Today I reinstalled Linux and Windows again on my home machine, because my Windows was getting slow and I couldn’t really program on it comfortably.
To not waste any CDs and DVDs or other cumbersome storing devices here is a quick way to format your USB stick to just copy the data over from an installation image.
First open the command line on Windows.
(Press Windows button -> type
cmd -> ENTER
OR windows button ->
run -> ENTER ->
cmd -> ENTER):
In the command line do the following things:
:: opens disk partition tool diskpart :: lists all connected storage devices, look for yours (a good indication is the size) list disk :: select your disk select disc <your USB disk num> :: WARNING! this will erase your data on the USB stick clean :: creates a partition, select it and set it to active create partition primary select partition=1 active :: format as Fat32 (same format as DVDs for example) format fs=fat32 :: mounts it to windows assign
Now you can mount an image and copy the files from the image to the USB device. When you now boot your PC and set it to boot from USB, it should launch the OS installation program on the image. Yeah!
I will probably never memorize this, because I’m doing it like once a year, max.