Create A Bootable USB Pen Drive for Windows 7 and Windows 8 installation

create-bootable-usb-pen-drive-for-windows-7Before you make your own USB pen drive bootable, you should know What exactly does the word bootable mean?

What is bootable?

In simple words, Boot means to start. Bootable device means, the device that can help in starting a program without any Operating system. For example: ‘Windows installation disk’.

How to install Windows from an USB flash drive?

Installing Windows from an USB flash drive has several advantages.

  1. Fast installation process as compare to other medias like CD/DVD etc.
  2. More convenient as compared  to a CD/DVD.
  3. Installing Windows OS on those systems that do not have any CD/DVD drive, Example:  Notebook.

Here I will describe the steps that will help you to load the Windows on to your USB flash drive and make it bootable just like a DVD.

There are two different options
      1.Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.
      2.General Option.

1. Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

Just download the Microsoft Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool from here. Then follow some easy steps.

2. General Option

Tools Required :
    1.USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 4 GB but 8 GB is preferable for Windows 8.
    2.Windows 7 installation Setup DVD or you can download Windows installation ISO file and extract it onto your local PC.

STEPS:

Step 1 : Plug-in your USB flash drive (Pen Drive).

Step 2 : Open the PowerShell (Or Command Prompt if PowerShell does not exist in your system). Note: If you are using Windows 7/Vista then open it with administrator rights.
Goto Start -> All Programs -> Accessories ->Windows PowerShell -> Right-click on “Windows PowerShell” and select “Run as Administrator”. For example: Follow the below image if you are using Windows 7 OS.

Windows-PowerShell

Step 3: In PowerShell, type the bellow command.
DISKPART

Then you can see Microsoft DiskPart utility as shown below.

DISKPART

Now type the below command.
LIST DISK
Then you can see a list of available disks on your system. Disk 0 is usually the hard disk. In my case, Disk 1 is the USB drive (this can be different in your case). Now put the command as shown below.

 

LIST-DISK

Then type the following command
 SELECT DISK 1

 

SELECT-DISK

 

In the above case of mine, Disk 1 is the USB drive number. If you have a different drive number on your system, then you need to replace 1 with that number.

Step-4: Then type below commands one by one as shown below.
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ASSIGN
EXIT

PRIMARY-PARTITION-FORMAT-COMMAND

Then Close Power Shell and proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Insert the Windows 7/Vista installation disc and note down the “drive letter” of your DVD drive. In my case, it is “H:”. Below is an example of it.

Removable-Disk
Then open command prompt, If you are using Windows 7/Vista then open it with administrator rights.
Goto Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.

Now type the following list of commands as shown below.

(Note: If you have Windows ISO file, extract it to your local PC. Then follow the bellow command, instead of going to drive’ H:’, Using command prompt, Goto the folder in which you have extracted windows ISO files. Then goto BOOT folder, It will be inside the  folder that contains your extracted ISO file as bellow.)

H:
CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G:             (NOTE: G: is our USB drive letter in this case)
EXIT

command-prompt

(NOTE: If you only want to make an USB pen drive bootable (and not for Windows installation), don’t copy the content.)

Step-6: Then Copy the contents of your Windows 7/Vista installation disk (or content of your extracted ISO files) into the USB flash drive as it is. You can directly Copy-Paste all files into the  USB drive.

And We  are  Done, finally your USB pen drive is now ready to boot and install the OS for you.

NOTE: Don’t forget to enable the “USB Boot” option and change the “Boot priority to USB device from hard disk” in your BIOS settings.

bios-setup

If you are facing any issues while performing the above steps, then please write to us, we will get back to you asap.

I hope this small tutorial on ‘Create Bootable USB Pen Drive for Windows 7 and Windows 8 installation’ will help you whenever you need to install or re-install your OS.

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26 Responses to Create A Bootable USB Pen Drive for Windows 7 and Windows 8 installation

  1. Shazaan says:

    Use RUFUS to make the bootable DVD… No technical information needed. Just download, select Windows DVD and press Start.. Your PD is now bootable

  2. Bikash says:

    I want to remove this thing and wanna make my pendrive as like as before.

  3. Pawan says:

    how can i make the bootable 2gb pendrive from win xp —-plse give the process like this

  4. Abhishek says:

    Thanks for sharing

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  6. Gerald Carrature says:

    I did this and it works great for Windows 8. However, the USB drive is not available when inserted in a USB 3.o port, only a USB 2.0 port. Any reason why??

    Thanks

  7. Jones sabo says:

    Very interesting topic, thank you for posting.

  8. Ranjeet says:

    a lots of thanks again.

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  13. Ruchi says:

    i cnt download the Microsoft Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool please help me.

  14. Shashikant Nishant Sharma says:

    Really a nice article to make the pen drive a bootable device.

  15. Utomi A. Obéto says:

    This is a completely optional step and you only want to do this if you want to be able to choose which edition of Windows 7 to install. In the command prompt, type “del G:sourcesei.cfg” without the quotes and hit enter (where g: is your USB flash drive).

  16. Its easy way as compared to one I used for making a bootable usb.
    Thanks for sharing

  17. Aqib Shahzad says:

    well written article, thanks for sharing

  18. Mubi Rana says:

    Excellent and easy procedure,thanks buddy

  19. salman baig says:

    Nice article buddy! Last day I was trying to make my USB (8 GB) bootable but it was giving me some problems. Your article really helped me and blessed me with new operating system – Windows 8 ;)

  20. Umer Hafeez says:

    Thanks for sharing brother – a good info delivered :)

  21. Charan Pammi says:

    Stucked in step 4 can you help me ?

  22. georgekutty says:

    your post is very help full can you suggest me how format a wrigt protected
    pendrive and a pendrive which the windos canot format

  23. Mohanraj says:

    if this same procedure is suitable for windows 8 otherwise tell some alternatives….
    note:only using pendrive
    please tell some suggestion
    thanks you

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