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FlashBoot 3.3 Giveaway
$29.95
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Giveaway of the day — FlashBoot 3.3

Migrate your entire OS to a new PC or have your PC in your pocket!
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 122 (81%) 28 (19%) 87 comments

FlashBoot 3.3 was available as a giveaway on March 22, 2021!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$25.95
free today
Move data from one device to another without damage.

Migrate your entire OS to a new PC, have your PC in your pocket, or downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7.

Installable clones of Windows 7/8.x/10.
Create a copy of Windows (including all your apps and data) on the USB stick or USB hard drive and instantly transfer your entire OS to another computer, even with dissimilar hardware. In the event of next ransomware virus attack, loss/theft of laptop, hard drive failure or Windows Update failure, you can have a safely backed up copy of your entire OS and all programs on the USB storage device and restore it instantly.

Bootable clones of Windows 8.x/10.
This feature enables you to boot Windows directly from USB storage device on any PC. Have a copy of your computer in your pocket, ready to go wherever you go! Need your favorite app, document, game, or browser when traveling? Need a second work environment for privacy? Just take out of your pocket a USB thumb drive containing a bootable clone of your OS prepared by FlashBoot Pro.

Installation of Windows 7 to the modern computers.
With FlashBoot, Windows 7 can be quickly and easily installed on all modern Intel and AMD platforms. For maximum compatibility, FlashBoot contains prepackaged generic drivers for USB 3.x and NVMe. Also FlashBoot has a builtin patch for the Windows 7 UEFI loader which allows you to install this OS on modern computers with pure UEFI firmware (without CSM/Legacy boot option).

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1/10 (x64/x86); USB thumbdrive or USB HDD

Publisher:

PrimeExpert Software

Homepage:

http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/

File Size:

48.8 MB

Licence details:

Lifetime license for one USB device

Price:

$29.95

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#31

Dear GOTD users,
there were some temporarily problems on the developers side with
sending away the codes, but it is solved now.

Please try to request the codes again.

Sorry for the inconvenience!
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Helen  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Helen, doesn't seem to be solved yet, or not solved for me anyway. "Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro. Your request was processed successfully. Please check your inbox folder."

I did. Multiple times. Nada. Did the process again with another email address. "Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro. Your request was processed successfully. Please check your inbox folder."

I did. Several times. Nada.

Did the process again with another email address. "Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro. Your request was processed successfully. Please check your inbox folder."

I did. Several times. Nada.

I thought it might just be me. Then had a look through all the preceding comments.

I hope I can still register it when the code comes.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Fourth time lucky! Got the registration code and registered. Thank you Mikhail Kupchik! Can't wait to test Special Edition of Flashboot Pro -- sometime after the sun rises at the meridian I reside most near to.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Helen, Most helpful...except for this new message -
"Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro.
Unfortunately, GiveawayOfTheDay-2021 campaign is over."
Having tried many times last night, eventually I had to go to bed as it was past midnight. What a waste of effort trying to install this on 2 devices but getting no response to the registration.

Reply   |   Comment by Alec Raven  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Helen, I deleted the GAOTD download after problems registering it. Can you send it (or a link) so that I can try again. I really want to try your program.
Regards, Chris

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

While I tried and either I am stupid or the product is.

It seems that I have to install from the USB drive the setup program was written to to the USB drive the setup program was written to or the installation won't complete. However, as part of the installation the setup program wants to format the USB drive, the drive the setup program is on. How can this work? Either the formatting is going to fail -- the most likely scenario -- or the formatting will destroy the setup program.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The setup program could be copied back to the hard drive and then run and installed on the USB. The resulting windows bootable worked -- tried it on boot hanging lap top and it was awesome for a while, then after several reboots windows wrote to it and it was really slow. However I managed to repair the original computer drive -- not using this program but another -- and now the laptop works fine and I have a windows 10 bootable I can use to try to bring a couple of other lap tops back when I have time to kill.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

Add me to the list of people who got this offer in **today's** GOTD email, along with the Vidmore Converter, the Android Assistant (both of which I'm going to give a try), and the Leawo DRM Converter (which I'm not).

