    Copy the hard drive number is provided to the CD drive.

•    Return to the command prompt menu.

•    Type in D: CD BOOT.

•    After that, click on the Enter button.

•    Re-enter CD BOOT.

•    Tap on the Enter option.

•    At last, enter BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:

•    Click on the Enter option.

•    You have to start copying all the contents stored on the CD to the USB drive.


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