4 Free Tools To Create Bootable Windows 7/Vista/XP USB Flash Pen Drives

Earlier we have shown you how to install Windows 7 using bootable USB/flash/pen drive and also how to create only a bootable USB.

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As many users are asking us an easier way to create bootable USB to reduce the task that we have covered in install windows 7 from USB guide (which uses command prompt), we have compiled a list of utilities that help you create a bootable USB in a few minutes.

There might be some paid tools that help to create a bootable USB, but these tools are really helpful as one can create a bootable USB in a few steps. All these utilities are absolutely free to download and use.

1. Unebootin: This is the best and the ultimate tool to create a bootable USB to install Windows 7, Vista, or XP. With this tool one can create a bootable USB pen drive with a single-click. You can follow our how to create bootable Windows 7, Vista, XP USB flash drive with single-click guide to know more.

create bootable windows 7 usb unetbootin

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2. A bootable USB: Making a bootable USB is very easy with a bootable USB compared the long command prompt approach. The only catch is that this tool doesn’t work with Windows XP.

a bootable usb

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3. WinToFlash: WinToFlash is another fantastic freeware to install Windows 7, Vista and XP from USB flash drive. Even WinToFlash also consumes very less time to make a bootable Windows USB drive.

wintoflash

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4. Make USB Disk Bootable: According to the developer of Make USB Disk Bootable tool, this tool supports & works fine on Windows XP only. So, use this tool to create a bootable XP only. This uses the HP USB Dos format tool to make the disk bootable.

mkboot

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Comments

  1. Barkester says

    Great bonus! Now, it won’t close. Be stuck with it runnin’the whole time I’m here now. DO NOT get Winto, or you’ll regret it as I do.

  2. Barkester says

    Apperantly, the real Winto files are bigger than GTA4. Half-hour at a net cafe waiting and now at 14%. Either that or they’re reading the entire drive byte by byte. Woulda dumped it when I saw the useless Ask bar requirement, but its not my computer, I use Linux. Its XP just like they want. and it restores every boot anyway. ‘Bout wasted enuf’time. Still 14%. Fuk Winto. Can install an OS faster. A big one.

  3. Jim in Florida says

    NOTE: WinToFlash now requires a last-step click-to-install search toolbar or you cannot get the utility. They don’t tell you that up front. You can cancel the download, however, which I did.

  4. vern says

    I tried wintoflash and it worked well running on a 64-bit win7 machine and using a copy of a Dell Win7-64-bit install files as input. Booted right up. Tomorrow I will try to do the same thing while running on my XP-32 bit machine using the same files as input. thanks for tell me about wintoflash.

  5. vern says

    A Bootable USB failed to produce a bootable usb when run on a 32-bit xp machine with the source being a microsoft iso file for 64-bit windows7. It went through the motions and produced a key, but when I tried to load it on a target 64-bit machine, it failed with NT LOADER MISSING. I also tried to use it running on a 64-bit windows7 machine, but it hangs immediately when you try to browse for an iso file or folder. I was using version 9.6.508

    So, if any one has had success with 64 bit machines, please post here.

    vern

  6. Sandokhan says

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I’m using Unetbootin right now to make a USB image

  7. NITIN KUMAR says

    thanks alot. very good software. it helps me to reduce tthe efforts of collecting cd/dvd of windows. now we have the power in single instrument. works great. keep it up dude.

  8. dave says

    im trying to great a multie flash usb drive, this is what i want to do if anyone knows how.
    i want it to boot into dos with a menue consisting of a number of different programs. im stuck ived tried partitioning drive to have multiple drives but only the primary is shown in windows enviroment.
    now im looking into this option,
    i want to beable to choose between using hirens software and spinrite allso active boot disk creator there all dos programs.dont know how to creat a script somthing like this
    1.run active boot drive
    2.run hirens
    3.run spinrite

    run [ ]

  9. Gaurav Karmakar says

    LOL! Why Should Someone Use Any Software At All To Make A Windows7 Bootable Flash Drive / USB HDD? Just Make The Partition Active (Use Diskpart tool of windows) and Extract The Whole Windows7 ISO Into That Active Partition. Keep The Drive Plugged, Enter the BIOS and Select It As Your 1st Hard Disk if There is No Option To Boot From USB Drive, save and exit. After Restarting Windows 7 Setup Will Start To Load. I do this all the time as a hardware engineer. Never seen this method failed me. One more thing I should mention here; Installing Windows7 from a USB 2.0 Drive into a decent system takes almost 12 minutes in average. ENJOY….For Windows XP I Use WinToFlash, The Best Tool Around For This Job.

  10. Test b4 posting says

    You should test these softwares before you do copy and paste reviews.

    Unebootin does not seem to work for XP bootable. Tried Fat and NTFS system.

    It works with windows 7,make sure you you format usb drive using NTFS, not tried vista yet.

    Also remember Uinebootin requires ISO file, while some of the others needs DVD exctracted files.

  11. killester says

    fukin awesome softwares….even better than comand prompt…hahaha

    by the way i used the first one which is best among all 4.

    now i can install winows 7 very easily…for free…lol

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