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

Update (Nov 10, 2009): Microsoft pulls download tool over GPL violation accusation

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from Microsoft Store Website. To copy the ISO image to USB flash drive, ensure that the drive has minimum 4 GB of free space.

Additional Note

The tool works only for the Windows 7 ISO image downloaded from online Microsoft Store. It throws the following error if you use a custom Windows 7 ISO image.

The selected file is not a valid ISO file. Please select a valid ISO file and try again.

However, Rafael Rivera of Within Windows has written a tool that will allow you to use your own ISOs with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. For more information, read the excellent post Use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool with custom ISOs by Rafael.

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  1. said this on Tuesday, December 27th 2011 12:12 am

    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. said this on Friday, December 2nd 2011 8:36 am

    Moeen – that worked! Thank you so much!

  3. Moeen
    said this on Friday, October 21st 2011 1:08 pm

    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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