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    install windows from usb

    microsoft released a file by the name of "windows 7 usb DVD Tool" that we could install windows 7 from usb flash very easy.
    is there a file like that for windows 8 and xp?
    is there a way to have bootable usb for all 3 winodwses in a 16gig usb flash?

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    The windows 7 USB DVD Tool will work for Windows 8 ISO files too. I haven't seen a Microsoft supplied utility for XP. I've tried in the past to make bootable USB install media for XP and it proved to be very frustrating. I eventually just gave up.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    New MOBO's have a uEFI Firmware (BIOS).
    Take note of the warning at STEP SEVEN, about uEFI, in this tutorial:
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    One OS = USB Pendrive.
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    thanks there a way to have win 8 and 7 both in bootable usb flash?
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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Muiacir,

    If you had a separate USB flash drive for each OS.

    Luckily, you can get 4 GB USB 2.0 flash drives real cheap these days.
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    thanks shawn.
    i have 16GB usb mean there is no way to have both win7 and 8 in one bootable usb flash(multiboot)
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    64-bit Windows 10

    Not that I know of.
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  8. #8

    thanks shawn
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