Even in today's email the description says it was posted yesterday. Posted it may have been, but the notice never happened until today. A shame, since it seems to be a worthwhile app.

I'll download the trial and test it out, then buy if it does the job as advertised. I've certainly done that with other GOTD items.

Reply   |   Comment by McC  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

What am I missing? I got the email this morning (3/23) but it says that this was a giveaway on 3/22. And the only link available seems to be to the company site with no giveawayofheday option.

Reply   |   Comment by markw314  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Same here, but only got the mail after noon
It actually came together with today's offer in the very same email message.
Big shame, because I really want this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Moore  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#40

I was only emailed about this an hour ago, and it's already unavailable??

Reply   |   Comment by B  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#39

Just downloaded and installed, registration code arrived immediately, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Tinks  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#38

Alright, read about your difficulties. Tried to activate again and now got the e-mail from you with activation code. It works now. Thanks so much :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mogens Olesen  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

Thank you. I did everything right but here about 9 hours later I am still waiting for an e-mail with the reg info I must use to fully unlock the app...

Reply   |   Comment by Mogens Olesen  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#36

I am surprised what questions I see here. There is a shadow copy, back up your windows 10, copy disk all build in in windows.. why not use this? You can download any time new windows 10 on a stick or disk free from Microsoft and install with your key - if you know it and wrote it down.
I have installed numerous times from windows 98 to windows 10 the OS from fresh download from Microsoft with a purchased key - always works. In fact - I actively looks for top of the range laptops with NO OS -- and like to get them going. My current HP Elitebook was $85 !!

Reply   |   Comment by Ingolf Schmacke  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Ingolf Schmacke,

Where did you find that elite book for $85 ?

Reply   |   Comment by Acer  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#35

I requested my registration code 3 times, last one on an alternate email address (outlook). Each time I was told registration approved, watch email for code.
Never received it and I did check my spam folder as well.
Any reason why?

Reply   |   Comment by Manfred Weitzmann  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#34

BEWARE fellow users: This program makes it very clear that it will only work with the registered thumb drive that is plugged into an open USB3 port when the installed program is first run. The instructions even give estimates of what size thumb drive to expect. However, IF you happen to chose too small a thumb drive to fit the Flashboot option you've chosen, you will be out of luck unless you buy the program. The "Feedback" interface on Flashboot's web page that I used to request help gives no indication that the message was sent or resent, other than "HTTP 0". If I get an answer from the Flashboot people, I'll append it.

Reply   |   Comment by JJ Menning  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#33

That you have to install this on a 32Gb or larger flash drive today kills the deal for me.

Reply   |   Comment by BobbyA  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#32

Tried to install the software and Win10 iso on a usb and get the error:


*** ERROR ***
Failed to rename or move file or directory \\?\Volume{a9109797-8973-11eb-aa4f-04d9f5806ddd}\\Boot\bootnxt to \\?\Volume{a9109797-8973-11eb-aa4f-04d9f5806ddd}\\bootnxt: Cannot create a file when that file already exists.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Steele  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

So I provided an email and was sent a link to download the zip file. Following instruction in Readme I installed the software, inserted a USB drive and clicked 'Register this software' then provided my email address again. Message reads "Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro.
Your request was processed successfully. Please check your inbox folder." That was 20 minutes ago and I'm still waiting. And I have checked my Spam folder.

Reply   |   Comment by Alec Raven  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Alec Raven, I've been waiting all day. Even tried a couple of different email accounts. Still nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by Prairie Grass  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

Tried two different email addresses to get activation code but no emails received from the developer.

Reply   |   Comment by D.C.  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#28

Still have not received reg code. Tried two different emails.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Reno  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#27

waited over 45 min. for registration email. Is this normal? or what am i doing wrong

Reply   |   Comment by David C  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#26

If only the software can establish theres enough space before proceeding. Instead of going through the process of formatting the flash drive (which was 1TB) and then finding out 3 hours later theres not enough space!

