Install Windows Vista from Bootable USB Flash Memory Drive

Install Windows Vista from Bootable USB Flash Memory Drive

You can even install Windows Vista with USB 2.0 flash memory drive now. All you need is a high speed 4GB flash memory only to create a bootable Windows Vista on flash memory drive.

It sound a bit rare to hear people install Windows Vista on Flash Memory ya. Actually, The concept is simple by using flash memory drive to act as the Windows Vista installation DVD disk only. But installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive perhaps is the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install which nowadays every computer or laptop have a USB drive. Meanwhile, This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit Ethernet, or possibly even some external USB 2.0 hard drives, due to differences in access speed & transfer rate. So below the step to create a bootable windows vista on flash memory drive

Create a bootable Windows Vista on Flash Memory

1. Format the USB flash memory drive to FAT32 file system

Run CMD.EXE and type the following command. Note: This set of commands assumes that the USB flash drive is addressed as “disk 1″. Double check that by doing a list of the disks (type “list disk”) before cleaning it).

  1. diskpart
  2. select disk 1
  3. clean
  4. create partition primary
  5. select partition 1
  6. active
  7. format fs=fat32
  8. assign
  9. exit

2. Copy Windows Vista’s DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

Type in command to start copying all the content from the Windows Vista DVD to your newly formatted high speed flash drive.

  • xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\

3. Setup your computer BIOS to boot from USB Drive

4. Install Windows Vista from flash memory drive

After finish the above step. you can try to view how fast the installation of windows vista can be completed. Let us know how you feel if whether installing windows vista on flash memory drive compare the installation window vista on DVD media.

  • Barrack

    i follow all the instruction but my flash drive (Apacer Steno HC110 2 GB and Data Traveller 1 GB) can’t boot. Cek with Disk Management Properties from my flas drive still not showing able to boot

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    @Barrack,

    Do you set your computer bios to boot from your USB memory drives

  • happy

    hi…..please help me..

    i hav windows vista cd but it is not bootable….. i want to make it bootable… please tell me how can i do so….reply me soon…

    thanx.!!

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    @Happy

    Change your computer bios bootable setting to CD rom as first bootable source. Then your computer will boot the windows vista CD first after your computer hard drive.

  • Randall

    There are two important steps missing from these instructions.

    First, you need to open a DOS prompt, find BOOTSECT.EXE, and in the command window, type:

    \Bootsect.exe /nt60 /

    Make sure and replace the with your path and with your letter. For example, if your path was “C:\MyPath” and your USB drive was letter “F”, then your line would be:

    “C:\MyPath\Bootsect.exe /nt60 F:” (without the quotes).

    Make sure you do not have any command windows open that reference the drive or have the drive being written to.

    Secondly, you need to get the HP USB format tool available from HP’s website and format the USB drive using that utility rather than the formatter that comes with Vista or XP. I have had many cases where this formatter worked but the internal did not.

    Goos luck!

  • http://www.techmixer.com Niraj Maharjan

    plz send me a vista from bootable usb flash memory drive i can used this software

  • William

    does vista have xcopy, if so where do I type xcopy command.

  • william

    Sorry about that dumb question, it must have been a senior moment. command promt duh

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    Willian,

    The XCopy command still works on windows vista under command prompt

  • Oscar

    hey, is that wokr with WINDOWS XP?

  • kkslider

    Will these instructions also work with creating a Windows XP Bootable USB drive too?

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    Oscar & KKslider

    In theory, Windows XP also work at portable USB drive

  • tc

    When I do a search, these exact same instructions are posted everywhere. I have yet to see anyone post who has actually gotten this to work. Flash drives apparently are only good for storing applications and running them from within Windows. Or using it as a floppy disk to boot to DOS to flash a bios… but thats about all you can do.

  • jimbo

    Booting from usb is EASY if you read the instructions, if it doesn’t work first time READ SOME MORE and google lots!

  • Alfie

    This one will do for windows xp, http://www.jcmiras.net/surge/p96.htm

  • Matt

    Install Windows XP from Bootable USB Flash Drive
    Install Windows Vista from Bootable USB Flash Memory Drive

    Flash Drive 4.0 GB
    Flash Drive 8.0 GB

    xcopy is located in Windows xp, Vista (Command Prompt)

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\

  • freddyzdead

    How can so-called expert leave out making flash drive bootable?

    The steps posted by Randall above won’t work.

