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.
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:
- Select an ISO file containing the Windows installation disc image,
- Choose the media to which you want to create the image (either USB device or DVD),
- Select which specific device to which you want to copy the image,
- 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.