Windows 7 Create a Bootable USB Drive (Pendrive)

December 2016


Create a Bootable USB Drive (Pendrive)

This How-To will allow you to create your USB drive to install Windows 7, which is very useful in the case of mini laptops lacking DVD player / recorder, but for all who prefer this type of media. (this avoids having to handle your DVD at the risk of damaging it, but also allows significantly faster installation).

What You Will Need

For this you will need the iso of your DVD, USB stick about 4 GB, and a little program called: Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe, which you can download here

Method One (For Windows 7 only)

Install the software and follow the steps below.

Note that even if the software will format your USB key, it is apparently better to empty it before you start, so as not to be blocked in step: 5

Step 1:

Start the software from the shortcut on your desktop. And click on "Browse".

Step 2:

In the window that opens, navigate to the folder where is your file.iso, select it, then
click on "Open".

Step 3:

Click on "Next".

Step 4:

You can at this stage either burn a DVD or create your USB key.
In the case , we click the "USB device" button.

Step 5:

Select your USB drive from the drop down menu. And then click Next.

Step 6:

At this stage, there is no need to intervene, the program will format your USB drive, and copy
necessary files.

When completed, a window will show the results.

You can close the program.

Your key is ready to allow you to install Windows 7.

Method 2 (Windows 7 / Vista)

A method using the command prompt.

You will need it for your USB drive. And your Windows DVD (or your iso file that you can mount a virtual drive such as Daemon tools.)

Plug your USB drive and save its contents when necessary, because the key will be formatted!

Preparation of the key.

Open the command prompt: "Run" -> CMD

then type the following commands:
  • DISKPART
    • (This command will open the tool "diskpart")
  • list disk
    • (Look for the No. assigned to the USB key from the list that appears)
  • select disk 3
    • (Where No. 3 correspond to your USB key)
  • clean
    • (This will delete this partition)
  • create partition primary
    • (Create a new partition)
  • active
    • (This will make your partition active - bootable)
  • format fs=fat32 quick
    • (Quick format in "fat32")
  • assign
    • (To assign a letter to your USB drive)
  • exit
    • (To exit diskpart)
  • exit
    • (To close the command prompt)

Overview of the commands entered:

Method 3 (Windows 7 / Vista)

A method windows 7 via DVD.

Step 1: Copy the files from the original DVD

You simply copy the Windows 7 DVD content on your USB stick.

Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your drive and plug your USB drive.

Go to My Computer,
Select your CD / DVD drive and right click, explore

Step 2: Make USB Bootable

The Bootsect utility is present on the DVD of Windows 7 and so it will allow you to make it bootable automatically and you have therefore finished.

Warning, this is dependent on the version of the system on which you are. If you want to install a 64-bit version of Windows 7, you will need to perform the following operations on a 64-bit version of Windows XP or Vista:

Open the command prompt (cmd)

Enter the command:

x: \ boot \ bootsect / nt60 x: replacing x with the letter of your USB key (it is displayed in your desktop) and press the Enter key


Your key is now ready to use.

Method 4: (Windows XP)

It is also quite possible to create a USB key to install Windows XP.

See this How-to
http://ccm.net/faq/3065-installing-windows-xp-from-a-usb-key

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