Install and boot Windows 7, Vista or XP from USB pen drive

 Install Windows 7, Vista or XP from USB pen drive

Windows 7 USB edition

USB or Pen Drive is these days a widely used storage device for carrying images, movies and other data on the go. The advantage of a USB disk is that its small and offers large storage space when compared with CD or DVD media- also they are reusable. We know that Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP are available in a CD or DVD package or as an ISO download from the Microsoft store. Carrying a DVD is not that easy as carrying a USB pen drive.  There is a recent trend in the ultra portable netbook segment. Netbooks are usually not equipped with CD-DVD slot. So if you want to re-install Windows, Ubuntu Linux or any other Operating system in such devices, the most common method is the use of the backup copy pre-stored in the device. Otherwise we can use USB version of  the OS or an external DVD writer. Here we will show you how you can create a bootable USB  disk from a Windows 7, Vista or XP installer in a simple way.

First you need download or buy a copy of Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP.  Get a fast USB drive (2.0 or above) of size 4GB or more.

Boot Windows 7 or Windows Vista from USB Pen Drive

There are several free software tools available in the internet for making a USB version of Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.  We have selected four applications and made an archive from them.  The archive includes Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, UNetbootin, WinToFlash and WinToFlash.  Download the archive here and install an application of your choice. WinToFlash and UNetbootin support all operating systems.

Now format your Thumb Drive on NTFS file system. For that, right-click on your USB drive icon from the Windows File explorer>In the prompt box, select File system as NTFS and quick format. Create an .ISO image from your Windows  DVD and save it to a suitable location.

Open UNetbootin, and as shown above, select the option disk image and  point it to the location of the Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista image file. Choose the required USB disk and click OK. The application will then extract all the files and will set up a USB bootable version of your Windows image. Restart Windows, Press F8 and boot from the USB disk to start your new installation.

In Novicorp WinToFlash, click on Windows Setup Transfer Wizard and select the location of  the USB drive and the Windows files folder.

The operation of Setup from USB and Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool are self explanatory.  Just follow the steps given within the installer and build your bootable Windows 7, Vista or XP USB edition.
Install Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP from Pen Drive -setup disk manually:

If your are interested in creating USB bootable version of your Windows manually, follow these steps.

Click on Windows 7 start button> programs> accessories> then right-click on Command Prompt and Run as Administrator. Now click and enlarge the image given below. Here  I is my DVD drive and L is drive letter for my USB Drive. Type and enter the commands give in the image one by one.

Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive

Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive


After completing the steps, copy all files from your Windows 7/ Windows Vista DVD to your USB drive. Your device is now ready. Restart Computer and  select to boot Windows from the Pen Drive.

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6 thoughts on “Install and boot Windows 7, Vista or XP from USB pen drive

  1. Thank u so much! U helped me alot through this tutorial. My Dvd Drive was not recognizing my Win7 dvd but this tutorial is so simple. Step by Step. thank u once again

  2. in step 6 the command should be “cd boot” i.e there should be a space between cd and boot.

  3. when the sixth step cd boot is entered it shows “the system cannot find the path specified”- pls help me

  4. here is description from A-data

    OStoGO assists you to convert Microsoft Windows Vista/7 Setup DVD to your USB
    Storage Device (e.g. USB Flash Drive, External USB Hard Drive, or SSD with USB port). Then you can install Microsoft O.S. via USB Booting instead of DVD Booting. OStoGO is an alternative solution to install OS for PCs and laptops without optical drives.
    Final release in: Nov. 2009.

    This release is compatible with Win XP/Vista/7

  5. i think windows xp is very weak compare to slax. slax is linux operating system. it is portable. and very easy to install. check the easy steps here.

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