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Windows 7: What is the way to make windows 7 bootable in a usb flash drive?

30 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional - x64
What is the way to make windows 7 bootable in a usb flash drive?

Hi, I do fresh install of Windows on a regular basis and I recently wanted to start using usb flash drive for it instead of CD-ROM. I used the software Rufus for setting up the flash drive with windows 7 All in One and I am having different errors all the time (I will write the exact error messages a next time). I have also used different Windows iso of non-all-in-one and still have errors most of the time; sometimes I get the install working though.

My question: What is the best way to add Windows 7 AIO or normal version into a thumb drive that will work almost all the time? I have tried different thing so far with deceiving result.

This is really important for me as I do this often and its really faster with thumb drive and I really wish I can get to make it work as it should.

I have also tried that method of removing the flash drive and restarting the installation but that doesnt work, exept one time.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Also if you guys understand what are the reasons for having those errors appear everytime I try to install Windows on an hard drive, that would be appreciated if you can share some infos with me.

Thank you very much

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30 Sep 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I have never had a problem with it.

Might your flash drive, or usb port.

"doesn't work" isn't a great help. What doesn't work? How far does it get? Any error messages?
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01 Oct 2014   #3


Never heard that Rufus will work with All-in-One which is very tetchy and rarely works. If you unlock all versions then you only need a 32 bit and 64 bit ISO or flash stick, and once you make the flash stick bootable for either you can keep the other one's files in a separate folder in the root until they are needed. This is how I've managed both bit-versions and OS versions for all 5 years.
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02 Oct 2014   #4
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hideatech View Post
Hi, I do fresh install of Windows on a regular basis . . . This is really important for me as I do this often
my spidey sense tells me this is about 'trial' period running out - I only reinstall when I have major hardware changes.
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