Whether you need to recover data, play pranks on somebody (pop it in when they’re not looking!) or want to try Linux, there should be something for you.
Haven’t tested this — found it in a comment on another blog. Looks interesting, though. It’s based on Bart’s PE.
To do this, you need a Windows installation CD, a USB drive at least 256 MB (more if you want to include some programs), and the instructions.
And hopefully your computer’s BIOS will support booting from a USB. If not, it won’t work. It also won’t work in a smashed up USB drive (and don’t try — you can short things out!)
If your Windows won’t boot up — “Config.sys missing” — you’re pretty much screwed. However, you can use Knoppix to rescue important files.