Windows Boot Disk

Applies To: Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials. To create a bootable USB flash drive for use in recovering or reinstalling Windows on a PC instead of a server, see Create a recovery drive.

Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer. Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.

What is a boot disk

In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER.

  • The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer.
  • Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive. At the command prompt, type select disk , where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.
  • Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive. To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create partition primary, and then click ENTER.

Create boot disk for Windows 7

To select the partition that you just created, type select partition 1, and then click ENTER. To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER. If your server platform supports Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), you should format the USB flash drive as FAT32 rather than as NTFS.

Warning

The following steps will completely overwrite the data on your USB flash drive. All existing data on the disk will be destroyed.

  1. To format the partition as FAT32, type format fs=fat32 quick, and then click ENTER. Type active, and then click ENTER.
  1. Type exit, and then click ENTER. When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive. This guide is about boot (or startup) disks for the following Windows versions: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.
  1. 4 Create boot disk for Windows Vista. 6 Create boot disk for Windows 8/8.1/10. 7 More Information.
  1. A boot disk (or a startup disk) is a recovery media (CD, DVD or floppy disk for older Windows versions) that you can use to start Windows, if it became damaged or corrupted somehow. The term “boot disk” was mostly used in connection with Windows XP (and older versions) and, in some cases, with Windows Vista.
  1. For Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 the “boot disk” term is mostly replaced with the term “recovery disk” (sometimes also named as a “repair disk” or “restore disk”).
  1. NeoSmart Technologies has extensive guides on how to create recovery media for all major PC manufacturers that have their own software for recovery procedures and a recovery disk for all Windows versions (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10).

If you have a computer from any of the following manufacturers, read that guide too.

  1. Most PC manufacturers with computers that have Windows installed also have a recovery partition that you can make use of to restore or repair your computer.
  1. Some older models had only a recovery disk (as a CD, DVD etc.) or only the recovery partition. Our list of recovery media guides for specific PC manufacturers: Dell (including the guide on the recovery partition), Acer, Asus, Gateway, Toshiba, HP, Lenovo.

A boot or startup disk is not an installation disk! You can not use a boot disk to install Windows. To install Windows, use your original Windows installation disk.

Create boot disk for Windows XP

You can use the following formats to create a disk:. CD or diskette (floppy disk) for Windows XP. CD or DVD for Windows Vista.

CD or DVD for Windows 7. CD or DVD or USB for Windows 8. USB for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. If you aren’t able to boot into Windows or don’t access to the recovery partition to create a system recovery disk, you can use our recovery and repair disk Easy Recovery Essentials to repair and restore your computer.

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Easy Recovery Essentials is compatible with the following Windows versions: Windows 10, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

  1. Features of Easy Recovery Essentials include:. Automatically find and fix boot errors.
  1. Works even when you can’t get into Windows. Recover from virus infections.
  1. Restore your PC to a working state. Access and backup your important data.
  1. Advanced tools for IT experts. Easy Recovery Essentials is an ISO download image ready to be burned directly to a CD, DVD or a USB flash drive.
  1. With Easy Recovery Essentials you can:. Find and fix errors automatically with Automated Repair.
  1. Recover your PC from infections with the built-in antivirus. Restore your PC to a working state. Access and backup your most important data (like documents, pictures, music, videos and so on).
  1. Note: Easy Recovery Essentials can not be used to install or reinstall Windows. Windows XP users. Easy Recovery Essentials can be used as a boot disk (or recovery disk) for computers with Windows XP installed to repair the computer, including the full list of Windows XP editions with Service Packs installed:.

Microsoft Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1). Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2). Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3).

It’s compatible with both the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP:. Microsoft Windows XP Home. Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Windows Vista users.

  1. Easy Recovery Essentials works with Windows Vista computers and the version for the x86 and x64 platforms.

It works with all Windows Vista editions, including the 32-bit and 64-bit editions:.

Create boot disk for Windows Vista

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions).

  1. Microsoft Windows Vista Business (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions).
  1. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions).
  1. Microsoft Windows Vista Starter (32-bit edition)Note: Windows Vista Starter doesn’t have a 64-bit edition.
  1. It’s compatible with the available Service Packs of Windows Vista:. Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows 7 users. Easy Recovery Essentials is compatible with Windows 7 and supports both x86 and x64 platforms and is compatible with the full list of Windows 7 editions, including the 32-bit and the 64-bit:.
  1. Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit editions).

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows 7 Starter (32-bit edition)Note: Windows 7 Starter is only available in the 32-bit edition.

It’s compatible with the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7:. Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Windows 8 or 8.1 users. You can use Easy Recovery Essentials as a boot or startup disk (now known as a recovery media) for computers with Windows 8/8.1 installed to repair or restore your computer.

Warning

The following steps will completely overwrite the data on your USB flash drive. All existing data the USB flash drive will be destroyed.

  1. It supports the x86 and x64 platforms and all the Microsoft Windows 8 editions (8 and 8.1), including the 32-bit and the 64-bit editions:.
  1. Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit editions). Windows 10 users.
  1. You can use Easy Recovery Essentials as a boot or startup disk (now known as a recovery media) for computers with Windows 10 installed to repair or restore your computer.
  1. The original Windows XP installation CD itself acts as a boot or startup disk that you can use and run Recovery Console (Command Prompt) to repair your computer with.
  1. If you already have the installation CD, follow these steps to boot into Recovery Console and the Command Prompt of Windows XP:.
  1. Insert the CD in the disk drive and restart your computer. Press any key, when prompted to boot from the CD. Windows XP Press R for Recovery Console. Type your administrator password.
  1. Command Prompt should now be available. The following commands might help fix your computer:.

Press Enter after each command. If you don’t have the CD, you can create a bootable diskette if your computer has a floppy disk drive to boot into MS-DOS.

You need to be able to boot into Windows XP to create this diskette.

Create boot disk for Windows 8/8.1/10

To create the boot diskette for Windows XP, follow these steps:.

  1. Insert a diskette in your computer’s floppy disk drive. Go to My Computer. Right click on A:\, this is usually the drive letter that holds the diskette. Check the “Create an MS-DOS startup disk” option.
  2. Once you have the diskette created, follow these instructions to use it when you need it:. Make sure the disk is in write-protect mode. Insert the disk in the floppy disk. Restart your computer. Follow the instructions on the screen as you boot the system from the diskette.
  3. You can also create a set of setup/boot disks that will allow you to bypass the need for a bootable CD-ROM (and then continue a reinstallation of Windows XP) by following these instructions:.
  4. Download the setup program file for the Windows XP you have installed:.
  5. Extract the files.

Type the drive where your floppy disks is – example: A: – and hit Enter when you receive this message:. Insert the first blank disk in the floppy drive when you receive this message:.

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