Windows 7 has often been regarded as the most successful and most useful of all other versions of the Windows operating system. But users of the Windows Seven operating system often face one common problem while installation or reinstallation of the operating system. While the laptops and desktops that are manufactured nowadays are made without optical drives or DVD drives by default, it becomes impossible to run an installation disc or a recovery disc to restore the system to its factory fresh form. In such cases, it really pays if you know how to install Windows Seven on a USB stick and later using it to install the operating system. Installing Windows Seven on a USB stick is not at all difficult if you know what to do. This article will tell you in details how to install Windows Seven on a USB stick, so that when you face those dark days of reinstalling your Windows, you can do it easily and quickly, avoiding any unforeseen drama whatsoever. Besides, if you know how to install Windows Seven on a USB stick, you also get to enjoy a lot of benefits that only a USB drive can provide you with.
Things that you will require
Before you start learning how to install Windows Seven on a USB stick, there are a few things that you will have to gather, in order to create the bootable device. These are as follows:
- The USB stick in to which you will extract the installation files of Windows Seven.
- There must be at least a minimum of 4 GB free and usable space in the USB that you have.
- You will also need to download Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB DVD download tool, which is available from the official Microsoft Store.
- The ISO image of the edition of the Windows that you want. You can download this from the internet.
- Installation disc of Windows Seven.
The process of installing Windows Seven on a USB flash device
Once you have downloaded the Windows 7 USB DVD download tool, you will find a desktop shortcut icon of the same. Run it as an administrator from the computer. This will launch a dialog box that will have four steps to complete the extraction of the installation files from the installation disc to your USB device. The first step involves you to give the path of the ISO file that you have downloaded. Once you have given this, you can proceed to the next step. Plug in your USB device before you proceed. Here you will have to select the media type to USB and then select the drive letter. In the next screen, you will be warned that the USB device you have plugged in will be formatted and will ask you to keep a back up of the contents, if you have not yet done so. Once you are through with the backing up, you can begin extracting the installation files to your USB stick. This will take about ten to fifteen minutes at the most.
Now you know how to install Windows Seven on a USB stick. You can use this USB stick on other computers to install Windows Seven.