Windows 7 Create a Bootable USB Drive (Pendrive)

February 2018

This FAQ will show you how to you to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7. This sort of drive is especially useful for mini laptops that don't come with a disc reader, and it enables you to finish the download process slightly more quickly.

Create a Bootable USB Drive (Pendrive)

For this process, you will need the your Windows 7 disc ISO, a USB stick of about 4 GB, and a program called Windows 7 DVD Tool, which you can download here.

The following method only applies to Windows 7. Start up the software from the shortcut on your desktop, and click Browse. In the window that opens, navigate to the folder where you have saved your ISO file, select it, then click Open > Next > USB device. Select your USB drive from the drop-down menu, and click Next. The program will then get to work on formatting your USB drive.

The following method applies to both Windows 7 and Vista. Before beginning, plug in your USB drive and save its contents because the key will be formatted. Now, open the Command prompt, and type Run > CMD. Then, type the following commands: DISKPART > List disk
> Select disk [your USB key disc number] > Clean
> Create partition primary > Active > Format fs=fat32 quick > Assign (to assign a letter to your USB drive) > Exit (to exit diskpart) > Exit (to exit the Command prompt).


The following method works for both Windows 7 and Vista. Copy the files from the original DVD. Simply copy the Windows 7 DVD content onto your USB stick. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your drive, and plug in your USB drive. Go to My Computer, select your CD/DVD drive, and right-click on Explore. You have now finished, thanks to the Bootsect utility, which allows you to make disks bootable automatically, present on the Windows 7 DVD.

N.B. 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), and enter the command: x: \ boot \ bootsect / nt60 x:, replacing x with the letter of your USB key. Press the Enter key.
Published by Ambucias. Latest update on February 14, 2018 at 07:03 PM by owilson.
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