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How to Create Windows 7 Bootable USB

If you want to create Windows 7 bootable USB to install the operating system in your personal computer, you are welcometo learn how to create bootable USB in this spot on post. Creating a bootable USB drive is crucial at present, since USBs have successfully replaced CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks as the storage medium for files. There are good reasons to choose USBs over other storage media, since they allow faster access to data and also transfer important setup files to the system at a fast pace. Therefore, operating systems bootable USBs such as, Windows 7 bootable USB are better than bootable CDs and DVDs. In addition, it is beneficial for those who do not have optical drives in their systems, so they even do not require paying for optical drives! 😎

[Recommended Reading: Complete Guide on How To Operate Windows 8]

How To Create Bootable USB?

In this post, you learn how to create Windows 7 bootable USB using a very convenient and easy to use to tool, which is Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.

Ensure to change the bootable device settings in the BIOS setup of your computer.

Change the bootable device option from CD/DVD to USB and as applicable, or else the bootable USB device won’t be detected by the system. I hope the following vide will help you to change your BIOS settings! 🙂

Now let us begin by discussing how to create bootable USB for Windows 7.

Windows 7 bootable USB

In this section, you learn how to create bootable USB for Windows 7 by using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.

Note: You need to download Windows 7 ISO file to your hard drive first. In case, you have purchased Windows 7 from Microsoft, you can download Windows 7 ISO from your Microsoft account.

Perform the following steps to create the Windows 7 bootable USB:

1. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool from this link.

Install the tool into your system by following the instructions appearing step by step.

2.  Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.

The Step 1 dialog box of the tool appears (Figure 1).

3. Click the Browse button to specify the path to the Windows 7 ISO file for the Source file option, as shown in Figure 1:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

4. Click the Next button to open the next step dialog box of the tool, as shown in Figure 2:

How To Create Bootable USB

The Step 2 dialog box appears (Figure 3).

5. Click the USB device button or the DVD button to copy the Windows 7 installation media to flash drive or DVD. In our case, we have clicked the USB device button, as shown in Figure 3:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

6. Connect your USB drive to a USB port in the computer system.

Note: Make sure your USB drive is empty before connecting it, because the tool firstly formats the USB drive and then, begins with copying the Windows 7 Installation files to it.

The Not Enough Free Space dialog box appears, in case the USB drive is not empty (Figure 4).

Back up your important data in an external hard disk or some other storage media to prevent loss of the data.

7. Click the Erase USB device button to erase the data, after you have backed it up, as shown in Figure 4:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

The confirmation prompt appears with the Not Enough Free Space dialog box one more time (Figure 5).

8. Click the Yes button to confirm the deletion of the data from the drive, as shown in Figure 5:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

The Step 4 dialog box of the tool appears with the process of copying the files in progress, as shown in Figure 6:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

After the process gets completed, the completion message appears, as shown in Figure 7:

Windows 7 Bootable USB

The bootable USB device is created successfully. Now, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB drive.

However, in the post ‘how to create bootable USB’, we have illustrated the steps using a specific tool from Windows, there are also other methods for creating bootable USBs. Nonetheless, you can create bootable USB devices for other operating systems as well by using the same tool!

Source : Microsoft

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  • Hi Zainil
    i was searching for such a tutorial from last few month. i found many but no one was so descriptive and informative like this.

    i made a bootable USB with in Just 30 minutes of learning.

    Thanks for sharing

  • wow! What an awesome and interesting article written by Mrz Zainil. I am surely going to try this now, No doubt it will take some time but it has lot of benifits. Thanks a lot Mr. Zainil for sharing this article with us.

    Have a nice week ahead.


    Karan Oberoi

  • On the topic topic of putting installs on the USB drive, there is a website, but the name escapes me right now, that will let you pick the software you want to install (Firefox, AVG, Avast, iTunes, etc…) and it will give you one big downloadable executable and it will install everything without any user input. I heard it on the PCPerspective podcast a few weeks ago but I cant remember it right now.

  • Really fantastic article about the window booting process. This post is really helpful for me because a few month I was just finding the descriptive and informative point of window booting process and easily execute all process.

  • Hi Zainil,

    You solved my problem mate. I have just installed Windows 8 but finding it hard to operate so i wanted to switch to Windows 7. But couldn’t find the Bootable disk from a long time. But now my problem is solved for sure. It will be more easy to make USB bootable windows conveniently and i can get back to my lovely easy to use Windows 7. Thanks buddy.

  • I had been using that tool for a long time and always liked it. However, ever since I switched to Power ISO for this purpose, I never had to look back.

    Just try Power ISO for once and I’m sure you’ll like it much more than this one. Plus it can create a bootable USB for almost any Windows OS (didn’t try with Linux yet).

    Anyway, still a good tutorial for Windows 7, I’d like to add Windows 8 to the list too though.

  • Great Tutorial. I love to read this kinda posts where everything mentioned in the words as well as screenshots. Keep sharing such tutorials Zainil.

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