Nowadays, the use of the cd is almost gone. For installing a window into the computer or laptop. We all use USB. So, making a USB Pendrive bootable is necessary. You can either use Power ISO software to create a bootable pendrive or Create a bootable USB drive using command prompt.
Making windows bootable using power ISO software is easy and reliable. But in this tutorial, I am sharing the command to make a pendrive bootable. You can follow the given steps to load the Windows installation into your USB flash drive and make it bootable like DVD.
- Tools Required to Load Windows 7 Installation Files (You can make any USB bootable using this and with a window of your choice)
- USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 4 GB( Remember to back up your data).
- Windows 7 set-up DVD or Windows 7 installation setup.
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Steps To Create a Bootable USB Drive
Insert your USB flash drive and back up all the existing data in it.
Open the command prompt. If you are using Windows 7 then open it with as an administrator.
Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator”.
In the command prompt type:-
DISKPART and then hit enter
This will start the Microsoft DiskPart utility
Now type the following command:
LIST DISK and hit enter
This will show you a list of available disks on your system. Disk 0 is usually the hard disk. In my case, usually, the last disk is pen drive suppose I have my DISK 5 If you have a different number on your system then you need to replace 5 with that number, 5 is the USB drive number on my system. Now give the command as shown below:
SELECT DISK 5 and hit enter
Now give this commands one by one as shown below:
CLEAN and hit enter
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY and hit enter
SELECT PARTITION 1 and hit enter
ACTIVE and hit enter
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK and hit enter
ASSIGN and hit enter
EXIT and hit enter
Minimize the command prompt and proceed to the next step.
Insert the Windows 7 installation disk or any window disk that you want and note down the “drive letter” of your DVD/CD drive. In my case, it is “H:”. Now type the following list of commands as shown below:
H: CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 M: ( M: is USB drive letter)
Copy the contents of your Windows 7 installation disk into the USB flash drive.
That’s it! Your USB is now ready to boot and install the Windows 7 for you. Don’t forget to enable the “USB Boot” option and change the “boot priority to USB device from hard disk” in your BIOS settings.