Creating bootable images from an ISO
If you need to quickly create a bootable USB drive from a bootable ISO image of Windows (or Linux for that matter), my colleagues recommend you check out a free utility called Rufus:
Rufus is great if you need to flash the BIOS or perform other low-level actions on a system that doesn't have an operating system installed on it. And Rufus is twice as fast as the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool for creating Windows installation drives from an ISO.
Rufus can also be helpful when you accidentally brick your flash drive as it can allow you to see unmounted drives on your flash drive so you can reformat them. In short, if you screw up your USB flash drive, Rufus may be able to help you rescue it from the trashcan.
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Mitch Tulloch is a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies. Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see http://www.mtit.com.