How to boot and install Windows (XP/Vista/7) from a USB stick
So you want to put Windows XP/Vista/7 onto a USB stick but are a little bit unsure on how to get it done? Well look no further, this guide will help you to do just that, no matter how inexperienced you may be using computers.
This can come in real handy if you need to reinstall Windows but don’t have an installation CD or maybe your using a notebook that doesn’t have a CD/DVD drive. Or maybe you have a Windows installation CD but want to make a back-up of it incase the disc gets damaged.
Things you will need:
1). A USB stick (preferably up to 4GB, although my Windows Xp SP3 was only 622 MB’s roughly so a 1GB stick would have work fine – Windows Vista and 7 will be bigger in size). Note – if your USB stick has any files on it just now, back these up as all data on it will be erased during the process.
2). WinToFlash (http://www.wintoflash.com/download/en) – This is an excellent freeware program that has worked flawlessly for me time and time again and can be downloaded here, or from the downloads section of iTech Online.
3). A Windows installation disc – If you do not own a Windows disc you can also burn a .iso image file to the USB. Once you have your .iso file you can either burn it to a CD (if you have a CD/DVD drive) or if you are using a notebook (with no CD drive), please download and install Daemon Tools: (http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/downloads) (this will act as a virtual CD/DVD drive and will allow you to copy the Windows installation files from the virtual drive onto the USB stick as explained in the steps below).
Follow the steps below and you’ll have Windows XP/Vista/7 on a USB stick in no time at all. If you are a notebook user follow the steps below directly.
However, if you are a PC user with a CD/DVD drive then please replace the words ‘virtual drive’ with ‘CD/DVD drive’ and ‘.iso’ with ‘Windows CD’ and follow the steps directly – taking note that if you have a CD/DVD rom drive, then downloading Daemon Tools is not necessary.
Step 1). Insert USB device into the USB slot on your computer.
Step 2). After downloading & installing WinToFlash and Daemon Tools (links above), open WinToFlash and Daemon Tools, then mount your .iso file to your virtual drive using Daemon Tools.
Step 3). Once the .iso file is mounted on your virtual drive click on ‘my computer’ – you should see your ‘virtual drive’ with the Windows .iso file mounted to it (as shown below).
Step 9). Once formatting has complete, you will be taking to the screen below…
Posted on August 26, 2011, in How-to-Guides, Uncategorized and tagged 7, a USB, boot, by, from, from usb, guide, How, how to, install, installing windows from a usb stick, step, stick, to, using, vista, windows, wintoflash, xp. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.