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can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

Question: can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

my new motherboard came capable of booting up from a USB flash drive/cdrom/HDD etc...

my last one apparently also had it but it was kinda half ***** still so i left the floppy there.

so does the flash drive finally replacing floppy disk drive as far as features and being acessible and bootable in bios and dos?

i got a gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L motherboard and treres an option in the boot menu for flashdrive.

i had to use the floppy to recover from my system not booting up into windows in the past and dont want to get stuck without any access to the system if something happends.

and also i made a customized image of my windows disk with latest graphic drivers and all the rest of them using NLITE.

but could not figure out how to make a bootable flashdrive.
i just extracted the image to flash drive and it wouldnt boot.

i went around google for a lil bit and found few different methods of doing it.

can anyoen suggest which method os the easiest and most reliable out of them?

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Preferred Solution: can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: can we finally get rid of floppy drive? making a windows install flash drive

My mobo doesn't even have a connector for a floppy disk drive. I use a flash drive to flash my bios, but I have a usb floppy drive if I happen to need one.

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Is it legal to make a Windows 10 USB install flash drive for a friend in another state?

Answer:Making a Windows 10 USB Install flash drive

Yes. Why can't they make their own?

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two weeks ago i was bought a Fujitsu B series lifebook computer.About 5 days ago I had got that virus stating I had a "processor running at 83 degrees", "hard drive clusters are partly damaged", "must scan to fix this issue", yatta yatta yatta and some other classic virus jive talk i cant remember at this moment. At first it kept bothering me about the scan, then it started popping up 57 windows in short succesion, then i couldnt access my other files, then my desk top went black and was reduced to 4 icons, start menu was obliterated.try combo fix, trend micro, some other reliable programs but i would either down load them and they'd disappear or in the case of combofix it would load then exit out quickly. It reached a point were i just couldn't boot my computer up anymore.NTLDR was missing it said. I am not sure if that virus deleted it or if the computer and its hd were just old and wore out. It was from the flea market.. I cant get past that error msg, there is no flash drive boot up option on this old thing, i have no floppy drive with it, it has no cd rom drive, ive heard the external usb cd rom drive cant be used to boot it up but im not 100 percent sure.Someone else with the same notebook reported that it would not allow usb cd rom drive boot up. I have been told network boot is an option but i was told thats just to access it after its turned on and its not what i think its for. I was told an hd switch was a good option but i dont... Read more

Answer:"NTLDR is missing" issue with computer featuring no cd rom drive, floppy drive, or flash drive support..

i think im past infected moderator. saying im still in the infection stage is like telling someone with cervical cancer to take the HPV vaccine..

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In my infinite wisdom I built a desktop PC without a cd drive or a floppy drive to save money. I know they don't cost much but at the time I wasn't thinking that I would need the CD drive to install XP. I have an original XP CD but no floppy drive or CD drive. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can install windows XP on the hard drive? I have the use of a laptop and a hard drive caddy.

Answer:Install windows XP without a CD Drive/Floppy Drive

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After being attacked by several Trojans a couple of nights ago (which I mentioned in another thread), my security and personal information may be compromised as I speak, and it looks likely that I'll have format and re-install Windows XP on my laptop for the first time. This is my first time doing so for this CLEVO D900T, which is from circa-2005 and a hand-me-down from a family member. The thing is, I'm reading in this laptop's manual that in order to re-install WIndows XP, I'll be needing a USB floppy disk drive to install what appears to the drivers for the laptop's SATA drive. Thing is, I wasn't given a USB floppy drive by my family member, thus I don't have one. I was wondering, could I instead use a flash drive or flash memory (i.e microSD card) via the laptop's card reader to load the drivers? I'm not sure if in this case it'd be best if I just re-install or format and re-install.

Also, I'm trying to make it easier for me to get my laptop back to the way it is when and if I re-install. Is there any way I can get a list of all of the programs I have installed on my PC right now, or possibly carry over all of my programs and settings for the next install? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Answer:Laptop needs USB floppy drive to reinstall Win XP, can I use flash drive/memory instead?

Well, you are going to have problems... Sorry to say...

First off, most PCs with SATA drives will have an option in the BIOS to place it in IDE mode. This assures that Windows Setup will be able to detect it as a drive with the ability to be installed to.

As for USB drives, it all depends on your BIOS version and manufacturer. Toshiba for example, does not support ANY usb device unless it is made by their company. It sucks, yes, but i guess for more money for crappy products.

You can install the drivers to a flash drive, but you will also have to make a bootable image to that drive, and load your windows setup files, manually format and partition the drive, copy the files over, then start the setup process to do that. It is a huge hassle that I had to deal with on a Toshiba Portege 3500.

Backing up is a bit easier. You can use the built in windows backup software (Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools> Backup) and make a complete backup to an external drive to restore after format. The problem is YOU WILL ALSO TRANSFER THE VIRUSES YOU HAVE!!!

If you use the file and settings transfer wizard, you can transfer most of your stuff, but you WILL HAVE TO REINSTALL A LOT OF YOUR SOFTWARE, as it will not transfer your registry entries.
Your best bet is to get an Antivirus/spyware removal tool (Such as and an anti MAlware software (such as Malwayebytes). This will clear most of your infections, and gives you more time ... Read more

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I am using win XP. I bought a generic flash drive and it worked well for two days. Now, my computer shows it as a removable drive, but when I try to access it, it asks me to insert a disc into it!!

Also, when I click properties - it shows there is no capacity on the flash drive. I am a beginner with computers, I would appreciate some help in layman terms. Thank you.

Answer:My Computer thinks my flash drive is a floppy drive! Help!

Did your Flash come with any software? Xp is obviously confused as to exactly what the drive is .
It may be that the drive is full. Try formatting it .Right click on the drive in My Computer.
If there is a Web page for the Drive see if they have drivers for it .Download the file.

Often you can plug the drive in and go to Device Manager . there you can uninstall the drive by right clicking on it and uninstall.Then reboot with the drive left in.Xp will try to install drivers when you get back to Desktop.Cancel that and use the Hardware Wizard to search for the drivers .Here you choose the device from the lists that are offered to you. That of course is if your drive is listed.

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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I am trying to install Windows XP on a brand new hard drive (the old one failed due to lightening at the worst possible moment) on a machine with no floppy drive. It seems that pressing F6 during the installation process only allows input from a floppy drive and I don't have one! Is there any way round this problem?

Many thanks


Answer:Install Windows XP with no floppy drive

Try not hitting F6 and see what happens. The only time you need to hit F6 is if you need third party SCSI or RAID drivers.

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I had a floppy drive laying around and I added it to the pc the drive has no disk and it's asking me to reformat the disk 0_o With or without the disk is the same thing...

Like the title says I am making a boot disk for w2k pro

Answer:Floppy disk drive (making a bootdisk)

floppies go bad. junk it.
clean or replace your drive too.

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Whenever I open or close a .txt file my floppy drive makes grinding noises, even though there is no disk in the drive, and the file I'm acessing is on the C: Drive.

Any Ideas?

Answer:Floppy drive making grinding noises

well you need to make sure this isnt your hard drive making this noise.
unplug the floppy [ remove the side ] after you turn it off.
if it happens to be your hard drive, back up all your info a.s.a.p.
post back

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I have windows xp on my laptop and I just need to get into dos from my c drive in order to install windows 2000 but I don't know how to go about doing this. I need the boot floppies from windows 2000 but I don't have a floppy drive. Thanx

Answer:install windows 2000 w/o floppy drive

Can't you make a bootable CD Rom? That is what I had to do when my girlfriends laptop died, took me about 5 hours to get one working but it's sat happily with 2000 on ever since.

