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How to Create a Bootable Windows® Vista USB Drive

Earlier operating systems like MS-DOS were available in floppy disks, and then came CDs which carried operating systems like Windows Me, Windows XP, and now we get the operating systems in bootable DVDs. This all has happened because of the advancement of technology and features. You might wish to install Windows Vista on our computer but what if you do not have a DVD drive in it. You will end up purchasing a DVD drive. But this is actually not required as you can take help of somebody else’s computer which has a DVD drive and do the needful. All you would need will be a DVD drive, your installation DVD and a high capacity USB drive. Although it will be good if you spend some money on purchasing a DVD drive for your own computer as it will always help you, but it is not actually required for this simple installation of Windows Vista. Let me give you the steps to make your USB drive a bootable Windows vista installation drive.

USB drive

Format the USB drive as NTFS before starting with the steps given below and insert the Windows Vista DVD in the DVD drive.

  • Step 1:  Plug your USB drive on a computer which has a DVD drive. Let us assume that the drive letter assigned to your USB drive is U: and the name is USB.
  • Step 2:  Click on ‘Start’ and type ‘CMD’ to list Command in the results.
  • Step 3:  Right click on the Command and select ‘Run as Administrator.’
  • Step 4:  Now in the command prompt window, type ‘DISKPART’ and press the ‘Enter’ key. This will take you to the interface of the ‘DISKPART’ command where you can execute other commands.
  • Step 5:  Type and run the ‘List Volume’ command. This will list all the drives and partitions on your computer including U: (USB) and its volume number (assume 5).
  • Step 6:  Select the USB Drive to take further actions on it by typing ‘Select Volume 5 and press the ‘Enter’ key.
  • Step 7: Type ‘Active’ so that the USB drive turns into an active partition.
  • Step 8:  Type and execute ‘Exit’ to exit out of the DISKPART interface.
  • Step 9:  Type CD D:\Boot. Here D: is the drive letter of your DVD drive. Change it to the letter which your DVD drive has on your machine.
  • Step 10:  Type ‘BootSect /nt60 USB’. This command will make your USB drive a bootable one and with this you would be able to boot the computer to the command line.

Now since your USB drive is bootable, you can simply copy and paste the entire content of the DVD into it. This will make your USB disk a fully functional and bootable USB disk capable of installing Windows Vista on any machine which doesn’t have a DVD drive.

Reports: AVG Free 2011 Update Pulled Back after it Crashes Windows 7

The latest update for AVG free 2011 was pulled back after it created many mishaps regarding the crashing of running windows 7 64-bit. The antivirus database update – 271.1.1/3292 (432/3292) was pulled after the users were disappointed. After it’s used by the users and the prompt that the updated is finished, AVG 2011which was demanding a system restart, which is then followed with a “STOP: cc0000135” error that completely crashes down the system. To be able to boot the system after the crash or to rectify its mistake AVG has come up with a “Rescue CD” available which can also be used for the package to boot from a USB drive.

When anyone uses the free AVG 11 on their PC, they will get an update notice for program files and the virus database. When clicked OK, but the installation process fails and the user keeps on getting the same update notice repeatedly. After the download file once started the resident shield is no longer active.

The website named as download.com has an AVG free from 11/27/10, but after the crash even this has been removed. The users are frantically searching for the AVG site to download the “rescue CD” after their system has been crashed.

Several methods like Going to tools advanced didn’t seem to resolve the issue, resident shield was listed as enabled and even after the users tried to apply a disable followed by an enable, it shows as enabled in the advanced screen, but reports not being enabled.

Many users who were using Windows 7 64 bit ultimate OS have come across that all the patches not are up to date. The installation of MalwareBytes and Super antispyware are also there but with no other AV program it gets activated. Another user has blogged about the same problem. So after reports gushing in and not showing positive results have compelled AVG to withdraw its latest launch as it causes BSOD’s or other problems.

An AVG staff indicates both a bad update and the update being pulled after several systems crashing after the new AVG product download. Affected products seem to be several AVG Products which are also been affected and as a result being heavily critisized by users. The users been complaining about something strange is happening with the date that is displayed. It’s been showing 12-020-2010 which is being confused as the cause of the problem by many consumers.
The users shared their experiences saying that the computer rebooted after an update to AVG and also received a BSD. In Window 7 the BSD during reboot is very brief so it is easy to miss and then a recovery screen comes up next. But with a twist after the update and reboot are in a real pickle. The new launch by AVG automatically downloads the update again and recommends a reboot. It can be delayed for sometime but once the user starts reboot the computer the sequence repeats.