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#25

No Registration Code Email after Installation and email submission online - Can you provide Registration Code Please & Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Admin  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#24

Program is installed, USB insert and enter the website for registration. I did enter my name and e-mailadress but never receive e-mail message? It's giveaway over maybe?

Reply   |   Comment by H. Mager  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

Registered online but haven't received email back with the registration code.

Reply   |   Comment by Kirk  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

Waiting and waiting and waiting, almost an hour or so, but the registration key hasn't arrived yet. It is not in the inbox nor in a spam folder, despite the fact that their message says:
"Thank you for your interest in Special Edition of FlashBoot Pro.
Your request was processed successfully. Please check your inbox folder".

I am using gmail.

Should I wait longer or just give up.

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

How long for "automatic" email with reg code? 10 - 30 min or longer? Not in spam.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

So, after an hour, I guess you can't send reg code to a yahoo.com email address. What is up with that?

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

Help Please: For years I have seen this kind of program but they never say what amount of space on USB or DVD or to clone is needed. I know there are variables on amount of space GB or TB to backup but they could have a list of examples. I am told picture or movies or music cannot be compressed as much as documents. So if I have a TB of stuff ...fair amount of documents and lots of video/music/apps on have of my PC and the other half is jam packed with games , photos, and art programs ( only have 125GB left) what size do I need using/amount of USB, using DVD, or Clone space (depending on various programs. Is there some kind of math formula you use?

Reply   |   Comment by unruly  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

Registration code does not come. I tried 3-4 times, no code yet.

Reply   |   Comment by deniz cakir  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#18

Have been waiting over an hour for the registration code.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#17

Completed the installation and the online Registration for Email Code Confirmation . . . but have not received any email after 20 mins.

Did this twice (2 times) with same result - no email confirmation/code after another 10 minutes+.

Does it take this long to receive a confirmation???

Reply   |   Comment by GM  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Kind of nervous about this type of program so would like to ask/confirm:
-Will I still have a fully operative Win 10 on my pc after creating a USB copy?
-How will the copy on the USB differ from my 'legal' version installed on my pc?
-If I can make a second copy of my Win 10 how is this legal?
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#15

Easy install and works as promised

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Littlewood  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#14

Installed on 256 GB PNY thumb drive and when I tick on the register this software a fatal error pops up that says "Flashboot error: Failed to query NT Object Manager directory \Device: More data is available." and nothing works.
Any help from PrimeExpert Software?

Reply   |   Comment by 0ld3Mul3  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#13

For those of us with an old PC whose BIOS does not offer booting from a USB drive, FlashBoot is of no value - correct?

Reply   |   Comment by bromberg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

bromberg, I'm currently using two desktop PCs, both are circa 2007 and both can boot from USB. Your PC must be amazingly old/

Reply   |   Comment by GeoffW  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

GeoffW, Not really: mine is circa 2012 but I don't see a USB option in the boot order of the BIOS; anyhow, are you happy with FlashBoot?

Reply   |   Comment by bromberg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

bromberg, Then use a booting utility software, like Boot-IT Bare Metal, to redirect booting up off of the USB drive.

Reply   |   Comment by Chet  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Chet , Nice to know it's available but not worth the $39.95 for the one or two times I might need it.

Reply   |   Comment by bromberg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

bromberg, look for enable legacy boot option in BIOS chances are it is set to secure UEFI boot mode only by default also could be a good idea to identify the make and model and bios version in use which could enable more specialised suggestions/solutions.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

bromberg, Look for PLoP Boot Manager. It's freeware that will meet your financial requirements. It's included on Hiren's Boot CD image which is freeware too.

Reply   |   Comment by Chet  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Chet , Does PLoP lack features that FlashBoot has? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by bromberg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

FYI, Plop Boot Manager can be used to boot from a bootable USB drive, like FlashBoot USB drive, for computer BIOS that don't have the option to boot directly from a USB drive. For those computers, you first boot to Plop Boot Manager installed on a CD then have Plop to transfer the boot to the flash drive. In my experience, it works most of the time. In a few cases there is something further that the computer BIOS can't handle booting from the flash drive but it's worth the try.