Granted 2000 without a floppy drive is a pain to install though. Just try googling Windows 2000 Boot +cd and I'm sure you'll find some information on doing it.

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After replacing the CMOS battery, I no longer seen to have any fan control in an A57p (9088) ThinkCentre.  I want to replace the QST data, but the only options I can find for download are a Boot floppy and a Windows native exe.  This system does not have a floppy drive and runs Linux rather than WIndows, so I'm scratching my head trying to figure out the best way to install this. Any suggestions from the forum here would be great !

Answer:How to re-install QST without Windows or a Floppy disc drive?

Just some follow-up in case someone has seen this before... Well, I found an old PC with a diskette drive and two diskettes.  After some juggling, it seems that one of those diskettes would format and I have booted the A57p with the QST image from the Lenovo site ... so far, so good. But... what I see is: Parsing INI file "TWRDTQST.ini"......Parsing Successful.Opening QST Subsystem Connection...**Unable to connect to QST subsystem!!   ERRNO = 27 (No such device or address). Frustrating!  So near and yet so far! Does anyone have a way past or explanation for this please?  

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Computer is turning on fine but when windows is loaded up and my computer starts to load up my programs like my anti-virus all of a sudden my floppy drive light turns on and it also makes a quick noise. Anyone know what it could be? One of my friends said it was trying to open up a program that the computer thinks its in my floppy drive and that it was no biggie just annoyance but i dont know

Answer:floppy drive making a noise and light turnin on

Anyone know what it could be?It'll probably be your anti-virus checking to see if it needs to do a scan of any floppy disk that may be in the drive, as it starts up.If you look in the options, you may find you can disable such a scan. I seem to remember that this was particularly something that happened in Symantec/Norton.

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I have a gateway 600r which has a modular floppy drive in it. Yesterday it started making a barely noticable click noise at about 10 second intervals. I unplugged it for a few minutes, plugged it back in and the noise was still there. So I unplugged it for about 20 hours, plugged it back in and it's not making the noise any longer.
I just checked and still works fine.

Has anyone ever had this happen before? If so, what was your experience?

Is this a sign of it going out?

Answer:laptop floppy drive making click noise

A sign of what going out? Where's the noise coming from? The hard drive? The floppy drive? A fan?

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There was a post on this earlier in the month, but it was about a laptop and the responders told others to make a new thread with their problems. So here's mine:

I bought a seagate sata drive, and I'm trying to install xp on it. I have an epox 9nda3j mobo. The computer already has a WD pata drive dual-booting XP and Vista on it. I've had absolutely no luck installing XP on the computer, getting the same disc read errors that others get. I tried using nlite to make a boot disc, but I'm not sure if I did it right or not. I tried using a USB floppy with the sata drivers from epox, but XP appears to have no intention of recognizing it. I briefly looked into seagate's disc wizard, but it didn't seem to be very helpful either. I saw some stuff about dynamic drive overlay being a problem in other searches I made, but the option to remove it from my drive was grayed out. So now I'm sitting here with a 400GB paper weight. Does anyone have any idea what I could be doing wrong here, or what else I need to do to fix this?

Answer:fresh xp install on new sata drive w/o floppy drive

any ideas?

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Hello there. I am kind of experimentator and wanted to try out booting from MS-DOS install floppy to my Windows 7 machine. It really started with the MS-DOS boot and the install screen shown up. I exited MS-DOS installation and tried to access the C: drive where I have Windows 7 installed. But it says Invalid drive specification. Do I need to mount the drive first? How to do it temporarily without losing all the data on the drive? I want to use true MS-DOS boot to quick lookup for files on my machine...

Answer:Boot from MS-DOS install floppy can't access Windows 7 C: drive

Hi Polda18,

Welcome to SevenForums where you can find old DOS users and floppy users. ( I still have an FDD on my desktop and loads of floppy disks)

You won't be able to access NTFS volumes with MS-DOS. Google "dos ntfs" if you want full read/write access to NTFS volumes.

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hello all

i have a usb memory stick that when i plug it in also makes a non existant floppy drive show up, i havent installed any software to do this, and it has not always done it, just the last month or so, it happens on every computer i have plugged it into to, and i have reformatted it many times to no avial.

any ideas on how i can get rid of it? Cheers in advance, GingerFox

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MY mom bought a Compaq about a month ago and it did not come with aback up disk. Is there anyway to create a disk that can reinstall windows on her PC if anything happens to the install or HDD. Exactly what a back up CD that computers use to come with would do

Answer:making a windows install CD from a hard drive install

Check the software installed on the Compaq, there should be a utility to create restore disks. As an alternate solution you can use ghost to make an exact duplicate of the hard drive in it's current state.

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I have an HPnx7300 laptop. I have a brand new SATA drive in it. Can anyone tell me how I can install Windows XP onto a SATA drive with no Floppy drive to put the XP driver on it?
Thank you,

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I ask because none of my 3 PCs have a floppy drive and all my PC owning friends have none either!However, I do have CD & DVD writers so, can I write the MaxBlast3 software (for a Maxtor 250GB SATA hard drive) to CD so I can boot from there instead?Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-7N400 Pro21GB DDR333 PC2700 RAMCPU: Athlon XP 3000Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB graphics card2x Maxtor 120GB ATA/133 HDDWindows XP Pro SP1 (all updates as of 13/05/2004) Thanks for any help offered.

Answer:Can I install a SATA Drive without a floppy drive?

Also, does anyone know if the motherboard has the 137GB hard drives limitation? I want Windows XP Pro to see the full 250GB of my SATA hard drive!

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I was doing some research and came across an old post where CRJDriver helped a guy out and was wondering if I wcould get some of the same assistance!

I've got a Gateway desktop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and my wife hates Vista, therefore I would like to dual-boot with XP.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, which I believe is because the HD is a SATA drive, and becase I don't have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

I might not have the correct drivers, so any help in finding the correct ones would be awesome. I am getting extremely frustrated. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.

FYI: My motherboard is a "Intel (Council Bluffs) 945G Viiv", which may help someone fine me the correct drivers.

My email is [email protected] if you need to send me anything. Thanks!

Answer:HELP: XP Install on SATA Drive w/o Floppy Drive

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I've got a laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed, and as I hate Vista it needs to go.

I tried to install XP but I get an "no hard disk" error, because the laptop's HD is a SATA drive. As the laptop does not have a floppy drive, I can't load the drivers into the installation.

I tried to slipstream the drivers on the bootable XP installation CD using nLite, and trying to do it manually, but to no avail. With the CD created by using nLite I get the same "no hard disk" error, if I do it manually I get a "cannot find driver" error, despite the fact that the drivers are on the CD and that all necessary files point to the driver's location.

Any ideas, anyone?


Answer:XP install on SATA drive without floppy drive

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Hi, most new computers don't come with a floppy drive. Let's face it, they are totally 1984.
I want to update my bios. It's an asus SLI Delux board (about a year old if that).
I have read sooo many threads trying to figure this out. It seems you could boot from a USB thumb drive but you need to have a floppy drive first in order to create a bootable USB drive.

