I needed to create a bootable usb flash drive from vista to run memtest on my laptop with no cdrom drive. It took quite a while to get it working so I’m posting this in the hopes that it’ll save someone else some time. I’m using 32 bit vista. Here’s how I got it sorta working:
Get the hp flash drive formatting utility from http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&mode=3&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-UNITY-I23839.
Run the file and tell it just to extract.
Open up the new folder and run the installer in XP SP2 compatibility mode as an admin.
- Right click on cpqsetup.exe and click on properties
- Go to the compatibility tab
- Check off “Run this program in compat…” and select Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
- Check off “Run this program as an administrator”
- Click Ok
- Run (probably double click) cpqsetup.exe
Once it’s installed, run the utility in Win 98 / ME compatibility mode as an admin.
- Click start
- All programs
- HP System Tools
- Right click on “HP Drive Key…", Properties
- Same as above but for the compatibility mode select Windows 98 / Windows ME
- Click Ok
- Go back into the start menu and run the tool
On my machine it was realllly slow. It took about 20 minutes to format a 1 GB flash drive as a hard drive (which turned out not to be what I wanted anyway). And the utility seemed to stop responding throughout. But it did eventually finish.
- Then I used virtual floppy drive
- Loaded up the virtual floppy with the windows me oem boot disk image from http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
- Formatted the flash drive as a floppy disk using the above configured utility with the virtual floppy as the source
- Copied the memtest usb key dos executable onto the flash drive
- This worked for my desktop but I haven’t yet gotten the laptop to boot off the flash drive