Create Bootable USB from Windows
I've had amazingly bad luck with different programs and operating systems, just trying to create bootable thumb drives. In Windows, when creating a Windows bootable USB, this seems to work, with the instructions found here:
No promises that this will work everywhere.
Diskpart> list disk
Diskpart> sel disk 1 <-- (the number of your usb)
Diskpart> create part pri
Diskpart> format fs=ntfs quick
Now copy the install files to the drive, and use it to boot.