I just want to flash my bios. It needs to be updated to support the new processor.

does anyone have directions on how to do this for a normal human? I'm pretty technical but i don't really know dos commands.

Also, the ez flash software to flash from windows does not work for me as I am running VISTA 64 bit. The software is not compatible...and my current bios version requies a DOS flash.

Anyonne have an idea on how I can do this without a floppy drive? I need detailed steps here .


Answer:Still need floppy drive to flash bios?

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For some strange reason my PC, operating on Windows XP Home Edition, has today decided that my 128MB bytestor Flash-drive is a second 1.44MB Floppy disk drive designated as the "B-Drive" instead of the normal F-Drive which is attributed to the USB-drive. It sees about 450kbs of files on there and that's it.
Any idea as to what might have happened and how to restore it back to normal?

Answer:PC sees 2nd Floppy instead of Flash-drive

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I need to install Win 2000 Server and Win XP Pro on a system that has RAID 0.
When installing, I need to specify the RAID driver, which must be on a floppy in drive A.

All of the floppies I have used recently are unreliable. They work fine for a while, then suddenly one day they don't work anymore.

In addition to this need, I want to transfer some files from an old computer that does not have USB, and no network connection. Another use for a floppy diskette?

What I want to do is replace the floppies with flash readers, so I can use my flash media (I have 64M and 128M flash cards I use with digital cameras)
I had thought I saw such a drive, that would simply replace the floppy drive and read various types of flash, but now, all I can find are USB devices.

Can anyone tell me where to find the product I am looking for?



Answer:Replace floppy drive with flash?

Here's the answer: Keep the Floppy Drive

You could help it by purchasing brand new:
1. Floppy Drive (they're cheap!)
2. Floppy Drive data cable
3. Floppy Disks

All done

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Is it possible to flash bios without a floppy drive?

The reason I am asking is because my floppy drive died a while back and I have really had no need to replace it considering most of the times I save data to cds now. I have an Intel SE440BX-2 Motherboard and for some reason I am having trouble with Windows reckognizing my 80GB WD hard drive even though it shows up fine in Bios. I have searched all through the forums here and have tried all of the other troubleshooting steps before I noticed that my bios version outdated. Right now I have version 4S4EB2X0.86A.0015.P08. and I am trying to update to 4S4EB2X0.86A.0024.P17. I have a cd burner and software to burn a bootable cd, Im just trying to figure out if this is possible to do this way?

My current IDE configuration is

Primary Master : CD Burner (Master Jumper)
Second Slave : 80 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
Secondary Master : 10 GB WD (Master Jumper w/ Win98SE OS)
Secondary Slave : 20 GB WD (Slave Jumper)
The only thing not showing up in Windows is the 80 GB WD.

Thank You In Advance For Your Help.

Answer:Flash Bios Without A Floppy Drive

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Why is it that when I delete something in Flash drive or floppy, the file that I deleted wasn't there in Recycle Bin, why?

Answer:Why is it that when I delete something in Flash drive or floppy

Recycle Bin concerns only your hard drive (C:). There is no RB on floppies, or flash drives.However, if you deleted something important from your floppy, it's not gone, until you overwrite that floppy with some other data.If you left that floppy alone, your file is still there, and can be un-deleted with some recovery programs.

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I think I'd need this to load SATA drivers with Windows XP/2003 installation. It always shows up as USB HDD in BIOS.

Answer:Is it possible to make USB Flash drive act as USB floppy?

Hi lenssd9,
This may be possible, but it may not do you much good.  It's been my experience that the XP installer doesn't have the internal drivers to read a USB floppy - only an actual in-system floppy.
I'd be happy to be proved wrong
The only way I've been able to do this is to slip-stream the SATA drivers into a burned CD using a tool like nLite.  Start with an SP2 or 3 XP CD.

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I am having a lot of trouble trying to get the PC to find Sata drive while tring to install Windows xp!.I have checked out different sources but they all seem complicated. It is a custom built pc with an intel motherboard. I do not have a floppy drive in it. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I dont know what to do.

Answer:Cannot find any hard disk drives during windows xp install. do not have floppy drive!

You can provide those drivers from CD.
When the setup asks you to press F6 to load drivers, press F6, remove XP CD, insert driver CD.
When done, installation will ask you to re-insert XP CD.

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Windows XP systemsI have a Intregal 4GB flash drive and this has been working fine until yesterday, now when I put it in any computer it activates as a B: drive with 1.44MB on it and it displays 2 Intregal files.The manual PDF and and exe file UDPv275.exeAnyone got any idea how I can access my data?

Answer:Flash Drive thinks its a floppy disk!!

click heremight help...

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I'm Running on 64 bit vista on a laptop and trying to use this guide "" to create a flash drive to install XP on another comp with a bad cdrom drive. Only after I get to the final step ( click option #4 then press enter ) I get an error message in the cmd prompt "Failed to start the virtual disk driver.This driver has been blocked from loading."

Has anyone had this problem before and figured it out because I'm stuck. it will be a while before I can try to make this on another computer.

Answer:Making Win XP on flash drive but getting error.

Did you read the comments on that page you posted? Not the exact wording you used but may be the problem.

Gergely said...

I have Vista 64-bit and the usb_prep8 crashes with 'failed to create virtual drive - driver blocked from loading'. Any solution for 64-bit systems?


December 19, 2007 7:22 AM
Nick said...
Gergely: the virtual drive portion of usb_prep is not compatible with 64bit operating systems, you'll have to use a 32bit system to do it, perhaps install 32 bit XP on a virtual machine and use that.
Click to expand...

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I have an old Toshiba Portege 7140CT and I need to upgrade the BIOS to get rid of an ACPI compatibility issue. The laptop only has one USB port on it, and no floppy drive or CD-ROM drive. I do not have an external USB floppy drive handy. Is there another way to update the BIOS on this laptop without a floppy?

Answer:How to I flash Toshiba bios on a laptop with no floppy/CD-ROM drive?

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how can i install windows 10 from USB Flash Drive  in HP 14-an013nr. kindly help me I cant do it.

Answer:how can i install windows 10 from USB Flash Drive in HP 14-...

What have you tried and what tools do you have? What happens?

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So through my school I was able to download windows 8 for free which is awesome. I just built a new computer and I want windows 8 on it. The file they had me download is titled Windows8-Setup.exe , how do I go about installing this onto my new computer by using a flash drive?

Answer:Install Windows 8 through a flash drive

Does your school not have the ISO version? Most school's provide access to an MSDN account, which would allow you to download the Windows 8 ISO legitimately. There's no way to boot into an executive file, so you must either install another Windows OS, or find the ISO.

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I have a Sony VGC-RB50 currently running Windows XP. I have a flash drive with Windows 7 on it and want to install it, as well as remove all currently existing partitions and files.I have the USB drive plugged in. At startup I press F2 to enter BIOS and change the Boot Order. I set the 1st option to "Removable Dev.", then hit F10 to Save and Restart.The computer seems to ignore this change and continues to load Windows XP. I have 6 USB ports and I've tried all of them. Any ideas?

Answer:Install Windows 7 via Flash Drive

Well, a few questions.Why not install Windows 7 from your DVD?And how did you get Windows 7 on a USB?You may have already read this:

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Does anyone know how to install Windows 7/Vista from a USB Flash Drive?
I doubt you just move the ISO to the disk alone.
Rather not have to go buy DL disks if I don't have to. Thanks

Answer:Install Windows OS from USB Flash Drive?

