Create Bootable USB Pen Drive for Windows 7

Installing Windows from a USB flash drive has several advantages : First of all, the overall speed of the installation process will increase significantly, carrying a USB stick is much more convenient than a DVD, and finally it becomes possible to install the OS even on those systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. If you want to make bootable USB for Linux then Read: 5 FREE Tools To Make Bootable USB Flash Drive - Windows & Linux.


In this post, I will show you how to load the Windows installation in your USB flash drive and how to make it bootable just like the DVD from your .iso image.

There are Two Options: 

1. Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool.
2. Basic Option.

1. Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool:
Just Download this Tool from Microsoft Website and Install in your Desired PC then browse your .iso image and follow some easy steps:-


2. Basic Option:
Tools Required:

1. USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 4 GB.
2. Windows 7 Setup DVD.

Step 1 : Plug-in your USB flash drive.

Step 2 : Open the PowerShell (OR Command Prompt if PowerShell Not Exist). 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”.

Step 3: In the PowerShell, type

DISKPART

This will start the Microsoft DiskPart utility as shown below:

Now issue the following command:

LIST DISK

This will show you 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 a different one in your case). Now issue the command as shown below:



 SELECT DISK 1



above command, 1 is the USB drive number on my system. If you have a different number on your system, then you need to replace 1 with that number.

Step-4: Now issue the following list of commands one by one as shown below:

CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ASSIGN
EXIT


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:”.


Open the 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:
H:
CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G:(NOTE:
G: is your USB drive letter)

EXIT


Step-6: Copy the contents of your Windows 7/Vista installation disk into the USB flash drive.
Directly Copy-Paste All DVD file into Usb Stick.


Your USB stick is now ready to boot and install the OS for you. Don’t forget to enable the “USB Boot” option and change the “Boot priority to USB device from hard disk” in your BIOS settings.

Note: Remember that you'll need to make boot order change in the BIOS. See How To Change the Boot Order in BIOS if you need help doing that.



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  1. I am actually in need for this particular info. Good thing I had the chance to visit this blog, you really made this blog a good source of learning. I'll be checking out for more updates. thanks a lot and a job well done for you!

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  2. in my pc to run powershell as administrator it requires password ...so wat to do.

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    1. put there administrator password you has given to admin. account

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  3. thnx brother it work

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  4. thanks boss its amaging M.A KHAN

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  5. Awesome info...love it!! thank you so much.

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  6. is it also work for window xp

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  7. it worked thanks............!!!!!

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  8. AFTER BOOTING CAN I USE MY PENDRIVE LIKE BEFORE....SHOULD I NEED TO FORMAT MY PENDRIVE TO USE IT LIKE BEFORE???

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  9. its so much useful for me. thanks bro.............

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  10. What do I need to do if I am dealing with a linux (e.g. edubuntu) installation DVD rather than windows? In other words, on my Win7 computer I want to make a bootable linux pendrive with grub.
    Thanks in advance for any help & Best Regards,
    Seb

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  11. thanks for inform...its very useful..

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  12. thanks for inform its very useful...

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  13. perfect... worked for me... thanks a ton

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  14. LOVE YOU FOR SUCH GREAT TWEAK

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  15. really nice post. Thanks

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  16. postingan yang bagus tentang"Create Bootable USB Pen Drive for Windows 7 "

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  17. .....................thanks brother............................
    i like,
    its realy works.....
    -@ Raghav............

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  18. thank u
    with works 100% with win 7 but it does not work with win xp can u pls show how can i do it for win xp pls its a request

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  19. thnx dude it really works

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  20. thanks bro ...for advanced help

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  21. pendrive bootable banane ke liye usi laptop ka use karna hoga ya kisi dusre pc se v banaya ja sakta hai?

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  22. 4th Step- SELECT PARTITION 1 is accepted but 2 or 3 0r 4 not accepted.

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  23. COOL DODE THANKS BRO FOR HELP <3

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  24. Windows XP/Win7 boot usb plash Drive Esy Write system plese.

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  25. nice post...great help dude...thanks for sharing...

    keep the good works going..:-)

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  26. VERY NICE............... thank you very much.....

