Booting Windows® 7 Using USB Device
Get to know more about ways to boot Windows 7 using USB device.
With the arrival of smaller, lighter and cheaper laptops in the market, there are chances are that next computer systems may not have an optical drive. This creates the problem of computer users not being able to boot their PCs using operating systems (OS) stored in CD or DVD discs. In such case most computers now are comes with the ability to boot up from a USB device. If you want to install the OS from a USB drive, then you have to transfer your OS files to a bootable USB drive. Before mounting the image to the drive, you must create an image of the CD that contains OS files.
Following lines explain the tips to boot Windows 7 from USB device and its benefit:
- Creating image
- Select tool
- Creating bootable USB drive
Before mounting the OS files to the USB drive you will have to create an image backup of the OS CD. To do this, download image making software from the manufacturer’s website. After downloading insert the CD that contains your OS files into the drive and open the image making software. From the image making wizard select the CD drive and click next, enter a name for the file and save it on your computer. Choose ISO as the format for the image file and click the start button to begin creating the image.
To create a bootable USB drive from an image file first you have to download WinToFlash utility. In order to download WinToFlash go to the website, select the desired utility and choose the download link to start download. After download install it onto your computer system. WinToFlash makes it easy to create a bootable USB drive from an image file and it is meant specifically for creating Windows boot drives.
Creating bootable USB drive
WinToFlash is one of the best tools to create bootable USB drive from an image file that carrying the OS files. To create bootable USB, you have to install the WinToFlash utility on your computer system. After installing, insert the USB drive into your computer and open WinToFlash utility. From the window appear, set the file system to Fat 32, set the format to USB-HDD and set the USB drive type to flash stick. Then browse the image file stored on your computer created by the image making software.
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