I find myself doing this over and over again, so I figured it would be worthwhile to post. Below you’ll find a really useful way for installing a Windows O/S from a bootable USB device. I am particularly dependent on USB drives, as I have a Lenovo X61 Tablet that doesn’t have a CD/DVD-ROM (unless I’m docked, but I’m hardly in the office).
A couple of notes:
- This assumes you’re running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
- I’ve tested by installing the following O/S’s: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008
- You must have a machine capable of booting from a USB drive
Without further ado, here are the steps:
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- You must make your USB drive bootable. Type the following in the command prompt:
list disk (FIND YOUR USB DISK)
select disk 1 (OR WHATEVER YOUR DISK NUMBER IS)
create partition primary
select partition 1
- Mount your Windows Server ISO (or unpack it) and copy the contents of the CD/DVD onto your USB. Make sure you get all files, including hidden ones.
You should now be able to use this USB drive to install a new O/S. Good luck!