How To Test A Bootable Windows CD, DVD, ISO, Or USB With A Click (Without Setting Up A Virtual Machine)

We have shown you various ways to create bootable USB, install Windows 7 from USB, slipstream Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 DVD or ISO, and  many other advanced methods to create bootable Windows 7 ISO and bootable USB flash drive.

Test Bootable Windows ISO or Bootable USB Without Virtual Machine

When you create a bootable USB to install Windows 7 or when you slipstream SP1 into Windows 7 setup file to create a bootable ISO file, it’s always a good idea to test the ISO or USB to check if it’s bootable before actually trying it on the primary PC.

Though one can always test the bootable USB by rebooting the PC and then enabling the required BIOS setting, it’s a tough task for many novice users. Most of the free virtual machine software available today, don’t support USB booting for some strange reasons.

So, we have come up with a smart solution to test a bootable USB flash drive or bootable Windows ISO file without setting virtual machines.

MobaLiveCD is a free program that enables you test a bootable ISO image file or bootable USB drive with a few mouse clicks. It’s a portable application and doesn’t require an installation as well. The application uses an excellent emulator called “Qemu” to make it happen.

How to use MobaLiveCD to test your bootable ISO file or bootable USB drive:

Step 1: Download and run MobaLiveCD portable application with admin rights.

Step 2: On the main screen, click Run the Live USB button to test bootable USB flash drive or click Run the LiveCD button to test bootable ISO image file. Click the appropriate option and browse to the ISO file or USB drive.

Test Bootable Windows USB Flash Drive

Step 3: MobaLiveCD allows you test ISO file or USB drive without creating a virtual disk image as well. When you are prompted with Do yo want to create a hard disk image for your virtual machine prompt, click “No” button to start the emulator without virtual disk.

Test Bootable Windows ISO File

Test Bootable Windows ISO File or USB With A Click

Step 4: Once you are done with the ISO or USB testing, use Ctrl + Alt keys to exit the MobaLiveCD’s QEMU window. Good luck!

Test Bootable Windows ISO File or USB

Note: You can also use this method to test drive Linux Live CD or USB on your Windows machine.



  1. Geek says

    Hi there

    Thanks for this useful tip.

    Do you mind writing, if this is bios or UEFI.

    And is there a way to test UEFI usb’s to see how they act in UEFI environments.


  2. Lukong says

    I just found out from a Sander Berkouwer and WorkerBee09 that for 64-bit Machines and OS’s need another software.
    Reccomended is Hyper-V or VMware Workstation which is described as hardware virtualization solutions from another vendor as I too hae the 0xc000035a error saying Attempting to Load 64bit App, but The CPU is not compatible with 64bit mode…its application’s fault not my 64bit CPU…maybe someone’s program should have first detect the cpu then attempt to install, not blame me…computer is calling me stupid again.

  3. misidp says

    qemu.exe – Application Error

    The exception unknown sofware exception (0x40000015) occured in the application at location 0x00408c51

    Click on OK to terminate the program

    error on “Run the LiveUSB”
    run from Windows 7 Embedded Standart 64bit.

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