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I am trying to create a bootable  USB from a windows 8.1 ISO.  doing it on a windows 2008 server.using, virtual CloneDrive, and through the cmd prompt run as an Administrator, with diskpart and xcopy  commands. I am getting the message "The target does not support symbolic links".
Also I have tried Microsoft's windows 7 ISO to usb utility and it did copy fine but at the end the message was could not create a boot partion.
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by:Benjamin MOREAU
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There is a Microsoft tool to help you to put your ISO on USB key.

Read for exemple this article : http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/install-windows-8-usb.htm
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by:comfortjeanius
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You can try ISO to USB
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by:Sasha Kranjac
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The only tool you need is Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.

It makes bootable USB or DVD from ISOs. Work also with Windows 7 - 8.1, Windows Server 2008 -20012 R2 and other Microsoft OS ISOs as well.
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MOREAU37, Sasa,

I did use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and that's when i got the message that it copied fine but could not create a bootable USB.

comfortjeanius  I have not tried many utilities but not the ISO to USB.  I will download and try now.
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by:nobus
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can you read and write to that usb device?
if not, format it first
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Is the device you are trying to write to working as it should? Can you format the USB, perform read and write operations without errors?
Is the source ISO file also ok? If you have checksum for the ISO, make sure it matches your result value to be sure it is intact.
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by:sjs
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Both the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool & ISO to USB worked fine.  It was the ISO.  I had downloaded again and it worked fine.
Thanks for your help
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by:bbao
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i have tried the given Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, but for some reasons it prompts the following error messaging telling me the USB drive won't boot.
WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL
per my research on the error, i also tried BOOTSECT.EXE as mentioned in a Microsoft KB article. this file actually comes with in the 8.1 ISO, but i got the following error when running it on XP (as you know, 8 is not installed yet).
BOOTSECT.EXE on XP
any comments please? thanks heaps.
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try rufus, works easy  http://rufus.akeo.ie/
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