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A Period of Transition

I used a CD for a bootable disc and I think a DVD would work as well. I didn't look into using a thumb drive. Maybe it's discussed in the link provided by Townsburg.

I think you can keep the image on the external HDD. I keep mine on a secondary hard drive on this system. You wouldn't want it on the same hard drive as your currently installed Windows since it wouldn't be available if the hard drive went kaput.
Yep. Obviously I wouldn't keep the image on the internal HDD which (probably) is very soon going to fail. It's 10 years old and just waiting to fail. Thanks for the advice.

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista Home Premium (32 Bit)
    Dell Studio XPS 1640
    Intel Core 2 Duo (T6400 @ 2.00 GHz)
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670
    Internet Speed
    40 Mb/s down / 10 Mb/s up
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    Browsers: Opera 36.0 / Firefox ESR 52.9.0 (32-bit)
    AV: Avast Free Antivirus

wither 3

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I finally took the time to look at the USB issue. It appears you can use a USB flash drive for booting but I suggest looking at USB Flash Drive Formatting in the help file.

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