How to make a bootable USB stick from a ISO ( not a OS)


I have Dell venue pro 8 windows tablet and I am not able to boot from a external CD rom drive. I tried every thing and it doesn't list the external CD rom drive in the bios. But if I connect any USB to the tablet and go to the bios , I can the  USB listed there and I can change boot options.
Now , I have a bootable CD which is (not a OS) , I have created a ISO of this CD and I want to make a bootable USB stick.

Please suggest any help much appreciated  
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Carlos IjalbaSenior SysadminCommented:
Using a program called RUFUS it will be a breeze!!!

Have a look at their website:
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Do the following...
- Download Virtual Clone Drive -
- Install this on a machine
- Open the ISO using Virtual Clone Drive
- Connect your USB Key to this machine
- Open the command prompt
- Type Diskpart <press enter>
- List Disk (reference your USB disk)
- Select Disk 1 (1 = the USB disk)
- Type Clean <press enter>
- Type Create Partition Primary <press enter>
- Type Select Partition 1  <press enter>
- Type Format FS=NTFS quick  <press enter>
- Type Active  <press enter>
- Exit Diskpart <press enter>
- In the Command Prompt Navitage to your Virtual Clond Drive Letter (where you will find your Win8 OS)
- Example D:\Boot
- Type bootsect.exe /NT60 E: (E is the USB drive letter)

You can also reference be Microsoft Link below...


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If you can boot to the CD/DVD, there has to be an OS on it...

It depends on what is on that CD. I usually use the tool "WinSetupFromUSB", which can boot to Windows iso's, UBCD4Win iso's, Linux iso's compatible with Grub4Dos, and Syslinux iso's, and you can have more than one iso:
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
if the iso is bootable then it has an OS - it doesn't have to be a Windows version.

The Venue Pro's are configured to boot from USB only, you can use the Windows download tool but just point it at your bootable .iso instead of the Windows DVD using the process here:

RUFUS would do the same job and IMHO is faster, more intuitive and easier to use.

Also - just in case - ensure the USB drive is formatted as FAT32 and NOT NTFS
USB is USB ... USB stick or USB external player is seen by BIOS as the same.
If the ISO is self booting then you can use a USB external player to read the CD rom
You do not need to move it to a USB stick.

Maybe your USB external player is faulty?
Use a USB stick to change boot to USB in BIOS then switch the USB stick to USB external player.

To make the ISO a bootable image may be what you need?

"How do I make a bootable ISO image file?"
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