Install Windows from a high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive

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      Install Windows Vista / Server 2008 from a high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive

      WHY INSTALL FROM USB FLASH DRIVE?
      Why would someone want to install a client OS from a thumb drive instead of a DVDROM ? One reason: Performance. Installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive is in my experience the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows. This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit ethernet, or possibly even some external USB 2.0 hard drives, due to differences in access speed & transfer rate. To put this into perspective, y’know how installing Windows on a Virtual PC virtual machine from an .ISO CD image is really, really, really fast? Imagine something roughly just as fast, except for doing installations of the OS on to actual workstations.
      Check it out here!

      * Acquire an ultra-fast USB 2.0 flash drive 4GB for full OS DVD clone or use vLite for customizing unwanted components to fit less then 4GB.

      * Format your Flash Drive in Windows Vista / Server 2008, Run CMD.EXE and type the following:

        diskpart
        list disk ( locate your USB flash drive disk number = # )
        select disk #
        clean
        create partition primary
        select partition 1
        active
        format fs=fat32
        assign
        exit

      * Simply copy Windows DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive.

      * Boot up the machine, have it boot off the USB drive.

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      Credit to Kurt Shintaku.

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