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    Default How to install Windows 7 from USB

    Insert your removable media into a Windows 7 or Vista PC and run the following commands from an elevated command prompt.

    1. diskpart
    2. list disk (find the disk number for the removable media)
    3. select disk #
    4. clean
    5. create partition primary
    6. select partition 1
    7. active
    8. format fs=fat32
    9. assign letter=y (or any free drive letter)
    10. exit

    Once that is complete mount the ISO and run the following command.

    xcopy x:\*.* /s/e/f y:\

    Where “x” is the drive letter of the mounted ISO. Once complete boot off the device and install the OS.

    Source and details: TechNet.



    Also see how to create bootable USB Windows 7.
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    Well, thanks. Btw, I have written a step by step working guide with screenshots (has got 3200 views in just two days!)at my blog:

    How To: Install Windows 7/Vista From USB Drive [Detailed 100% Working Guide]

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    Thanks for posting the entire tut, dmudgal

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    Thanks for this, but as tweak says he has posted it on his blog with screenshots that make it a little easier to follow for most people, but it wa really nice of you to do this

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    intresting info, thx dmudgal

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweakwindows View Post
    Well, thanks. Btw, I have written a step by step working guide with screenshots (has got 3200 views in just two days!)at my blog:

    How To: Install Windows 7/Vista From USB Drive [Detailed 100% Working Guide]
    *Nice guide indeed. But i didn't see on which OS did u performed the whole process?

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    ^ The process was performed on Vista and tested on Windows 7 as well. But the catch is it doesn't work with XP. So, I am doing some trial and error method to find a good way for XP users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tweakwindows View Post
    ^ The process was performed on Vista and tested on Windows 7 as well. But the catch is it doesn't work with XP. So, I am doing some trial and error method to find a good way for XP users.
    That's why i asked u about the base OS that u used . Bcoz if user try to do that on XP they wud face problems. XP Diskpart does not recognize usb drives as Disk when u execute the List Disk command.

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    ^Yes, I know.

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    1. diskpart
    2. list disk (find the disk number for the removable media)
    3. select disk #
    4. clean
    5. create partition primary

    At this stage, I was greeted with a message telling me it could not do that. Now I cannot use my SD card at all, it is ruined. The computer will not detect it, and when I put it in my cameras I am given a memory card error. Not only that, but now when I try to use diskpart in CMD, it locks up and will not let my type anything more, with or without the card inserted into my computer, so I can't even attempt to recover my card using that. Thanks for ruining my SD card. I highly suggest to others to use a junk card that is worth nothing to you, because this method could prove to be very fatal to the card. If there is another way to recover this card, please let me know.

    (I am using Vista Ultimate 32-bit.)
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