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Windows 7: Unable to create bootable USB drive with Windows 7 ISO

31 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
Unable to create bootable USB drive with Windows 7 ISO

I have a valid Microsoft license for Windows 7 Home Premium for this computer.

I downloaded the ISO file as instructed in another thread. I downloaded and ran the Microsoft USB DVD Download tool. I ran the tool and it starts to copy and then issues a message that it cannot complete. The USB drive is a Kingston 8 Gb and I ran a utility on it and everything is good. I also formatted the USB drive to NTFS. I also downloaded another ISO file from a link at the Microsoft Support Forum and to no avail.

Any ideas what I can do?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Download the .iso from here: Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

  • Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3
  • Select Windows 7 from the first drop down list, all the way to the bottom
  • Select the downloaded Windows 7 iso file
  • Select your USB flash drive
  • Check the box to have it format the USB flash drive
  • Click Create

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Thanks ztruker. UUI created the files on the USB drive.

Now off to do a clean all/clean install. This may take a while...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 Aug 2014   #4


Follow the steps for a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Pay attention to how drivers are handled in Win7 which is different than before. Also read the Special Note for HP Owners at the end for some important tips.

If you'll stick with the tools and methods in the tutorial you'll keep a perfect install for as long as you do.

Let us know how it goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

Clean install complete. As for drivers, I am letting Windows Update update the drivers. It may miss a couple but I can download from the Asus website.

Thanks again for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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