You don't need DL discs for the Vista or Windows 7 .isos. They easily fit on standard DVD-R discs. If you still want to install from a flash drive, this thread was only a few down from your post:

I think I'd still go for the burn to disc option.

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Problem summary: The laptop SSD has a GPT format. I'm trying to insall a Windows 10 ISO I have on it from a flash drive. Formatting a boot usb drive as GPT manually or using Rufus will not make the device visible in non-legacy mode. Formatting the drive as MBR on the other hand will not allow me to install on a GPT drive. I tried everything. I disabled and enabled secure boot. I updated the BIOS to latest F.35 revision. What's wrong?

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Hello, right now i'm running Ubuntu 10.04, and I want to uninstall it, and install Windows 7 from a flash drive. How can I do this from Ubuntu?

Answer:How to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

Please fill out your system specs so that we can better assist you.


In the line at the top of you will see UserCP.
That is an abbreviation for User Control Panel.
Click on UserCP.
In the left-hand column, under Your Profile you will see Edit System Spec.
Click on Edit System Spec
You can copy and paste from the output of Speccy, Speccy - System Information - Free Download to fill out much of the info. Be sure to use the Other Info section of your System Specs for such info as your optical drive, your wireless adapter, your speakers, etc.

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I have a netbook, Acer Aspire One D250, with a bad hard drive. I am currently running Ubuntu that was installed to a USB flash drive. I would like to install Windows 7 to the USB flash drive. I have searched and found WinToUSB but that asks me to select the partition to install the System Recovery and WIndows to. I manually partition the flash drive to have 2 paritions, but WinToUSB tells me the flash drive needs to be formated, thus wiping the other partitions.

My main goal is to overclock the netbook. I have found many programs for WINDOWS that can do this. But I am not able to use those programs in Ubuntu. So I also thought of unlocking the BIOS, but I cannot find it unlocked anywhere. Every link leads to a "file has been deleted"

All your help is GREATLY appreciated :) Thank you so much!

Answer:[Q] Install Windows 7 To USB Flash Drive

How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive

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I'm looking for a way to install Windows XP on a flash drive. I did a search; but, all I've seen so far require the use of Bart's PE, which means I cannot install/uninstall random programs at will onto the flash drive.

Is there a way to install XP onto a flash drive in the same conventional fashion as one would install to a hard disk?

My primary reason for wanting this is so that I can, from time to time, install and uninstall and run my own choices of malware removal tools and antiviruses and be able to manage/delete/add files on the hard disk of a computer after booting from the flash drive.

Answer:Install to and run Windows XP from flash drive?

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I have a netbook which does not have a cd rom drive and i need to install xp on it.
I found this guide but that seems like ALOT of work and i'm very lazy. Is there a easier way.

Answer:How do I install windows XP off flash drive?


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I have a similar problem to a question asked in 2011- mine is on an Acer Veriton without optical drive. So I followed the advice there and changed the SATA BIOS from AHCI to Native IDE. The result of that was that I never go as far as the select partition screen - just the BSOD!I reset the BIOS and got the same result. So now I can't get anything to work on installing XP - yuck!The BSOD gave advice to use CHKDSK /f but as I don't have anything yet installed, I have no way of doing it. Now I have an unusable PC, thanks to WinToFlash.Tony

Answer:Fail to install from flash drive; setup says drive corrupted

Can't comment on that old post unless you give a link - no idea how you found it. Maybe it (or your hardware) was not similar enough."I reset the BIOS"Do you mean you put the settings back to the way you found them or did you do a BIOS reset?Please provide the model number of your computer.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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I am trying to make a OneKey recovery backup on a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive. Windows 10.  How long does this take? So far it has been "initializing" for about an hour and 20 minutes.  Is this normal? If so, how long should I expect to wait for this to complete?  I am not connected to the internet...we have a metered connection.

Answer:Making a OneKey backup on flash drive.

UPDATE: After 4 hours in initializing, I stopped and am reformatting the flash drive and will try again. 

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Hello, I am wondering if anyone could tell me how to make both a bootable flash drive and bootable cd similar to hirens boot cd. I have about 5 boot utilities that I use on a daily basis for my job and am just wondering how to put those utilities on a single flash drive and cd and choose which one I need from a menu. it doesn't need to be anything fancy. thanks in advance!

Answer:help making a multi boot flash drive and cd


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I've an intro screen which I want to make pop up when a flash drive is inserted into any computer. (The intro screen can be flash or html.)

I know U3 drives can do this, but as far as I'm aware they use different (or physically partitioned hardware) to normal flash drives.

I used to have a Geek Squad flash drive which booted up when you inserted it. Stupidly I deleted this software on it and have used the full space on the drive normally ever since.

I've loaded "ini" files on it, but as it's not recognised as a CD it does not auto-boot.

Any ideas?

Answer:Making a flash drive boot-up automatically

You can enable Autostart on any drive, and if you have an Autorun.ini on the drive in question, it'll run the application specified.

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Build 10130 installed fine from DVD but after install install DVD drive did not work at all. I checked device manager and there was no optical drives listed at all, nut there was a listing for a 3.5" floppy A: drive, which is not even in my rig.

I tried scanning for new hardware but the drive is still not found and the 3.5" floppy driver is re-installed.
I unchecked "Hide empty drives" and there is no DVD drive shown.
The drive worked in 8.1 before I did a clean install of 10.

Any thoughts?

Answer:DVD drive did not install but a floppy drive did (I don't have one)

Have you checked the BIOS to assure the ODD/Optical Disc Drive is being recognized and that the Floppy Drive A: [and/or B:] is Disabled, if it is even shown as a choice? Computers of the last few years don't give a choice of floppy drives and the motherboards may not even have the port for the internal drive.

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Hi all

I am trying to upgrade from windows 8 pro to windows 8.1 on a samsung laptop.
The download completes and installation starts.
After a while the following message appears "you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup"
I am not actually trying to install to a flash drive.
I contacted Microsoft and after 5 hours they said that I should connect to the internet with a cable and not by wireless in order to solve the problem (this didn't work of course and I had told them that it was an install problem and not a download problem).
Anyway all help would be appreciated. getting tired of downloading for 1 hour every time only for everything to fail.


Answer:you cant install windows on a usb flash drive with setup

Always expect all sorts of crap when you upgrade Windows.
Clean install from scratch(boot from 8.1 DVD or usb, format c: and install).
But just in case, have a backup plan ready before you start, that is a Windows 8 DVD and a valid product key in case something got messed up when installing 8.1. You never know.
Oh and by the way backup your files first because you'll start new born.

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I have the installation CD and Serial but I need to format my friends computer but his disk drive won't work can I do it from a flash drive? If so is there a guide perhaps?

Answer:Is it possible to install Windows XP Home from a flash drive?

Hi -Yes there seems to be various assorted ways to do this, if the computer has a Genuine M/soft Registration sticker on it -All I did was enter your exact question into Google Search, and I was presented with many options.Since I have never used this method, I was not quite sure which version to present in a shortcut / link.Please enter your exact question (as written) into Google and if you would like help with one version, please ask.Thank You -

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Good morning,

Prior to beginning I am making this post to ask a few questions concerning Brinks' tutorial USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

I am using an All-In-One HP Pavilion 23-g017c (x64) AMD A6-5200 APU w/Radeon HD Graphics, running Windows 10, Version 1607, Build 14393.105, using the Edge Browser while utilizing Windows Firewall and Windows Defender as my major security programs.

