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I have this old laptop hanging around and I have Dreamsparks from my university account. I decided to try Windows Vista on this old laptop which currently has XP installed.

Currently I am unable to create a bootable USB from the ISO file and I have tried several tools and all of them are failing to create a bootable usb.

I tried with multiple USB device and enabled booting from USB. Depending on the burning software, I get different message, all in the line of not having a bootable OS on device.

Can anyone tell how I can resolve that.

  • In what way are they "failing" to make the bootable USB device? Have you: Tried a different USB device? Ensured booting to USB is enabled and configured in the BIOS? Checked to see if the USB device will boot on a different/newer system? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 21 '14 at 16:26
  • @techie007 I tried with multiple USB device and enabled booting from USB. Depending on the burning software, I get different message, all in the line of not having a bootable OS on device. – Shamim Hafiz Mar 21 '14 at 23:15
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I had the same issue a couple times before, and the reason was that I had used the same USB stick for various OS installs (Windows, Linux, OSX) and the boot sector was a little.. well, off.

Finally the tool that solved all problems for me was WiNToBootic, but I'm not sure if it will support Vista, maybe only 7/8. Another tool you could try would be Rufus, which gives you more options on how to format the drive.

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  • I tried Rufus, it says the ISO format is not supported, not sure what it means. – Shamim Hafiz Mar 21 '14 at 13:07
  • WinToBootic also failed :( – Shamim Hafiz Mar 21 '14 at 13:08
  • Then it's probably a corrupt ISO image. Try redownloading or verifying the MD5 sum. – onik Mar 21 '14 at 13:10
  • I can try downloading, but I am getting it directly from dreamspark. So should it be corrupted? – Shamim Hafiz Mar 21 '14 at 13:11
  • The Dreamspark downloader should check the ISO before finishing the download, but I generally don't trust any downloader programs. I'd retry. – onik Mar 21 '14 at 13:13

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