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Create a Bootable USB

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I have a copy of WinFLP stored on my PC as a torrent, how do I create a bootable USB of the torrent so I can put the OS onto my netbook?Susan Keenan

WinFLP or Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PC's is available to those individuals running a genuine Microsoft Windows OS. Using a bootable USB to transfer the OS will make the installation take less time when transferring it to your netbook. If possible, use a new USB flash drive for the best results. You can use special software to create your bootable USB flash drive or you can complete the task on your own. I've given you the information that you need to do both. The choice is yours.

Software to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive: BootIt- Lexar USB Flip the Removable Media Bit Tool

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BootIt- Lexar USB Flip the Removable Media Bit Tool is a freeware application that you can use at your own risk. It comes without guarantees and I only offer it as an option that I have read about. This particular utility can be used to create a bootable USB flash drive. BootIt is designed to allow users to create a USB drive that acts like a fixed disk. Although this particular software was originally designed to turn Lexar-based flash drives into bootable ones, many individuals have expressed the ability to use it with other brands.

How to Create a Bootable USB

  1. Insert the USB stick in the appropriate slot. Make sure that your computer recognizes it. Make note of the letter used to designate the location of the USB flash drive.
  2. Open up a "Command Prompt." (Start>Run>Command)
  3. Type "SYS U" where U is the letter of the USB drive location.
  4. This command should transfer the files needed to boot from your USB flash drive. These files include IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, and command.com.

How to Configure the USB Port as Bootable

Depending on your BIOS, you may or may not be able to configure the USB port as bootable. In general, if you have a newer machine, you will be able to do so. Typically, you can press the "F10" key when booting up the computer in order to enter the BIOS section that portrays the options for boot up. Simply select the "USB Storage Stick" Option.

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