Install Win7 from USB
Well, I tried searching and nothing came up. Hopefully this is not a repeat question but...
Whats the easiest way to install windows 7 from a pen drive?
Simply put, get the stick and just copy the root of the Windows 7 DVD to it.
You should not need to do anything special and as long as the computer supports boot from USB, it should work just like the DVD only a lot quicker. I do this for installs and typically have it complete in less than 20 minutes (on high speed USB Sticks).
You may also want to take a look at the WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit), this will enable you to make unattend.xml files (previously called answer files) that automate all the prompts during Windows Setup that even on top of the above, can significantly reduce the Windows install time.
I believe you need to pepper you USB stick a bit.
Have a look here at the Vista/Win7 diskpart command:
The details are fairly simple:
Start>Run> cmd diskpart list disk select disk (whichever corresponds to your usb from above) clean create partition primary active format quick fs=fat32 assign exit
I have personally tried this with great success.
The stick has to be formatted by Windows Vista or 7 to have the proper boot sector that will load the modern bootloader and not the old ntldr. If you only have an XP machine or similar old available there is a bootsect.exe tool on the DVD image that can write a new bootsector to a partition to make it boot either old-style or new-style.
Most certainly the easiest way to install Windows from USB:
WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a Windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. It can also do this with your live CD (e.g. BartPE).
Believe me, as a long-time netbook user, I know that it doesn't get any easier! I wish we hat this little gem two years ago.