Computer users who have ever installed a version of Windows operating system from a USB flash drive will never go back to the traditional DVD installation method. As you probably know, installing Windows from the USB is the fastest method available to install Windows operating system.
Creating a bootable USB media to install Windows 7 from USB drive is fairly simple if you follow the step-by-step instructions provided in our how to install Windows 7 from USB guide. Users who aren’t comfortable with the Command Prompt can take the help of a third-party tool. There are quite a few free tools out there to help you install Windows 7 from USB flash drive (see eight free tools to prepare bootable Windows USB).
Now the good is that, Microsoft has just released a free tool called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to help users create bootable Windows 7 USB flash drives and install Windows 7 from USB drive.
Although you can go through our how to install Windows 7 from USB guide to do the same, this tool simplifies the job. Here are the five simple steps that you need to follow to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7 from USB device:
Note: You need a USB flash drive with a minimum of 4 GB of free space. And also please backup your data from USB first.
Step 1: Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool and install it.
Step 2: Run the program, click the Browse button to browse to your Windows 7 ISO image file.
Step 3: In this step, you need to select your media type. As we are here to create a bootable USB, simply click on USB device button.
Step 4: Select your USB flash drive from the drop down box and click on Begin copying button. Be sure to select the right USB drive as this tool formats the selected USB drive before copying Windows 7 setup files onto the USB.
Step 5: The Windows 7 USB/DVD tool will take a few minutes to complete the procedure.
Step 6: You are done. Reboot you machine and start installing Windows 7 (Windows 7 installation procedure).
If you’re having issues in preparing the bootable USB using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, we recommend you follow our 100% working install Windows 7 from USB guide.