Even if the user decide to remove AVG altogether it was not possible to do that. And it failed to uninstall completely and kept going after the long processed update. Then after research, when a removal tool is discovered on the AVG website then after several tries it was able to get AVG off the machine.

These being experienced by AVG new launch users causing much of tension and frustration to its dedicated users which may affect their budding growth too. And so an s result AVG has pulled its new launch.

How to work a USB Drive Device in Windows 7

Many new Windows 7 customers are facing problems to get their USB device to work with the computer, recently upgraded to Windows 7 or a new computer preinstalled with Windows 7.  It is no longer a problem; the solution is simple and very effective.

USB device

iPod’s, iTouch, MP3, USB stick have always been simple to work with windows with the plug and play functionality, since Windows are always preinstalled with necessary drivers. Other typical USB plug dives like mouse / keyboard (both wireless and wired), external hard disks, scanners, printers, webcams, mobile phones, digital cameras, etc might come along with a Disk (CD or DVD) for you to run before you can plug the USB device to your computer.  In that case, ensure you have all the necessary drivers updated on your Windows 7 by running appropriate compact disks that came along with each product.

Also ensure before downloading the devices software onto your Windows 7 that it is compatible with the new operating system.

Plug in

First try and plug in the devices once all software’s are updated. In most cases the device will be recognised. In your situation if the USB device is still not being recognized, first ensure it is plugged into the correct USB slot and make sure the device is turned on.

Firewall and Anti Virus software

If you have checked all the above, unplug the device and check your Firewall and Anti virus programs. Windows 7 has very advanced security and is designed to project your computer from being hacked by thirty party users. You solution is to disable all firewalls and anti virus software’s running on your computer while you make the USB device to work with your PC.  Important thing to remember is you are not going to uninstall but temporarily disable these computer shielding software’s.

Before you disable these softwares ensure you are no longer connected to the Internet; just as an added security. You can disable both anti-virus and firewall by either right clicking each of it’s icons displayed in the extreme right hand corner of your taskbar. Alternatively, you can go into the software by double clicking and then from theFile menu select disable.  Once you have disabled all anti-virus and firewalls (remember sometimes you can have more than one anti-virus software and firewalls, so make sure you have disabled each of it), plug the USB device back and now (without these protecting software which in most cases stop the USB device to connect with the drivers) it should be recognized by Windows and ready to go. You only need to do this once since the windows recognise the device the firewall and anti virus software should not block it.  Remember to enable your firewall and anti-virus software back again before going online.

This should fix the problem; however if you are still facing problems, you should contact the USB device manufacturer or reinstall the USB device software and follow the steps again as mentioned above.

How to Install a USB Device

In order to connect certain devices like external hard disks, webcams, scanners, printers, keyboards, mouse, mobile phones and digital cameras into your computer, a USB connection is needed. These devices should be plugged to a USB cable before they are connected to a USB port on your computer. For some of the USB devices like keyboards and mouse, USB cable is permanently is attached to them. Certain other USB devices like USB flash drives don’t’ need a cable. They have an integrated USB connector which can be plugged directly into a USB port on your computer.

Instructions

If you attach a device into a USB port, the first time itself it is identified by the Windows and a driver will be installed for that device. The communication between the hardware devices and these devices are effected only by these drives. A USB device can not function properly without a driver. But for some other devices, the drivers have to be installed manually. A software disc will be provided by the device manufacturer for those devices. After the successful installation, Windows will inform you. The software that came along with your USB device has to be checked for its compatibility with your version of Windows. If your USB device doesn’t have the disc with the driver, you have to search online to find the device driver. From the Support section of the device manufacturer’s website, you can download the desired drivers for your devices.

In case if your USB device uses a power cord, you should connect it to a power source and turn them ON before connecting it. If enough power is not available in the USB hub to support your device, your device won’t function properly and you have to attach it your computer’s USB port. You can fix your device to any USB port in your computer. If you have to connect and disconnect the device frequently, it is better to use the USB ports on the front. You can plug your device to any port available.

Multiple Device Connections

Devices having their own power cords like printers and smaller devices such as mouse and USB flash drives can function properly even if they are connected to an USB hub not having enough power. But scanners and web-cameras entail more power and hence there is a necessity of a powered hub for these devices. External hard disks transmit large amounts of information. Hence high speed USB 2.0 port is necessary for them. You can add USB 2.0 ports to older computers by installing a USB 2.0 card inside your computer.

