Install windows 7 from USB Drive – Even on a netbook

This is a tutorial on installing Windows 7 from USB drive or pen drive.The most common method of installing windows 7 OS is from a DVD drive.If you have a windows 7 DVD and your computer has a DVD drive, then you can look at our article that explains how to install windows 7.

But, what if you don’t have a DVD drive on your PC? If you have a netbook, then it may not have a DVD drive.In these situations, the method explained here will of of great help to install Windows 7. USB keys (pen disk) are more convenient to carry and windows 7 will also install much faster from a USB drive!

Let us now see how to use a pen disk to install windows 7.

Download and install “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”

You need to first download and install “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool”. Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool is a handy freeware from Microsoft that lets you make bootable windows 7 DVD or create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive.

  • 1. Download the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool” installation file from here
  • 2. When you are prompted to either save the file to disk or run it, choose “Run”.
  • 3. Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You will have the option to specify where to install the “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool” and whether to create shortcuts in your Start Menu or Windows Desktop.

That is all! To install this free software on your PC, you need to have logged in as an administrator of the PC. Like most other Microsoft tools, “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” requires .NET Framework 2.0 or higher.

Note that this freeware can be installed on Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Vista or Windows XP. It is recommended to have Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster.

Create a Windows 7 USB installer?

The next step is to create a Windows 7 USB installer.We recommend a 4GB removable USB flash drive to copy the Windows 7 ISO file to the flash drive. You should also ensure that any of your existing files on the USB flash drive is safely backed up or copied to another disk or media.

Next, ensure that you have the windows 7 ISO file. You can buy it online.You can also find out how to get windows 7 for free or cheap.If you are a student, then you will be delighted to note that microsoft provides free windows 7 for students, through MSDNAA program for educational institutions! If your school isn’t part of the MSDNAA program, you don’t need to feel disappointed as microsoft provides some windows 7 student discount offers too.

  • Insert the pen disk into one of the USB drives
  • Click the windows Start button >> All Programs >> Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool folder >> Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
  • Chooe the ISO file (Step 1) – In the Source File box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box.
  • Choose media type (Step 2) – Select USB to create a copy on a USB flash drive and click Next.
  • Select your USB device in the drop-down list (if you have several USB drives, all the USB drives will be listed.) and click Begin copying.

If you see a dialog box which says that there isn’t enough free space on the USB flash drive, click Erase USB Device, and then click Yes. When the process is finished, click the Close button in the upper-right corner of the window.

That is it! Your windows 7 USB installer is ready.

Install Windows 7 on a netbook from the USB drive

If you don’t need to start your netbook using the USB flash drive, you can simply browse to the USB flash drive and double-click “setup.exe” to begin Windows 7 installation.

To start your netbook using the USB flash drive:

  • 1. Turn off your netbook, insert the USB flash drive, and then restart your netbook.
  • 2. Press any key, when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.
  • 3. On the “Install Windows” page, choose your language and other preferences, and then click “Next”. If the “Install Windows” page doesn’t appear and you’re not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings.
  • 4. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7.

Enjoy windows 7 on your netbook! To install windows 7 on any other PC, make sure your motherboard supports booting from USB drive and change the boot order of drives in your computer’s BIOS, to run the Windows 7 installation directly from your USB flash drive.

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