Installation of Windows 7 from USB drive without using any software is the fastest way as far as Windows installation to PC or Laptop is concerned. Generally, Windows 7 installation media is larger than 2 GB in size which needs a DVD to fit. So if your computer does not have any optical DVD reader, you would face problem when installing the Windows 7. In that scenario, the USB drive for Windows 7 installation plays an effective roll. To install Windows 7 from USB, you just need a USB drive with more than 3 GB of volume.
You should notice that many websites have covered guide on “Install Windows 7 from USB”. But, most of them are not working properly. However, there is various ways to do it, here, I’m going to discuss how to install Windows 7 from USB drive without any software. This tutorial describes how to prepare the USB stick by using the command prompt for installation of Windows.
Also read: Install Windows XP from USB Drive.
Requirements (for Windows 7 Installation):
- The first thing that you need is the Windows 7 ISO file. You can download it from the web or copy it from the Windows 7 installer DVD. In the second case, you have to copy the disk content in your USB drive using a computer which can read the DVD.
- A USB disk / flash disk with a memory greater than 3 GB.
- A computer running with Windows 7 or Vista or later versions like Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and so on.
Advantage: It takes only 10 – 15 minutes while you install Windows 7 on your PC from USB using a flash drive.
How to Prepare the USB Drive to Install Windows 7 from USB (No Software Required)
Preparing USB drive to install Windows 7 from USB or Flash Drive is pretty easy. Here, we discuss a step-by-step guide for installation of Windows 7 from USB using a flash drive or any USB drive.
Step 1: Insert the USB into the available port of your computer and wait for a while until the system detects the device (if you are using the USB stick first time on your computer).
Step 2: Open the command prompt with ‘Administrator’ privilege (procedure: type ‘cmd’ at the start menu search box then right-click on it and choose ‘Run as Administrator’).
Step 3: Now, in the command prompt, type diskpart and hit the ‘Enter’ key. This should change the command base from your system drive to DISKPART. Run the following commands one-by-one.
list disk: This displays all the disks at your computer. Generally, there should be two disks in the list; one is your hard disk (Disk 0) and the another one is the USB disk (Disk 1).
select disk 1 (be careful*)
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs : You can also format the USB drive in fat32 or fat file system. You can also add an optional parameter
quick at the end of this syntax for the quick format).
* Note: The set of commands assume that the USB drive is addressed as “disk 1”. So, check it carefully by doing a list by the command “list disk” before you clean it.
Now, the USB drive is ready to use for the Windows 7 installation purpose.
One drawback of this technique is that if you are applying this tutorial through Windows XP i.e. if you are using the command prompt in XP then it won’t work. The “list disk” command does not show the USB disk in the list. So, use Windows Vista or Windows 7 to apply this tutorial. Once you prepare the USB flash drive to install Windows 7 from USB, follow the next steps.
Installing Windows 7 from the USB Stick
Step 4: To get started, copy the content of the Windows 7 installer DVD into that USB disk.
In case of ISO file, just extract the ISO file in it. Once copied, you can boot your computer from the USB drive. Generally, your computer won’t boot from USB Drive. You need a small change in the BIOS settings to install Windows 7 from it. The BIOS set up is as follows:
Open the BIOS setup window (press F2 or F10 when starting your computer) and change the boot option:
- Make the USB hard disk as the first boot option.
- Save the changes and exit from the BIOS setup window.
Your computer should automatically reboot and the installation wizard should appear. Now, you can follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation with Windows 7 at your computer.
You should keep in mind that the whole configuration to the flash drive for “Install Windows 7 from USB” can only be done with a computer which is installed with either Windows 7 or Windows Vista. If you have not Windows 7 or later version in your PC system, you can follow our another article Create multiboot USB drive to install both Windows XP and Windows 7 which is a platform independent technique.
Till now, I have discussed about installation of Windows 7 using Flash drive without any third-party software. The process is somehow lengthy and time consuming. Fortunately, there is few trusted software available in market to create a bootable Windows 7 installation USB.
But, before that, you need to create a Windows 7 iso image either from Windows 7 installation DVD or you can download Windows 7 iso file direct from Microsoft.
Use Windows USB/DVD Download Tool to Create Windows 7 Installation USB
Limitation: Exactly same operating system is required to your PC which ISO image you will use to create bootable USB for Windows installation.
Step 1: Download Windows/DVD Tool on your computer. And run it.
Step 2: Choose the Windows 7 ISO file. Then click “Open”.
Step 3: Click “Next” when you are back on the step 1 screen.
Step 4: Click “USB Device” on the next step i.e. choose media type screen.
Step 5: Choose USB drive or any external drive where you want to put Windows 7 installation files. Blue refresh button will be useful to you if you plug the USB drive later to your PC.
Step 6: Click the “Begin Copying” button and wait to create bootable Windows 7 installation USB device. At first Windows USB DVD Download tool format the USB Drive then copy the installation file and make it ready for Windows 7 installation.
This is official method of creating Windows 7 installation USB so that one can one can install Windows OS like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 direct from flash drive or external hard drive.
I have already mentioned, this tool have some disadvantaged while creating a Windows 7 installation USB flash drive. According to Microsoft, this tool only supports Windows 7 ISO image. But some geeks claim that they can successfully manage to create bootable USB for Windows 8 and 8.1 installations.
All-in-one Tool to Create Windows ISO image and Windows 7 USB Installer
gBurner is a tool which allows you to create bootable USB or Flash drive so that you can install Windows 7 to your PC direct from any external USB device. Let see how to make use of it.
- Windows 7 Installation Dvd or ISO file.
- gBurner Software.
- A Windows PC.
How to Make Bootable USB to Install Windows 7 from USB Disk Using gBurner
At first, download and install gBurner to your PC and run it.
In the left pane of the gBurner software, you will find copy option and just select Make Image option from there. This option let you create a standard ISO image direct from a Windows installation DVD.
Choose the disk and output location and click ‘OK’. It will take some time to create a Windows ISO image file.
Note: You can bypass the above steps if you already have a Windows ISO image file.
Now, go to Tools section and select Write USB option from there.
You need to run gBurner as administrator to access this option.
Insert a flash drive or any USB drive to your PC.
Now choose the input image file location from your PC. And Choose destination USB drive from there.
Choose the writing method as ‘Auto’.
Choose ‘OK’ button to write Windows ISO image to USB flash drive.
The process would take 10 – 15 minutes. And, after total completion, the USB drive will be ready and you will be able to install Windows 7 from that USB flash drive.
See the video tutorial that describes “How to Install Windows 7 from USB Drive or a Pen drive”:
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