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#1 troublesh00ter

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:18 AM

Hey guys and gals!

In the concern of safety and good practice. I've been researching different ways to create a boot disc for my personal use should anything happen to my laptop.

I was going to use the Ultimate Boot Disc but they currently only have a version for Windows XP.

I want to be able to do it from a flash drive. I have one that I can use.

What all do I need to be able to create an efficient and easy to use boot drive for Windows 7 that I can use in the event of...
  • Corrupt hard drive that had to be replaced
  • Infected computer that must be restored with all of my files and programs
  • Any other event that requires windows to boot from something else

Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions you have!
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:24 AM

The first thing that you need to do if you intend to boot from a flash drive is to see if your BIOS supports using a flash drive as a boot device.

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:31 AM

If the BIOS has a setting to boot from USB, then:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/9585/how-to-setup-a-usb-flash-drive-to-install-windows-7/

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:32 AM

I'm pretty certain it does. I can plug it in, and when I boot up it shows up in the list of available devices to boot from.

I'm presently downloading WinPE 3.0 from Microsoft as I understand I will need this.

I also have an ISO burning/mounting software that I am comfortable with.

What steps should I take next?
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 10:29 PM

Personally I always have liked Linux when it comes to take care of an infected PC. Linux can be booted off CD/DVD and USB sticks. It offers all the tools needed to tweak an un-bootable computer including antivirus/antimalware. Almost all antivirus vendors offer free to download linux based ISO images (but they are scaled down to run only antivirus). I keep the recovery disk for Windows 7 only to fix the bootloader and run Windows specific commands like regedit etc..

You can find useful information about building WinPE based CD/DVD and USB sticks here : http://winbuilder.net/

Edited by Romeo29, 02 November 2010 - 10:31 PM.





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