Gone are the days, when we used to burn CD and DVDs to install operating systems. Now all modern operating systems lets you install using PEN Drive / USB Storage Device / USB Stick. And this article describes step by step guide to format and create bootable Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 USB Stick.


  • Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 ISO or installation files
  • A 4GB USB 2.0 Storage device (Its recommended to use USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 device for optimal performance)

How To:

  1. Plug your USB storage device. and run Command Prompt and execute the following commands one by one.
  2. Diskpart
    Run Disk partition utility

    List disk
    To get disk index that is used to perform disk partitioning.

    Select disk n
    Selects disk n to perform disk partitioning. n is the number for your USB flash drive you obtained from above command.

    Flush your existing all USB drive’s partitions.

    Create partition primary
    Creates a partition as primary partition.

    Set the partition as active to hold bootmgr.

    Format FS=NTFS QUICK
    Perform a quick format on the USB Flash drive

    Assign a drive letter to the partition

    To quit Diskpart utility

  3. Now copy all setup files to USB storage device… and that’s All.
  4. Re-boot your PC with it, you will be able to boot and install Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 using USB Stick.

Note: If you face any trouble to boot with it or unable to boot, try this FIX.

I:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /NT60 I:
Where I: is the drive letter of USB Stick

25 responses to “How to create bootable Windows 8 USB Stick using DISKPART”

  1. Ashwin Abraham Avatar
    Ashwin Abraham

    you sir are a lifesaver ! thank you so much !
    just one question
    so as to use my pen drive normally hereafter, do i just need to format it ?

  2. Dan Vali Avatar
    Dan Vali

    and after installing Windows on your PC you can format the USB stick and reuse it?

  3. Lakkimsetty Sai Teja Avatar
    Lakkimsetty Sai Teja

    found it thanku!!!!

  4. Lakkimsetty Sai Teja Avatar
    Lakkimsetty Sai Teja

    HEY!, @facebook-1607456235:disqus

    after registering i cant find copy button. but there is open?. did u mean that?
    and i cant find the write to usb!. please help!

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