Can windows7 be installed from a USB flash drive?



  1. Posts : 130
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
       #1

    Can windows7 be installed from a USB flash drive?


    As far as I know, the USB port needs Windows drivers to work? So it can't be installed from a flash drive? Is there any logic in what I'm saying?
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  2. Posts : 12,013
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
       #2

    I don't know about logic, but you certainly can install from a USB drive.
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  3. Posts : 6,285
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #3

    Depends on the BIOS capability of the computer. Pretty much all of them built in the last 10 years or so are capable of booting to a USB device.
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  4. Posts : 19,384
    Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64
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    mohab said:
    As far as I know, the USB port needs Windows drivers to work? So it can't be installed from a flash drive? Is there any logic in what I'm saying?
    Only a USB3.0 port needs 3rd party drivers, USB2.0 does not. Thats why you should always install from a USB2.0 port.
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  5. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #5

    Yes you can, absolutely :)

    USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

    This is the program I use, works perfectly everytime.

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  6. Posts : 130
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Than you all for your replies. Thanks AddRAM for telling me about Wintobootoc, Ztruker for telling about the BIOS
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  7. Posts : 13,576
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #7

    Just know this, with a USB stick install, you don`t make any boot order changes in the menu, just use the boot menu usually (F8) to boot from the usb stick.

    Do this the first time and that`s it when the pc reboots, the install should then continue just as if you were using a dvd.
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