One effective solution is to transfer your Windows setup files to a bootable USB drive. Novicorp WinToFlash has being doing just that since 2009, and despite development stalling for some time, a recent rush of major new releases means the package is finally out of beta.
The shiny new WinToFlash 1.0 is now available in four editions.
The free-for-personal-use Lite version has all the core features you need, works with everything from Windows XP to Windows 10, and (with the right files) can also create bootable USBs for WinPE 1.x and 2.x, DOS, Windows XP/Server 2003 recovery console, and more. (Full text) (En)
WinToFlash has to be the easiest method of creating a bootable, installable copy of Windows on a flash drive I have ever used. This is definitely a keeper for your administrator tool kit. (Full text) (En)
Mit WinToFlash besitzt man das ideale Instrument, um einen bootfähigen USB-Stick zu erstellen. Auch wenn das aktuelle System einwandfrei funktioniert, sollte man für den Fall der Fälle solch einen Notfall-Stick parat haben, um bei einem Hardware-Fehler, Virenbefall oder sonstiger Software-Schäden eine entsprechende Notfalllösung für die Wiederherstellung des Systems parat zu haben. (Full text) (De)
WinToFlash seems to be a breakthrough on a market where Windows installations are mostly performed from a CD/DVD drive. It minimizes the chances of losing important data, making Windows editions last a life time. (Full text)
The Washington Post
Super-handy utility WinToFlash automates the task of prepping Flash drives as Windows installation media (Full text)
WinToFlash, while still a little rough around the edges, exists to make installing Windows much easier. WinToFlash starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the CD. The final result is a more robust, easier to track installer tool. You don't have to worry about scratches on the disc or misplacing your original media discs once you transfer their contents to the flash drive. The optical drive is quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially in office environments, as media is shifted to the cloud. There may come a day that optical drives are as hard to find as floppy drives are today. 4.5GB DVD discs are huge wastes of space when you consider that 4GB microSDHC flash memory has dipped below $10 and are 1/100th the size. (Full text)
The process is simple and mostly obvious. You tell WinToFlash where the installation files you want to transfer are located and either let the transfer wizard take care of things, or specify settings like what kind of format the flash drive will undergo. (Full text)
Making a bootable USB flash drive for Windows Vista and Windows 7 isn't all that tricky, but it's always nice to find an app that simplifies things. Not only does WinToFlash make the process about as easy as it can get, but it can also create Windows XP, Server 2003, and Server 2008 installers. (Full text)
There is a software called WinToFlash that does everything automatically. All you need to do is run the program, set the location of the Windows 7 installation disc and the destination of your USB flash drive (Full text)
WinToFlash pozwala tworzyc bootowalne (startowe) nosniki instalacyjne z systemem na pendrive’ach, dyskach zewnetrznych czy kartach pamieci, potrafi takze przenosic plyty Live CD/DVD na nosniki USB. (Full text)