WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 8 (x86/x64) | 70 MB
Tool to create a multiboot Windows USB flash drive to install XP, Vista/Windows 7 from a flash drive. Though we have already covered how to create a multiboot Windows USB flash drive. This application will offer you the solution to installing Windows or Linux version using a USB flash drive.
How to start:
1. First make sure you have a properly formatted USB disk or flash media.
It must have a MBR and an active partition set.
a) USB flash media- format it with RMPrepUSB selecting "Boot as HDD" and "XP bootable" options.
Note that it will DELETE all partitions. NTFS is reported faster on some systems, your USB stick parameters are also factor.
Whereas NTFS generally is not recommended for USB flash media, if you are not planning excessive usage, but rather occasional installs from it, then it should be safe to use it as long as you can boot from it.
There is another way to format USB flash media- to use filter driver, such as Hitachi microdrive filter driver or dummydisk.sys (included, look in FILES\MULTIpartitionUSBstick folder). Using such driver will 'make' your stick to appear to Windows as fixed disk. In this case, when formatting Windows will write MBR on in with partition information.
You may now use Disk management console, or third party programs to make multiple partitions and format them as you desire.
NTFS performs way faster on some systems, or with some USB sticks. However, keep in mind that depending on usage and USB stick quality, it may "wear it out" quicker.
b) USB hard disk- format it from within Windows and make sure you set active partition!
In both cases USB boot is not guaranteed! That depends on your BIOS/motherboard, how disk is formatted and what file system etc.
In general FAT16 is the best bet for compatibility, next is FAT32, then NTFS. In some cases different format tools may set improper geometry.
2. Select your sources
3. Select target disk from the drop-down menu. Windows Setup can be started only from the first partition on the disk! It does not have to be active. Sorry, this is limitation from Microsoft- in case of removable USB disk, it can't read any partition than first.
If your USB disk is not shown then:
· It's not inserted
· It does NOT have an active partition
· It's NOT formatted in FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS
What's New in This Release:
· added an option for Auto-format, using FBinst internally. This will delete all partitions and create a single one on the target USB disk, use with care
· added an option for Auto-detect and use SATA/RAID/SCSI F6 drivers during XP/2003/2000 Setup thanks to DPMS by Chenall. The boot entry is optional and has to be selected once before booting First part of Setup
· added an option to include a floppy image with F6 SATA/RAID/SCSI drivers during XP/2003/2000 Setup. The boot entry is optional and has to be selected once before booting First part of Setup
· working USB to USB install thanks to WaitBT driver by Shao Miller
· added an option for creating a "kicker" ISO for Vista/7/8/Server 2008 Setup, thus avoiding possible setup failures
· added another debug option for Vista/7/8/Server 2008 Setup, shifting hard disk possitions, thus avoiding possible other setup failures
· added an option for custom folder name and boot menu entry for XP/2003/2000 Setup
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