My computer came with Win 8.1 and then I updated to Win 10 when it became available free of charge. In early August I then updated to the Win 10 Anniversary Edition.

This is where my problems began. I have not been able to install the last three Cumulative Updates (KB3189866, KB3193494 and KB3194496 using Windows Update or manual updates. All displayed Error code: (0x80073712).

I have run the Windows Update tool several times and it says it found and fixed some files. I have run CHKDSK and it says all files are in order. I have run 'sfc /scannow' and it reported it did find some files that couldn't be repaired. However, the report is way over my computer understanding knowledge.

Now this background brings me to my questions after reading Brinks' tutorial.

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB Flash D... Read more

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Good morning,

Prior to beginning I am making this post to ask a few questions concerning Brinks' tutorial

I am using an All-In-One HP Pavilion 23-g017c (x64) AMD A6-5200 APU w/Radeon HD Graphics, running Windows 10, Version 1607, Build 14393.105, using the Edge Browser while utilizing Windows Firewall and Windows Defender as my major security programs.

My computer came with Win 8.1 and then I updated to Win 10 when it became available free of charge. In early August I then updated to the Win 10 Anniversary Edition.

This is where my problems began. I have not been able to install the last three Cumulative Updates (KB3189866, KB3193494 and KB3194496 using Windows Update or manual updates. All displayed Error code: (0x80073712).

I have run the Windows Update tool several times and it says it found and fixed some files. I have run CHKDSK and it says all files are in order. I have run 'sfc /scannow' and it reported it did find some files that couldn't be repaired. However, the report is way over my computer understanding knowledge.

Now this background brings me to my questions after reading Brinks' tutorial.

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB... Read more

Answer:USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10?

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

That depends upon what you do with the ISO file / USB flash once you download it. I would recommend you either mount the ISO file itself - or if you create a Windows 10 USB flash drive that you insert the flash drive with Windows running, then run setup.exe from inside Windows from either the mounted ISO file or inserted USB flash drive. That will cause Windows 10 to "upgrade" itself, should overwrite the files causing the problems and fix Windows update.

If you boot the computer from a Windows 10 USB flash drive, you will be doing a clean install which will erase your current Windows 10 and all the programs/apps you have installed, as well as your data.

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

See above. Answer is probably. A clean install definitely will, but that will erase all your currently installed programs and data.

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB Flash Drive, what is my next step to get the tool to do its job? In other words, do I simply restart my computer with the Flash Drive still connected or do I take it out, restart and then insert it in my computer?

You don't want to download the Media Creation Tool to a USB flash drive. You want to download the Media Creation Tool to your computer. Then run the Media Creation Tool and selec... Read more

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install windows 7 from external USB hdd whether it will work well?
I use wd external USB drive NTFS format.
whether it is more properly install windows from a USB flash drive?

Answer:Install windows 7 from external USB HDD or USB flash drive?

Welcome to the Seven Forums, Pegatroid.

Installing from a USB stick is easy and at least as fast if not even faster than installing from a DVD. Follow instructions in tutorial to see how: Clean Install Windows 7

Step 1 in above mentioned tutorial tells you how and where you can download the Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool which is an easy to use tool to "burn" the installation ISO file to a USB stick.


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Alright folks! Here is a small tutorial (I hope it's handy too!) after a long time. As most of us have been using Windows 7 as our primary OS (operating system), I thought it’s better to write a guide on the hot Windows 7.
Since most of you might have a 4GB+ USB flash drive, this guide shows you how to carry Windows 7 on an USB flash drive and run it from the USB almost like a portable application! Yes, you can do it easily. Follow the instructions given below to make it happen. Requirements: Bootable USB - Windows 7 USB/DVD
6GB + pen drive (8GB recommended) Procedure:
1. Insert your USB drive and backup all your data.
2. Next, download portable Virtual Box (sorry, I couldn’t find portable Virtual PC 2007) and extract the zip file contents to your USB flash drive.
3. Open your USB drive, go to portable VirtualBox folder and run portable VirtualBox file.
4. Follow the on screen procedure to create a virtual drive.
5. Once you have virtual drive, you can easily install Windows on VirtualBox.
6. After installing Windows 7 on the portable VirtualBox, safely remove your flash drive.
7. Plug-in your USB drive to any Windows system and start using Windows 7 just like a live Cd/dvd.
Note that I have not written each and every step as it's a long tutorial which includes creating virtual drive and installing Windows 7 on virtual drive. You can visit my site to get the detailed procedure.
You can also use this method to carry Windows 8, Windows Vista and XP on your... Read more

Answer:How To Install & Carry Windows 7 On Your USB Flash Drive

Let me give it a try tweakwindows btw i had created a bootable USB to install Win 7 by a s/w called "Bootable USB" ..

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I am one of those people who thinks of weird things. when I was browsing the web I saw that both windows XP and Windows 7 have the ability to be installed from a USB flash drive instead of a CD\DVD. now what I'm wondering is is it possible to have both windows XP and widows 7 installation files on the same drive and when you boot from the drive the bios would bring up a dual boot option menu and you choose what to install. I would think this is possible but I'm not one to know for sure. any ideas?

Answer:Create a flash drive that can install one of two different windows OS's

You can try SARDU:
Or Xboot:
For this kind of stuff.You will need have your own iso,thought.

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My Computer Cannot Start Because I Need To Install my Windows 7 System. How To Install Windows 7 Faster without Using USB Flash Drive?

Answer:How To Install Windows 7 Faster without Using USB Flash Drive?

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I have HP Netbook with only 15GB SSHD. That's not enough for clean Windows 7 installation. Hopefully this model ha internal usb slot, where I inserted 128GB pen drive. Now I want install Windows 7 to the 128GB drive. But installation process give me option to install Windows only on Drive0 witch is 15GB SSHD. It does not see 128GB "removable drive"!!!! Please Help!!

Answer:Help me to install Windows 7 onto 128GB Flash Drive!!!!!!!!


Unfortunately, Windows cannot be installed to a USB flash drive.

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I have made bootable usb using win to flash with Microsoft software ( the original one)
and also SARDU
i try on 2 different flash drivers on 2 extra pcs all runs extra.... but today when i bought my new pc
I7-3770 /3.4G/8M/BOX/LGA1155
2X4G DDR3 1600 A-DATA
1TB WD Caviar Blue 7200rpm 64MB SATA3 WD10EZEX
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Black USB3.0 VN400A1W2N

The problem is, when i select option to boot from usb(using f8) I get black screen whit
blinking cursor and it wont move on from that point, but when i use the same usb on other computers it boots perfectly (black screen whit blinking cursor disapears after 30 sec).

Does anyone know solution for this?

I DO NOT HAVE DVD/CD at all i never buy one, because i dont use one, and i aways have installed windows from flash drive.. but now.. i think i have serious issue.

When i press f8 i get this

Realtek Boot Agent

Sata PA:wdc ( long name here xD) 953869mb

Sandisk Cruzer 8.02 3839 mb

Sandisk cruzer 8.02 18mb

i select the windows one (3839) nothing happens, i try to select everything else nothing happen? please guys help me out ..i just bought a pc for 1000$ and i cant install windows?

Answer:New pc ,problem when i try to install windows 7 from USB flash drive

As your ASUS-P8B75-V--B75 has a uEFI BIOS.
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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Added all the drive descriptions to make searching easier-

Helping in another thread I found this nice utility- works with win 2000 and up-

What this does is take a usb drive and make it bootable and installs your windows setup files automatically.

