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How to make Windows 7 Bootable USB Pendrive

Hello, Many of us face a lot of problem when we have to reinstall windows on our computer or laptop. First thing we have to decide from where to install windows? The options available are DVD or USB Pendrive. In the latest new netbooks, mostly there is no DVD drive. So if you want to install windows you have to go with the other option, i.e. USB Pendrive. So here I give a brief and 100% tested tutorial on how to create a Windows 7 Bootable USB Pendrive to install Windows 7 from USB Pendrive. First thing, you should check whether your BIOS supports booting from USB. Most of the computer/laptops support. But if your BIOS doesnt, then sorry, you cannot boot from a USB Pendrive. Second thing, you need another computer with Windows installed with a DVD drive, to copy its contents later. So let us start with the procedure now: 1) Run command prompt (cmd). This can be done by clicking start and typing typing cmd in Windows 7. In Windows Xp, click on start and then click on run. Type cmd and run. This will open the command prompt which will look like this:

2) Then run diskpart utility from command prompt, by typing diskpart on command prompt and pressing enter. This will run the diskpart utility in a separate windows, which is shown in 2nd picture below:

3) Now put in your pendrive in a USB port. Your pen drive must be atleast 4 GB, 8 GB pendrive is best for this purpose. Now go back to the diskpart console and type listdisk and press enter. This will list the various storage devices available. You can see the size column of the disk and here we can see that disk 2 is our pen drive. Warning: In your computer it may be some other number. In our case it is disk 2.

4) Then you have to type select disk 2 and press enter. Note: in our case it is disk 2, in your case it may be disk 3, or disk 1 or any other number. You can enter detail disk to see the details of the disk after selecting it to verify that you have selected the correct disk. You can see these steps in the image below:

5) Then you have to run a series of commands. The commands to be run in the order are: - clean - create partition primary - select partition 1 - active - format fs=fat32 These steps are shown in the image below:

6) The format step will take some time. You can have a tea or coffee in the meantime and come back. After the format is complete you have to run assign command. And after this you can exit diskpart utility by entering the exit command. The steps are shown below: - assign - exit

- The image below shows all the steps taken from the first step:

7) After the format is complete, put in your original Windows 7 DVD in your DVD drive, or if you have an .iso image of the DVD, mount that image using any virtual drive software like Power ISO. - Now go to My Computer, and open the contents of DVD Drive. Press ctrl+a to select all contents and copy all the contents by pressing ctrl+c. - Now go back to My Computer and open the USB Drive and press ctrl+v to paste all the contents of DVD into the USB Disk.

When the copy finishes, you are done just remove the USB Drive safely and use it to install Windows 7 in your computer/laptop.

We hope this post will help you. Thanks

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This entry was posted by jasmeet on May 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm, and is filed under Life Hacks, Operating Systems, Windows. Follow any responses to this post throughRSS 2.0.You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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#1 written by Pharaoh 9 MONTHS AGO

Or, you can simply use the freely available tool from Microsoft to create the bootable pen drive. Just download from the below link, follow the instructions on the nice GUI, and TADA!! PS Such software is also available for Linux ISO. Link To Windows Tool Link To Linux Tool

#2 written by Bit Squad 9 MONTHS AGO

Doing it command line way will save 2.5 MB of your internet bandwidth .. Anyways, thanks for the links.

#3 written by hklal 4 MONTHS AGO

thank you for your suggestion. It is really is very easy and windows7 installed within 10 minutes


thnks 4 link sir

#5 written by tushar nandwal 9 MONTHS AGO

I never did any of this.. Just extracting all the contents of iso in pendrive (fs::ntfs) did the work for me.

#6 written by surya 9 MONTHS AGO

Ya.. Just extracting contents worked fine for me too..

#7 written by Sachin Chaudhary 8 MONTHS AGO

y000 It realy workss,, thnxx a l0t

#8 written by sharif khan 4 MONTHS AGO

how to make pen drive bootable

#9 written by Chetan 3 MONTHS AGO

listen dude above all information is given for flash drive it means your pen drive,your external HDD etc

#10 written by Henry Mualchin 3 MONTHS AGO

tested and work correct.

#11 written by AVIN SAXENA 3 MONTHS AGO

in list disk section computer not showing my usb details by any disk number

#12 written by Bit Squad 3 MONTHS AGO

Check if it is showing in My Computer. If not, see whether the drivers are working for the pen drive. Or use any other pen drive that is working.

#13 written by shraddha 1 MONTH AGO

How it is shown in My Computer?

#14 written by Vijay Singh 3 MONTHS AGO


#15 written by Nitin Jadhav 3 MONTHS AGO

awesome m using this now..m so excited.

#16 written by Mahesh Bhari 3 MONTHS AGO

very nice I appreciate

#17 written by Amit Sonkusare 3 MONTHS AGO


#18 written by Lalit Aayushman Saini 3 MONTHS AGO

nice solution

#19 written by Lalit Aayushman Saini 3 MONTHS AGO

jiska pen drive kharab ho toh yeh acha solution hai bhaiyo

#20 written by Ahmed Rishali Chemnad 3 MONTHS AGO

Good Woks John Keep it up !

#21 written by Ravi Chaudhary 2 MONTHS AGO

very good ..and very easy to create boot able PD

#22 written by Megh 2 MONTHS AGO

once i make usb bootable how to instal on my laptop?? i mean how to format my laptop and install??? i have vostro 1510 with activation failed windows 7

#23 written by liling 2 MONTHS AGO

tq a lot ! managed to do the Cmd part but havent try yet to format any pc or lappy. =)

#24 written by liling 2 MONTHS AGO

work like charm on pendrive. Im wondering if its work with hard disk ? =)

#25 written by dnyanu 2 MONTHS AGO


#26 written by Intensiv Vasym 1 MONTH AGO

thank u sir.

#27 written by Mahesh Naik 1 MONTH AGO

Ya This is just GR8!

#28 written by vishal 1 MONTH AGO

nice sir..thanks

#29 written by komal gupta 1 MONTH AGO

someone help me i want to know how i can make my pendrive bootable

#30 written by Sunil 3 WEEKS AGO

thanx jiiii.

#31 written by Sukhvinder Singh 3 WEEKS AGO


#32 written by SUBHO SHEET 3 WEEKS AGO


#33 written by Ganesh Shirsat 3 WEEKS AGO

nic notes thanks.

#34 written by Bhavin Chotai 2 WEEKS AGO

thanks sir

#35 written by Muneeb Aslam 2 WEEKS AGO

you forgot to make the usb bootable



#37 written by ullu da pattha 1 WEEK AGO

abey chal tune g**tha kuch kiya ha mera one hour waste ho gaya be

#38 written by Devender 1 WEEK AGO


#39 written by Saadi 1 WEEK AGO

Thanks Mr. Jasmeet, it worked for me

#40 written by kishore 6 DAYS AGO

Not able to format FAT32, file formatting with above command it show error

#41 written by ramesh babu 5 DAYS AGO

Thanks a lot really a great thing

#42 written by khaja 5 DAYS AGO

only 99% is happening in step 4 is there any solution for this ?

#43 written by khaja 5 DAYS AGO

the error displayed is we are unable to copy your files. please check your USB device and the selected ISO file and try again:( why its showing this error??

#44 written by Anonymous 3 DAYS AGO

Very good thanks for share!

#45 written by Nikhil Agarwal 2 DAYS AGO


#46 written by Muqim Khan 7 HOURS AGO

PLS suggest any Bootable Soft. required for making bootable pendrive.

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