Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: USB Install

14 Jun 2011   #1
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
USB Install

I recently read an article about using a USB thumb drive to install Windows 7.

Set Up a USB Drive as a Bootable Device to Install Windows 7 IT Professionals

I would like more information about how to do this. After reading the article the questions I had were:

Where do I get the Windows 7b ISO file? Can I make it from my present install disk or do I have to buy it?

How do I setup my bios to be able to install from a USB device? I am not sure that is possible on the PC I have.

Has anyone used this to install Win 7 successfully?

Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
14 Jun 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Yes, this works.

Did you have the option on boot, to press F12 to boot order?

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

What Windows 7 DVD do have?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Yes, it works. I have done it at least 10 times.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 Jun 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

You need to buy Win7, then extract ISO and write to stick using UltraISO trial version: on File tab open DVD, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format stick, click Write button. Boot under USB or HD in one-time BIOS Boot Menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jun 2011   #5
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Read the tutorial, use option 2 with your present installation disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2011   #6
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks guys but there is no option in my bios to boot from a USB device.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2011   #7
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

How about boot from legacy devices. have you tried the one time boot options at startup. The key to hit should be listed on the logo screen at startup or on the post screen. If the usb is attached it should be listed in boot options on the one time boot options screen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2011   #8
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Keep tapping F12 (about 2x per second) when you see the splash screen (or as soon as you power on). This brings you to the one-time boot menu. Select the HDD option. You should find the appropriate USB device listed there. Just select it to boot from it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 USB Install




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows update fails to install IE10 after repair install
I did a repair install of W7 Ult. x64 SP1. Applied all updates, but if fails to install IE10 update : (as you see it is a dutch version). If have run sure & sfc /scannow. Both report no problems. CBS files are attached. Please help ?
Windows Updates & Activation
Windows 7 Install - Cannot install required files... Error message
I have been trying to do a clean install of windows 7 and I am now getting this message. I have probably done a clean install using the exact same disk 5 times before. I've tried formatting the hard drive and re partitioning. This is a custom build. The thing that is interesting to me is that I...
Installation & Setup
BSOD playing Guild Wars 2, recent SSD install and fresh install of W7
I just added a new SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of Win 7 Enterprise. I have had a previous driver issue with this system in the past. The amazing people on this site helped me work it out. Now for the life I just can't seem to sort it out again myself this time. I ran and uploaded the...
BSOD Help and Support
BSOD on fresh install when install updates, misc error codes
My system info is in my profile, installing Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Retail. Attached is all of the report info. I have no idea what is going on. Whenever I try to install all of the Windows updates it blue screens. Then it will reboot, try to apply the updates, and blue screen again. I've run...
BSOD Help and Support
Windows 7 Install Disc fails to see hard disk after Ubuntu install
After I tried to make a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Windows now does not boot. I have tried to reinstall and repair the HDD but the disc fails to recognize my HDD (Western Digital Scorpio Black 500 GB). My HDD is Basic, has 3 primary partitions and 1 extended (3 logical)....
Installation & Setup
Office 2010 programs wont install / lauch after install
one of my co-workers wants me to get rid of some viruses and install office 2010 home and student on her computer with the key she bought. her computer runs windows 7 64-bit. after backing up her data, i finally ended up doing a factory reinstall from the backup partition. so i downloaded all...
Microsoft Office


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App