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Does anyone know how to create a bootable USB flash drive that will boot windows 7? Everything I am finding talks about how to install windows 7 from a flash drive, but so far I haven't found anything that talks about how to run from a flash drive.

I'm open to ideas. The base level OS doesn't have to be win7, as long as somehow I can get win7 running from USB so I can run some tools and also access SATA basid machines that aren't working properly (which is why a bootable XP solution won't work for me).
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You are asking experts how to circumvent Microsoft intellectual property.  (Microsotdoes not have a floating license ... so that is only legal way that you could do this)

this violates EE rules. you should delete the question.  

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Just a thought... could you use a bootable Windows PE USB drive to accomplish what you need to?  I regularly use one as  quick way to access files on SATA drives (assuming no full disk encryption).
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or why not LINUX? That is legal, and you can go to ubuntu.com and download an image that is designed specifically for a USB stick   Plus you can access ntfs file  systems
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The Windows PE is the solution for what you say you want a bootable USB for and that is legal. Here is how to do it
http://www.svrops.com/svrops/articles/winvistape2.htm

You may also want to consider this link as it provides many other tools as well
http://www.sarducd.it/index.html
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That WinPE info will get me started. Thanks for the help.
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