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Create Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive To Install Netbook Or Laptop

Simple guide – Create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7 on Netbook or Laptop that does not come with DVD-ROM drive.

I tested these steps with a 4GB Kingston USB flash drive on Windows Vista Ultimate SP2. Initial try of booting up Windows 7 from this USB drive is successful. Guess I will proceed to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on this coming weekend, if I have good mood :-)

1) Download the official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft Store.
This tiny program is about 948KB and requires running on
  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • 50MB of free space on your hard drive
  • DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher

Installing Microsoft official tool to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive.

2) After installing Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, look for the program shortcut and click it to run.(e.g. Start menu > All Programs in Vista SP2).

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool.

3) The GUI is intuitive and easy to follow. First step (with respect to the program interface) is to tell the program which Windows 7 ISO image to use for creating a bootable Windows 7 USB drive.

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool - select Windows 7 ISO image file.

4) Next, choose whether to “burn” the selected Windows 7 ISO image to USB flash drive or DVD disk. In this case, it’s definitely “USB device”.

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool - DVD or USB?

5) Now, you still have chance to add or replace a USB flash drive. If the USB storage device is not displayed in the list, click the Refresh icon next to the list box.

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool - add or select the USB flash drive from the list.

6) Once you’ve confirmed which USB flash drive to use, click the “green” Begin Copying button to proceed and complete the exercise.
Make sure the selected USB flash drive is empty. Once you have clicked the “Begin Copying” button, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool proceed to format the USB flash drive, create boot partition and duplicate Windows 7 ISO image file content onto it.

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool - completing the bootable USB drive creation.

Once the process completes successfully, the drive icon in Windows Explorer changes to indicate mission completes :-)

Windows 7 bootable USB drive..

As shown in the screenshot, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installation files eating about 3.06 GB disk space. Thus, a 4GB USB flash drive is just nice – not much free disk space is wasted and has enough disk space to create a “tiny” Windows 7 bootable USB drive.

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  1. nadji 16-11-15@01:51


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