I got it! Can disregard the bottom.
usb installer, a couple of checkmarks, done!
yes, it did not work after copying the files over to the usb.
so i downloaded rufus and installed it on the usb.
Can i now burn the iso on the computer to the usb? though isn't "burning" only for cd/dvd? so would i "send to" the iso image to the usb? The goal is to boot TAILS from the usb on my personal computer. I think i am doing this incorrectly)) Am i just putting the iso on the usb drive and that is it? No converting the "iso" to something else for the usb to be able to boot TAILS?
I just used the following steps and tried to boot from it and got the message bootmgr is missing.
To create a bootable USB flash drive
Insert a USB flash drive into a running computer.
Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator.
In the new command line window that opens, to determine the USB flash drive number or drive letter, at the command prompt, type list disk, and then click ENTER. The list disk command displays all the disks on the computer. Note the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive.
At the command prompt, type select disk <X>, where X is the drive number or drive letter of the USB flash drive, and then click ENTER.
Type clean, and the click ENTER. This command deletes all data from the USB flash drive.
To create a new primary partition on the USB flash drive, type create part pri, and then click ENTER.
To select the partition that you just created, type select part 1, and then click ENTER.
To format the partition, type format fs=ntfs quick, and then click ENTER.
Type active, and then click ENTER.
Type exit, and then click ENTER.
When you finish preparing your custom image, save it to the root of the USB flash drive.