I had the most difficult time creating a bootable usb stick to install Windows Server 2008 R2 (64bit). I tried several free/opensource programs, but after 3 failures, I found the manual process for doing so.
Basically I was cheap and didn’t get a DVD drive with my server from Dell. I kind of regretted it, but at least I learned something new here. 🙂
I used this process on a Windows Vista 32bit system to create the 64bit install disk. And it worked superbly.
DISKPART> list disk
Select the USB device from the list and substitute the disk number below
DISKPART> select disk 1
xcopy X:*.* /s/e/f Y:
where X: is your mounted image or physical DVD and Y: is your USB
The code above was a direct copy taken from the link below on Andrew Brampton’s website.
Only difference is that I had to run “clean” twice for some reason, and also chose the file type of NTFS instead of FAT32.