How to Install Windows 7 from USB easily

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.

18 Comments

  1. LOL – I was just in the process of making a short post on covering WintoFlash and will schedule it soon 🙂

  2. redk9258

    Doesn’t DiskPart have to be from Vista or Windows 7 in order to work on the USB Flash Drive?

  3. Yes but if you look the Note under step 1 I have mentioned the link to download it from Microsoft. If you can’t find it I’ll re-post it here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0FD9788A-5D64-4F57-949F-EF62DE7AB1AE

  4. Juan

    What space do i need on the USB thumb drive?

  5. I would recommend 4GB and above.

  6. redk9258

    The DiskPart linked above is 10 years old. I don’t think it will work on flash drives.

  7. George

    Hi all here,

    It’s very interesting the info here and i would like to try to create
    a bootable usb flash stick to install Win 7 in my laptop which hasn’t attached a DVD drive, but there are two problems:

    1. The download link provided here (step 1) for the “Win 7 USB/DVD download tool” is dead. No one didn’t noticed that??!

    2. DiskPart in Win XP i tried, can not “see” usb flash sticks..

    Now what..?

    Thanks

  8. The link is working. Please re-check.
    Anyway here is its direct download link from Microsoft:
    http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe

  9. George

    Hi again,

    I’m sorry but the link is dead.. This is the same link which posted in thread
    referred in step 1 on this thread. So, where did you get this tool to make
    this comprehensive tutorial with screenshoots??

    Also, what about DiskPart? As i already mentioned, i tried this tool in
    Win XP, but it can’t see usb flash memory sticks..

  10. redk9258

    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool – http://wudt.codeplex.com/
    Or use 7-zip to extract it from the Windows 7 ISO file…
    Windows_7.iso\sources\boot.wim\1\Windows\System32\diskpart.exe.
    This would have to be a 32-bit ISO if your current OS is 32-bit.

  11. redk9258

    BTW, this tool can ‘burn’ other bootable ISO files too. The trick is that the ISO must be in UDF format, not ISO9660 or Joliet. You can easily build a UDF ISO using the excellent ImgBurn. If you have an ISO file that is ISO9660, use 7-Zip to extract it and ImgBurn to build a UDF ISO file.

    http://community.norton.com/t5/Other-Norton-Products/An-EASY-way-to-make-a-Ghost-SRD-on-a-USB-flashdrive/m-p/241832#M24066

  12. Hello George,

    See if this link works http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool/3000-18513_4-10972600.html and if you have AV Tool bar disable it or try with a different browser.

  13. Jim

    Wintoflash is a better option. It creates the bootable install USB directly from the original DVD media. Why worry with ISO images when you dont have to?

  14. Jules 11

    This article does not discuss paying for WIN 7. Is it a free download?

    jules.11@live.com

  15. i am using windows xp i cant view my pendrive in list disk it shows only my hard disk what is the problme

  16. James Anjwani

    I downloaded and install windows 10 creator update, But I dont like it. After installation Microsoft shows downgrade option early after upgrading to Windows 10 and remove it after one month. I recently upgrade my windows 8.1 Professional operating system to windows 10 Professional being getting a license from ODosta Store
    But I did not like its overall structure. I think Its not Windows 10, Its version should be windows 6 as it has many faults.
    I tried to downgrade back to my existing win 8.1 os and I saw as Microsoft was giving me option to downgrade. I thought that I’ll downgrade after two month But after two month when I tried again, Microsoft removed that option. Now what to do. I searched and found your post, Which is very helpful for me. Thanks for sharing these details here.

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