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  27. thank u so much its really working

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  28. pleas help me this not successfully boot

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  29. i did it earlier without any problem following this. now doing it again as need it again! Thanks!

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  30. thanks I use it before a friend of mine thought me
    but I was missing a step for my current installation. you know what I forgot to use the active cmd. all I did was Diskpart> active and am good to go, thanks again

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  31. thanks a lot .. it worked efficiently...

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  32. Thanks exactly what I was looking for.

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  33. This is the perfact way>>>>>>>GR8........

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  34. vikas kumar kasera
    it is very help full side of the gain knowledge

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  35. Hey...
    initially u mentioned that we need to download one file but where we are using this file..??

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  36. its awsome and its realy worthfull information
    thanks a lot

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  37. Sir please help me when we use this command(H:\>BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G:)Then generate the error.
    This error is target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode .

    Could not map drive partition to the associated volume device objects:
    Access is denied

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  38. Really fabulous...it is very helpfull for me...

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  39. how to revert this process.

    I am unable to format the drive

    C:\Windows\system32>format I:/fs:fat32/v
    Insert new disk for drive I:
    and press ENTER when ready...
    The type of the file system is RAW.
    The new file system is FAT32.
    Verifying 0M
    Cannot determine the number of sectors on this volume.

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  40. thanks buddy...awesome....it really works.... mmmuuuaaahhh..... :)

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  41. thanks ur basic method worked n its so simple unlike the ones i have found in internet to download the specific softwares n make bootable pendrive... Well i wud like to ask u one thing 'Could u please give me instructions like this on how to make bootable pendrive for Windows XP?, i need it for my old desktop computer...

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  42. i dont have win7 dvd bt i hv the image of win7 dvd so hw cn i proceed

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  43. Hi Shadab! I tried it...but it's giving me the error...
    "A disk read error occurred"

    How can i fix it?

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  44. Would really appreciate if you'd help me with it!

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  45. It was very nice, but i have small doubts here i hope u'll clarify my doubts.

    1) Why do we need to use disk part, list disk and all that commands, i think it just converts the flash drive to NTFS file system, Why can't we do it directly format it to NTFS either it may be quick or normal.

    2) Why do we use only NTFS file format here , Why can't we use FAT or exFAT.

    3)I have tried this thing with XP but dis does't work, any help how can i do it ????

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  46. “USB Boot” option and change the “Boot priority to USB device from hard disk” in your BIOS settings.

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  47. just tell me how to get bios setting in my pc

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  48. thanks, i also want to make a windows xp bootable pen drive would u help me how i make xp bootable pen drive

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  49. how to convert the pendrive to normal after installation

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  50. HI SAMEER THANKS FOR THIS GREAT TIPS, COULD YOU FAVOR ME I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE BOOTABLE PEN DRIVE FOR WINDOWS 7 AND WINDOWS 8 BOTH

    MY MAIL ID IS ravindersharma5659@gmail.com

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  51. If this works, the software is pretty cool indeed. Thanks for this blog. Wondering if it will write a fully activated version of Windows 7... basically the images that contain the full activation cracks. Trying it right now and if it works, will surely comment. Either which ways, thanks for the WinUSB Maker Software link! Looks pretty neat!

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  52. Works perfect!!! Again, thanks a lot for pointing to that software!

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  53. Works amazingly!!!!! thank you very much.you are blessed

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  54. i wanna use this with windows XP can i???

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  55. Thanks a ton! I don't know how to thank you! Thanks again, your article proved useful to me!

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  56. CAN WE FORMAT THE REMOVABLE MEDIA(PENDRIVE) AFTER THE USE??

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  57. have tried that
    but all the drives D: E: F:
    are not visible neither there data
    wat happende to that
    help please
    ITS REALLY IMP i think have losted ma data
    i jst wanaa to format ma c: drive

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    1. you just have to note the disk space of ur c drive from my computer.. And then go to format menu and you can see all dick size in formatting wizard, so u can easily identify ur c drive....

