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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 on USB

18 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Embedded x64bit
Installing Windows 7 on USB

Hi All,

I have a requirements to install windows 7 on USB. Tried lots of options didnít work at all.

Before trying all option, I made my Pen drive as bootable using diskpart

Please find the options which I tried as follows,

1. I have applied Wim(captured wim) to the pendrive using Imagex Ė Didnít not work
2. Tried with traditional way of installing Windows 7, Disconnected the SATA cable which is connected to HDD. Thought it will show the USB as a mass storage device. But it didnít detect the USB as device to install the windows 7 Ė Didnít not work
3. Took a backup of C drive using Acronics backup tool and applied the backup in pendrive - Ė Didnít not work
4. At last found an interesting article
At last step it fails to copy boot files using BOOTSECT.exe Ė Didnít not work
5. Created a unattended installation by selecting the Disk as the pen drive and deployed the Image, It was successful but When I boot with pendrive. BOOTMGR is missing - Ė Didnít not work

If anyone have a solution for the problem which I am facing. It will be really appreciated!!

There will be master of all. Looking to hear from him..

Hope you might be the one..

Lot of thanks in advance..


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18 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You can't put windows 7 on a flash drive and have it bootable.
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18 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Other than Windows 8 Enterprise Edition Microsoft has never supported installing any OS to an external drive. It can work (probably not well) on some hardware.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 32 bit

You could try this link
Boot from USB / Boot anywhere -

If nobody is doing it there it's probably impossible.
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 Installing Windows 7 on USB

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