    Put Vista DVD in drive.
    CMD window (start -> run -> cmd.exe)
    E: (assuming E: is your CD/DVD drive. means Enter key.)
    cd BOOT
    bootsect.exe /FAT32 f:
    (assuming f: is your flash drive)

    Flash drive should now boot if your bios supports it and USB is set
    as first boot device.

    This is assuming your flash drive is already formatted to FAT32. Formatting flash drives to NTFS is not a good idea. It can ruin them.

    If you have trouble, then format the flash drive with a utility such as the HP one, then start over from the beginning.

  • freddyzdead

    My previous post didn’t come out the way I typed it.

    E: (assuming E: is your CD/DVD drive. means Enter key.)

    should be

    E: [cr] (assuming E: is your CD/DVD drive. [cr] means Enter key.)

    I’ve done it differently this time. It means you type E: and then
    press the Enter key.

    Now the bloody captcha tells me I can’t add. What crap.

  • freddyzdead

    OK last time; I’m sorry, I was wrong. The correct command is:

    bootsect.exe /nt60 f: (f: is your flashdrive)

    Now you should be right. Btw if the flashdrive is 4 gigs or more, it is already formatted as fat32, so there shouldn’t be any reason to
    format it again.

  • gerhard

    When I try to boot from the usb flash drive (8GB formated in fat32), I get “Invalid Partition Table”.
    I followed exactly the above instructions 1 through 4.
    Thanks in advance, Gerhard

  • hal

    Worked on a 4GB Micro SD card connected using a USB micro SD card reader on my tablet which has DVD ROM.

    Thanks!

  • Charle

    Ok, everything has worked, got Vista to install, but during the install, when vista restarts my system, it either A) Goes back to the install from beginning or B) if I select "Boot from HDD" I get an error saying missing Boot File (Not sure exact error).  My internal DVD-ROM is out of commision. 

    Anyone know what im doing wrong?!

  • Mick Thompson

    Tried it. It works but is actually slower than installing from disk. I’m using a 35MB/sec flash drive.  Don’t forget during "xcopy" that d:\ becomes your source dvd drive and e:\ becomes your destination USB flash drive socket. I’m looking forward to trying it with USB 3.0!

  • phil

    Have no idea how you guys are getting these DOS commands to work, or where they came from, none of them are ‘recognized as internal or external commands’. "list disk"?, "bootsect"? They are not valid commands. At least thats what the command prompt is telling me.

  • xXephis

    Randall, THANK YOU VERY MUTCH!
    bootsect /nt60 X: works perfect for me!!!
    i think with this method you cam make every disk bootable on usb-stick! :)

  • xXephis

    @phil: read again… type in “diskpart” then you are able to use “list disk” and so on…

  • Chris

    Excellent, combining all advice above gave me a boot installer USB key.  It is much faster to utilize than the DVD (14mins vs 31mins on one system) and there is another advantage; loading SATA drivers for our various hardware platfroms right on to the key makes AHCI utilization a snap.  I suspect this will be better than PXE.  Thanks!

    For those who don’t know what to see from diskpart or bootsect, here is a transcript of the command prompt window:

    —–

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\XXXXX>diskpart

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.0.6001
    Copyright (C) 1999-2007 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: XXXXXXXXXXX

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ###  Status      Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
    ——–  ———-  ——-  ——-  —  —
    Disk 0    Online        60 GB      0 B
    Disk 1    Online       186 GB      0 B
    Disk 2    Online      7648 MB      0 B

    DISKPART> select disk 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> clean

    DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

    DISKPART> create partition primary

    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    DISKPART> select partition 1

    Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> active

    DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

    DISKPART> format fs=fat32

    100 percent completed

    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

    DISKPART> assign

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART> exit

    Leaving DiskPart…

    —–

    G:\>cd boot

    G:\boot>bootsect.exe /nt60 h:
    Target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode.

    H: (\\?\Volume{da698300-9ac7-11dd-991f-001d09382fbe})

    Successfully updated FAT32 filesystem bootcode.

    Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.

    G:\boot>

  • Kalmi

    The command “bootsect.exe /nt60 h:” is only needed if you are not under vista… Vista’s diskpart does it for you imho… It’s working for me without that line….

  • Sam

    Ugh, my friend accidentally “cleaned” my D:/ Drive, instead of the USB Flash Drive. How do I reverse this process, as it seems my D:/ Drive has been deactivated or something. Please help me!

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    @Sam

    You can try using free data recovery program to recover D: drive. :)

  • knowitall

    Some experts you guys are…..You can’t run a bootable windows on a USB Flash drive. When the Flashdive version of windows loads, it will reinitialize and redetect all USB devices, including the disk it is running from, so in effect, its killing itself.

