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WinUSB Maker

Editors' Review

by   / January 08, 2012

WinUSB Maker creates a bootable Windows startup disk on any removable USB thumb drive or similar location. It does much more, too, such as creating bootable ISO image, GRLDR, and DOS disks as well as full drive backups. And it's extremely easy to use. You'll need your Windows installation disk or an existing setup disk, ISO image, or folder to use the program, and be sure to use a USB drive with enough capacity.

WinUSB Maker's user interface is about the size of a smartphone on the screen, and all its options and controls are right there up front. The default Functions selection, Setup Folder Bootable Disk, creates a bootable drive that can start a sick PC and restore or, if all else fails, reinstall the operating system. We could specify Normal Detection Mode, which identified all our removable drives and their capacities, or Fixed Detection Mode, which showed our hard drives. WinUSB Maker also includes check boxes to force either NTSB or FAT32 file systems, which certainly expands the range of compatible devices. With our USB drive selected, we browsed to our Windows installation disk, though you can also use an ISO image if your copy of Windows didn't come with a disk, such as Netbook installations. WinUSB Maker can identify valid source files.

When we'd made all our selections, we clicked the button labeled Make It Bootable, and WinUSB Maker did the rest, formatting our drive and copying the files, tracking the job with a green progress bar. When the job was done, we tested our bootable drive, and it worked fine. To use your bootable USB drive, insert it and start your computer, then select your bootable drive from your system's boot menu (which is different for every BIOS). You should then be able to restore or reinstall your operating system. Be sure to label your bootable USB drive, and don't lose it!

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Editors' Review

by   / January 08, 2012

WinUSB Maker creates a bootable Windows startup disk on any removable USB thumb drive or similar location. It does much more, too, such as creating bootable ISO image, GRLDR, and DOS disks as well as full drive backups. And it's extremely easy to use. You'll need your Windows installation disk or an existing setup disk, ISO image, or folder to use the program, and be sure to use a USB drive with enough capacity.

WinUSB Maker's user interface is about the size of a smartphone on the screen, and all its options and controls are right there up front. The default Functions selection, Setup Folder Bootable Disk, creates a bootable drive that can start a sick PC and restore or, if all else fails, reinstall the operating system. We could specify Normal Detection Mode, which identified all our removable drives and their capacities, or Fixed Detection Mode, which showed our hard drives. WinUSB Maker also includes check boxes to force either NTSB or FAT32 file systems, which certainly expands the range of compatible devices. With our USB drive selected, we browsed to our Windows installation disk, though you can also use an ISO image if your copy of Windows didn't come with a disk, such as Netbook installations. WinUSB Maker can identify valid source files.

When we'd made all our selections, we clicked the button labeled Make It Bootable, and WinUSB Maker did the rest, formatting our drive and copying the files, tracking the job with a green progress bar. When the job was done, we tested our bootable drive, and it worked fine. To use your bootable USB drive, insert it and start your computer, then select your bootable drive from your system's boot menu (which is different for every BIOS). You should then be able to restore or reinstall your operating system. Be sure to label your bootable USB drive, and don't lose it!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8

Version 1.8 updated the warning message box.

General

Publisher Josh Cell Softwares
Publisher web site http://joshcell.blogspot.com
Release Date December 25, 2011
Date Added December 25, 2011
Version 1.8

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements .NET Framework v3.5

Download Information

File Size 1.21MB
File Name WinUSB Maker.7z

Popularity

Total Downloads 178,699
Downloads Last Week 15

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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