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Step 1

Plug-in your Flash Drive. First plug-in your USB stick to your USB port and copy all the content to a safe location in your hard drive .
Run Command Prompt as an administrator. To open a command prompt, go to the Start menu and search for CMD. Right-click on it and select Run as Administrator to use it with admin rights.

Step 2

Using the Diskpart utility find the drive number of your flash drive. To do so, type in the following command in the command prompt: DISKPART Running DISKPART will display the version of DISKPART you are running and the name of your PC.

Step 3

Type “list disk” to see a display of all your connected disk drives. Make a note of the number assigned to your Flash drive.

Step 4

Format the drive. Execute the following list of commands one-by-one. Make sure you replace Disk 1 with the proper Disk number from DISKPART.

select disk 1

clean

create partition primary

select partition 1

active

format fs=NTFS QUICK

assign

exit

Step 5

Make the flash drive bootable. Use the bootsect utility that is shipped with Windows 7/Vista. To do so: Insert the Windows 7/Vista DVD and note down the drive letter of the DVD drive. For this guide, the DVD drive is D: and the USB drive is G:.

Step 6

Navigate to the directory where bootsect is found. D: cd d:\boot

Step 5

Use the bootsect to make the USB Drive bootable. This updates the drive with BOOTMGR compatible code and prepares it to boot Windows 7/Vista. BOOTSECT.EXE/NT60 G: