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How to Create a Windows Bootable USB Easily?

2012-12-13 12:28:35 / Posted by Shawn Hamilton to Computer Help
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A bootable copy of Windows on a disk is handy if anything wrong happens on the existing startup drive. Some years ago, Compact Drive was the only way to create boot CD, install software or transfer data from and to your PC. Now, USB flash drive is getting cheaper and easier to handle. It is reusable with larger capacity. It becomes easier and simpler to create bootable USB, especially for netbook users.

You are highly recommended to create bootable USB, in the event of an unexpected system failure. To do so, you would be able to boot your computer from USB flash drive and repair corrupted system, recover any important information stored on the hard drive, and do much more.

Since we have valid reasons for wanting a bootable copy of Windows, we're going to show you how to create one using a USB flash drive and CD disc.

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Part I: Things you need to Prepare to Create Bootable USB or Boot CD

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Part II: How to Make a Bootable USB for Windows 7/ Vista

Step 1. Insert a USB into your computer. When your PC recognizes the USB, open the command prompt via: Start > (type in the search bar) cmd , then press Enter.

Step 2. Type in: diskpart, then press Enter in the command prompt. After that, a new window will be opened.

Step 3. Once inside this new window, type in: list disk . All active drives will be displayed to the command prompt.

Step 4. Now you will create a partition for the USB. Type in: create partition primary.

Step 5. Type in: select partition 1 . This will select the partition you have just created. Now type in: active. This will make the partition active on the USB.

Step 6. Format your USB. This could take some time depending on the size of the drive and the processing power of your computer. Usually a few seconds to 45 minutes. Type in: format fs=ntfs. Once completed, type in: assign.

Step 7. Congratulations, you now have created a Windows bootable USB. Type "exit" in command prompt

Step 8. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use "D" as my optical (DVD) drive letter and "H" as my USB drive letter.

Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:

Step 9. Once you have done that,Open the DVD from windows explorer (My computer). You might have to right-click, then click on "Open". select all that you see and transfer to your USB.

Sounds a little bit confused? If this doesn't work eventually, just try following steps, only 3 steps.

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After preparing all the things above, you can get started now to make bootable USB.

Part IV: How to Make a Bootable CD for Windows OS?

If you would rather create bootable CD of Windows, you can follow the short instructions as below.

As we mentioned above, we create startup USB or CD to use it in an emergency when your computer won't boot and get your computer back to working condition.

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