While unplugging the devices, certain precautions have to be followed. Storage devices should be unplugged after the flashing of light is finished. This ensures the completion of the storage. They can also be unplugged after seeing the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the right side of the taskbar. Hence USB devices can be more easily operated from your computer.

How to Resolve Driver Issues

Whenever you connect USB drive or external DVD drive to your computer, you may have noticed that it takes some time for your system to recognize this drive. This is because when we connect this drive, system loads the drivers which act as mediator. Many times it happens that system fails to perform expected operation and thus we can not access attached device. This is because computer fails to load the required drivers. Due to this proper connection which is required between hardware and driver could not be established. Here are few solutions for such type of driver problems.

Installation

Many times, you may be facing an issue when you install new hardware and later it doesn’t work properly. For device to work properly, it must be compatible with operating system. If it doesn’t, then you must find the compatible driver for it. Information manual with device will assist you in this case. It can also be case where devices require special driver to work and hence you must install the associated disk which contain those drivers. If the driver demands restarting the system then you should restart the computer so that device gets installed correctly.

Resolving Issues

USB port might be another reason for the improper behavior of installed device. In this situation unplug the USB driver and connect it to another USB port. You must get some notification as an indication that operating system has recognized the connected device. You can use Windows update to update the drivers of the device not working properly. It can be done manually and if the driver is from Windows, it can be automatically downloaded. You can check available updates for your device.

To make sure that you get updates in future of the device for which you recently downloaded drivers through Windows Update, you must turn on automatic updates on. When Windows is allowed to download updates for the drivers it might not set to install them automatically. User thinks that updates are getting downloaded and still device operations fail. For this it must be ensured that recommended updates get automatically install. Optional updates are not supposed to be downloaded or installed automatically. For this user must check Windows Update periodically. Update settings can be changed in the Windows Update which can be accessed from Start menu. If you are worried about the security, you can set an administrator password. It will ensure that no update will be installed in your absence.

You may face one more issue in which your device used to work properly but now it has stopped working or producing insensible results. As mentioned earlier, Windows Update can be used to update device drivers. It can be the case that unknowingly you may have uninstalled the required drivers. You have to reinstall the driver disk associated with driver. It reloads the required drivers to produce desired results. If you fail to connect the Internet to update your driver then check the cable connection or router. Tampered cable or damaged routers are the main reasons for disconnection of Internet. Thus, most of the driver issued can be resolved by reinstalling or updating the drivers as it is an integral part for any driver for its proper functioning.

How to Install Windows 7 through USB Drive

There are many ways to install most popular operating system, Windows 7, on your system. Windows 7 is very well known for its friendly UI and various applications that are fun and makes you work effortless. Direct installation with the help of installation disk is the easiest way to install. If you wish to boot or start your system while installation is active, then it is not possible in this type of installation process. You have to use disc or USB flash drive to serve your needs.

Installation

To install OS through USB drive what you need is an ISO format file. ISO is an image of disk on which particular software is loaded and can be used as an option for disk itself. You further need to make use of special conversion tool called ‘Windows 7 USB Download Tool’ which converts drive in suitable format of installation. You have to use this conversion software as you can not use ISO file directly for installation purpose. Before process begins you also have to check your system configuration to examine whether system is ready for Windows 7 or not.

The installation process involves easy steps. After establishing connection between your system and USB drive, you have to restart the system. Whenever indicated press the corresponding key to move ahead through instruction queue. After sometime installation page appears with ‘Install Windows’ tab on it. Press the tab to begin the process. If you wish to repair your preinstalled operating system then click on the tab ‘Repair your Computer’ which will lead you to system recovery options. Follow instructions as per your requirements.

Configuring Settings

If you cannot see installation windows on your screen, you might have to change BIOS settings. It specifies the driver which you have to use as a startup device. If you are using newer system then it won’t create trouble for you while booting through USB flash drive but the problem arises with older systems. If you are not sure about how to deal with BIOS settings then better you consult nearest computer operator for it as incorrect changes might create issues with your computer startup. You can even consult manufacturer website for assistance. There is not a fixed way for making changes as these settings differ with manufacturer. To enter the setup page you have to immediately press the requested key like F12 or F2. If you fail to press the key and windows logo appears you have to again restart the system and try.

After gaining access to the BIOS setting screen, you have to choose option ‘Boot Order’ which is most probably in ‘Advanced settings’ menu. Up-down movements in the list enable us to select required option which is DVD driver or USB drive in this case. You have to make sure that the changes are saved in order to take effects and then exit. Again by restarting the system you can start installation as specified above by following instructions. Installation through USB drive enables us to access disk management while process is going on and thus is more efficient.

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