Creating a bootable USB drive (Windows)

Like me, do you only have a really old USB DVD drive to install Windows Server on your servers? Would you rather have a faster way to install Windows 7 on your desktops? Here you go!

  1. Create an NTFS formatted Primary partition on your drive at least 4GB in size and assign it a drive letter
  2. Mark the partition active
  3. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H”
  4. Open a Command prompt (Start… Run… “cmd”… “Run as Administrator”)
  5. Type d:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 h: (where d: is your DVD drive and h: is your USB drive)
  6. You will then see the message “Successfully updated NTFS filesystem bootcode.”
  7. Copy the DVD to the USB drive.
  8. Be sure to invoke the boot manager when you boot the machine you’ll be installing windows to.