Installing Microsoft® Windows® 7 from a bootable USB Drive
What are the various issues that may arise while installing Windows 7 from a bootable USB drive?
You can install Windows 7 on to a computer from a USB Flash Drive or USB Stick or Portable Hard Drive. Because the read speeds are faster from USB drive than your CD-ROM drive, this actually decreases the install time for Windows 7. In order to install you need a USB Flash Drive (Minimum 4GB) and Windows 7 or Vista installation files. You will need a USB Flash Drive or Portable Hard Drive so that your computer will read it as a bootable drive. The whole process, which is quite simple, requires creating a bootable USB and subsequently copying all files required for the setup from the Windows 7 installation disk. Ensure that you have backed up its contents before formatting.
The problems that may arise in installing Windows 7 from a USB drive are:
- Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
- Run using UNetbootin
- Select the right disk
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool
A new utility called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, allows you to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7. It allows you to create bootable DVD. When you launch it, it will ask you to select the path where you have stored Windows 7 ISO file on, insert the USB device. The tool will automatically detect your USB device, if it is compatible. Accept the confirmation to format the USB device. Now the tool will start copying the installation files to USB device.
Run using UNetbootin
This process takes only two steps, run UNetbootin, load the Windows 7 ISO file, and finally restart your computer. You will require the following before you begin such as USB Flash Drive, Windows 7 ISO Image file, Unetbootin. If this UNetbootin does not work, try out the Microsoft’s official tool called Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool.
You must make sure to remove the quotation marks when typing the listed commands in. Also be extra careful in selecting the right disk drive number from the drive list, since you do not want to format the wrong drive and lose valuable files or photos. You should reboot the computer your are wanting to install Windows 7 on with the flash drive plugged in, hit the boot key (normally F12, DEL, or ESC) to select the boot device, boot to your flash drive, and it will go immediately to the Windows 7 Setup screen.
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