  • Martin

    When i load diskpart and typed list disk, I cant find my USB Flash Drive! What can I do?

  • Anuraag

    Thanks.
    Something weird is happening :(
    I executed bootsect.exe /nt60 M: (M was my pen drive)
    When I inserted the pen drive in laptop (boot from USB was enabled),
    it showed me,
    BOOTMGR is missing,
    Press any key to restart.

    What should I do now?
    My laptop is really locked now, I want to install any windows OS in it(XP is not able to partition properly shows some temporary file error and I dont have CD/DVD rom in it) and now i tried vista, all this is happening.
    Please help

  • Anuraag

    and sorry forgot to mention, I tried the bootsec.exe from both dvd as well as hard disk drive.

  • Woter

    …Have all worked for me using the method.

    A few tips if I may:

    1. Make sure your BIOS boot order is set so the USB device is BEFORE the hard disk. If the USB device still doesn’t boot, try it in another machine (if you can). You don’t have to install on that machine. Just exit at the first prompt. If you don’t have another machine, make sure your BIOS firmware (software version of your BIOS) is up-to-date.

    2. You need vista, Windows Server 2008 or Windows 7 to see a removable disk (USB Key) in disk part. XP cannot see this type of device. Randall Points out a work around for XP.

    3. To copy the files from the original source, you must use XCOPY. It is a DOS command (command prompt or CMD) that has been around (probably) from year dot. The switches (options) tell xcopy what to do. If you type xcopy /?, the options are listed so you can see what they do. XCOPY will copy hidden and system files. Most users probably don’t have these switched on, so if you drag and drop, these files would be missed.

    4. The original source can be the DVD or a Virtual mounted DVD image (ISO).

    5. Try and copy directly from the source to the USB key. This limits chances of file corruptions. IMHO windows isn’t very good at copying files in one piece (as opposed to *nix or using RoboCopy.

    6. Probably the most IMPORTANT point, is that not all usb keys will work. If you are trying to use a key that was given away as a freebe from a course or exhibition, I suggest you forget it. Even if they are have the capacity, they will use very low quality chips and be very slow, so this will defeat part of the object of this exercise. (A fast install experience).

    Time for bed. I hope these pointers may help some of you out. I promise you, it does work – exceptionally well. (My next step is to try this method with XP and Server 2003)

    If you at first don’t succeed, try try again :-)

    P.S. You are correct, I didn’t pass ‘math’, but I did pass mathS or mathematics!! Grrr ;-)

  • Woter

    Oh and if you try and use an XP machine to copy the contents of your Vista DVD to the DiskPart’d key, XP won’t recognise it. XP will try and format it again.

  • darcwolf

    I got everything working, but when it chooses a hard drive to install to no hard drives show up on the list, anyone know why?

  • The Man

    Format the USB stick as NTFS

    Make USB Volume Active
    Open up an (Administrator) command prompt window
    Run diskpart.exe and then set your drive and partition to point to the stick. Make sure you set the partition as Active.
    Do this by typing the following:
    1. list disk (to determine the disk number for your drive, in my case 2)
    2. Select disk
    3. active
    4. exit

    Create Boot Sector
    There’s a tool in Vista called bootsect.exe. Cant find it? Its on the Vista DVD itself in the Boot directory.
    Run bootsect /nt60

    Copy over Vista and Boot Files
    From the Vista DVD copy over the
    * Boot directory
    * Sources directory and
    * the files in the root directory
    and you should be good to go!!

  • tora

    All works. Don’t listen to negative comments.
    I have tried this with both Vista and Windows 7.
    XP does not work (as has been mentioned).

    Great, simple tutorial!

  • Dave

    This also works for any MicroSD card.

  • andy

    How come my flash drive doesn’t show under list disk. I’ve tried 4 different flash drives and now i’m wondering if there’s only specific usb drives this will work from.

    Thanks!

  • bibab

    no problem thx for tutorial

  • Per-Ola

    “…How come my flash drive doesn’t show under list disk. I’ve tried 4 different flash drives and now i’m wondering if there’s only specific usb drives this will work from.

    Thanks!…”

    The “diskpart.exe” program under windows XP does NOT list USB flash drives when you do the “list disk” command. It only displays IDE, SATA, SCSI, and USB/FireWire connected IDE/SATA drives.

    Anyone has a work around?

