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: 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

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Oct 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP


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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 Bootable USB Flash Drive Back to ISO File
Can I take a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 7 on it and convert it back to an ISO file? Can Imgburn do this? Thanks. Jim
Installation & Setup
Make bootable ISO from bootable USB Drive
I have a USB drive with Ophcrack and a rainbow table in it. I can boot from it. I want to make an ISO from it with the table still installed. I'm trying to use it on VMware. I've tried using PowerISO by opening the files and saving them as an ISO. It wouldn't boot.
How can I make a bootable flash drive and data partition for windows 7
I currently have a disc copy of windows 7 and I am currently running it as my main OS as well. I was wondering just in case my computer decides to have a few issues is there anyway I can make a data partition to store windows 7 or put it on a flash drive so that in the incident of a hardware...
Installation & Setup
How to Repair/Reinstall Windows 7 from a bootable Linux flash drive?
Hi, Acer Aspire One notebook, running Windows 7 Home edition, 1gb ram. Hard drive partitioned into C: for windows and D: for most of my data. After a message saying no printers were found on my computer, Malwarebytes found a Trojan Ransom virus. After attempting to remove it, it told me to...
Installation & Setup
Make Windows 7 Bootable Drive
Hi I have been trying to solve the following problem for a few days now but I am finding it difficult to find the answer. When I installed windows 7 64 Ultimate I set up a multiboot machine from within Vista, I installed windows 7 and Ubuntu on separate hard drives (one HD per OS). The...
Installation & Setup

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 23:58.
Twitter Facebook