High-speed Vista installs via a USB key

Written by Brett Thomas

March 1, 2007 // 10:42 a.m.

Tags: #corsair #usb #vista #voyager-gt

One of the problems that many enthusiasts have encountered with Windows is its incredibly slow installation procedures. Due to the nature of XP in particular, a full install can be quite a tedious, lengthy task. We've noted that Vista installs considerably quicker (roughly 30 minutes instead of 1-1.5 hours), but how much faster could it get? A lot, apparently.

One website has found that it is actually very possible to boot a Vista install off of a USB stick, much like Linux has been able to do for ages. This is wonderful for anyone who is likely to install more than one copy, but it comes with an added bonus. Apparently, installing from a DVD is way slower - a Vista install can be done from USB in under 10 minutes. The slowest part becomes the user-entered data, which also has a solution.

This info is well timed, too - Corsair launched its Flash Voyager GT on Wednesday, which is its fastest USB product to date (as well as the fastest on the market, I believe). The new drive cuts reading speeds by over 40%, and is available in up to 8GB sizes. This makes it perfect for a Vista install that could very well break the 5 minute barrier with a little automation help.

So, there you have it - you can now plug in, press the power button, go get a cup of coffee, and your entire OS is installed by the time you get back to your desk. And for you server junkies, apparently Longhorn will be able to do the same thing.

Have you got a thought on the speedy install? Are you a system builder, IT person, or just an enthusiast breathing a sigh of relief? Tell us your thoughts in our forums.

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