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  58. frens plz tell me whether it is for 32 bit windows 7 or for 64 bit....asap

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    1. Hi Vikrant..
      This tutorial tells about creating a Bootable USB (Pen Drive) "using your own Windows 7 DVD or ISO file".
      Just read this article again and i am sure you'll understand well or download the tool and browse for ISO file and everything will be Done by itself.
      Thanks

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  59. what will be the bootsect.exe file for fedora 17?
    I get this boot directory but not able to get any file in it?

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  60. THANKS YARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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  61. THANK UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU..WORKED WELL..

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  62. i cant install the .net but basic settings worked well for me..thanksss..

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  63. Its damn cool bro........|!!!!! :)

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  64. thnks for a really helpful blog....its really worth......thnks again

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    1. Thanks Harsh for visiting again and found this blog helpful

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  65. SIMPLY GREAT...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  66. its great blog many time i tried this

    thanks a lot boss again


    Sameer Ksp.

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  67. i have the probelm. plz help me.. it only show disk 0 not disk 1 even i have injected my usb device ??

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    1. Hi. Malik,
      In your problem may be windows could not detect your USB PD, Check here> Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.
      And make sure USB PD is working?

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  68. Thanku very much you help me vermuch love u

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  69. Hi samer,

    I am planning to make Hiren's Boot application as bootable app in pen drive. whether the procedure is same or different for making bootable hirens boot application ?

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    1. Hi Syam,

      For Hiren Boot app on your USB pen drive, as far as i know its possible but still i would recommend you to goto the site for detail information about that.

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  70. I am unable to format the drive

    C:\Windows\system32>format I:/fs:fat32/v
    Insert new disk for drive I:
    and press ENTER when ready...
    The type of the file system is RAW.
    The new file system is FAT32.
    how to format can u tell me please.........

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    1. Hi Vamshi,

      Check your drive letter first for your removable drive (USB Pen drive) by going there Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Computer Management → Disk Management and check your USB Drive there

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  71. but i have window in my download folder how i can boot it without 'H' location giving at command prompt....kindly help me

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  72. Hi Jutt,

    First take a backup of your Data and then make it bootable because all your data will be lost, drive location can be any drive letter as per your number of partition on your hard drive, take a backup and then follow these steps.

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  73. Replies
    1. Ok no problems

      First tell me what "window in your download folder" you are talking about?

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  74. THANKS YOU SIR " SHADAB SAMER AHMAD " , THIS ARTICLE IS REALLY SAVED MY PROBLEM ACTUALLY MY DVD-WRITER IS NOT WORKING AND ITS MY PROJECT WORK TIME. THIS ARTICLE HELPED ME VALUABLE COST AND MORE VALUABLE TIME

    ONCE AGAIN BIG THANKS TO AUTHOR " SHADAB SAMER AHMAD ".

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    1. Thanks Sunil for Visiting geekOmad, keep reading and commenting here, that would definitely push me to work harder.

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  75. I dnt hve dvd drive, so i hve os in ma pc only....
    how can i proces the step no 5..??? plz help me..!!

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    1. Hi Michael, in this case you should have either Win 7 DVD or ISO image, installed windows OS will not support in anyway.

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    2. u can use alcohol 120% software nd mount it virtually.. nd use the above commands.. it will work

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  76. THANKS THIS PROGRAMME IS VERY USEFUL.................

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  77. nice it's really work thanks!!!!!! :d

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  78. Ahmmmm.................

    After select disk it would be "detail disk"

    it will show you volumes of the disk.

    Die Bitches Soon ;)

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  79. Hi ALL,

    Have completed upto step 4 and while in step 5

    H:
    CD BOOT
    BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G:(NOTE:
    G: is your USB drive letter)

    I cannot use the above cmds bcz I have ISO image in one of my Local disk(z). So pls let me knw the steps how to use the locacl hard drive iso file rather than dvd.

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  80. thanks buddy...it saved my lots of time... :>)

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  81. Thanks. There is one thing that I would like to know. I have an Android 4.0 Mini PC. You are probably aware of the existence of such a device. Now if I connect the boot-able USB Pen Drive with the Windows 7 Operating system to the Android Mini PC, can I boot the device to perform like an ordinary PC with Windows 7 OS installed? If yes, can I also install a Microsoft Office Suit into the same Pen Drive and run it?
    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks once again.
    Have a nice day and a nice cup of coffee. (c)

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