You can take everything you need with you on your USB device (such as a flash drive, external hard drive, iPod, etc). Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to make a virtual PC on your thumb drive.

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Installing an Operating System

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    Configure your USB device. To make a virtual PC on your USB device, you’ll need the following things:

    • 8GB USB storage device
    • Windows 7 DVD or ISO image file
    • Microsoft WAIK software
    • NT6 FAST Installer
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    Download the Windows Automated Installation KIT (WAIK) for Windows 7. Click here for the download.
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    Install the Windows Automated Installation Kit. Open the StartCD.exe file.
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    Click on the Windows AIK Setup option. It’s on the left side of the window.
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    Click Next.
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    Agree to the License Terms. Click “I Agree” and select Next.
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    Select the installation folder. You can leave it as the default (C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\) or select a new location. Click Next.
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    Confirm the installation. Click Next.
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    Complete the installation. When you see that the installation has been completed, click Close.
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    Download the NT6_FAST_Installed.zip software.

    • Click Download in the upper-left corner.
    • Select NT6_Fast_Installed.zip from the download list.
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    Extract the zip file. Right click on it and select Extract to NT6_Fast_Installer\.
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    Right-click on the INSTALLER.cmd file and select Run as Administrator. A command window will open up.
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    Press Enter to continue.
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    Press any key to chose the install.wim file.
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    Select the install.wim file from the Windows 7 DVD. You can find it in the sources folder.
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    Choose the operating system image number. For Windows 7 Pro, choose number 4.
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    Choose a target USB drive letter to install the operating system. For this example, we’ll choose K.
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    Choose the target boot drive. Again, in the example, we’ll use K.
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    Choose to install the operating system on the USB drive. Enter y for yes.
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    Chose a Windows drive letter for new instillation. For the example, we’ll use L.
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    Press Enter to start installation.
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    Boot the operating system. Once your installation has reached 100%, you can boot the operating system from your USB drive.

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Installing Applications

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    Determine what applications you will need to take with you or access when away from your normal computing location. At the very least, install an email client (if your email provider allows POP3 access) and an Internet browser. You may also want office-type applications as well as some entertainment sources.
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    Download applications that have been designed or re-engineered for portable use. You can search the Internet using key words, or head to some sites devoted to portable computing.
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    Install (extract) your chosen applications to your USB device and take it with you.
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    Browse this list of suggested applications. You might find some of these useful on a USB drive:

    • 1by1 — MP3 directory player
    • 7-zip portable — Archive manager
    • AceMoney Lite — Financial tracking software
    • Firefox Portable — Portable version of this browser
    • Foxit PDF — Portable PDF Reader
    • Filezilla Portable — FTP client
    • FreeOTFE — Free disk encryption software
    • GIMP Portable — Image Manipulator
    • Google Talk — Portable version
    • Opera USB — Portable version of Opera browser
    • OpenOffice Portable — Full Office suite
    • Pidgin Portable — Multi-network IM (formerly known as Gaim)
    • Portable Scribus — Portable Publishing Tool
    • Sudoku Portable — To pass the time…
    • SyncBack — Synchronization / backup application
    • The Sage — Great Dictionary
    • Thunderbird Portable — Email client
    • Torpark — Portable TOR browser client for anonymous browsing
    • TrueCrypt — Free disk encryption software
    • uTorrent — Lightweight BitTorrent client