Reply   |   Comment by Chet  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Chet , I'll definitely give it a go - thanks for the heads up.
Dan

Reply   |   Comment by bromberg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

I have a Windows folder and a Windows10Upgrade folder on C drive. Should both be copied to the flash drive?

Reply   |   Comment by richard  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

richard,

Reading the second answer (clarification) I gave earlier to #2, you'll see the program asks for "Windows 10/8.1/8 installation ISO or ESD image file (any edition)" - NOT the folders you've got Win 10 installed on.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay,  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#11

i was told that the 16 gb drive is insufficient and so inserted the 32 gb usb drive.

they now say that my earlier drive was registered and it seems that there is no way to deregister that

and they ask me to buy the programme.

any solution to this problem i am facing??

Reply   |   Comment by raju somaiya  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

raju somaiya,

One obvious option is to download the program again (from here), go through the registration process again (using the USB drive that you really want to use this time!) and get that USB device 'registered' to the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay,  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

raju somaiya,

It may be too late to re-register the software (if it checks in with a server to validate the date of the Giveaway); but if not (or you want to take a chance as your 16GB is too small to be of use anyway), then you could try using something like Revo Uninstaller (free; choose Advanced mode of scan) to hopefully remove all traces of the lock-in to the 16GB drive along with any remaining files, shortcuts, Registry entries.

Then, with any luck, you can re-install and re-register using your bigger USB drive.

Hope this helps, and let us know if that works out.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

raju somaiya,

Before trying the total removal then re-installation of FlashBoot via Revo Uninstaller as previously suggested, possibly another idea to try first is inspired by what commenter "senzai6293" suggested (see comment #3 below):

FlashBoot apparently stores a file "license_key.xml" in its programs folder. You could see what happens if that file is "moved" (not copied) out of that folder to another location on your computer where FlashBoot won't look for it.

Then plug in your bigger USB drive and launch FlashBoot to see if it starts over to register your provided user license info and the USB drive. Hopefully it will re-create another "license_key.xml" file and function normally.

Again, if that works or you figure something else out, let us know. This kind of feedback would be useful for future reference if FlashBoot is offered here once again as similar confusion is sure to repeat itself.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

Booting win 10 from a USB stick is no fun, it takes 10-15 minutes to fully load everything and to run properly the OS. You can not do editing on video, graphics images or intensive memory use software, because of the win 10 characteristic that require temporary files for everything that it does. A 64GB USB stick will be clogged and will slow down to a almost complete stop after few minutes of work in win 10.
Furthermore, to be able to clone or install bootable clone on a new PC, you need to pay $29.95 for a premium software.

Reply   |   Comment by bob  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

bob,
Another way to secure your HD is by using hiren's boot by Symantec with another HD

Reply   |   Comment by EDDIE  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

bob, not sure yest, but seems like you have to buy faster usb stick.

Reply   |   Comment by Qwertiy  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

EDDIE, it is not the stick nor the USB 3.1 connections, it is the win 10 that does not work properly from a USB drive. I have state of the art, up to the minute hardware and the USB flash drive needed 11 minutes to load all of the drivers, set-ups and temp files before the icons appeared on the screen and then it was slow going, from the mouse pointer to loading the software. Surfing the net was OK for a while, until I started to download 4K movie, the whole USB drive crashed with a blue screen.
I used 128GB mini USB flash drive, did not worked as promoted here.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#9

INSTALLed and registered have 64 usb but not sure where to go from page iso drop down box. it opens to the flashboot file but I go to windows folder in c drive and do not see anything there to click to download. so what is the OS file I would need to copy to this USB. Not sure where w10 is hiding. any tips on file name. ?

