- In the BIOS, a universal serial bus (USB) removable device is set as the start device, or the USB removable device is set to a higher priority than the first hard disk drive in the start order.
- You attach a non-bootable USB device to a USB port before you start the computer.
- You try to install Windows Vista from DVD installation media.
Method 1Remove the USB removable device before you turn on the system. You may insert the device after Windows Vista installation starts.
Method 2Change the BIOS settings so that the USB removable device has a lower priority than the internal hard disk drive and the DVD drive.
Steps to reproduce the issue
- Configure the BIOS to set a USB removable device as a start device with a higher priority than the hard disk drive.
- Configure the BIOS to start from the CD drive or from the DVD drive with a higher priority than the hard disk drive.
- Turn off the computer.
- Attach a non-bootable USB device to a USB port on the computer.
- Start the computer.
- Insert the DVD installation media into the DVD drive.
- At the Press any key to boot from CD or DVD prompt, press any key, and then select the DVD drive as the start device.
- Continue the Windows Vista installation.
- On the Disk Selection page of Windows Vista Setup, try to install Windows Vista on the USB removable drive. Notice that you receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.
Article ID: 938984 - Last Review: Feb 21, 2010 - Revision: 1