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How To Create Windows 7 USB Installation Disk?

It’s easier to use a Windows 7 USB setup disk to install Windows 7 on netbook or laptop that comes without DVD drive. Indeed, it’s much faster to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive as compare to DVD drive!

A bootable Windows 7 installation disk on USB flash drive is so portable, thus I can easily repair Windows 7 on the move, e.g. run Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE – a better Windows Recover Console introduced since Windows Vista) to restore Windows system image created by Backup and Restore program or even to reinstall Windows 7 for the extreme case.
Personally, I don’t flavor Windows 7 system repair disc that merely contains Windows system recovery tools (WinRE or sort of). It’s not expensive to create a full Windows 7 installation disk on USB flash drive (4GB is good for x64-bit Ultimate edition). Many users, I guess, has one or more 4GB USB flash drive left unused nowadays, as the USB flash drive is getting bigger and cheaper.

Using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is intuitive and easy to use. Thus, I am not surprise if it’s primary choice of most users.

Just download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft Store and install to a Windows system (Windows XP SP2 or above) with USB port and .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.

Next, run the tool and select Windows 7 ISO image file to create the bootable USB installation disk:

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

Uses diskpart and robocopy

You can’t use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create a bootable USB setup disk from DVD media, unless first using a third-party tool (e.g. MagicDisc, dd, ImgBurn, Nero, ISO Recorder, etc) to create ISO image from the Windows 7 DVD installation disc.

Otherwise, uses the diskpart and robocopy that come with Windows 7 system – the same concept mentioned in previous post to create a bootable Windows 7 USB setup disk:

1) Format the USB flash drive to FAT32 filesystem type.

2) Open an elevated Command Prompt window to run these commands:
  • diskpart – to execute diskpart program.
  • list disk – to find the USB flash drive disk number, e.g. disk 3.
  • select disk 3 – to work on disk 3 (the USB flash drive).
  • list partition – to display partition table of disk 3, e.g. partition 1.
  • select partition 1 – to work on partition 1 of disk 3.
  • active – mark partition 1 of disk 3 as active partition (hence bootable).
  • exit – to quit from diskpart interactive command prompt.

3) Now, again on the elevated Command Prompt window, runs this robocopy command (where E: is DVD drive and F: is USB flash drive):
robocopy E: F: /MIR /V /FP

to mirror or replicate Windows 7 DVD setup disc content to the USB flash drive – end result is the bootable Windows 7 USB setup disk!

If you only have Windows 7 ISO image file and don’t like Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, just mount it to a virtual CD/DVD drive (e.g. MagicDisc) to proceed with the diskpart and robocopy trick.

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  1. Mohamad Albashir Osman 15-02-11@05:49

    Thank you very much for this wonderful effort

  2. James Karczewski 20-04-11@23:48

    Thank you for this it was easy to follow, especially with the video.

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