Reply   |   Comment by greg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

greg,

Reading the second answer (clarification) I gave earlier to #2, you'll see the program asks for "Windows 10/8.1/8 installation ISO or ESD image file (any edition)" - NOT some files in the folders you've got Win 10 installed on.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay,  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#8

I am getting error
Unable to execute file:
C:\Program Files\FlashBoot (GiveawayOftheday)\fb-gui.exe
Access is denied

Thanks in advance

Reply   |   Comment by sia  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#7

They put a very nice statement into the help file:

"FlashBoot is a good old-fashioned software. FlashBoot has free updates for lifetime. FlashBoot stands against the always-online, spy-on-everything, everything-is-a-service, subscribe-not-buy, force-updates-you-don't-want madness of recent years. FlashBoot does not interact with the internet in any way — it's up to you to decide if update is necessary. No toolbars, no ads, no spamming through e-mail database and no other crap in the installer and software."

Kudos for that!

Reply   |   Comment by Ray E  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Ray E, Thanks for the info. I second the Kudos.

Question for everyone: Can it read the files on the original hard drive (assuming the harddrive isn't cooked)? I have downloaded a few usb Windows 10 programs --- they could run computers from the flash drive but the only drive they could read was the usb drive itself.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Please create another way to do the registration because I don't have a suitable USB drive at hand right now. Also, does this mean that I can't use another USB to download my OS and apps?

Reply   |   Comment by Meg  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Meg , Read the "license details": "Lifetime license for one USB device"; isn't that clear enough?

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#5

Question - can you use multiple USB memory cards to download your OS and apps?

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis W Comito  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Dennis W Comito, Again: "Lifetime license for one USB device" see #6!

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#4

I don't understand wheher usb drive for program resistration is the same drive that I'll use for windows installation or not? If yes, does it mean that I can move windows only to a single usb drive?

Reply   |   Comment by Qwertiy  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Qwertiy, ditto #5 and 6 answers!

Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#3

I don't have a suitable usb drive at hand right now....
so it would be nice if there was another way to register this little gem.

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

StrayCat, from the registration page:

"This is a time limited offer. New registration codes are not issued after 23.03.2021 12:00:00 GMT."

If you are unable to get a functional USB drive by then, then sadly you will not be able to register the program afterwards. As the site generates a registration key by email that matches the USB-hardware you've plugged in.

Personally, i only registered with my USB drive which had still other data on it, the registration procedure does not require for the USB drive to be empty and it also will not format during the registration process. So i can use the program whenever i feel ready or when i stored the data from the USB drive somewhere else.

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

senzai6293, registering for some usb drive means that I can move Windows only to that drive or to any drive but I'll need to plug this one too to confirm registration?

Reply   |   Comment by Qwertiy  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Qwertiy, you need to plug-in the USB drive before continuing the registration process, it will automatically detect applicable devices plugged-in and you can select any of them from the dropdown menu and continue the registration process and you need to repeat that process for any USB device you want to use as registered with the program.

So in short, every registration is "per device" and the license will only work for one of them.

The registration is put into a file called "license_key.xml" in the programs folder, if you store that for each device, you could theoretically have more than one device but only one device at the same time per matching license key.

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

senzai6293, RE: "the registration procedure does not require for the USB drive to be empty and it also will not format during the registration process. "

Are you absolutely positive this addition to a usb HDD won't need to re-format the recipient HDD? I wish to put it on a 1TB external HDD with lots of important data already on it, and need assurance that it will not be lost.

Reply   |   Comment by beans  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

beans, i'm 100% sure it will not erase or write any data on the selected drive, that step with drive selection is only for generation of the registration link. So you are completely safe there. It only writes the "license_key.xml" file onto the drive where the program has been installed to after successful registration. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

senzai6293, is that license_key.xml file tied to the devices firmware serial number or some hardware signature or can it be moved to a more appropriate target USB drive at a future date? When the program may want to format the USB drive to make it bootable when the FlashBoot selected operation is performed? as opposed to the registration process which does not perform the actions of the program is installed for?

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

beans,

My experience (so far): FlashBoot needs your chosen USB storage device/drive to be plugged in for the registration to take place. Apparently this special edition is then locked to that particular device (unless you try the license file tricks senzai6293 mentions). Simply registering the USB device will not format it nor erase any existing files at that time.

