How to Create a Bootable USB Drive
A bootable USB flash drive is usually used for booting into Windows. It also allows you
diagnose hardware issues and can be used to install Windows on your PC. This spares you from
the hassle of purchasing Windows Installation CD and then waiting for hours to install Windows
on your PC. However, to enjoy these benefits, you first need to create a bootable USB flash drive.
Step by Step Guide to Creating a Bootable USB Drive
Here is an easy step by step guide to help you create a bootable USB key drive:
1. First things first- To begin with this process, first you need to find out whether or not
the computer you want to use your bootable USB drive has the capability of booting to a USB
drive. If you have an old system, it may probably not have this feature. The most recent computers
built since Windows Vista was released are basically capable of booting to a USB device.
2. Nonetheless, to determine whether or not your PC is capable for booting to a USB device,
access your system's BIOs.
3. There are numerous ways to enter the BIO's of the systems. The ways to enter the bios
vary from system to system and BIOs manufacturers. Nonetheless if you computer was manufactured
in the last few years it will allow you to enter the BIOs by pressing any one of the five keys:
[F1], [F2], [DEL], [ESC] or [F10]. However, if your PC is old before 1995, you can try hitting these
keys to enter the BIOs set up: [CTRL]+[ALT]+[ESC], [CTRL]+[ALT]+[ENTER] or
[Page up] and [Page down].
Webmaster's message: You need to start the computer and
press one of the above mentioned keys before the BIOS hands over control to Windows. You have
only a few seconds. On most computers the startup screen will display a message that indicates
which key you need to press to access the BIOS.
4. Once you successfully enter the BIOs of your computer, you will see a blue screen.
Check the bootable device list. If the USB device is listed, simply move your USB drive on
the top most position to make it your first boot device.
5. To make bootable USB drive for Windows 7 or 8, make sure you have Windows 7 or 8
installed on your computer.
6. Also, make sure you have a flash drive of at least 4 gigabytes. This is needed to
store all the necessary files.
7. Now plug the USB drive and create a backup of the files, if any, you have stored in
your USB drive. This is important because the drive will be formatted when you are carrying
out the booting process. This means the files you have stored in your USB drive will be deleted.
Therefore, it is advised to create a backup to avoid the loss of your important files.
8. Once you create backup of the files, now click Start and in the search box type "cmd"
to open an elevated windows command line. After typing the "cmd" command Press
Another way to open elevated windows command line is to click on start menu, go to
All programs, accessories and then right-click on the command prompt menu item.
After clicking select Run as Administrator.
9. Simply type cd c:windowssystem32. This will change the directory to the
Windows system 32 directory.
10. Now to get to the next step of creating a bootable USB drive, type DISKPART and
press [Enter]. Then again type LIST DISK and press [Enter]. The DISKPART command is
basically a recovery console command. This enables you, the user, to delete and create
partitions on your computer without any hassle.