Install Windows 7 using USB Drive | Windows 7 Live USB


Learn how to install Windows 7 by creating a bootable USB Drive.

Note: with the same technique you can install Windows XP or Windows Vista on a Netbook or an ultraportable.

Tools needed to install Windows 7 from USB devices:


  • A USB storage device 4GB minimum

  • The DVD of Windows 7

  • The Diskpart utility (available with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7)


  • If you do not have Diskpart you can download for free from Microsoft at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0FD9788A-5D64-4F57-949F-EF62DE7AB1AE

    First step: prepare the USB stick to make it bootable


  • Insert the USB key, and in the AutoPlay window click Open folder display files

  • Check that you have no data on this key, all data will be removed

  • Right click on the letter of the USB key, then Properties

  • Note the capacity of the USB

  • On the Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and Run as Administrator

  • Type diskpart and press Enter

  • Then type listdisk

  • The drive list is displayed, look at the disk size closest to your USB drive

  • Type select disk 1 (1 here is the disk number of USB)

  • You will see the message: Disk 1 is now the selected disk

  • Type clean

  • You will see the message: Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk

  • Type create partition primary

  • You will see the message: Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition

  • Type Active

  • You will see the message: Diskpart said the current partition as active

  • Type format fs = fat32 quick

  • You will see the message: 100 percent done DiskPart formatted the volume

  • Type assign

  • You will see the message: DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point

  • Type exit to exit Diskpart

  • You will see the message: Quit DiskPart ...

  • Type exit (again) to exit the command prompt

  • Put the Windows 7 DVD in

  • Right click on the DVD drive letter, then explore

  • Select all the files and all folders, then right click and Copy

  • Double click on the letter of the USB key and then right click and Paste

  • Wait for some time to copy the Windows (2.45 GB)


  • Step Two: Set the BIOS to boot from a removable disk


  • When starting the computer press Del or F2 (or another key depending on your setup) to enter the setup

  • In the Boot tab enter Boot Device Priority(cd-ROM or HDD)

  • Choose First Disk as removable

  • Set 1st Boot Device, 2nd Boot Device Removable it is the 3rd Boot Device CDROM And is HardDisk (Its of your choice)

  • If you are in the Setup Hard Disk Drives, set the first name to make it on your USB drive

  • Press F10 to save and exit (or another key depending on your setup)

  • At startup the computer will boot from the USB key and then it's exactly the same as installing from a DVD



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