FlashBoot then awaits your choice of several scenarios: a migration via that USB device, or create a stand-alone bootable USB device, etc.

One of the operations availble afterwards is mentioned in the FlashBoot User Guide (click on "Help" button):

"Save USB storage device to image file

If you have bootable USB thumbdrive with some useful content, and want to temporarily reuse it for other purpose, then you can save its contents to image file, and restore it later."

So, apparently, you can save any pre-existing stuff on your USB storage device (say, lots of old photos) to an image file, then use the device for your other FlashBoot business (a migration, or create bootable USB, etc. -- see that User Guide for detailed explanations of each scenario), then restore your device's earlier contents.

Nice!

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

beans,

(as usual for me, I had an afterthought and forgot to add:)

After the registration and locking of your installed FlashBoot copy to your chosen USB storage device is complete...

"FlashBoot then awaits your choice of several scenarios: a migration via that USB device, or create a stand-alone bootable USB device, etc."

Or simply quit/exit FlashBoot at that point, having made no changes at all to your USB device.

(NOTE: I haven't yet attempted any major FlashBoot operations today, and chose to simply exit, with the understanding I will still be able to perform any of those operations on a future date.)

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

TK, yes, you should be able to move the license_key.xml file anywhere you want, in fact, it doesn't even matter where you installed the program to and registered it. You only need to make sure that the registration file resides besides the programs executable, so that the program can pick up the registration data. The program is also portable by the way, which means it doesn't matter where you put it after installation.

Reply   |   Comment by senzai6293  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#2

What capacity usb memory stick is required to accommodate entire OS ?

Reply   |   Comment by Lala  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Lala,
Your Windows 10 OS should easily fit on a 64GB USB 'stick' - and probably even on a 32GB one.
However, the important factor is that the faster the device you can use the better will be the experience.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay,  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Lala,
I agree with Jay - I checked my Windows 10 folder size (c:/windows) and it was 32.4 GB. I checked my C: drive (which includes Windows and all installed programs) and it was just over 60 GB. My data is on a separate drive and so is not part of the 60 GB figure.

So, 64 GB should be plenty unless you have a crapload of extra stuff (lots of themes, etc.) installed.

Reply   |   Comment by jack anon  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Lala,
Further to my earlier response, to clarify, I quote from the author's site ...

3. Things you will need:-
USB thumbdrive or USB HDD (minimum size is 16 Gb, 32 Gb recommended).
Windows 10/8.1/8 installation ISO or ESD image file (any edition).
Downloaded and installed FlashBoot Free.
Optional requirement: USB 3.0 storage device and computer with USB 3.0 ports.
Note: USB 2.0 will work as well, but USB 3.0 provides better speed and overall better user experience.]

Reply   |   Comment by Jay,  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Jay,, My OS on a C solid state drive data currently is 155 GB. This includes the files to allow the programs installed on another drive to work. If you just need the OS without those files they would easily fit on a stick, but if you find the need to really "clone" the drive, then a much larger USB stick would be required. (I'm running Win10 64bit)

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

jack anon, this programs selling point is to migrate OS and Installed programs and user data to the bootable USB device. It is imaterial the sole size of the C:\Windows heirachy, the program should also be migrating the C:\Users and C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86) and C:\ProgramData too. Practically it should be large enough to take the contents of the entire C: system boot drive. The USB drive should ideally NOT be a USB flash thumb drive, as they are slow and do not have sophisticated wear leveling, or electromechanical hard drive, as they are vulnerable to motion induced damage in operation. But a USB3.0 or USB3.1 caddy with a suitably large SSD drive of SATA3 or NVMe type.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#1

This is a good program. It was offered before and I bought a licence. I used it to clone my three year production laptop to a much older, refurbished desktop. It took Windows 10 some time to install the drivers for the desktop hardware, but now it runs smoothly.

Reply   |   Comment by krypteller  –  7 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)
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