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Old December 23, 2011, 01:42 PM
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Hey there Canucks,

I've been pulling my hair out for the last few hours trying to make a bootable USB drive from my win 7 install disc. I've tried two different methods on two different USB sticks. One I just made an iso of the install disc, then used the Microsoft USB tool to make the drive bootable but it didn't work, nothing showed up as a boot option when starting up the PC and selecting the boot menu.

The second option didn't work either, and it's listed below: 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.]

Plug in your USB Flash Drive

Format the drive by typing the next instructions into a command prompt window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
select disk 1
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=NTFS
assign
exit
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:

Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
d:
cd d:\boot
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:
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.



Neither of these worked at all, they show up in windows as a installer but the USBs I used NEVER became bootable.

Yes I've set my bios to boot from "removable" first, and no it didn't work.

Any ideas?
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Old December 23, 2011, 01:52 PM
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My bootable disks show up as hard drives in BIOS. Check that, HDD boot priority.
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Old December 23, 2011, 02:01 PM
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try again
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool


hit F5 to bypass autoexe, config. will put to dos prompt
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Old December 23, 2011, 02:06 PM
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1. Use ImgBurn to create an ISO of your current Windows 7 DVD.
2. Download the Microsoft Download tool. Use the tool to copy the contents of the ISO to the flash drive.
3. For most boards hitting F12 at POST should bring up the boot menu. Select the flash drive and it should start booting from it. Otherwise make sure that the flash drive has the highest boot priority in the BIOS.
4. Install Windows. Remove the flash drive once it reboots just after setup. Otherwise it may try to boot from the flash drive again.
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Old December 23, 2011, 02:47 PM
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7lite works for me, just don't edit anything, unless you want to.
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Old December 23, 2011, 04:08 PM
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1. Use ImgBurn to create an ISO of your current Windows 7 DVD.
2. Download the Microsoft Download tool. Use the tool to copy the contents of the ISO to the flash drive.
3. For most boards hitting F12 at POST should bring up the boot menu. Select the flash drive and it should start booting from it. Otherwise make sure that the flash drive has the highest boot priority in the BIOS.
4. Install Windows. Remove the flash drive once it reboots just after setup. Otherwise it may try to boot from the flash drive again.
I've done that, computer says that "there are no boot devices" under "removable" the boot menu, going to try looking under hard drive boot priority to see if it's there. Will update whether it works or not, thanks for the help!
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Old December 23, 2011, 04:59 PM
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It should be listed under hard drive for most motherboards.
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Old December 23, 2011, 05:06 PM
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Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

i have been using this for several years since the launch of 7 always works just fine, made tons for drives bootable for clients 7 os
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If you tell us your motherboard model, it'll likely help us point you in the right direction.

Could be that you have to enable USB booting support.
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Old December 23, 2011, 11:21 PM
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It should be listed under hard drive for most motherboards.
That was it - now I feel like a big foolio! D:

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who helped out - thanks again.
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