Making Bootable Windows Installation USB Sticks the Easy Way

Here’s a quick tip for today.

Creating a bootable USB stick of a Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation disc used to be quite the black art but there is a much easier way to achieve the same outcome by using a neat little tool from none other than Microsoft.

Windows 7 USB & DVD Download Tool

Windows 7 USB & DVD Download Tool

All you need to do is download,  install and run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and then follow the wizard. You’ll be prompted to do the following:

  1. Select an ISO file containing the Windows installation disc image,
  2. Choose the media to which you want to create the image (either USB device or DVD),
  3. Select which specific device to which you want to copy the image,
  4. Kick off the process.

Doing this ahead of time can help speed up an unexpected Windows reinstallation if you don’t happen to have a backup of your system and can be potentially quicker than using a DVD.

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