Boot stick not working - missing kernel

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http://askubuntu.com – Ok. For those whose reading comprehension is a little slow.... I created a boot stick with Ubuntu 12.04 to boot a machine where Windows 7 tanked in order to back up files. Boot stick doesn't work, telling me it is missing a kernel. Am using 64-bit desktop version. Have already tried re-doing the boot stick process, using installer, and that didn't help. vesamenu.c32 is the kernel image missing - just tried using the 32-bit option, and it had the same result. I've heard that the boot stick simply doesn't work well and I should use a CD, instead. Does anyone have a suggestion for making the bo (HowTos)