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Windows 7: Making bootable USB Flashdrive for Win 7 or 8

23 Nov 2014   #1

Windows 7
Making bootable USB Flashdrive for Win 7 or 8

I would like to prepare a bootable USB Flashdrive For Windows 7,and Windows 8.
One of the steps requires WINDOWS 7 ISO IMAGE or WINDOWS 8 ISO IMAGE.
I have both windows original disks which came with Dell computers.
How can I prepare their isoimages?
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23 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Have a look at this tutorial
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
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23 Nov 2014   #3

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Win 10 Pro x64

It would easier to just download the ISO for Windows 7 here,

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

For windows 8 this should help with that,

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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23 Nov 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

Wintobootic works perfectly to put the iso file on the flash drive.

WiNToBootic bootable usb drive windows vista/7/8 - Bootable USB | Bootable USB

rufus is good too.

I prefer this site for the iso files.
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24 Nov 2014   #5

Windows 7

Thank you so much.
I really appreciate it.

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24 Nov 2014   #6

Windows 7

I forgot to ask you one more question. What is the minimum size of flash drive for windows 7 and 8? Thank you.
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24 Nov 2014   #7

Windows 10 Pro X64

4GB normally works, 8GB is probably better.
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25 Nov 2014   #8
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27 Nov 2014   #9

Windows 7

Thanks for comments from all of you.
I now have a basic question. As I described in the original post, I have the original Windows (7 and 8) installation DVD disks which came with Dell computers.

What is the advantage of using "a bootable USB Flashdrive For Windows" compared to the use of original Windows DVD disk.?
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27 Nov 2014   #10

Windows 10 Pro x64

There is no real advantage, that I know of.

But for most people a dvd is much easier to use, installing from a flash drive can be quite tricky for a novice.
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