It works and it is way easy

It took me maybe an hour to load the flash drive but only two minutes to get started and the other 58 minutes were miller time. (my flash drive is quite slow)

select your thumb drive letter and the drive letter with cd\dvd with windows disk- that is the choices unless you are doing a different os than default.

Set your comp to boot from usb- You will need the friggin floppy disk for xp sata drivers

first boot select

1. text option-reboot to flash drive

during the installation process it will reboot the machine- leave the flash drive in place-

second boot select:

2. gui-finish installation-1st windows desktop-

your done- boot from hdd.

Answer:How to install windows with a flash, pen or thumb drive

Microsoft has one also


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I just made a backup of my HD with Paragon to an external drive. That went as advertised. FIne and dandy.
I now say to myself "SELF"? what will I do if my PC becomes completely hosed and will not even boot.
I know. I will have a nice doorstop.

Now my question is can I make a bootable flash drive to restore my backup. I see the option is there but I
have seen more than once researching with Google that this will not work. Seems to me doing this with CDs
would require a dozen in my case. My computer does not support DVD. I am thinking ISO is going to come in
to play here. Anybody have any thoughts about this? Tanks.

Answer:Solved: Making a bootable flash drive paragon

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This is a really strange problem.  Windows 2000 has problems accessing my 3 1/2" floppy drive.  If I try to access a drive through Explorer or a DOS box, Windows can't read the disk.  At first I thought it was a bad drive so I removed it and tested it in another system and found it worked just fine.  I then re-installed it in the system in question and found that I can boot to the floppy drive just fine.  I then rebooted the system with a non-bootable disk in the drive.  When I received the "Non-system disk.  Remove and press any key..." prompt, I ejected the disk, let Windows start and immediately put the disk back in the drive.  Since there is now a disk in the drive as Windows is starting up, it allows access to the disk from Explorer and a DOS box.  It seems that Windows will only allow access to a floppy if it's in the drive when Windows starts up.  Installing a disk in the drive after Windows is up and running doesn't allow access.Any ideas?

Answer:Windows 2000 can't access floppy drive unless disk in drive when starting

I would try this.  Remove the floppy disk.  Open Device Manager and uninstall the floppy drive.  Then, restart the computer.  Does Windows recognize new hardware and install it?

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Yesterday I upgraded from Windows 8,1 to Windows 10. I wanted to clean install so I booted from my USB drive (which has the Windows 10 image and worked before on my other PC) and it didn't work.
Something was corrupt with my registry on the C: drive so I formatted it. Now I can't boot obviously and I get odd error messages like bad_config_info or something like that. I can't even clean install on the damn drive, it gets stuck after copying files.

Any help? I really need my laptop ready over the weekend, because my current PC is garbage and also blue screens with Memory_Management. I'm not even bothering with that on a 6 yr old PC.
ERROR CODE 0x80070570

Answer:Windows 10 can't clean install off a flash drive on Dell

Have you tried deleting all the partitions on the hard drive and picking the resulting unallocated space to install to?

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The below steps are no longer required.

Microsoft now has an official tool that can be downloaded from here:

Works with Windows 7!

I member asked me to outline to him how I installed Vista from a flash drive onto my AAO, and I thought it might me of some use to other members here. My goal is to just have it written out somewhere on [H] so if people search for it here they will find a straightforward guide.

This method has worked for me many times and for many different people. It is an incredibly easy process, especially if you consider the pain it is to install XP from a flash drive....

Ok, here we go, follow closely.

1. Format the flash drive (at least a 4GB) as NTFS, NOT FAT32! Important!

2. Put the Vista disk in the drive, and open the command line with Administrator privileges.

3. Enter the text below directly into the command line, replacing the first drive letter with the drive letter of the Vista DVD, and the second drive letter with the letter of the flash drive.

xcopy D: E: /e /h
The "D:" being your optical drive where the Vista DVD is, and the "E:" being the flash drive. Change the letters to suit your setup. This might take awhile as it copies all the files on the Vista DVD to the flash drive. Just doing this from the explorer misses some hidden files.

4. Once that is finished, open a new command line windo... Read more

Answer:GUIDE: Install Windows Vista, 7 and 8 from a flash drive!

Awesome, going to have to give this a try!

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I have a computer that was truly infected. Posting here was no help as the virus opened some port that allowed the person to reinfect the computer after all the viruses were removed the first time.
Last night I used DBAN and wiped the old version of XP. I have a windows vista disk with product key that came as an upgrade to an old laptop which I never used. I was hoping to be able to use this disk to install vista on the system I just wiped. I would just use the CD, however the CD drive on the computer now is not opening. When XP was still installed I checked the device manager and it showed the drive was in functioning condition, but I could not get the drive to open, even by using a paper clip in the small hole on hte front.
Is there a way to copy the files to a USB flash drive and boot from the drive to install vista?
Any help is much appreciated.
Thank You

Answer:Install Windows vista from CD by copying to a flash drive?


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I have been told it is possible to create a Flash Drive that I can boot on computer start and install Windows OS. I have done some research but have not found specific instructions on the procedures as to how to do t his.

I know there are certain requirements:
1. The flash drive has to formatted a certain way.
2. The Bios has to be set to be able to boot from USB.

What I want the flash drive to do is:
1. Boot from computer Startup.
2. Format the partition where Windows will be installed.
3. Install Windows
4. Have the Product Code on the flash drive so that Windows will be activated after install.

I am sure that other things I want it to do, but off hand these are the primary ones.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Format Flash Drive To Boot and Install Windows

Creat Windows 7 Bootable USB. Follow Part 2 to create a bootable USB as opposed to a bootable DVD. I'd advise writing the product key down as you'll have to manually input it before you reach a Windows desktop environment. You will more than likely have to set your BIOS to boot from the USB stick.

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After I made the Recovery Flash drive on an IdeaPad N585, I booted it and followed the prompts to do a Factory Restore.  After a few steps into the process I got the error message that something was missing from one of the partitions.  I'm puzzled by this since with a Factory Restore the process shouldn't care what the partitions have on the system ... it's going to wipe everything and put back to Factory anyway or am I missing something here. Anyone come across this or similar?

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I have a Windows 10 desktop. (OEM Dell.) I also have a Patriot 30GB Flash drive with some MS Office Files, Photos, and Bookmarks on it. Just basic stuff.

If I use my Flash Drive to create a System Recovery Disk in Windows 10, will I lose all the other files on it no matter what? Meaning that I would either have to purchase a second Flash Drive or use a DVD/CD-R option instead?


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My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.

Answer:Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

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I've got a Win RT 7 Install running and my only problem is that it doesn't see flash drives as drives to install the OS on to. I can see the USB drives for loading a driver so the installer already sees the USB drive but it won't list it for selecting a destination for the OS. So, I'm not sure I even need a driver and some RT setting needs to be set for it to see flash drives for Win 7 OS installs.
The install only sees IDE or SATA Drives and will let you load a driver from a flash drive but not let you install the OS onto it?
Also, I'm already installing from another 16GB USB drive.
The SSD drive went south on this Dell Netbook and I'm gonna try and run Win 7 off a USB drive.
I've got a 16GB USB drive with a bootable RT 7 WIn 7 32Bit image and I'm only as far as the select drive to install and it doesn't list the USB drive, I can browse to select a driver and the 8GB USB Drive is there.


