Go to the hardware properties of the USB drive:
• My Computer
• Right click on the USB drive
• Select Properties
• Select Hardware
• Select the correct drive
• Select Properties again
• Select Policies
• Select Optimize for Performance
This is to make it formatable with NTFS.
After doing this, you have to remember to always use Safe Eject on this drive. If you
don’t you might corrupt some files.
Open Command Prompt and execute the following commands:
• select drive # (where # represents the disc you’re going to use; for example ‘disk 1’)
• create partition primary
• select partition 1
This should delete everything on the USB drive and then make a new partition without a file
system on it.
Find out what drive letter your USB drive has (you find out by looking for it in My
Still in Command Prompt, type: format f: /fs:ntfs
It will ask you for confirmation and a name for the drive.
Now that you have a clean USB drive it’s time to fill it. Find your Vista Install Disk and find
out what drive letter it has. For example our DVD drive is ‘D:’.
Still in Command Prompt type: xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f/r/h/x F: (where F: is your drive letter for
the USB drive, replace this by the letter of the drive you’re using).
On the Vista Disk there is a folder called boot. Copy this folder to your hard drive (and
remember where you put it). Using Command Prompt, browse to this folder and type:
bootsect /nt60 F:
It’s very important that you are carefull with this command since it can change the bootsector
on all drives on the computer if you enter the wrong drive letter
Now you should have an USB drive that you can use to install Vista from boot (provided your
PC will let you boot from USB that is).