Create Bootable USB Flash Drive from ISO Using Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

Do you own a Netbook without a CD/DVD drive, but want to install Windows (7, 8 or 10) on it? No problem! Microsoft has made available a tool known as Windows USB/DVD Download Tool, which takes an ISO image and creates a bootable USB device that can be used to install Windows. The utility can create a Windows installation DVD from the ISO file as well.

Update: Windows USB/DVD tool has been removed from Microsoft’s servers, and is now available via CodePlex.

Download Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. To copy the ISO image to USB flash drive, ensure that the drive has sufficient disk space. Different OSes have different ISO file sizes. Be sure to use a drive with a capacity of 8 GB minimum, as Windows 10 ISO file sizes grow every build/version; Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ISO size is 4.4 GB.

Although the caption reads “Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool”, it works flawlessly in Windows 10 as well.

windows iso to usb/dvd tool

windows iso to usb/dvd tool

windows iso to usb/dvd tool

Please insert the USB flash drive (or DVD media) into the drive beforehand.

The tool works only for the Windows ISO image downloaded from Microsoft.

Rufus: An Advanced Tool to Create Bootable USB Drives

Also look at an advanced ISO/DVD to USB tool named Rufus. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

3 thoughts on “Create Bootable USB Flash Drive from ISO Using Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

  1. No need to stress your brains by following Rafael Rivera’s method which is not correctly explained and most of the times not working! MOEEN here gave the RIGHT SOLUTION!!! Thank you Moeen!!

  2. Open the ISO using PowerISO .
    Then go to the file-> Image Properties :

    Now you click on Image Properties and then click on the UDF checkbox .

    Now save the ISO file .
    Again open the DVD USB tool and now you can create you bootable DVD or bootable pendrive easily .

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