This decade has been called a “decade of nano technology” because of a drastic transition of many thing from macro size to micro size and so has been the case with Computers. Computers have transformed from huge sizes to palm tops and it is no surprise that many people want an alternative for traditional CD’s which are very fragile and time consuming. A sound replacement for a CD is a USB key considering its advantages over the former. A small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, and the OS will actually install much faster, and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook.
There are two methods for Installing Windows /Vista from a USB. One using Command prompt and the other using a software called UNetbootin.
1. Command Prompt Method.
- A USB Flash Drive with Minimum 4GB Memory.
- Windows 7/Vista Installation Files
Once you have these things you will have to follow these easy _____ steps
Step 1: Making your USB Bootable
- Insert your USB and copy the important data from the USB to a Safe location on your hard drive.
- Open Command Prompt with admin rights which can be done by either hitting Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter Or Going to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
- Now type a command DISKPART and hit enter and you will see a message. Then enter another command LIST DISK which will show a list of different Volumes on your computer from which you need to note down the name of Your USB Flash drive Disk number e.g., DISK 1.
- After you have noted Your disk number you will need to follow a sequence of Commands which are listed below (Assuming your Disk Number is also 1,and in case your USB Flash Drive DISK number is 2 then type DISK 2 ).
- SELECT DISK 1
- CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
- SELECT PARTITION 1
- FORMAT FS=NTFS (Format process may take few seconds)
- Minimise your command prompt.
- Insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive.
- Maximize the minimized Command Prompt Type the following command now:
- D: CD BOOT and hit enter. Assumonig “D” is your DVD drive letter.
- CD BOOT and hit enter to see a message
- Type another command given BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.
- Copy Windows 7/Vista contents to flash drive simply by dragging from DVD into USB Flash Drive.
Step 2: Boot Priority
After finishing Step 1 change the Boot priority to USB in the BIOS Menu which can be reached by pressing del, F1, or F2 depending on the make and model. Watch for instruction when you first turn on the computer.
You might also try holding the space bar while you boot–that often gives a ‘stuck key error’ and tells you which key to press to enter BIOS–also called ‘Setup’.
That’s it. After following these instructions precisely you will be able to Install Windows 7/ Vista from USB.