Howto: Install Windows from USB Drive

Days ago, install Windows from USB drive is complicated work as you need third party application to allow you to do that, but you may now easily apply it with Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

Make sure you have fulfilled the system requirement as detail below,
– Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
– Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
– 50MB of free space on your hard drive
– DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive

For Windows XP User, you need these,
– Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.
– Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be installed. It can be downloaded here.

Follow the step as below,
1. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
2. Install it.
3. Open it and insert the ISO file.
4. Click use USB device.
5. Click Begin and wait it copy to USB device.

  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)

  • 50MB of free space on your hard drive

  • DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive

Microsoft Download Manager for large file

To download Microsoft RTM Build, it might take you for years ­čśŤ , maybe several hours. This might be facing interruption during the download process.

Microsoft come with a solution which Microsoft Download Manager where it is simple enough to use.

1. Download Microsoft Download Manager from here.
2. Just select the New Download button and you may now able to paste the URL to the Microsoft Download Manager.
3. You may do the setting as image above.

Microsoft Download Manager works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2003 has not been specified as a supported operating system on the Microsoft website and supported browsers currently mentioned include Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

Windows XP Like Linux Operating System: Ylmf OS

If you still recall Windows XP, it is very useful and quite good to go for the end user.

But, since the Windows XP have discontinue and you will no longer able to get update and support from Windows XP, you may now consider Ylmf OS which come with Ubuntu 10.04 based and having the Windows XP based.

With Ylmf OS, it is come with,
– Ubuntu 10.04
– OpenOffice Suite 3.2
– Classic Windows XP UI
– Linux Wine for Windows Application.
– Firefox, etc.

To download it, you may get it from Ylmf OS Official website as URL below.

To understand how to install it, please refer to the Ylmf OS Installation Page as below.

Universal USB Installer

Universal USB Installer is a USB Linux Creator that allow you to plug and play your Linux Distro directly from your USB device.

Now, you may download the installer from here.

To install it, you will need to fulfill the requirements detail below.
– Universal-USB-Installer-
– Windows XP/Vista/7 to create the USB (Win 98/2K WILL NOT Work!)
– Fat32 Formatted Flash Drive
– PC with a BIOS that can boot from USB
– Your Favorite Linux ISO

To get more about the Linux Distro list, read it from here.

Disable Windows Restart after Windows Update

By default, when your Windows Update done, it will request for a reboot and the annoyed prompt will prompted all the time.

Although it allow you to select remind me in 10 minutes, 1 hour and 4 hours, but sometimes when you are running a server, it is not suitable to reboot for some peak hours.

3 Options is available to disable such alert all the time.

Option 1:
Open the Run Command and enter cmd to enter to the command prompt.

Enter the command below and press enter.
net stop wuauserv

However this option only a temporary solution where the services might restarted again if you set it to automatically mode.

Option 2:
You may disable Windows Update by using Group Policies. However some version of Windows do not offer for such feature.

Go to the Run command and type gpedit.msc to enter to the Group Policies. Use the left sidebar to navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update.

Locate the No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations. Right-click the entry and select Edit from the menu. This opens a new window. Select Enable to activate the option.

Option 3:
Configuring it through Windows Registry. Go to Run command and type regedit and press enter. Locate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU or create it if it is not exist.

Create a New Dword (32-bit) and name it NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers. Set the value to 1 to turn the feature on. This feature is already enabled in Windows 7 which is why Windows 7 users do not need it. Windows XP users on the other hand get an option to postpone the updates.

Unlocker: Windows Useful Unlocking Utility

Unlocker, a unlocking utility that well perform for Windows Operating System which work to Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Sometimes, when you want to delete a file and you prompt an error that the file is not able to remove and the file is being used by another system. The cached session could be clear by the Unlocker.

With Unlocker, you may fix the following criteria.
* Cannot delete file: Access is denied
* There has been a sharing violation.
* The source or destination file may be in use.
* The file is in use by another program or user.
* Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

If you have Unlocker ran, the utility will simply pop up and you may just unlock all to release the session.

You may download with the following Link.

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How to manually open ports in Internet Connection Firewall in Windows XP

To manually open a port, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, and then click My Network Places.
  • Under Network Tasks, click View Network Connections. (Or, right-click My Network Places on the desktop, and then click Properties.)
  • Right-click the connection that you use for the Internet, and then click Properties.
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings.
    Note If the Settings button is unavailable, ICF is not enabled on this connection, and you do not have to open any ports (because they are all already open).
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