After having seen how to add Windows Startup Repair option to Windows 7 boot menu using EasyBCD utility, in this post, we will show you how you can use EasyBCD utility to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7.
EasyBCD is well-known for its ability to add, remove, and edit boot entries. Most of Windows users don’t know that fact that this free tool even lets you create a bootable USB drive with a few clicks.
Here is the procedure to create a bootable Windows 7 USB in EasyBCD:
1. Start off by installing the EasyBCD utility on your machine. If you haven’t already downloaded it, get it here.
2. Next, connect the USB flash drive to your PC, remove all data from the drive, and then format the drive in FAT 32 file system (to format, right-click on the USB drive and select Format option and then select file system as FAT32).
3. Run EasyBCD and click Bootloader Setup button present in the left side.
4. Here, under Create Bootable External Media box, select the USB drive that you want to make as a bootable drive.
5. Next, click Install BCD button and wait for while to see the following dialog-box.
Simply click Yes button. Close EasyBCD tool, and insert your Windows 7 DVD into the drive.
6. Copy all files from your Windows 7 installation DVD to the USB flash drive. If you have an ISO file, you can use 7-Zip tool to extract the ISO contents to the USB drive.
7. Your bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive is ready. You can now use the USB drive to install Windows 7 from USB.
Please note that you can’t use this tool to create a XP bootable drive.