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Looking for some people to test this little application I wrote for us to use around the office. We have numerous versions of Windows around and so instead of making (and losing...) tons of DVDs, I copied all the disks to an external drive and wrote this application to format a USB drive and copy the files over. Should be working. but I do not have a USB drive at home to test with (copying and format functions work, but I cannot test the bootcode update...).

Anyway, I hope someone can test that part of it for me so I can trouble shoot it if it doesn't work, and maybe someone here will even find it useful!

Simple to use, just select the folder containing the install files (could be your DVD drive), select your USB drive, and go!

The 32bit bootsect file is for situations in which you are using a 32bit OS and are preparing to install a 64bit OS, in which case the bootsect included with the install files will not work, so you must select a 32bit version of bootsect.

Let me know what you think!

EDIT: Updated exe with a few changes.
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Also, I would be happy to supply the source code to anyone who wants it. It has been written in VB.net
    
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Why vb.net? I can't currently test this for you but I can take a look at the source and see if anything sticks out. In windows vista/7 a simple batch file should be able to take care of it using diskpart to create a bootable usb drive and copy the data over. Could even have it pull from a network image so all people would need is the flash drive probably, which would be cool, however slow.
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Why vb.net? I can't currently test this for you but I can take a look at the source and see if anything sticks out. In windows vista/7 a simple batch file should be able to take care of it using diskpart to create a bootable usb drive and copy the data over. Could even have it pull from a network image so all people would need is the flash drive probably, which would be cool, however slow.
Well given the number of install discs we have, it seemed to be the simplest way of doing it actually... I suppose I could have done a script, but I know vb.net

I did get to test this yesterday at work and it works great.
    
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