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.
- Click here to download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file.
- When you are prompted to either save the file to disk or run it, choose Run.
- 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.
How to use the tool
- 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.
- 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.
- Select USB to create a copy on a USB flash drive or DVD to create a copy on a DVD disk, then click Next.
- 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.
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.
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.