Answer:USB Flash Drive as Hard drive to install to.

To run a Win7 from a flash drive, you need a Win7 Enterprise edition (because of the product key activation problems).

You can, however, install Win8 on a flash drive because there are currently no activation problems. Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk

You should know though that a really fast USB3 flash drive is required to make that a pleasant experience. On a USB2 drive it will work like molasses and you will soon be fed up (I have tried it).

Consider that for the price of a fast 32GB USB3 flash drive you can buy a 60GB SSD which you can also attach via USB3 or eSata and that might be a better deal.

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Hey, i recently ghosted my 250gb ATA 133 drive to a 200gb SATA drive. I made sure I installed the drivers before I imaged so it would boot and detect correctly. It worked fine for 2 months. I am currently contemplating re-installing Windows because of a few problems with my current installation and general junking up of the OS. I have a SP2 disc but i dont have a Floppy drive installed and i really dont want to install one just for the SATA drivers. Is there any way to install XP to a SATA drive without a floppy disk?


Answer:Installing Windows XP to a SATA drive without a floppy drive

Wayne I am actually in the same boat you are as we speak I dont know if its an option to search your CD-ROM drive for drivers or not. I have never had to do it so I willl tell you my findings when I get done tonight...It is going to be a bit harder for me as I am setting 2X250GB SATA drives in a RAID0..wish me

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please help. running windows xp, got 19G memory. not sure about other info. every time i try and run a cd rom or floppy disk i am told that windows cannot read it it may not have been formatted. this has only occurred over the last four days. can someone please help as i am completely at a loss

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I can't seem to figure this one out, but no matter what I try, Windows Vista is finding my NEC-DVD/CD drive as a floppy drive. When I uninstall it and ask it to find new hardware, it finds it as a floppy again. Its connected via IDE, and its the only IDE connection I have. Anyone have any idea what may be going on, or how I can fix it?


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The bios is detecting all of them but Windows 7 is not. The floppy's power is on all the time and it is enabled in the bios. My 3rd hard drive is not being detected, however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that. And I have no idea about my dvd drive. My other drive is working though.

Answer:Windows 7 not detecting hard drive, floppy and dvd drive

You are going to need to clear some things up.

Do you have an operational system?
"however I did delete some windows 7 files and it was working before that"

By this sentence I would think not.
Insert the W7 disk and press F8 while it is booting and select restore to the last known good configuration and you should be all set.

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I have upgraded my pc and surface pro to windows 10 and now I want to download the iso for USB to do a clean install on my surface pro. I have the media creation tool. I launch that, select my version, etc., then when I get to the screen where it would create media to USB, it says that there is no USB connected. I am having this issue on both the desktop and the surface. Is there something I am doing wrong? Do I need to format or configure the flash drive a certain way for it to show up to the media tool? My computer is certainly reading that the flash drive is connected.

Answer:Trouble setting up flash drive for clean install of Windows 10

I would try a NTFS format maybe?

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I am running WIN 10 on a desktop PC and as of Monday I had all the current release updates installed (Not an insider on this PC)

Tuesday night I used the "check for updates" and walked away.

This AM I had an error message. I selected the "Fix issue" radio button and got an error message "windows 10 couldn't be installed. You can't install windows on a USB flash drive using setup"

I have NO USB flash devices installed, only a USB mouse/keyboard.

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I am running WIN 10 on a desktop PC and as of Monday I had all the current release updates installed (Not an insider on this PC)

Tuesday night I used the "check for updates" and walked away.

This AM I had an error message. I selected the "Fix issue" radio button and got an error message "windows 10 couldn't be installed. You can't install windows on a USB flash drive using setup"

I have NO USB flash devices installed, only a USB mouse/keyboard.

Answer:1607 update fail - You can't install windows on a USB flash drive ....

RileyCat said:

I am running WIN 10 on a desktop PC and as of Monday I had all the current release updates installed (Not an insider on this PC)

Tuesday night I used the "check for updates" and walked away.

This AM I had an error message. I selected the "Fix issue" radio button and got an error message "windows 10 couldn't be installed. You can't install windows on a USB flash drive using setup"

I have NO USB flash devices installed, only a USB mouse/keyboard.

Hope this helps found it on the net see below
it would appear that the 1511 may have had a reset prob when removing usb drive not resetting registration flag, just used it on my win 10 1511 same problem as yourself, loaded ok, but apps not working, all the best Maximustec.

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Whan I am doing is trying to install Xp on a SATA drive. But I do not have a floppy drive to put SATA drivers on.

Any options?

Answer:How to install SATA drives for OS install at bootup without floppy drive?

Nlite should let you slipstream them in. It's a shame you didn't have an Intel chipset board, or else you wouldn't need drivers.

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Hello TSG, my HP came without a floppy drive installed, I know need a A: drive for smaller files.I went out and brought a floppy drive (TEAC) and tried to fit, I connected the FDD cable to drive and Mother board, connected power, but was not sure to use P6 or p8 ?, tried both, and fixed to chassis with screws. When I turned on PC the drive was recognized and in my computer folder but I can not read any disc's and is very noisy when pc starts and closes, also the floppy's green light was always on, I have know removed.


Answer:need to install floppy drive

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I recently installed a new 3.5 floppy drive since my new PC did not come with one but I need some help getting the PC to recognize it.

Answer:Need help install 3.5 floppy drive

Make sure the cable is connected properly - few drives have keyed connectors, so it's possible to physically connect the cable the wrong way around and have it not work. BOTH ENDS must be connected properly; it's not reversible like older IDE cables: the red-striped wire on the cable goes to the end of the connector labeled Pin 1.

Then you have to go into the BIOS and enable the proper drive at the appropriate size. You'll notice most floppy cables have a connector at one end that goes to the motherboard, and two connectors close together at the other end for A: and B: drives, and a twisted section of cable between the two: that twist is what tells the system with it's the A: or B: drive; A: is the end connector, B: is the one in the middle of the cable.

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Still no floppy found after a reinstall of XP Pro.

I read elsewhere that two options could be used to
solve the dilemma.

Get a thumb drive and transfer the needed programs onto that.

Get a USB floppy and hope that it gets recognized as a useable device.


transfer the needed program to cdrom which is recognized by system.

In my mind the the 3.5 drive is still the most reliable for clone backups.

I resist letting it go. But while I have this sample setup going, I'm going to try one of my bootable cds to run the Ghost operation.

Also are thumb drives bootable these days, say like a cd rom?

Answer:No floppy drive on XP Pro install

I would try to find out why the floppy isn't being found. Have you tried looking in BIOS to see if it is recognised there?

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   My floppy drive died.  How do I change it (if possible, step-by-step, please)?  Thanks.

Answer:Floppy Drive Install

1. Turn off computer2. Open case3. Remove connecters at back of floppy drive4. Remove screws holding drive in place5. Slide drive out6. Insert new drive7. Replace screws8. Attach connecters9. Close case10. Turn on computer.

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I am looking for a USB floppy drive that will work to load SATA drivers during an XP install on a new Dell laptop.

This is what I found on MS site:

Does this look right?

or this?


Answer:USB Floppy drive for XP install

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I put together a P4 1.4 ghz 256 mg, 40gig HD. The first time I booted the machine I went into CMOS, to change the boot sequence to A: to boot first.

