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Hello im hoping you can help me with a problem i'm having, I created a HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive following the instructions at this link How to Create HitmanPro.Kickstart USB flash drive (http://www.surfright.nl/en/kickstart).
Everything ran fine, but now i have formatted the usb stick because i want to use it to install win7 but everytime i tried to boot from it i get the Kickstart option screen", i have formatted about 4 times now, first 2 were "quick formats" but the last 2 were low level, still no luck.
Is it leaving some files on the usb stick or are they in my MBR on the computer?

i should really try booting from the stick on another computer but dont have one to hand ATM

Please can you help
Thanks in advance


You can try MiniToolŪ Partition Wizard - http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html - which can rebuild the MBR of the USB flash drive. This should resolve the problem for you.

According to the HitmanPro.Kickstart - User Manual (http://dl.surfright.nl/Kickstart-User-Manual.pdf), when using it, the USB flash drive will be formatted and all necessary files will be retrieved from the HitmanPro servers and written to the flash drive. After using it to remove malware infection you can add your own files to the usb drive and use the remaining space but the files for disinfection will always be available to use on another infected machine. There is no mention in the user guide or the FAQs to completely remove all the Kickstart files.

You may want to contact their support team (support@hitmanpro.com) as they may have special instructions.

Thanks will give it a go, although i have installed the win7 installers to the stick using WinAIO Maker Professional 4 times now, would that not rebuild the MBR on the usb

On a small number of occasions I have come across situations like this where bootable software has written its own code to the mbr. Until a standard mbr has been restored the special code will always run when the drive is booted from. A normal format does not restore a standard mbr. Specialist disk partitioning software such as the MiniTool utility is required. Acronis Disk Director is an alternative, among others.