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:
Step 1: Start off by installing the EasyBCD utility on your machine. If you haven’t already downloaded it, get it here.
Step 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).
Step 3: Run EasyBCD and click Bootloader Setup button present in the left side.
Step 4: Here, under Create Bootable External Media box, select the USB drive that you want to make as a bootable drive.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Step 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.