Can I run Windows 7 from a live USB drive?

terri cape January 1, 2013

Can I download Windows 7 onto a flash drive that will boot as a live USB stick?

Where would I find an ISO? Is there a utility that will do this?

  1. prameel arjun
    May 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks.. Nice one!

  2. Andrew Orr
    January 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Technically you could, but it's not worth it because it would be extremely slow.

  3. Ashwin Divakaran
    January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Downloading an ISO might be illegal . If u have an ISO file then download Windows 7 USB Download Tool to put it on a USB.

  4. Joel Jacob
    January 5, 2013 at 9:46 am
  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    You can and there is both legitimate and illegitimate way to do this. If you want it to be legal you need your own copy of Windows. I can't point you to the ISO because I'm fairly sure MUO prohibits this, but if you insist you can do it with a simple Google search. You need fairly large USB drive (more than 8 GB so you can add more softwares into the drive plus your data). A word of warning-don't expect this to be as easy as making Linux live CD. Sometimes it can be really tricky.
    or with the official tool

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      I forgot to say: the official tool is not actually 'live USB' per se, but more like installer.

  6. Deekshith Allamaneni
    January 2, 2013 at 3:32 am

    WindowsToGo is a paid option for Windows-8 to run on USB drives but there is no way (at-least not legal and direct) to run Windows-7 on a thumb drive.

  7. Ramesh Krishna
    January 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm
  8. Nikhil Chandak
    January 1, 2013 at 10:44 am
    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Yeah, that was the one I referred to. It needs ridiculous amount of work to ensure everything works perfectly as it should because Microsoft decides not to make it easy...

  9. Patrick Jackson
    January 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Search MUO - there's an article about it!

    As far as the ISO is concerned, you can also use your Restore CD, which has come with your computer and also includes the OS.

  10. ha14
    January 1, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Windows To Go
    Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that allows Windows 8 Enterprise to boot and run from mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives.[1] It is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 environment.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      January 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      I believe he's asking about Windows 7, but your answer is valid for WIndows 8:)

      • ha14
        January 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        quite right but the feature windows to go is from windows 8, there are alternatives like Prayaya

        Hopedot VOS
        Hopedot VOS is compatible with more softwares and has better performance

        they allow to create virtual environment similar to Windows OS

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