How can I create a Windows 7 USB that I can use to install Windows?

Tom Red May 26, 2012
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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate installation disc. I want to see if I can burn the set up to a USB so I can install the Windows 7 to another computer that has a non working DVD drive using the USB. Is it possible and how do I achieve such?

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  1. Larry
    September 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My Windows 7 recovery disks from Lenovo comes on 3 DVDs. The first looks like the main Window 7 installations, plus two other supplementary DVDs. How can I transfer all 3 DVDs on to USB stick(s)? Will I need to transfer each DVD to seperate USB stick or can I transfer all 3 DVDs to a single USB stick to simplify the installation process?

  2. Sonny Bass
    September 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    If your computer is set to show hidden operating files all you have to do is use 7Zip to extract the ISO to the root of a USB.Boots and installs perfect every time. If you remove the ig configure file located in Sources you can use it to install any version(starter thru Ultimate)

  3. illegal3alien
    July 17, 2012 at 2:36 am

    For the most part, you can just reformat it, run bootsect /nt60 E: (or what ever the drive letter it) on it, then copy over the Windows files. If that doesn't work, reformatting it using directions people provided will definitely do it. Make sure the computer is set boot from USB.

  4. Jon Smith
    May 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    You could use Image Burn to make an iso and launch it from the USB

  5. Mihovil Pletikos
    May 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    the best way is to use microsofts Windows 7 USB/DVD that you can find on their web

  6. saparrot
    May 28, 2012 at 7:07 am

    WinToFlash is probably your best option, as axsablog said.

    As for the ISO you need to make a copy of your windows disc as an ISO.
    Many dvd burning programs will allow you to "Copy to Image" or "Burn to Image File".
    I use Infrarecorder http://infrarecorder.org/ it is free. In the menu go to Actions --> Copy Disc --> to a disc image.

  7. toothpain
    May 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

    WinToFlash is probably your best option, as axsablog said.

    As for the ISO you need to make a copy of your windows disc as an ISO.
    Many dvd burning programs will allow you to "Copy to Image" or "Burn to Image File".
    I use Infrarecorder http://infrarecorder.org/ it is free. In the menu go to Actions --> Copy Disc --> to a disc image.

  8. axzablog
    May 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    You can use wintoflash application to do this in easy way

    I hop that was useful

  9. hosein binandeh
    May 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    you can use diskpart command line to prepare your USB Flash to be bootable:
    (NOTE: use the instruction only in winodws7 not in xp):
    cmd>diskpart
    get the list of disks by the command:
    list disk
    notice your usb disk number
    enter command:
    select disk x
    where x is the disk number of your usb device
    type the command:
    clean
    so that your usb device is cleaned
    type:
    Create Partition primary
    type:
    format fs=fat32 quick
    so that the usb device is formatted and is primary and file system is fat32
    type:
    active
    so that the device is bootable
    type exit
    and copy and paste the content of the windows 7 to the usb device
    and boot your computer with USB
    enjoy!!!

  10. Tom
    May 27, 2012 at 11:44 am

    How do I locate the ISO image file in the windows 7 disc that I have when I insert it in the DVD Drive before copying it to the flash?

  11. Sachin Kanchan
    May 27, 2012 at 4:20 am

    first of all get an ISO image of the windows 7 DVD that you will need to install windows on your system

    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

    1. go this site of microsoft....download the tool...and of course install it..
    2. Right click on your USB device, select FORMAT.
    3. In the dialog box, choose NTFS under "File System". and click format.
    4. Run the "Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool".
    5. Point the location of the image file.
    6. Select type USB
    7. And select install.

    you're done

  12. FIDELIS
    May 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hello, the following links will show you instructions of two different ways of accomplishing what you want:

    http://arstechnica.com/business/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/
    http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key

    There are other methods available too. You could try yumi:

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

  13. Bruce Epper
    May 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

    You can use the the Windows USB/DVD download tool from Microsoft to do the trick. MS has some misleading information about the tool on their download page, so I would recommend you use this instead which shows you there are more options than purchasing and downloading the ISO from the Microsoft Store (http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/australia/installing-windows-7-from-usb/258). If you do these types of installs frequently, you should delete the ei.cfg file as well to allow you to install other versions of Win7 from the same flash drive.

    • Tom
      May 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

      How do I locate the IMAGE FILE IN THE Windows 7 disc? That is the problem. If I insert the disc inside the disc drive and it reads, how do I find the image to select and copy to the flash?

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