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Installing Windows Server 2008 on a bootable USB?

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  • Has anyone tried installing Windows 2008 64-bit version onto a Bootable USB drive?  Have you been successful and how did you do it?  I only have one computer that can handle 64-bit installation, but, that is my primary computer.  I would like to install 2008 on a USB Drive and so far, I haven't been able to.

    Thank you
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 4:33 PM

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  • hi there,

    can you try the below procedure

    Start a command line utility called diskpart. This can be done directly from start/run or from a command prompt. Comments are between {}.

    diskpart {This will start diskpart from a command prompt}
    list disk {This will list all available disks in the system}
    select disk 1 {This will select your usb disk, if it is called 1 in your system}
    clean {This will erase ALL information on the currently selected disk}
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=fat32
    assign
    exit

    When you are finished with diskpart, all you need to do is copy all files from your Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 installation media to the usb disk.

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\


    sainath !analyze
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 6:12 PM

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  • hi there,

    can you try the below procedure

    Start a command line utility called diskpart. This can be done directly from start/run or from a command prompt. Comments are between {}.

    diskpart {This will start diskpart from a command prompt}
    list disk {This will list all available disks in the system}
    select disk 1 {This will select your usb disk, if it is called 1 in your system}
    clean {This will erase ALL information on the currently selected disk}
    create partition primary
    select partition 1
    active
    format fs=fat32
    assign
    exit

    When you are finished with diskpart, all you need to do is copy all files from your Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 installation media to the usb disk.

    xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\


    sainath !analyze
    Wednesday, July 08, 2009 6:12 PM
  • I've installed Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on a USB-stick.

    There's a guide available at http://www.nullsession.com/2009/09/25/running-hyper-v-server-2008-r2-from-usb/ and a movie with the finished result.

    Since Hyper-V Server is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 you ought to be able to just switch to your flavour of OS.
    Best regards

    Joachim Nässlander
    IT-Expert, Knowledge Factory
    (http://www.knowledgefactory.se)

    MVP Cluster
    Member of Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET)
    Blog: http://www.nullsession.com
    Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:59 AM
  • This will only create an installation media from USB. It won't RUN the os from the USB, which was the original question if anyone reads these.

    You'd need to do boot from vhd or install it from DVD to USB in that case.

    But two wrongs makes two rights at least, makes it wonderful to answer questions correctly when you're not a moderator.


    Best regards

    Joachim Nässlander
    IT-Expert, Knowledge Factory
    (http://www.knowledgefactory.se)

    MVP Cluster
    Member of Microsoft Extended Experts Team (MEET)
    Blog: http://www.nullsession.com
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 3:58 PM