Creating Bootable Windows 7 Install USB Flash Drive or DVD Using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

We have covered how to build a bootable windows 7 installation USB flash drive earlier. Now as Windows 7 officially released, Microsoft has offered a free tool that not only makes bootable USB flash drive but also DVD or other media as well. A good news to all netbook users.

Installation

  1. Click here to download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file.
  2. When you are prompted to either save the file to disk or run it, choose Run.
  3. Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You’ll have the option to specify where to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and whether to create shortcuts on your Start Menu or Windows Desktop.

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How to use the tool

  1. Click the Windows Start button, and click Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool in the All Programs list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.
  2. In the Source File box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box.
  3. Select USB to create a copy on a USB flash drive or DVD to create a copy on a DVD disk, then click Next.
  4. If you are copying the file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the dropdown list and click Begin copying. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click Begin burning.

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If you are using this tool to make a bootable windows 7 installation file to a USB flash drive, make sure you back up all data in the drive first because this tool requires the USB flash drive to be completely blank before the Windows 7 files are copied. It will be wiped out before all files are copied.

The tool also validates the ISO and rejects for any type of ISO that is invalid.

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Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool [via Microsoft Store]

[Update on Nov 11, 2009]

Microsoft has pull the tool off their website due to the violation of the code. Check this post for more details.

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