  • Mark

    I’m trying to create a partion on a flash drive, 1gb sandisk. Plan to use this flash drive to boot on Itanium to get firmware installed. Diskpart says the device is too small to create the partiton. If I’m not putting the OS files on it, it should need large amounts of room – no?

  • BooH

    Is it possible to install Vista over a network using a shared dvd drive?
    ie i don’t have a flash or dvd drive, so i share a laptops dvd drive over our network & boot from that?

  • Elissa

    Worked like a charm thanks!

  • Telecom 3

    Giving this a bash.

  • janmike

    help plz!

    what will i type when my DVD ROM is “F:”
    should it be like this?
    xcopy f:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ or what?
    then drive e: would be the assigned drive for the flash drive or what?
    please help me.
    Thanks…

  • janmike

    help please!

    what will i type when my DVD ROM is “F:”
    should it be like this?
    xcopy f:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ or what?
    then drive “e:” would be the assigned drive for the flash drive or what?
    please help me.
    Thanks…

  • Ryan

    KM,

    Contrary to what some of the chuckleheads post here, these instructions work great as posted. Thank you.

  • Curro

    I followed all the instructions and I’m experiencing difficulties with installing Windows Vista from USB.

    it doesn’t automatically installs Windows Vista, but it rather stays on the boot (ms-dos) screen hanging there with the letter/drive C:\

    It just waits for me to fill things up, but I have no clue what I should write.

    Can someone please offer me any help.

    Thanks.

  • entrails

    Cant get part 2 to work

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\

    the “e:\” is the name of your usb flash drive right? so you put in the letter u have on your drive?

    Plz help me!!!

  • Jakko

    Thanks for the guide. This worked brilliantly.

    I’ve installed Windows now, and I’m ready to start useing the flash drive for ReadyBoost.

    How do I revert these settings to get the UFD back to it’s former state?

  • Bora

    Thanks for the post. This is working also with Windows 2008 Enterprise Server.

  • prem

    it was very coool jst like hw u stated makng d usb bootable, thank’s u all very much bye tc

  • rusdiansyah

    Thanks very much
    it was very cool. and this worked

    Now, i’m can install windows Vista without DVDROM
    i’ m used HDD external 40GB as USB to boot,

  • Beni

    Thanx..it worked…and the instalation was very fast..again..thank you!

    Notice…when i partitionet the USB stick with FAT32 it worked…but didn’t work with NTFS format!

  • Creo

    thanks “the man” bootsect was available on the vista disc itself. I copied it to my C:\ drive.
    As im in windows 7 i had to run cmd.exe as adminitstrator, change to c:\boot and then run the command bootsect nt60 mydriveletter:

    Note that diskpart was useless for me as it failed saying my drive was too big (120gb). Simply use swissknife which needs to be run as admin, and the drive must be raw ie the entire thing deleted through disk management (right click my computer, manage)

    Or use the hp tool “The Man” suggests.

  • Creo

    help please!

    what will i type when my DVD ROM is “F:”
    should it be like this?
    xcopy f:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ or what?
    then drive “e:” would be the assigned drive for the flash drive or what?
    please help me.
    Thanks…

    f would be the dvd drive, or vista disc
    e would be the target drive ie your usb drive
    *.* is a wild card meaning “everything” well specifically everyfilename.everyextension
    /s /e /f are command switches, their functions can be seen by doing xcopy /?
    /? is a default command for help with syntax (the /s /e /f) and so can be used with most programs.

  • Minvydas

    i used this method which i found at http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm but i had to modify a bit to work. so here it is.

    bootable USB guide, here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 (NOT XP) to create a bootable USB.

    1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.

    2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator.

    3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:
    DISKPART and hit enter.
    LIST DISK and hit enter.
    Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your USB drive. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1.

    4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these commands do.

    SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)
    CLEAN
    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    SELECT PARTITION 1
    ACTIVE
    FORMAT FS=NTFS
    (Format process may take a while)
    ASSIGN
    EXIT

    Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

    5. 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.

