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If you have USB Live you are set for everything under the Sun for non windows. If you're looking for USB Windows Boot technical or tech notes then you are in the right place. Let's start off with a 4GB or better but not over 32Gb due to wasted space.

Create your own Windows USB Boot Disk

 

 

 

Let's get right to the point.

Not all of us remember DiskPart commands.

Get your USB ready for your Windows XP or Windows 7 image. I'll do my part and test the dual boot from a USB boot by renaming the folders and boot ini files if possible.

  1. 4GB or larger USB
  2. Open Command Prompt (CMD)
  3. Type the following.
    1. DiskPart
    2. List Disk
    3. Select Disk 1 (Your USB)
    4. Clean
    5. Create Partition Primary
    6. Select Partition 1
    7. Active
    8. Format fs=ntfs quick label="WinXPSP3" (or whatever your label needs to be)
    9. Assign
    10. Exit
  4. Next we are going to make it bootable. If you don't have the boot folder from your OEM disk or from any windows disk you should search for it. I'll see if I can upload it via MS link.
    1. Bootsect.exe /nt60 E: (E: your USB drive.)
  5. Copy the windows source files from your mounted ISO, CD or DVD.
    1. Robocopy.exe D:\ F:\ /MIR
  6. Boot the computer with this USB stick connected and start pressing the F9 or F12 boot options screen or whatever your boot to USB key is.

 

If you have USB Live you are set for everything under the Sun for non windows. If you're looking for USB Windows Boot technical or tech notes then you are in the right place. Let's start off with a 4GB or better but not over 32Gb due to wasted space.