Although I have burned a system repair CD using the built-in Win7 tool, I would like to have a flashdrive available to do the same thing. A flashdrive is more convenient to keep close by in my desk.
I created a bootable repair flashdrive using a tutorial found online, and tested it first on a Dell Latitude (E6500)--worked great. My desktop, with the Gigabyte mobo (and most recent bios), does not appear to support booting from a USB stick. Is there something in the bios I'm missing?
Yep, tried that early on--no go. Funny they support archaic stuff like floppy drives...
Anyway, thanks for the reply.
Leave your USB Stick installed while booting. Enable "Legacy USB Storage Detect" in the BIOS_Integrated Peripherals and reboot (Leaving the stick plugged in) then hit F12 at boot time and choose "Hard Drive or HDD" and then on the next screen you will see your USB Stick listed, choose it.
Boot Order or settings in the BIOS do not matter. Just use your Boot menu F12 and choose your USB after you choose + HDD