Everything is being recognized by the bios and the memory is being read properly.

right after I save the changes iI get an error message:

device not ready, check media cable.

The green light on the Floppy is constantly on. I changed the floppy cable and the drive from another computer and I still get the same result. I seith the connections so many time and still nothing.

I cant install windows obviously until I get pass this. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!

Answer:Floppy drive install

When the floppy light remains on constantly on that is an indication that the cable is on backwards. Take one end of the floppy cable and flip it.

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Right I have just took a floppy out of an old Pc and put it in mine andit isn't working? I have put the cables in the way they fit snuggest (with the cable facing away from the other cables on the board without them getting in the way) and it isn't working? If I swap the cable round then I get no power light but if I have it so the light is on it doesn't show up on my pc as being installed? Is the dive dead, does it need installing or are the connections not compatablewith my Pc as the PC that the drive come off was about 9 years old? Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Trying to install floppy drive?

Well, are you sure your mobo has a floppy connector? They're similar to IDE slots but with less pins.

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I just got the Erazer 315.  It comes with 8.1 but I want to install 7 Pro into it. Anyone know what steps I need to take?how do I install it? What settings in the BIOS should I change to  make it read my usb flashdrive first? Thanks


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Answer:Install Windows 7 .. what setting in BIOS needed for it to read my flash drive first?

hi luism60613,
You have two options in installing Windows 7
Option 1: Install Windows 7 in UEFI / GPT
1. Follow this guide on how to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI  installer.
2. Boot into the BIOS and set the following (if applicable)
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled
3. Boot from the bootable Windows 7 UEFI installer that you created in Step 1 (by pressing F12 on startup and selecting the flashdrive) and install it on the Windows 8.1 partition (you can format this partition if you like) and you should be able to run Windows 7 in UEFI (this also preservers the OneKey Recovery which you can use to re-install Windows 8.1).
Option 2: Install Windows in MBR (Legacy)
1. Follow this guide on how to create a Windows 7 legacy installer.
2. Boot into the BIOS and set the following settings:
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
CSM = Enabled
Boot Priority = Legacy First
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled
3. Boot from the Windows 7 installer that you created in Step 1 and on the Windows 7 installation screen, you will need to wipe all partitions or press Shift+F10 to open diskpart and issue the clean and convert mbr command to install Windows 7.
Note that this step will wipe everything so ensure you create a recovery drive (see this guide) just in case you want to restore Windows 8.1.

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so everytime i make a new file in my flash drive, it puts all this weird stuff inside it i cant delete... see the image for reference. how do i stop the madness!
newbie here, first post. own a PC, so ill be here alot

Answer:Flash drive madness: cannot creeat new files without making undeletable things inside

interestingly enough, when i make a new folder, and DONT rename, so it remains, "New Folder" it donest have all that crap inside.
also, if i DO rename, then unplug, move to another computer, and plug back in, the crap is gone!
zomgbbq whats going on!

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hi there , running windows xp pro, been on b/band for about a fortnight, just got the new windows service pack and me floppy drive won't read diskettes and neither will my cd rom drive ,yet ,it will play audio. has anyone any suggestions?

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I thought I had this fixed but I was wrong. I caught someone else's response to the floppy drive that wouldn't work about the light being on all the time and I also had that problem. So I tried the solution which was correct but it still isn't working.

I have an old 486 with Windows 3.1 (haha) that I would like to get up and running for my daughter so she can get on e mail etc. It is a small hard drive but it is working. If I could install the mouse driver it would make it easier to manipulate but I need the floppy drive for that. I would also like to at least bring her up to windows 95 if not 98. Not sure if the HD has enough space. Any questions/suggestions.

It says "System Error" "not reading drive A" I have checked the ribbon, a ok. and two different floppy drives. many different disks

Any help would be appreciated. 486 less than 1 G

Answer:floppy drive install problems

Most old 486 computers have an option in the CMOS for either a 1.44 or 1.2mb floppy drive (5.25-inch drive). Check to be sure that CMOS is set to 3.5 inch or 1.44. Hope this helps.

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Have a Gateway laptop with a dead (SATA) hard drive. Replaced drive and tried to install XP Home from a retail disk. Install does not recognize the drive. Gateway support (don't get me started) says they don't have a restore disk and to use a retail XP install disk and their linked drivers. Their link is broken, but I got the appropriate drivers (iaahci & iastor) and tried to slipstream them into the XP install disk with nLite. No joy. XP Install still does not see the hard drive.

Let me say that I got the iastor and iaahci files by extracting them from a floppy image from the intel site using winimage, and I think I have the right files. I have the .inf and .cat files plus iastor.sys. I put them in a folder and told nLite to add them as drivers, which it appeared to do. I wrote an iso, which I then burned, but when I boot it, it doesn't see the hard drive. I don't have access to a USB floppy.

I need suggestions and detailed instructions on constructing a working boot/install CD.


Answer:How to install XP to SATA drive without floppy

as far as i know you either need an actual floppy drive or a usb floppy to get this to work. I'd love to hear otherwise.

Does BIOs see the hdd? I just want to make sure that it's actually a sata driver issue and not something else.

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Is there any logical reasoning.....?I don't often put in a floppy drive and EVERY time I do I put the cable in the wrong way! Any idea why the cable has to have the red line on the left of the drive instead of the right side ( as in all other drives? Yet the red line is on the same side at the mobo connection. Get caught every time and it takes me a couple of days before it dawns on me lol)

Answer:floppy drive install "problem"

I saw the title and was all geared up to type "cable's the wrong way round"...It crops up time and time again - you are not alone.

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I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron E1705 with xp media installed. I wish to perform a clean install of xp pro and am in need of some direction on how to do this using a usb floppy (if possible). My laptop does not have an internal floppy drive. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Ty in advance.

Answer:how 2 install xp on laptop c no floppy drive?

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tgell said:

Thanks for the feedback. I found that the guide I posted is one of the best regarding slipstreaming SATA drivers into XP using nlite.Click to expand...

Hi, I know I'm a little out of date but I'm facing that same problem with a Gateway desktop comp (my bro's actually).
I read through the entire help file and found it quite useful (thx on that btw). I do have one question however... Why is it so important to have the exact driver for your hardware and install only this one? What I mean is if I add ALL drivers from a driverpack (like the ones you can now find on the net) wich incorporates a whole bunch of drivers for a multitude of hardware, won't the windows install go fetch only the one it needs for the specific hardware on your system and ignore the rest?
In the worst case, if it installs a whole bunch of drivers you don't need, isn't it possible to simply just delete those after the install is done?
I'm asking this because I'm not 100% sure about the driver I need. I did manage to slice it down to half a dozen "candidates" but I'd have to try each of them to be sure. So I'm thinking why not integrate them all in one CD and see what happens?

Thanks for the advice !!

Answer:How to install XP to SATA drive without floppy


I'm not sure which guide you are using?

A couple of things you could try.

Go to Gateway's site and their support section and look up your model number. There should be a downloads section for our model which will give you the correct SATA driver.

Or, you could go into the BIOS of your PC and change the "SATA Operation" to IDE or Compatibility mode rather than ACHI. Then after the XP installation (and updates to install the SATA driver) go ahead and change it back.

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i know win me can doot from cd but trying ti install os with cd support no good wants floppy no floppy broken a: how to boot from cd can i make a bootable cd for ither win 98se or win me not boot floppy

Answer:install os no floppy disc drive

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