    6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:

    D:CD BOOT and hit enter. Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

    BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: and hit enter
    (Where “H” is your USB drive letter)

    7. And just copy Windows DVD contents to USB.

    You are done with your bootable USB. You can now use this bootable USB as bootable DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current motherboards support this feature). you have to to be sure that in BIOS, where you can select boot priority, the first on the list is USB (on sony vaio vpcw12 i found 4 or 5 of those)

    Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a bootable USB on XP computer.

    it worked for me from the first time :)

  • HOLD ON A SEC

    People, just download “WinToFlash” and all your problems will fade away insallah; a software which will do all those DOS “wasting time” processes unnecessary and will do every step for you..

    the link is: http://wintoflash.com/download/en/

    for rapidusers: http://rapidshare.com/files/316716388/novicorp_wintoflash_0.5.0013_beta.rar

  • Sami

    I just ran across an app which completely automates the process of creating a win7 or WinPE bootable flash drive. Definitely one to check out… http://firesage.com/bootsage

  • ALESSANDRO

    Thanks for the BootSage link, Sami. It worked perfectly on Windows XP when the other apps wouldn’t. That was a great find, thanks for sharing. http://firesage.com/bootsage

  • http://www.microfiche-microfilm-scanning.co.uk craig

    what if the computer came with windows vista and you wanted to boot from a flash to XP would that also work. We have had compatibility problems with some software in our office with Vista, xp always works though: http://www.pearl-repro.co.uk

  • Jobfinder

    First of all see this link for xp: http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html

    for windows 7, and I believe it will work w/ vista too.http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool/3000-18513_4-10972600.html

    I just finished install of win 7 by usb so I can ashure you this does work.

  • Jobfinder
  • raziq

    ok but this only works if u have windows vista or 7 already installed. i cant see my flash drive in diskpart when i list my drive so what to do now.

  • nz

    i dont have an install dvd but have downloaded the iso image for vista x86. can i copy this straigh to my usb with haveing to burn it to a dvd first? what programe would i use to burn it?

  • n00b

    Does this method works on installing windows xp as well?

  • http://www.techmixer.com km

    @n00B,

    As mention on the post, this method doesn’t work on Windows XP.

  • Cherimoya Eihn

    I have no boot menu on my laptop.
    And installation Windows 7 DVD was scratched.
    What i did was:
    1) download windows 7 installation ISO;
    2) unpack it on flash drive;
    3) boot from any installation CD/DVD (just to get close
    to command promt);
    4) format c:;
    5) copy contents of flash drive to c:;
    (xcopy f:*.* c:);
    6) reboot.
    The PC will boot from c: as it was some DVD and will actually install Windows on itself.

  • Windows7User

    Here is a good explanation of making a bootable USB Flash thumb drive with Windows 7 for installing onto a netbook.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd535816.aspx

  • kamal bahadur

    whenever i install vista frm pd all goes right but a error occurs reading files are corrupt or all data are not availabe . its code is0*80070241.
    I have copied all files but the same error flashes on my screen during booting
    What I should do.
    help
    Please.

  • Tobi

    I have an Amilo Pi 2540. To get Vista CDs I had to burn them myself from recovery section on boot. It is three CDs. How do I proceed with that?

    Also, can I do this trick with a 16gb DataTraveler? I ran Memtest86 bootable USB version just fine with it so obviously it is possible to make it bootable.

  • rets

    I was trying to make a USB bootable for the installation of windows 7. I followed the guide in this website:

    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

    I did steps 1 to 4. My 4GB flash drive was plugged and so was my 400GB external hdd (Phillips). It was too late when I realized that I did step 4 on my external hdd.
    STEP 4:

    SELECT DISK 1

    CLEAN

    CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

    SELECT PARTITION 1

    ACTIVE

    FORMAT FS=NTFS

    (Format process may take few seconds) – this actually didnt take place (I dont know why)

    ASSIGN

    EXIT

    Now, I cant open my external hdd – it always says your drive needs to be formatted.

    What should I do? I am not that computer savvy (my OS is Windows XP SP2). I really hope someone can help me in this mess. Thank you very much.

    Rets

  • http://www.techmixer.com/install-windows-vista-from-bootable-usb-flash-memory-drive/ Detlev

    Hi, an really excellent documentation …
    I needed it as Vista crashed by frustrated attempt to update itself.
    Thanks alot !
    Detlev

  • John

    I used list disk command. but my flash drive is not visible in tht window. any idea??

    • Knobydobs

      list volume should work
      list disk only lists HDDs

  • Cosmic

    Oh snap!!!!

    Why are u people bashing the guy, who wrote this.

    Its clearly flawless and it works like a charm. I’m in the process of installing Vista right now and works really well.

    Oh and 6+9 = 15. Obviously you knew that,but….

  • jd

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. Installation without incident.

