Create a Windows Server 2016 bootable USB

Create a Windows Server 2016 bootable USB

Q. How can I create a Windows Server 2016 USB boot disk?

A. The instructions below will make a USB stick bootable. Change the drive letters and the disks based on your system especially where the disk for the USB is selected as it will be cleaned and delete ALL data on it! In this case F: has the Windows Server 2016 media and E: is my USB drive.


Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.14393.0

Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: JOSAV

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 2 Online 476 GB 0 B *
Disk 3 Online 1853 GB 0 B *
Disk 4 Online 14 GB 0 B

DISKPART> select disk 4

Disk 4 is now the selected disk.


DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

DISKPART> select partition 1

Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

DISKPART> active

DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

DISKPART> format fs=ntfs quick label="2016"

100 percent completed

DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.


Leaving DiskPart...


F:\>cd boot

F:\boot>bootsect /nt60 e:
Target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode.

E: (\\?\Volume{1d782b00-383c-11e6-9bc5-f62fb78d6ab6})

Successfully updated NTFS filesystem bootcode.

Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.

xcopy f:\* e: /H /F /E


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