How To Create Bootable Usb For Windows 7 Easily

Want to lớn install Windows 7 on your PC but don"t have sầu an optical drive? The solution is khổng lồ make a USB installation disk.

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Want lớn install Windows 7 on your computer without an optical drive? Perhaps you're using a máy tính without a built-in DVD drive sầu, or even an old netbook or Windows tablet. Whatever the case, you'll need to make a USB installation disk.

You can bởi this without any extra software, or you can use tools provided by Microsoft and third parties.

Note: Despite the legacy that Windows 7 left behind, it's time lớn upgrade to lớn Windows 10! With Windows 11 on the way, Windows 7 isn't desirable as a personal operating system. Still, for older hardware, or for those who just like Windows 7, read on.

Two Ways to lớn Make a Bootable USB Windows 7 Installation Disk

You have two choices for making a bootable USB drive that can install Windows 7.

Create a bootable disk using Windows tools: this requires no additional software Download the install from Microsoft: this is a far simpler solution

Let's take a look at each option.

What You'll Need khổng lồ Install Windows 7 From a USB Drive

Without an optical drive sầu on the target computer, installing Windows 7 as your preferred operating system is impossible. But if you have the original installation truyền thông và a USB flash drive sầu, you can make it work.

To get started, you'll need:

A working Windows 7 computer with a DVD drive sầu và administrator rights. A Windows 7 installation DVD. AUSB flash drive with 4GB of space or larger.

This will also work with external USB hard drives instead of a USB thumb drive. However, all the data on the drive will be formatted and deleted.

The following steps can be completed on a Windows 7 computer. However, they're almost the same whatever operating system you're using, including Windows 10.

1. xuất hiện an Elevated Command Prompt

To start, insert your USB flash drive sầu in your main PC---the one with the optical drive. You should also insert the Windows 7 installation DVD.

Clichồng Start > All Programs > Accessories và right-cliông chồng on Commvà Prompt. Select Run As Administrator. Of course, you need khổng lồ be able lớn authenticate as the administrator on the PC you're using.

On Windows 10, cliông xã Start then type "command". Right-click the first result and select Run as administrator.

In the blaông chồng comm& prompt window, open the disk partitioning tool with the command:

diskpartThis will open in a new command prompt window. Here, hotline up a danh mục of disks attached to your PC.

list diskOne of the drives listed will be your USB drive. You'll probably be able lớn spot it based on the drive's capathành phố. Make a note of the disk number of the USB drive.

screenshot of disk part in windows 10
This is important to get right; otherwise, you'll end up losing data on other drives.

Next, partition the disk. Begin by selecting the disk và cleaning it.

Where you see the # sign, substitute it with the disk number of your USB device.

select disk #cleanYou can then create a new partition.

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create partition primaryselect partition 1 Make the partition active sầu, then format as NTFS:

activeformat fs=ntfs quick
screenshot of formatting usb for windows 7 iso
Next, issue the single comm& lớn phối the disk as drive sầu E:

assign letter eFinally, exit the DiskPart tool.

exitThe USB flash drive sầu is now ready for Windows 7's installation files.

Related: How to lớn Partition a Drive in Windows

2. Make Your Windows 7 USB Bootable

The format step may take some time, depending on your computer's specification.

In the comm& prompt type

d:/boot/bootsect.exe pháo /nt60 e:(This assumes D: is your DVD drive sầu with the install DVD inserted, & you named E: your USB drive sầu. This may differ on your PC, so check before entering the comm&.)

This will make your USB drive sầu bootable.

Related: How lớn Install Windows 10 From a Bootable USB Drive

3. Copy Windows 7 Installation Files to the USB Drive

The final step can be done from My Computer. Just open the installation DVD, highlight everything, và drag it across lớn the USB drive.

This can also take a while. When complete, you should be all set. Insert the USB disk inlớn your new PC, then enter the BIOS to adjust the boot order. Your target computer may even have sầu the Choose Boot Device option during start-up.

Use Microsoft's Windows 7 USB Installer Tool

If you want a simpler solution khổng lồ installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB drive sầu, try Microsoft's dedicated, downloadable tool.

The tool is no longer hosted on Microsoft's official servers, so we will find a mirror to lớn the same program hosted on

Download: Windows 7 USB Download Tool

The main download is just 2.8MB in size, so this should complete quickly. While you wait, insert your USB flash drive into your main PC. A 4GB drive should be large enough.

Meanwhile, you'll also need an ISO version of Windows 7. Like the USB Download Tool, these files are no longer easily accessible from Microsoft's official servers. Below are two versions hosted on

Download: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

Download: Windows 7 Professional Edition

Note: You will still need a valid hàng hóa key lớn activate these products!

While you wait for the tải về, install the installer tool, then launch from the Start thực đơn.

You'll be prompted lớn find the ISO image file for Windows 7. Find the ISO file on your hard disk drive sầu, then click Next.

screenshot of the windows 7 usb dvd download tool
Here, select USB device for the media type you plan to create. In the next screen, use the dropdown thực đơn lớn select the USB drive, then Begin Copying. Wait while the process completes.

When the bar reaches 100%, you'll spot some status information. Any problems that occurred are listed here. If you need another bootable USB Windows 7 installation disk, cliông xã Start Over lớn repeat the process.

Otherwise, cliông chồng the X in the top-right corner to cthua trận, before safely ejecting your USB disk. It is now ready to lớn install Windows 7 on a suitable computer of your choice.

It's Easy to Create a Windows 7 USB Installation Disk

If you've been stuchồng trying to get an operating system phối up on your old máy vi tính or netbook, you'll be relieved to see how simple it really is. Indeed, Windows 7 & later already have sầu the tools built in lớn help you make a bootable USB installer.

Failing that, you can take the simple option by grabbing Microsoft's own USB installer tool for Windows 7 và later. And if you love the portability of the USB drive, be sure lớn check out all the other portable apps you can put on one too.

100 Portable Apps for Your USB Stiông xã for Windows và macOS Portable apps let you take your favorite software anywhere via a flash drive sầu or cloud storage. Here are 100 of them lớn cover your every need, from games to image editors.

Jason is a former freelancer and tech blogger. Driven and knowledgeable about all things tech, he has a desire lớn make things simple & digestible. When Jason isn"t writing for, he will usually be flexing his creative sầu muscles in other forms of writing.

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