Today we will talk about something many doesn’t know, while when your computer or Laptop doesn’t include a DVD drive, what you will do? The only way to install operating systems using a USB removable drive. In such cases, an external optical drive or a USB drive is much required. Apart this, if you having an ISO image of the OS (Mac OS X, Windows 7/8, Linux, and etc) and want to create a bootable DVD or an USB bootable flash drive, then what you would like to prefer. A paid software or a free tool that can make things easy? Details after this jump!
Many of the customers download Windows operating system installation files through Microsoft Store, MSDN, TechNet, MAPS (Microsoft Partner Action Packs Subscription) Software on Demand Digital Distribution, or Volume License Service Center (VLSC), to get an ISO image file which is an archive file or so called disc image of a DVD optical disc.
Using various tools you can get many ways to create a bootable USB drive, however most of them require copying files manually – making it stepup to mistakes. In my part, I was using Nero burner and afterwords, used PowerISO to burn ISO images, though its very costly. So, i decided to tell you about a free tool that is available from the Microsoft official site for free of cost, and called “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”.
Using this free software, that lets customers to have an easier way to burn and write the Windows 7 ISO image (also the latest Windows 8 RC) to a physical media, USB flash drive or so called USB stick, or an external and portable USB hard disk drive. This WUDT not only lets users to create a copy of Windows OS on an USB flash drive, but can also burn and create a bootable DVD as well. Simply be transferring the installation from ISO image to the maximum, and ensuring the DVD or USB drive is bootable.
However, buring iSO to a DVD is pretty easy, but converting Windows 7 ISO to a USB drive is much more evident. While the ISO cannot be burned or wrote directly to USB drive. Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is very useful for all Windows 7 users who want to port and transfer the setup installation files to USB or an external hard drive, which is also bootable.
Note: In order to copy Windows setup files to a bootable USB flash drive, you’ll need atleast 4GB of storage space. While this download tool runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and supports all localized languages in Windows, such as German, English, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Hebrew, Arab, Czech, Danish, Traditional Chinese, Norwegian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Spanish.
How To Create A Bootable DVD/USB Flash Drive From ISO image
Step 1: Download and install WUDT from the official link here (Windows7-USB-DVD-tool-exe)
Step 2: Download your desired Windows ISO image file.
Step 3: Run downloaded Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.
Step 4: In the Source file box, type the name and path of your OS ISO file, or click Browser to select the file from your Computer.
Step 5: If you want to create a Bootable USB drive, then select the USB drive to create and copy of Windows installation media on a USB flash drive, or you can select the DVD to do the same an burn a bootable DVD disk, and click on Next.
Step 6: Insert USB external hard disk into USB port, or DVD disc into DVD writer/burner tray.
Step 7: If you want to copy the Windows file to USB drive, select USB device in the dropdown list and click Being copying. For DVD copying, click Being Burning.
Step 8: Now WUDT will format storage media on USB flash drive, and then do the rest of process.
Step 9: Once bootable USB device or DVD created successfully, user can install Windows 7 by navigating to the root of DVD or USB flash drive and double-clicking Setup.exe.
It is also possible to install Windows OS (8/7) directly from USB key or DVD by booting from DVD, where Windows installer will be automatically launched so. Enjoy free tool for open source purposes!