How to Install Windows 7 From USB Drive
Do you want to install win 7 in your system from USB and don’t know how to do it? No more worries, we will teach you how to do it, step by step. Not only does installing from a USB Drive removes the need for a DVD drive, the install time is also greatly reduced. Read each step and perform it carefully so that you don’t mess things up. Our guide will have you rocking the new version of Windows in no time!
You will require a USB Drive with minimum capacity of 4 GB.
Step 1: Format USB flash drive to NTFS format
- In your Windows, go to Control panel -> system -> hardware -> Device manager.
- Under the disk drives section, right click on the USB storage drive and select Properties (As shown in the screen shot below).
- Click on the Policies tab, select optimize for performance. Click OK (As shown in the screen shot below).
- Open your Windows Explorer, you should see the USB storage drive in the inventory. Right click and select Format. Now Select NTFS from the drop down bar. After that Click Start.
Step 2 : Commands From CMD
- On the Start menu, navigate to the command prompt entry. Right-click and select Run as administrator (As shown in the Screen Shot below).
- Now Type the following (as show in Screen Shot Below):
- Select the USB disk (Be careful in selection). Now Type the following (also show in Screen Shot Below):
select disk X (where X is the drive number of the USB flash drive)
- Now list the current partition. Record the partition number and type the following (also show in the screen shot)
- Now select the current partition and make it active.
select partition Y ( where Y is the partition number of the USB flash drive)
Step 3: Creating bootable USB flash drive with win 7
- Download Windows 7 iso
(32-bit/64 bit) file to your desktop.
- Download and install WinRAR.
- Right-click on the Windows 7 iso file and select Extract to win-7. Extract the files to a folder (you can name the folder any name you want, but for illustration purpose, I named it win-7) on your desktop.
- Now Open Your Command prompt (Not as administrator). In your command prompt, write following commands (also shown in screen shot below):
cd Desktop/win-7 (Change the destination to the folder that you have extracted)
bootsect /nt60 X: ( where X is the drive latter of your USB drive )
- Now, copy all the files from the Windows 7 folder to the USB flash drive.
- Reboot the computer. Remember to change the first boot device to your USB drive from the BIOS.
- Finally, you should be able to install Windows 7 from your USB flash drive now.
If you are having any trouble understanding any step please feel free to ask in the comments section.