Make Bootable USB from ANY Windows CD or Copy an Existing Bootable USB without Downloading Software


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In this video i will show you how to use an existing windows program to make a bootable windows usb flashdrive if you have the windows CD.

Here are the steps if you want to follow along faster.
1. Open a cmd.exe command prompt as an an administrator. (Right click and run as administrator)
2. type in “diskpart”
3. type in “list disk”
4. type in “select disk _” where _ is the number corresponding to your usb disk
5. type in “clean”
6. type in “create partition primary”
7. type in select partition 1
8. type in “active”
9. type in “format fs=ntfs”
10. type in “assign”
11. type in exit to close the window
12. Change to the windows CD drive letter or existing windows bootable usb drive letter. “d:”
13. At the root of your drive letter, you need to change directories to the boot folder.
“cd boot”
14. type in “bootsect.exe/nt60 f:” Where f: is the drive letter corresponding to the drive that you WANT to be putting the windows installation CD ON.
15. After everything has been done, just highlight all of the files/folders at the root of the CD or existing bootable usb, and copy them over to the new drive.

It is now a bootable windows USB!


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  1. It worked for my active disk but I didn’t work for bootable backtrack usb. Is there anyway to make it work for backtrack5? Thank you!

  2. Hi all good up to boot.exe/60nf but then i get message that "that this not compatible with my version of windows" . My window version is window 10 pro, can you please advice what to do thank you

  3. I wish everybody would have made a video like you did. Clear, straightforward with no extra unnecessary crap! keep it going …

  4. I want to thank you so much for this video. Not only did you teach me something new, but I really had no idea how to do this and was on limited time for completion of my pc. Thanks again! Loved how simply you went step by step through the process.

  5. Just finished the last step of copying all the files to the USB drive. I've got a laptop that won't boot and it has no disc drive so I'm hoping I can use this to re-install Windows. I'll reply to this comment with an update. Thanks for the easy instructions!

  6. Hey just curious when I went to run boot sect.exe/nt60 to the usb drive I rePC/AT bios the syceived an error message that this tool can only be used o n a system booted with PC /AT bios , this system I am performing this on was booted usingg EFI .

  7. mine says clean is not allowed on the current selected disk containing the current boot, system, page file, crash dump or hibernation volume?

  8. Really informative.. love your video, I learn new things today and avoiding waste of time searching for another "long-way" solution.

  9. After writing CD Boot it said the system could not find the path specified.Is there something else it might be called?

  10. Great video. However, you should be aware that someone has taken your entire video and dubbed over it, claiming it as their own.

  11. I bought a DVD copy of windows 10 home on OutletPC. If I do this process and get the files from the dvd onto my usb will my usb work to install windows on my new pc?

  12. All went well until I went to copy files. I am doing a Win 10 USB to USB Copy. An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file. install.esd Error 0x80070570: The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. But I don't think it is. I just used it the other day to upgrade a Laptop from Win 8 to Win 10. Help.

  13. HI , thanks for this great tutorial. But what i have another non protected not Windows cd.
    This program i boot outside Windows to make an image of an partition

  14. Just followed your guide and got to the last bit and got this message"
    D:Boot>bootsect.exe/nt60 f:
    'bootsect.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command,operable program or batch file.
    Any idea why it didn't work?


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