Ramblings from an IT manager and long time developer.


How to install Windows 7 from a USB drive (using DISKPART)

This guide works 100% for Vista & Windows 7 unlike most of the guides out there. I have seen many sites/blogs that have “Install Vista from USB guide” but either with incomplete steps or not working guide. I have also seen some guides that don’t’ use proper commands in this guide. After spending many hours I have come up with this 100% working guide.

I just did this method on one of my friends machine and installed the new Windows 7 BETA. The main advantage is that by using USB drive you will be able to install Windows 7/Vista in just 15 minutes. You can also use this bootable USB drive on friend’s computer who doesn’t have a DVD optical drive.

The method is very simple and you can use without any hassles. Needless to say that your motherboard should support USB Boot feature to make use of the bootable USB drive.


*USB Flash Drive (Minimum 4GB)

*Windows 7 or Vista installation files.

Follow the below steps to create bootable Windows 7/Vista USB drive using which you can install Windows 7/Vista easily.

1. Plug-in your USB flash drive to USB port and move all the contents from USB drive to a safe location on your system.

2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights. Use any of the below methods to open Command Prompt with admin rights.

*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.


*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

3. You need to know about the USB drive a little bit. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:

First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.

So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:







(Format process may take few seconds)



Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).

6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type  the following command now:

D: CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.


Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7/Vista. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.

Note: If you are not able to boot after following this guide means you haven’t set the BIOS priority to USB. If you got any problem in following this guide feel free to ask questions by leaving comment.

Update: If you are looking for something with a nice friendly GUI, use the easy-to-use guide to create a bootable USB to install Windows 7 using official tool.


Ever wanted to know how to install Windows 7 from a USB? It’s easy!

As we reported earlier, Microsoft released a free tool called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to help you install Windows 7 on all netbooks in simple steps.

Although you can refer the how to install Windows 7 from USB guide to do the same, this tool simplifies the job. Here are the five simple steps that you need to follow to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7 from USB device:


Note: You need a USB flash drive with a minimum of 4 GB of free space. And also please backup your data from USB first.

1. Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool and install it.


2. Run the program, browse to your Windows 7 ISO image using the Browse button.

Note: In case you run into an ERROR in loading a specific ISO image, take a look at this post

3. In this step, you need to select your media type. As we are here to create a bootable USB, simply click on USB device button.

4. Select your USB flash drive from the drop down box and click on Begin copying button.

5. The Windows 7 USB/DVD tool will take a few minutes to complete the procedure.

6. You are done. You can now use this USB on any machine that can boot from USB to start installing Windows 7.


How to Setup a VPN connection on Windows 7

  1. Go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Set up a new connection or network.

  3. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.

  4. Select Use my internet connection (VPN)

  5. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.

    1. If connecting on a local resource or a LAN computer, you can type its computer name or IP address. The computer name shown here is taken from the previous tutorial Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Enable Incoming VPN Connections.
    2. If connection to a computer behind a router and DNS is enabled using the computer’s name, put that in the Internet address field. If no DNS has been configured, type in your router’s IP address.
    3. This section allows you to enable the use of a smart card, allow other users of your computer to access this connection and an option to disable immediate connection upon finishing the client setup.
  6. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer. If you put a check mark on the Show password field, it will display your password instead of dots. You can also choose to save your password and enter a Domain.

    1. If you did not put a check mark on Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can connect later in Step 5, you will see a Connect button. Clicking on Cancel will discard all your settings. Clicking on Connect initiates the connection and you will see the following screens


      NOTE: Upon successful connection, you will be prompted to classify the VPN connection as a Home, Work or Public Connection.

    2. If you did place a check mark on Don’t connect now, just set it up so I can connect later in Step 5, you will see a Create button. Clicking on Cancel will discard all your settings. Click on Create.
  7. To connect to using the created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.

    1. This will bring up a window on the lower right hand corner of your monitor, just above the system tray. Click on VPN Connection and a Connect button will be shown. Click on Connect.

  8. Connect VPN Connection windows appears. Clicking on Connect initiates the connection. Clicking on Properities allows you to modify the VPN Connection Properties as well as configure connection sharing.

Tip: To create a short-cut of the VPN connection you’ve created to your Desktop

  1. open Network and Sharing Center and select Change adapter settings,

  2. As you see our created VPN connection is now shown here

  3. Right-click on VPN Connection and select Create Shortcut. You will be prompted to create the shortcut to the desktop instead.



Update to RDP Gadget

I added support for more screen resolutions, fixed the connect to console bug on windows 7 and cleaned up some of the javascript code .

fxRDP.gadget (359.08 kb)


Update to TopProcess gadget

Here is a small update to the TopProcesses gadget.


  • Reduced font size

TopProcess.gadget (46.56 kb)


RDP Gadget for Windows

Here is an updated version of the popular frxRDP gadget with a few tweaks and bug fixes

  • Supports additional resolutions
  • Fix to “Console” feature so that it works with Vista/Windos 7
  • Slight code cleanup

RDP.gadget (359.10 kb)


How to change the login screen for Windows 7

Here are two great articles on changing the login screen for Windows 7

 A tool to help make the process easier:

And article that describes the process

How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Easily [Without Using Hacks & Tools]




Windows 7 to support Aero via Remote Desktop

Looks like Microsoft has been hard at work with Windows 7 and some of the new features are turning out to be real winners.  One of the ones that I am really looking forward to (besides the new UI) is the support for Aero via Remote Desktop.

Check out this post for more details and screen shots