A large number of PC users today use USB drives to install the Windows operating system thanks to dirt cheap USB drives and plenty of free tools out there for creating bootable USB drives.
Back in Windows XP and Vista days, most users were not even aware of the fact that it’s possible to install the Windows operating system from USB drives. The method became popular with the release of Windows 7. Plenty of free utilities have been released since then with a variety of options to help users create bootable USB to install the Windows operating system from a USB drive.
After the release of Windows 7 RTM in October 2009, Microsoft also released its official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to help users easily make USB drives bootable and then install Windows from the bootable USB drive.
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
The official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is one of the primarily used tools to prepare bootable USB of Windows operating system. Although it has not received any significant updates since its initial release, Microsoft has quietly renamed the program page as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool in the last few months.
As you likely know, a couple of months ago, the official page of Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool used the title Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, but the title of the page is now Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. The content on the page even refers to the software as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. Going by last edited information on CodePlex, it looks like the tool was renamed in last November.
Microsoft could have done this to stop confusing Windows 8, and Windows 10 users as the program is compatible with all recent versions of Windows operating system including Windows 8 and Windows 10, or Microsoft might be planning to release a newer version of the software in the near future.
Interestingly, contrary to what the page title and file name of the installer says, you’ll see Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool as the title on the installer as well as the program. It looks like the folks at Microsoft are too busy with the development of Windows 10!
Now that Windows 10 Preview is released, it’s high time that Microsoft needs to update the tool as the program often gives “The selected file is not a valid ISO file” and “We were unable to copy your files. Please check your USB device and the selected ISO file” errors.
If you’re preparing bootable USB to install Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, we recommend you use the popular Rufus tool instead. The program is robust and supports UEFI computers, as well.