Windows: Create a boot USB from Windows setup CD/DVD

I had to format a HP Mini and an EEE PC (both have no DVD drive) so the only option was to boot the little sorry excuse for a computer by USB.
I stumbled upon this blog as one of the first hits, and amazingly it was very easy to get Windows booting up on USB. It supports Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 and even Windows 8 beta!
For best results, it's a good idea to use the target OS to create the bootable image.
For example, if you're setting up a bootable Windows 7 image, install WinToFlash on a Windows 7 computer and set it up from there.
  • Download WinToFlash and extract it.
  • Insert or load the Windows setup disc into a drive
  • Open up "WinToFlash.exe"
  • Run through the first start wizard
  • When it's done, click on the "Advanced mode" tab
  • Select "Transfer <Source Windows> setup to USB drive"
  • Click "Run"
  • Make sure the drive settings are correct and skim the formatting settings (default settings work fine)
  • Click "Run" and wait
That's it. You now have yourself a bootable USB drive with the Windows setup.
Just make sure the BIOS settings are correct (they're different for each brand of motherboard so look it up for what you have)
Celebrate with some carrot facial!


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