Friday, June 22, 2012

Installing windwows 8, Windows 7 and windows Vista from a Bootable pen drive.

Hi all,  i feel too happy to share the things i Know and i wish this will help someone somewhere.

Today, here is an article to create a bootable windows installation Pen drive. This will allow us to install newer versions of windows OS from this pen drive.

The steps given below are applicable for creating a windows Vista, Windows 7 and windows 8 Bootable USB disk.

Objective: Create a bootable windows(vista , windows 7, windows 8) installation USB disk.


1. A USB 2.0 or 3.0 pen drive 4GB or higher
2. Original windows installation DVD media or iso image.
3. A system with Vista, windows 7 or windows 8 operating system with DVD drive.

In case you do not have any system having vista , 7 or windows 8 installed, still we can complete our task....
to do this, boot from windows vista, windows 7 or windows 8 disk, you can use any of the disks to prepare the pen drive.
after booting you will get the windows setup screen, now Press SHIFT+F10 key combination together and this will bring up command prompt on the screen, now you may follow the instructions below

First we will prepare the pen drive, to do this open CMD (command prompt) with Administrative privileges and run the following commands.
note: this is clean all the data from pen drive, be sure to backup it first.
  • Type  Diskpart on command prompt
  • Now type List volume, this will show all the partitions and drivers attached to pc. find the drive letter corresponding to you pen drive(in my case it is was F:)
  • type select volume F
  • now type clean (this will clean pen drive completely, deleting all partitions)
  • now type create partition primary
  • now type format fs=ntfs quick
  • now type active
  •  the step above automatically assigns drive letter to pen drive, but if it doesn't then you the next command.
  • assign letter="f"
  • now type exit
note: Command prompt is still open and let it be, our pen drive is now ready.
2.Adding boot information.

 using the command prompt, go to DVD drive and then Boot folder in windows installation DVD.
in my case E: is the DVD drive letter and prompt looks like this.(instead of E: use your DVD drive letter)
now type the following command (f: is my pen drive letter)
bootsect.exe /nt60 f:
Next step is to insert windows installation DVD and copy all the contents from your windows installation DVD to the pen drive. copy windows vista DVD if you wish to install Vista, use windows 7 disk if you wish to install 7 or use windows 8 DVD if you wish to use pen drive to install windows 8.
Yes!! and we are done!!...You can now easily boot from this pen drive and use it to install windows on and pc that support booting from Pen drive. Suitable for net books, laptops etc.
try and see if it works for you..... you may use these steps for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well.

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