Windows users have a lot of good utilities to create a bootable USB using an ISO file and then install Windows from a USB flash drive. Windows 7 DVD/USB Tool, UNetBootin, WinToFlash, and Universal USB installer are some popular utilities available for the job.
While most of the utilities mentioned above do their job very well, the only catch is that all these tools take a considerable amount of time to transfer the ISO onto the USB. Even though power users prefer creating bootable USB drive via command line to third-party tools, novice users always prefer third-party tools for the job.
Users who don’t want to use the command prompt method for creating bootable USB media should check out Rufus utility. Rufus is a small utility for Windows and helps you create bootable USB drives. The best thing about this tool is that it’s faster than other tools. According to the developer of the tool, it’s twice as fast as the official Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool, Universal USB installer, and UNetBootin tools.
Apart from Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Vista, Windows and Windows 8, this software also supports Arch Linux, Hiren’s Boot CD, Parted Magic, NT Password Registry Editor, Knoppix, Kubuntu, OpenSUSE, CentOS, Fedora, and many other Linux distributions.
Download, run the utility, select your USB drive and browse to the ISO file to begin transferring ISO file contents onto the USB drive. You might also like to know how to install Windows 7 on a USB drive and repair Windows 7 from USB flash drive.