Booting from a USB Jump drive.

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Henrybaker

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When I am installing Windows (XP or 7), I first set the computer's CMOS to "Boot from CD ROM" first.
Then I put the factory CD or DVD into the drive.
Then I turn the machine on. After POST,
I see the message "Press any key to boot from CD" and it continues.
OK - that's normal

Now - let's do this:
I copy the image of the bootable CD onto a flash drive.
I then set the computer to "Boot from USB Flash drive" first.
I install the flash drive.
I turn the machine on.
I never see the message "Press any key to boot from CD".

The computer's BIOS has several choices of "boot from flash drive"
Which one do I choose?
Question: Do I have to format the flash as a bootable?
Is a simple "copy all" from a factory installation disk sufficient?
Should I use a "clone' program to prepare the flash drive?
 
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