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ok, so I have never tried to install anything from a USB, I have herd about it, and have even seen that some of the new games are available on a USB stick. I have also seen lots of newly built systems today that do not even have a CD rom. so this type of media seems to be what the industry is leaning toward. so my simple question is this, does it work, if I where to buy the new operating system on a USB stick, will it install on the PC system without issues?
Edited by toolmaker03 - 4/14/17 at 11:06am
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I've been using USB to install everything since 2008. its just plug n'push f8 on startup
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ok, F8 is the boot menu?

I am guessing the system will recognize the boot disk just as it would with the CD rom after hitting that key?
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ok, F8 is the boot menu?

I am guessing the system will recognize the boot disk just as it would with the CD rom after hitting that key?


usually it does, but if it doesn't, you might have to change the drive boot sequence in the bios/uefi
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ok, I can do that that seems normal.
same with the new games just plug in and I may have to tell it read from the USB or it might auto load?
have they some how locked these sticks so that new information can not be written to them?
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ok, I can do that that seems normal.
same with the new games just plug in and I may have to tell it read from the USB or it might auto load?
have they some how locked these sticks so that new information can not be written to them?

I have never heard about games on usb sticks. I havent used an optical drive since early 2005, all of the games I bought usually are nothing more but a cd + a steam/alterantive drm key, which you can use instead of loading from cd, since you are bound to the drm anyway even when installing manually.
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ok, I can do that that seems normal.
same with the new games just plug in and I may have to tell it read from the USB or it might auto load?
have they some how locked these sticks so that new information can not be written to them?


honestly nothings really *locked* these days, but im sure it has some sort of read/write protection.
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honestly nothings really *locked* these days, but im sure it has some sort of read/write protection.

cool and thank you this has been very helpful,
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I have never heard about games on usb sticks. I havent used an optical drive since early 2005, all of the games I bought usually are nothing more but a cd + a steam/alterantive drm key, which you can use instead of loading from cd, since you are bound to the drm anyway even when installing manually.

every thing I have is on CD today, I reformat my PC systems every 6 moths to a year depending on how they are acting up. thumb.gif

I have tried the download keys for games, but I did not like it as I could install from disk much faster.
but yes I have seen lot of different programs today with a USB stick as a media option.
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cool and thank you this has been very helpful,
every thing I have is on CD today, I reformat my PC systems every 6 moths to a year depending on how they are acting up. thumb.gif

I have tried the download keys for games, but I did not like it as I could install from disk much faster.
but yes I have seen lot of different programs today with a USB stick as a media option.




also to help you out, you can create bootable usbs with windows USB tool

https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool
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Rufus is also a easy to use program to make bootable USB's

https://rufus.akeo.ie/
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