There are situations when we want to have a bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive/ Pen Drive. The reason could be any, may be the system on which you have to install Windows 7 does not have a DVD Rom or you don’t want to burn ISO of Windows 7 to a DVD Rom but the main point is how you can create a bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive, so that you can install Windows 7 through that USB Drive.
As I also had the need of bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive / Pen Drive I searched on the net and found many solutions. There are many tools available in the market with which we create Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive but I preferred to use the tool provided by Microsoft to create the bootable flash drive.
As I don’t want others wasting time on internet and searching for the best tool to create a Windows 7 USB Flash Drive, I am going to share the method of how to create a bootable flash drive and the link from where you can download the Microsoft tool to create a bootable USB Flash Drive.
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
When you choose to download most software from the Microsoft Store, you have the option of using Download Manager or downloading from your browser. However, when you purchase Microsoft Windows 7 from Microsoft Store, you have an additional choice to make: whether to download a collection of compressed files or to download an ISO file. An ISO file combines all the Windows 7 installation files into a single uncompressed file.
If you choose to download an ISO file (so that you can create a bootable file from a DVD or USB flash drive), copy your Windows 7 ISO file onto your media and, run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. After you do this, you can install Windows 7 onto your computer directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.
Here is the link to download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
After downloading the tool install it on your system and execute it. After executing the software you will see the following following screen.
Browse the ISO of Windows 7 from your Hard Drive or from any media connected to your system, containing the ISO, then click on next to move to next step. In next step you will be asked to choose the media where you want to burn the ISO, choose USB Drive.
After choosing USB Drive you will be forwarded to step 3 where you have point to the USB Drive which you have to make bootable.
In this step all you have to do is make sure that you are choosing the correct USB device. If you have other data on the device, move it to your hard drive, another USB device, or somewhere else before proceeding otherwise all your data will be lost. Now click on Begin Copying, after clicking you will be prompted to format the USB Drive, if it founds data on your drive, in order to create a bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive.
Choose to Erase USB Drive, it will again prompt you to ask for your confirmation to erase all your data. If you have backed up all your data then give it a positive reply to erase the data.
The format will be very quick, while the copying of the files will take a little bit more time (about 10 to 15 minutes). Once the process is complete, you will get the confirmation message “Backup Completed”. At this point you can close the tool and use the USB drive to install Windows 7.
Note: You will have to choose USB as your first boot device in you bios setting in order to install Windows 7 from Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive / Pen Drive created above.
Hope this will help you, if you find and mistake and if you have any suggestion please post your comments. Your comments are valuable.