Many people have submitted posts on how to install an OS from a USB stick, but they seem to go into way too much detail and call for too much effort.

Why? I am not sure, but clearly it shouldn’t be that difficult.

We’ll first format the USB stick, then change to the OS directory (DVD in the drive) and copy all the files to the USB stick.

d:\ will equal the drive letter of your cdrom/dvd drive
e:\ will equal the drive letter of your USB stick

Having said that, let’s get started…

Grab your 4GB or larger USB stick and do the following:

Format the USB stick from a command prompt:

format e: /fs:ntfs /q

From the command prompt, change to your cdrom/dvd drive, then type the following:

cd boot
bootsect /nt60 e:

Finally, launch Windows Explorer and copy the entire cdrom/dvd to your USB stick.

So what did we do?

We formatted the USB stick with the File System of NTFS silently, then changed to your cdrom/dvd drive, enabled the USB stick to be bootable and copied the entire cdrom/dvd to the USB stick.


Let me know if you have any issues or problems.