How To Create Bootable USB Pendrive For Windows 7

>> Friday, 9 November 2012

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You know how you can install an OS easily by using a bootable DVD or CD. Now in this tutorial, we will discuss how to create a bootable USB pendrive to install an OS from your pendrive.


Bootable USB Pendrive Windows 7
Installing from a pendrive increases the overall speed of the process and also it is more convenient to store data on pendrives rather than CDs. In this tutorial I will explain the step by step procedure of making a bootable pendrive with Windows 7 installation disk.

Tools required:
  1. Windows 7 installation disk
  2. A USB pendrive. Minimum recommended size is 4 GB.

Steps To Create A Bootable Pendrive

Step 1:
Open your PC's PowerShell or Command Promt with administrative rights.

Step 2:
After inserting your USB pendrive, run DISKPART from the PowerShell.

Step 3:
Type the command LIST DISK. The result will be as shown below:

Create a Bootable Pendrive - Screenshot

Here DISK 0 is the hard disk and DISK 1 is the pendrive I have used.

Step 4:
In my case, the USB drive is DISK 1. So in this step, I enter the following command:
SELECT DISK 1. According to your disk number, the "1" in the command will change.


Create a Bootable Pendrive - Screenshot

Step 5:
After the USB drive is selected from DISKPART, enter the following commands one by one:

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION 1

ACTIVE

FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK

ASSIGN
And at last, enter EXIT command

Create a Bootable Pendrive - Screenshot

Step 6:
Exit PowerShell and insert your Windows 7 installation disk. Now open 'My Computer'.

Create a Bootable Pendrive - Screenshot

Note the drive letters of both - Your pendrive and Windows 7 installation disk. In my case, they are G: and H: respectively.

Step 7:

Again start PowerShell and enter following commands one by one:

H:

CD BOOT

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G:

Note the drive letters I used here are H: and G: according to my drives and these letters may be different for you.

Now your pendride has become a bootable one. 

The last step is to copy all the contents of your Windows 7 installation disk to your pendrive. So open My Computer > Windows 7 installation CD and copy all the contents there and paste it in the USB drive you have used in this process.

Now your pendrive is ready to boot and you can install Windows 7 from that USB pendrive. You can also follow the same procedure with any other OS installation disk to create a bootable pendrive for that OS.

Hope you liked the tutorial! Do comment and let me know if you face any problems or if this tutorial proved helpful to you...



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