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Transfer startup disk to USB to start computer?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Cetaceous, Jun 29, 2017.

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  1. Cetaceous

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    My computer won't start and tells me I need my Vista installation disk to start. After many months and moving house, I finally found the disk, but the disk drive on my desktop is defunct and can't be used. Is there any way for me to transfer the disk onto a flash drive so I can start it up that way? I have only the use of an older, rather slow laptop to do this with.
     
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    To transfer a bootable DVD onto USB, you need to first use a program to transfer the DVD to an ISO file. Then use a program called rufus to bring that ISO image onto a USB mem stick. However, computers from the Vista era may not be able to boot from USB.
     
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    The desktop is a Gateway GT5676 that is about 8 years old. Is there any way to know whether it will boot from a USB before going through all the steps to actually try it?
     
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    Is the USB listed as a bootable device? Or can it be so designated in the BIOS?

    If 'no' to both questions then you have your answer.

    If 'yes' to either question then your answer is that it may work. The one PC I bought with Vista pre-installed supposedly could boot from USB but I never succeeded with Windows or with a Linux distribution.
     
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    It does give me the option, yes.
    I will try it then.
     
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