  • RAI

    i have downloaded window vista now how can i install it in my laptop but before installing i want to format my data and make new partition can any one help me

  • Muneeb

    How Create Dos boot able USB.
    Which show all Partition Drive in dos mode for NTFS file system.
    I have Windows Server 2008 which have NTFS File System of Hard disk.
    I have not CD / DVD Rome and I cannot attach the CD / DVD because we have no permeation by our organization.
    but i wanted to create Ghost.
    So i need boot pc by other media USB.
    Please help me.

  • kevin

    i had a copy so i extracted my iso on to desktop
    and did all that

    Run CMD.EXE and type the following command. Note: This set of commands assumes that the USB flash drive is addressed as “disk 1?. Double check that by doing a list of the disks (type “list disk”) before cleaning it).
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=fat32
    assign
    exit

    i did that ^^
    oka y my custom cuz i copyed it 1 year ago
    2. Copy Windows Vista’s DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive
    Type in command to start copying all the content from the Windows Vista DVD to your newly formatted high speed flash drive.
    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ i did xcopy c:\user\yourusername\desktop\myoldvista\*.* /s/e/f e:/
    (E:/ is flash drive change if you need too)
    then i pressed f12 to boot to disk (flash drive)
    installed bessnes idetion

  • Erik

    Great guide, I used this to put FreeNAS/BSD on a USB after some of usb creator programs out there didn’t work.

  • Erik

    Great guide, I used this to put FreeNAS/BSD on a USB after some of usb creator programs out there didn’t work.

  • Notmyrealadress

    This method recovered my USB key which had a partition (android boot) that I could not remove using the normal disk management process.

    Basically I went from a 74mb disc back to the full 1gb disc! Thank you.

  • Notmyrealadress

    This method recovered my USB key which had a partition (android boot) that I could not remove using the normal disk management process.

    Basically I went from a 74mb disc back to the full 1gb disc! Thank you.

  • donald

    its donald……my dvd rom is not working.my windows got crashed. i want to instal vista through usb.how can i do it………………please explain.

    • http://www.techmixer.com km

      Donald,

      Why not you create a bootable vista OS installer. It will much easier for you to install new vista on your computer

    • Jcohnz

      you have the same problem with me…
      what i did was…
      1. download the iso file…win7
      2. download virtual clone..is free n handy
      3. download power iso…
      4. mount the downloaded iso (win 7) with the virtual clone
      5. insert a 4GB pen drive..
      now here comes the real part
      6. start-all programe-accessories-right click on ommand n run as administrator
      ( if ur window is already crashed, try ur friend comp.)

      7. DISK PART
      8. LIST DISK
      9. SELECT DISK 1
      10. CLEAN
      11. CREAT PARTITION PRIMARY
      12. SELECT PARTITION 1
      13. ACTIVE
      14. FORMAT FS=NTFS
      15. ASSIGN
      16. EXIT

      check the letter of the drive u’ve mount with the virtual clone
      17. E: CD BOOT where E is the DVD letter drive
      18. CD BOOT
      19. BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 F: where F is the drive letter of ur USB pen drive.

      now from ur comP
      OPEN the ISO win7 file with the power iso.( u should check if its bootable which if, its written on the left bottom of the power iso window )
      extract the file to ur usb pen drive.

      re-start-boot…..enjoy
      thankz.!
      extra

  • Kevinleijh

    Thank you… You helped me a lot… i don’t have dvd drive so i manage to install vista Thank you thank you

  • Cat Gher

    Here’s an easier way to make a bootable USB to install Win 7, Vista, XP
    http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/

  • Tomas Šatkauskas

    thanks for a great topic!

    • http://www.techmixer.com km

      You’re welcome

  • komiks

    perfectly installed in memory flash. thanks man. great work…

  • Jasko_boy

    after you do al this could you re-use your USB or not? and i mean like deleting everything and then putting movies and stuff on it or will it only be usable like an installation for windows?

    • http://www.techmixer.com km

      Sure, you can re-use back your USB drive in the future for other purposes.

      All you need is re-format it.

  • Aleksandar

    Thank you! Very helpful (:

  • Khrystyna Pysareva

    Thanks so much, this recovered an unallocated partition on my USB flash drive after everything else failed.

  • darkprince786

    Thank you very much for this! Had a serious boot error and couldn’t boot vista at all, and my dvd drive just didn’t wanna pick up the disc for some reason, this was extremely useful

  • Chris

    The xcopy command will not work in Win7. Use robocopy d: f: /E /XF autorun.inf. This assumes that D: is where the Vista DVD is and F: is your flash drive.

  • Marcin

    Will it work on Mac?

    • http://www.techmixer.com km

      this bootable Windows Vista 8 USB drive doesn’t work on mac.