How to make a USB drive a Windows OS partition

Does anyone know of a good software to use, so i can make a USB Thumb Drive a bootable OS? I was looking to do this to give to end users to bring home so that they can remotely connect to the network without connecting from there home computers, where i have no AV control.

I have licenses, so that shouldn't be an issue.
I would like to use either Windows 7 or Windows XP.
Does anyone have any good links to sites that give detailed instructions on getting this to work?
I tried it from Linux years ago, and ended up just using Ubuntu, but i would love to get Windows to work this way..

If anyone knows of any freeware, or paid software that will do this, that would be helpful as well.
the more automated i can make this the better.



Hi Rob,

I used this recently to create a W7 bootable USB flash drive:http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

It worked perfectly! Here's the download page:http://wudt.codeplex.com/

Regards, Joe



Hi Rob,

I used this recently to create a W7 bootable USB flash drive:http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

It worked perfectly! Here's the download page:http://wudt.codeplex.com/

Regards, Joe



Joe,
Thanks brotha for the feedback.. that part i have, but what i don't, or can't figure out is how to install the OS onto the thumb drive.. I can mount the ISO, but then i can't see that as an option installation location... I assume someone has gotta have some info on getting that to work in windows.. Wish that tool did that..LOL

Rob



Well, it's been a month or so since I used it, but as I recollect, the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool does exactly what you want. Just go through the four steps of the wizard. Regards, Joe



Rob, it's a nightmare to do, unless you have identical hardware to plug into - the biggest issue to overcome is that the installation becomes linked to the hardware - not in the way an OEM Windows install becomes linked but because drivers, registry entries, abstraction layers etc are all set up for a specific machine at installation. When you unplug the drive and put it into a machine with different specs it's the equivalent of pulling a hard drive with Windows from one machine and putting it into another.

This way madness lies - honestly!

Joe, the wizard is to create a bootable USB installation drive, not a working Windows partition.



Joe,
I actually figured some of this out..
So it appears, and maybe someone else can add to this.. But it appears that Windows 7, and XP are much harder to get to work portable than the Windows 8-10 (Preview) are.

I used a program, or rather should say am using a program called WintoUsb and trying this on Windows 10 with a 60GB USB 3.0 drive.
I will keep you all posted on how this goes..

http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/

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