Jul 082011

Windows 7 being the latest stable version of the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, is definitely better than Windows XP and Windows Vista. While Vista had a few resource management issues causing most Windows users to revert back to Windows XP, Windows 7 can’t be called a disappointment at any rate! It is shinier and more intuitive to use than XP, and several times faster and less resource intensive than Vista.

Windows 7

Windows 7

At some point of time, your computer’s DVD or CD Drive may suddenly stop working, or you might not have a DVD Drive in the first place (as is the case with several latest models of netbooks). Then you must know how to install Windows 7 or any other version of Windows using your USB port (Universal Serial Bus). Usually called a Pen Drive or a Flash Drive, a USB Disk is quite handy when it comes to transferring data at a high rate or debugging a computer. Windows 7 even allows you to log into a profile using a USB Disk.

In this post we shall see how to install Windows 7 on your computer using a USB Disk/ Flash Drive/ Pen Drive.

  • Download Windows 7 Installation DVD Image from Microsoft’s website or Make a DVD Image from your Windows 7 Installation DVD (using Power ISO or another similar software).
  • Using the software downloaded from the above link, you should be able to complete the creation of the USB installation disk without any problem. However, there is one more step before you can install the Windows 7 Operating System on your computer.
  • Shut Down/ Restart the computer when you are ready to install Windows 7.
  • While Booting up, go to Boot Menu Options and keep the USB Boot option enabled and at the top of the Boot Priority list.

When you boot after implementing the above change, Windows 7 Installation should begin and within 20-40 minutes, depending on your computer, your Windows 7 OS would be ready to use!

Samir Saurav Majhi
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  • I have had my trouble with windows over the years, and its true that the drive will stop working. So these steps are vital if you want to get back on the road again.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • While using Windows OSes without regular maintenance does lead to a slow-running and sometimes error-filled experience after a few months, using a maintenance software program like Tune Up Utilities or PC Health Tools can keep your Windows OS running smoothly for more than a couple of years!
      Just make sure you repair the registry and keep updating Windows regularly, and most of your problems would vanish.

  • This will be helpful for netbook users who dosen’t CD or DVD rom on it

    • Don’t underestimate the speed of the installation with USB device compared to regular disk, is faster considerably!

  • We do have to get used to installing from flash drives, since i heard the next Windows operating system will get up to 16gb. Right now we can squeeze the Win7 on a dvd, but this won’t last.

    • Well based on what I read a couple of years back, normal sized DVDs will be able to hold up to 512 GB of data in a few years, so using flash drives exclusively is probably just going to be a temporary thing. The new technology is based on photo-sensitive proteins extracted from algal weed. These proteins retain the changes undergone on irradiation with light of a particular wavelength range due to 3D structure re-arrangement. Based on the article I read, the progress so far has been very satisfactory. Let’s hope something great comes out of it 🙂

    • Also, from what I’m reading, Windows 8 will support the x128 architecture too, so you can practically add unlimited RAM to your Windows computers! (For those who are not familiar with the relation between the architecture and RAM, x32 stands for 2^32 bytes of simultaneous RAM usage capability, or 4 GB. So, for RAM >4 GB you need x64 architecture and OS. Similarly, x64 stops using more RAM at 2^64 bytes. Just imagine where an x128 OS would take the limit to! Also, x128 and x64 would increase the data processing speed of even 4 GB RAM by having more simultaneous/parallel transfers.)

      • There are still so few true 64bit apps, I wonder how fast 128bit will be adopted.

  • Short and simple yet so effective. I love this guide. Straight to the point and easy to follow. Now I know where to point my friends in case they need new Windows installation.

  • thanks for this very helpful post.. I could benefit from it myself as well.. nice work!

  • Though I knew that it was possible in theory, however I lacked the knowledge of any such software that could make it bootable for free, anyways it is always handy and nice to see stuff like this being shared that’s of great utility and of help in bad times.

    • This is one thing I’m pretty sure Microsoft adopted from Linux. USB booting and installation has been used in Linux for several years now.

  • It is useful tutorial. I was rather looking for something like live pen drive. Because I store snapshoot image into my hard drive and need to restore it. If it was possible to boot computer and run the snapshoot program, it would be lot easier for me.

    • I usually install 32 bit Win 7 on one drive and 64 bit Win 7 on another, apart from trying out other operating systems on other drives. Having multiple OSes enables you to run programs installed/stored on other drives when one setup fails to work. I seldom use both the installations though.

  • Hamiduzzaman

    Nice solution.I was looking for some tips.I got it thanks Samir.

  • Much better than finding an external cd drive for my netbook. I think this article shows that disc drives are becoming redundant. Hopefully windows 8 will come on a flash key.

    • As of now CDs and DVDs are simply too bulky and slow-transfer media as compared to USB / Thumb / Flash / Pen drives.

      • Very much agree and USB 3.0 is really fast. They should start packaging software in READ ONLY USB sticks that you can just plug and install.