How to make your usb drive bootable and install Windows 7 with the Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
Installing Windows 7 from a dvd is a simple task if your computer is equipped with a dvd drive to boot and install from. The problem comes up for example if your dvd drive is not working, or your drive is a cd drive which won’t read a dvd, or you own a Netbook which doesn’t have a drive for space reasons.
A simple search online yields many results that cover ways for you to go through the process but they take way to long, or are complicated for someone that is not technically inclined, and include Installing Windows 7 with some Linux help or this one that guides you to get a third party program to partition and make the usb stick bootable plus using the command prompt to install Windows 7.
The following method is by far the easiest and requires:
- Having an image of Windows 7 because you purchased it from Microsoft’s Online Store
- If you bought a disk at a retail store but still need a usb version for your Netbook you can “extract” the image with a program called Imgburn
- A usb stick, usb drive, usb pen, usb flash drive, different names for the same thing.
- And the most important piece is the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft
The steps to run the setup of Windows 7 on a bootable usb drive
First you need to download and install the tool from Microsoft following these steps:
Installation of the program
Using the program
Last but not least
Make sure that you go into your computer bios and set it to boot from USB