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How to create a Windows USB bootable flashdrive

** Note: Make sure that the USB you are about to use is properly backed up. Any loss of data or valuable information is at your own risk **

1) Insert the USB drive into the USB port located on your computer

2) Go to Start --> Search for CMD (command prompt)

3) In the command prompt window: Type in diskpart then hit enter. After type in List Disk to show the devices that are connected to your computer (disk drives)

4) The following commands will be directed to your USB. After locating your USB drive type in select Disk # (where # is the number of your USB from List Disk command). Next type in Clean --> Create Partition Primary (creates space where information will be stored) --> Select partition 1 (selecting the partition you just created) --> Active (Allow the partition to become active) --> format fs = ntfs (format the partition file system as NTFS) --> Assign –>Exit

5) Place Windows DVD into CD Drive

6) Open Command Prompt and type in D:CD Boot (change the location to DVD/CD drive and boot the Windows DVD). CD Boot and hit enter to see the message: BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 H: (Where H is the location of your USB drive)

7) Copy Windows DVD contents to USB. You now have a bootable USB with Windows on it.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).

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