A flash drive that can install an operating system is one of the most useful tools for any computer repair monkey (I should know, that occupation took many years away from me). Like its older counterpart, Vista also has the ability to be installed via a USB flash drive, with a little work on your part. Kurt Shintaku wrote a surprisingly small tutorial on how to do so. I plan on creating a Vista-installing USB flash drive simply as a back-up. I really just need to take more care of my CDs, but this is easier, kind of. Hit the link below to see the three, fairly simple steps, to accomplishing this task.

HOWTO: Install Windows Vista from a high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive [Via Gadgetizer]