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.
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive from ISO Using Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
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.
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. This utility helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen drives, memory sticks, etc.
Rufus is extremely fast and this tool 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
Hope this guide proved helpful to create a bootable USB setup disk for your computer.
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