Creating Windows 7 install media on flash drive using diskpart or 'What has it got in it's pocketisesses?'

If you want a flash drive to be bootable, you have to use a utility like diskpart to do that. Then copying an install DVD to it will make it act as bootable install media for Windows.

A. Make a bootable flash drive by opening a Command Prompt, 'Run as Administrator', to run these commands:
diskpart
select disk 2 ('list disk' to determine number)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=fat32
assign
exit

B. Copy DVD to the Flash Drive
xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\


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Last updated February 13, 2019 Views 151,634 Applies to:
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The correct way If you want to make a  flash drive bootable for installation of Windows. First you have to use a utility like diskpart to do that. Then copying an install DVD or ISO  to it. It  will make it act as a bootable install disk for Windows Installation.

1: Insert a flash drive ( 8GB )
2: Command Prompt (DOS PROMPT)
3: DISKPART
4: LIST DISK
5: SELECT DISK ( DRIVE NUMBER)
6: CLEAN
7: CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
8: SELECT PARTITION 1
9: ACTIVE
10: FORMAT FS=NTFS
11: ASSIGN
12: EXIT
13: COPY ALL DVD FILES TO FLASHDRIVE

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