1. A lot of useful scenarios in the single tool
Booting Windows from USB thumbdrive, installing Windows from USB thumbdrive, installing BartPE to USB thumbdrive, support for a large number of other conversions of bootable disks to bootable USB thumb drive.
FlashBoot is compatible with all brands of USB thumbdrives. It is not bound to Transcend, Kingston, SanDisk, HP or to any other particular manufacturer of USB thumbdrives.
FlashBoot is compatible with all types of USB storage devices. It supports USB thumbdrives, USB HDD, SD cards and every possible future type of USB mass storage device.
3. Convenient user interface
FlashBoot is organized as simple and very straightforward wizard, which does now show or ask unnecessary information or options. User does not have to make choice from long list of all possible disk types. Disk type and conversion scenario is detected automatically, although experienced user can override it. If there's a conflict, FlashBoot displays detailed list of processes and windows which hold open files and folders on the USB device.
4. Easier for user: no need to reconfigure the BIOS
Usually BIOSes have an option to boot from USB thumbdrive either as USB-ZIP or USB-HDD. If this option does not match format of the particular USB thumbdrive, then USB thumbdrive is not bootable. FlashBoot does not shift to user the burden of choice between USB-ZIP (superfloppy) and USB-HDD (partitioned) at format time. Every USB thumbdrive is formatted by FlashBoot in such way that it will work in both conditions: both USB-ZIP and USB-HDD regardless of current BIOS setting. This unique feature is called "Multiformat", and this is for sake of best user experience possible.
5. Uniquely wide compatibility with BIOSes of various vendors
FlashBoot stage2 loader has unique compatibility layer which takes care of BIOS compatibility issues at the time of USB thumbdrive formatting. This feature is unmatched by any of the free tools too.
6. Better protection of user data
7. Command line interface
FlashBoot supports command-line interface as alternative to GUI for power users who need automation or unattended operation.
8. FlashBoot is an old good shareware
FlashBoot has free updates for lifetime (our first users from 2005 still update for free), and it 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. 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. Remember: even if you are using the freeware, vendor has to pay for webhosting somehow. So if you don't pay for software, then you're the product.
Why USB thumbdrives?
Why do you might want to use bootable USB thumdrives?
Unlike the most bootable medias, bootable USB thumbdrives are very handy: compared to floppies, they have much bigger size, speed and reliability, compared to CD/DVD discs, they are random write access devices, so you can backup your data to the same media where you booted from, without need to reformat (reburn) the entire media. Again, the cost per gigabyte for them continues to cut down, unlike CD/DVD discs.
Bootable USB thumbdrives are especially useful with netbooks like ASUS Eee PC which does not have builtin CD/DVD drive or an opportunity to install one. On the other hand, buying external CD/DVD drive for netbook is not a truly wise choice because it will be shifted out of use just after Windows is installed, thanks to widespread use of DVD image files and modern hard disk capacities.
Bootable USB thumbdrives are useful as boot devices on the "big" desktop PCs too, unlike CD/DVD discs they do not have sensible surface you could scratch, thus more reliable (especially when holding your backup data). If your sysadmin at work restricts PC to not to have CD/DVD drives, you still can boot from USB flash disk. Or if your home PC has CD/DVD drive failed, you can do it too.
There are some mobility considerations as well. If your laptop has a bootable CD/DVD drive, you can't work with it for a long time: boot device is accessed quite often, and battery power is obviously not enough to supply laser for a long time.
With bootable USB Flash disk, you don't have to obey a CD/DVD size limit of 700 or 4700 MB. You can buy a big or a small USB disk depending on your needs. Just after boot, on every PC, you may save your files to the same boot device, or restore them back. There's no need to reformat (reburn) the boot disk, you just copy files and folders, and there's no need for extra hardware for such operations. Of course you may do some things you can't do under your OS: copy/modify system files (they are busy when OS is running), reinstall OS, repartition your main hard disk etc.
FlashBoot awards: http://www.prime-expert.com/flashboot/awards.php
FindMySoft editors have created video review showcasing FlashBoot menus and features.
If you need to run FlashBoot without installation (e.g. from shared server in corporate environment), you can download portable version of the FlashBoot. Portable version has the same features as the mainstream installed version, but stores its settings in the INI file instead of Registry.
FlashBoot is protected against reverse engineering by VMProtect.
FlashBoot is using wxWidgets library for GUI.
FlashBoot setup is powered by InnoSetup.