If you want to install Windows Vista on a USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drive, make certain that your computer has a high speed USB 2.0 port. An ultra fast flash drive can help speed up Vista’s performance. You will need a flash drive that has at least 4 gigabytes of available memory, so that you can copy all of the files on Vista’s installation disc to the drive.
Things You’ll Need:
Windows Vista installation disc
CD/DVD writable drive
USB flash drive
Plug the USB flash drive into an open USB port on your computer. Windows will automatically detect the external device and assign a drive letter to it. Follow Windows on-screen instructions for the device.
Press the “Start” button on the taskbar and select “My Computer” from the Administrator menu box. Look for “Removeable Disk” and the drive letter that Windows has assigned to the flash drive.
Format the flash drive before installing Windows Vista. Press the “Start” button again, and click “Run” from the menu list to open the Run command box. Type “cmd.exe” in the field and press the “OK” button.
Enter the following commands after the C:\ prompt, and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard after typing each command. For example, type “diskpart” (without the quotes and plus symbol) and press the enter key. Type “diskpart” + “select disk 1” + “clean” + “create partition primary” + “select partition 1” + “active” + “format fs=fat32” + “assign” + “exit.”
Insert Windows Vista installation disc into your CD/DVD writeable drive and copy all the files on the disk to the flash drive. Type the command, “xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\” to begin copying Vista’s files.
Restart your computer and make certain that it boots from the USB drive and not your hard drive. You may need to change the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) settings on your computer. Press the “F10” or “Delete” key to enter BIOS. Change the boot sequence, so that the flash drive boots first. Follow the BIOS on-screen instructions, and use the appropriate keys to change the BIOS settings. Press the “ESC” key and restart your computer.
Wait for Vista to finish the installation process. It should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. After the installation is complete, Vista will prompt you to create a user name and password.