Windows 7 - How to install Vista with only USB Flashdrive?

Asked By Freelancer on 15-Feb-09 08:52 AM
Good day to everyone! ;)

So.. How to install Vista from only usb flash? I have an a DVD CD Vista
Ultimate 64bit, but don't have a DVD reader. Can I just copy/paste
content of a DVD to flash drive and just start computer with changed
boot from flash? And what partition to use for that flash? Will it work
that way? I have access to only XP OS. Computer is new and there have
never been installed any OS before.

Thanks for any advice!


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Dominic Payer replied on 15-Feb-09 09:49 AM
See http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry
Curious replied on 15-Feb-09 11:49 AM
Are you sure the drive on your new computer is not a CD/DVD combo drive?  I
do not think any manufacturer is still shipping systems with only a CD
optical drive.
Brink replied on 15-Feb-09 02:06 PM
Freelancer;968392 Wrote:

Hello Freelancer,

You could use the method in this tutorial to create a Vista
installation USB flash key. If you do not have anything currently
installed on your computer, then you can create it on a friends computer
that also is running a 64-bit Vista.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/181538-usb-bootable-vista-installation-flash-thumb-drive.html


If you do not have another way, then you will need to install the OS
first on your computer to make the Vista installation USB flash key to
use for next time. :(

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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Freelancer replied on 15-Feb-09 02:18 PM
Brink;968588 Wrote:

Good day!

If this is the only way to do that, then it's really bad... That's
impossible for me to make bootable flash that way, only because that no
one uses Vista 64bit, only 32bit is available. Maybe I could try to make
bootable flash on 32bit, but install 64bit? I am lost almost 20 hours of
my life trying to install Vista on that comp.. I am starting to hate
that OS :)

Rudy.


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Brink replied on 15-Feb-09 02:24 PM
Freelancer;968594 Wrote:

Rudy,

You can try to create a 64-bit USB on a 32-bit OS, but not many people
had luck doing so. Usually the currently installed OS will have to also
be 64-bit in your case to. :(

Since you will have to do a clean install anyway, you might as well go
ahead and install it from the DVD. This way you will have no problems
creating the installation USB flash key to use if you want to reinstall
with it in the future.


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Freelancer replied on 15-Feb-09 02:51 PM
Thank You!


Thanks for help! :)

I am heading to shop then for a DVD reader then. An idea has born - I
will make FlashDrives for Vista 64bit booting and sell them, as they are
pretty hard to find in my area. :)


I appreciate your help,
Rudy.


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Brink replied on 15-Feb-09 03:06 PM
Freelancer;968610 Wrote:

You're welcome Rudy.

Microsoft may frown apon that though.


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