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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 via USB thumb drive


I planned to format my server to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 but realize my DVD rom has faulty which I don’t think I want to replace it since I hardly use since 3 years ago. Therefore it is time for me to make use of my 8GB USB thumb drive which I‘ve received during Microsoft DDC training.

Just a simple few step and command.

1. Format USB thumb drive to FAT32 using diskpart.

2. Refer to below command

  • Diskpart
  • select disk 1 {or the number of your USB key!}
  • clean 
  • create partition primary
  • select partition 1
  • active
  • format fs=fat32
  • assign
  • exit

3.Additional command

E:\boot\bootsect.exe /NT60 h:

More detail:-

4. Execute below command to copy all contents from dvdrom to usb thumb drive. You can copy direct using GUI but make sure hidden files is selected as well.

xcopy E:\*.* /s /e /f h:\


E drive= my laptop dvdrom

H drive= my USB thumb drive

5. Configure the server to boot from USB on the BIOS.

6. Plug the USB thumb drive at the rear of the server. Sometimes, I try to plug on the front but it wont boot. Therefore, just try whichever is working for you.

Since then, I just carry USB thumb drive when I want to install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (full installation) rather than CD. Nice and neat !