Install Windows Vista from a high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Why would someone want to install a client OS from a thumb drive instead of a DVDROM or over the network? One reason: Performance.

Installing Windows Vista from a high speed USB flash drive is in my experience the easiest & fastest way to complete a Windows Vista install. This is much faster than using a DVD, gigabit ethernet, or possibly even some external USB 2.0 hard drives, due to differences in access speed & transfer rate. To put this into perspective, y'know how installing Windows on a Virtual PC virtual machine from an .ISO CD image is really, really, really fast?

Imagine something roughly just as fast, except for doing installations of the OS on to actual workstations.

Link to: Full Article @ Kurt Shintaku's Blog

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Gee... why not just install *directly* from the ISO image? I use daemon tools and boy, is it fast! It may probably only work for a dual-boot install though.

Probably not, but then again that time seems trivial compared to the time gained when installing Vista on 20 systems using the above method, compared to using the DVD.

"y'know how installing Windows on a Virtual PC virtual machine from an .ISO CD image is really, really, really fast? " eh what? It's about 3 times slower on the systems ive tried it on with Vista as the virtual pc os since it uses a lot more compression then standard windows installs to read that WIM file

Aye. I think we either will or should soon see a time when all software ships on a USB key drive, considered the fall in flash prices.