How to Create Bootable USB Drive and install windows from it

 A bootable USB drive is a very handy tool. It allows for much faster install than from cd/dvd drive(personal testing showed about 25% less time to install). You can also use it to install an operating system on a computer with incompatible/no cd/dvd drive such as a netbook.

Getting Started

First, make sure you have a flash drive that is the appropriate size. Most likely this will be at least 4GB for Windows Vista or Windows 7. You can likely fit an XP install on a 1GB flash drive.

How To Burn a Windows 7 ISO to USB

Microsoft has made burning a Windows 7 ISO file to USB disk (or DVD) really easy. Simply download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and then run the file to install the program. Then follow these steps:

1. Insert a USB disk into your PC.

2.Right click on the usb drive in My computer window and select format option.Check quick format option and click start.

Note: This will erase all data on the usb drive. Backup any data you wish to save.

3. Once Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool has installed, you should see a “Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool” icon on your desktop. Double-click the icon to open the program.

4. Click “Browse”, locate your Windows 7 ISO file, then click the “Next” button.

windows 7 usb/dvd tool

5. Click the “USB device” button (click “DVD” if you would like to create a Windows 7 install DVD instead).
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6. Make sure the correct USB disk is selected in the drop-down, then click “Begin copying”

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7.The tool will now create a bootable USB Windows 7 install disk.

creating bootable USB device

Now you have a bootable usb drive from which you can install windows 7.

How To Burn a Windows XP or Windows Vista ISO to USB

The procedure i have mentioned above is only for installing windows 7.If you want to install windows xp or vista then you can follow this following procedure.You can also use this method to install windows 7 too if the above mentioned method gives you any error.

1.To burn the ISO file to USB we’ll be using a program named WinToFlash. Open the WinToFlash website (click and a new window will open) and click the “Last version via FTP” link, then save the file.
2.Right-click the WinToFlash file you just downloaded and select “Extract to Novicorp WinToFlash…” (or similar).

creating bootable usb using novicrop wintoflash

3.Right-click your Windows ISO file and select “Extract to Windows…” (or similar). This will take several minutes to complete.

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4.Open the “Novicorp WinToFlash” folder that was created when you performed Step #2. Open the folder and double-click the WinToFlash icon.
If you’re prompted with a security warning, click “Run” or otherwise accept the message.

Win to flash installing windows

5.Click “Next”.
6. Tick “I accept EULA” (or similar) and then click the Next button.

novicorp win to flash

7.Click “EXIT”.
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8. Click on the green tick button.

win to flash “Next”.

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10. Under “Windows files path:”, click the “Select” button. Then select the folder that was created when you performed Step #4.

11. Under “USB drive:” click the “Select” button. Then select the USB/removable disk.

12. Click “Next”.

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13. Select the “I accept” option and click “Continue”.

14. If your USB disk is not empty, you will be prompted to delete everything on it. Click “OK” if you are happy for everything on the disk to be wiped.

15. WinToFlash will now copy the setup files from the Windows disc to the USB disk.


16. When all files have copied onto the USB disk, click “Next”.


17. Read the message, then click “Exit”.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully copied an ISO to USB disk. You now have a bootable USB to install windows xp ,vista or windows 7.

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