Boot Windows® 7 from USB
What are the advantages of booting Windows® 7 from USB?
USB flash drive is a device that you can use for the installation of Windows 7 operating system. The USB flash drive consists of USB integrated flash memory data storage device. It is removable and rewritable and is physically much smaller than a floppy disk. The storage space of the USB flash drive is 256GB and is more durable and reliable because its compact. If you are a netbook user then having a USB is essential. The installation of Windows 7 operating system from the USB device is a fast and easy process. Before installing Windows 7 using USB flash drive you need to purchase Windows 7 software. The Windows 7 operating system may be downloaded from the Microsoft website and you can either download an ISO file, or a collection of compressed files. If you have downloaded the USB file to the media, then you need to run a tool known as Windows 7 USB Download tool, which allows you to install Windows 7 from USB.
Following points may give users an idea of booting Windows 7 from USB flash drive:
- Benefits of installing from USB
- Disadvantages of installing from USB
- Tips to install
Benefits of installing from USB
You need to make USB device bootable to install Windows 7 operating system from it. You have to use Windows 7 USB tool to create the bootable device. There are many advantages in creating a bootable device as it saves you the pain of having to run an operation system, which is already installed. Also, it helps to install Windows 7 directly from USB.
Disadvantages of installing from USB
Windows 7 system requirements need be to met for the installation of Windows 7 from USB to happen successfully. For the installation purpose you need a drive with at least 4GB capacity. Write protect mechanism is not included on the USB flash drive. Thus it may get affected with viruses, which can also affect the operating system you installed on the machine.
For installing Windows 7 on your system from USB, you need to follow these steps. First you need to have a USB device with storage space of 4GB. You have to plug in USB flash drive to USB port. Then open the 'Command Prompt' with administrator rights. You can open the 'Command Prompt' with administrator rights by typing 'CMD' in 'Start' menu search box and hit 'Ctrl+Shift+Enter'. Enter the following on the CMD diskpart, 'Select disk X', 'Clean', 'Create partition primary', 'Select partition 1', 'Active format fs=fat32', 'Assign', and 'Exit'. Then open your drive under explorer and copy all files from Windows 7 ISO to the USB drive.
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