Friday, October 3, 2008

Install Windows Vista from (using) Pendrive (100 % working)/ Create a bootable Pendrive or USB to install Windows Vista [updated]

Here's a small tutorial to make pendrives or USB drives bootable and to install Windows Vista using it. This trick come in handy if you don't have a DVD/CD drive. Installing from a pendrive will make Windows Vista installation very fast. Alternatively here is a Free Utility To Create A Bootable USB To Install Windows 7, Vista & Server 2008. This tool will help you to automate the process of bootable pendrive's and you can install windows vista from pendrive easily. If not you can follow this guide to install vista from pendrive.

  1. First you need to format the pendrive or USB drive in NTFS format. (Make sure you are following this guide with windows vista installed)
  2. This can be done by right clicking your pendrive icon and choosing format option.
  3. Now from the start menu right click on command prompt and choose "Run as administrator".
  4. Now type the following commands.
  5. diskpart .The disk part program windows will open.
  6. Then type list disk.This will show the list of disks in your computer.
  7. Note down the disk number of your pendrive from the list eg. Disk 1.
  8. Now type CLEAN.
  9. Now type the following commands by pressing enter after each one.
  11. SELECT PARTITION 1 (Assuming your pendrive/ USB drive is 1).
  12. ACTIVE
  14. ASSIGN
  15. EXIT(Now the disk partition program will exit). Now we need to give some more commands.
  16. Now insert the Windows Vista Installation DVD and to your DVD drive.
  17. Here i am assuming DVD drive as G and Pendrive as I.(Change it accordingly).
  18. Now type G:CD BOOT
  19. Now type this command BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 I: to update your USB drive with bootmgr code.
  20. Finally copy all the contents from the Windows Vista DVD to your Pendrive. Make sure you don't cause any errors.
  21. Now set the boot priority to your pendrive from bios and you can proceed with the installation as normal.

Now vista can be installed on any pc with the help of this pen drive you have just created now.

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Anonymous . said...


Very nice tip, but after selecting the volume wich corespond to the pen drive, when a write active, the system give me an message that "There is no partition selected. Please select a partition and try again".
Any tips?
Many thanks in Advance,

October 21, 2008 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger Amal said...

Please check whether the pendrive is write protected.and is well formated.When you want to select the volume type the command select volume X here X is the drive letter of your pendrive.

December 10, 2008 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

i have updated the tutorial now its working 100%. Now you can install Vista from your Pendrive or USB drive without any trouble.

January 19, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice tip, but after selecting the volume wich corespond to the pen drive, when a write active, the system give me an message that "There is no partition selected. Please select a partition and try again".
Any tips?

January 20, 2009 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

You are encountering this error due to the following reasons 1) you are using windows XP operating system and follows this tutorial.
2)You need to type select disk 2(which ever corresponds to your pendrive) instead of select volume.

This tutorial is working without any problems i have checked it. Follow it correctly.

January 20, 2009 at 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great solution,but i dont have boot from pen/flash drive in bios,it has only boot from cd/dvd,network,hard disk ,floppy device.Any way out ..thanks

February 9, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Amal said...

Friend you have a solution. My Pc too wont have an option to boot from pendrive. You will have an option called "usb hdd" in the boot options right? Just select it as the first boot device and there you go .You can boot from the pendrive. It works for me.

February 9, 2009 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous aishu aka samurai said...

yepp im trying to upgrade from windows xp
any solution for active problem ??

when i type "list disk" i see just my hard disk and not my usb drive :( any help ?

February 23, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

@ aishu aka samurai

The bad thing is...

If you are using windows xp and type list disk command in the command prompt it wont show the pendrive just only your hard drive. You can see the pendrive only if you use windows vista or windows 7.

And the good is.....
there is a solution for you follow this tutorial to install vista or windows 7 from oendrive for windows XP users you can now skip the list disk command.

February 23, 2009 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Balaji @ GuideToTech said...

Very Well written mate...

June 12, 2009 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Amal said...

Thanks Friend.

June 12, 2009 at 7:42 AM  
Anonymous nitz said...

thanks a ton mate....

August 14, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

Welcome Nitz. Go ahead installing vista from pendrive.
Good Luck.

August 15, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your post.

Your guide is not 100% accurate.

I've tried to follow it step by step and was stuck in a couple of places.
Between steps 6 and 7 you need to type in the command "SELECT Disk 1" which is missing.

The Syntaxis in step 19 is incoorrect and doesn't work as written.

It will be usedul to warn that this guide is written to be executed from a windows vista environment which it is a contradiction since that is what we are trying to install.

I do appreciate your effort and thanks to you I succeeded but this guide might benefit from the correction of those little things.

September 9, 2009 at 3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am not yet thru with the procedure, am stuck at step 18. after typing G:CD BOOT, what ia get is ('E:CD' is not recognised as internal or external command, operable program or batch file). what do i do?

November 12, 2009 at 3:05 AM  
Blogger Amal said...

I suggest you to download the above mentioned utility and you can easly makeyour pendrive bootable to install windows vista. The utility is a small file.

November 12, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

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