How to install Windows from USB easily

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How to install Windows from USB easily

This guide will show you how to install Windows using a USB flash drive for those who have a downloaded ISO Image of a Windows.

An ISO Image file is a kind of disk image that can make a bootable installation media. It can either be written on a DVD or a USB flash drive to make it bootable.

However just copying the ISO file or the extracted files from ISO to a USB won’t work because the USB needs to be bootable.

There are several tools that can be used to create a bootable installation USB. i.e, Microsoft’s own Windows 7 USB DVD Tool, UNetbootin, and Rufus etc.

In this guide, we are going to cover the Windows 7 USB Tool, and the Rufus method.

Things you need:
  • A USB drive of at least 4 GB (8 GB recommended)
  • ISO Image file of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

 

Note: This guide can be used for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.

Method 1: Using Windows 7 USB DVD Tool

Step 1:

Download and install Microsoft Windows 7 USB DVD Tool from this link.

Step 2:

Open the Microsoft Windows 7 USB DVD Tool
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Step 1

Step 3:

Click on the “Browse” button, browse to the Windows ISO file, and select it.
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Step 2

Step 4:

Connect your USB to the computer. If it does not show up in the tool you may click the little refresh icon.
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Step 4

Step 5:

You’ll see a prompt message telling you that the data on your USB drive will be erased. Click Erase USB Device to continue the process.
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Step 5

Step 6:

The copying process will begin, which will take approximately 15 minutes depending on your processor speed, and this is the screen you will get when done:
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Step 6
 You’re now ready to go.

Method 2: Using Rufus

Step 1:

First of all download and install this free tool called Rufus from here.

Step 2:

Insert your USB drive, open the Rufus, and in the Partition scheme and target system type choose the option according to your Partition style and System type. If you have a new system that came with Windows 8 or later operating system already installed then most probably you should choose GPT partition scheme for UEFI.

A more detailed guide on finding the correct partition scheme and UEFI will be posted soon.

 

How To Install Windows From USB Easily Rufus Step 1

 

Step 3:

Click on the little CD Drive icon to browse and choose the ISO Image file.

 

How To Install Windows From USB Easily Rufus Step 2

 

Step 4:

Leave all other options as default, and proceed by clicking Start button.

 

Step 5:

You will see a prompt warning you about the data on the USB, click the Ok button to start the copy process.
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Rufus Step 3

Step 6:

When the process is complete you will see the status below as “READY“. You can boot into the usb now.
How To Install Windows From USB Easily Rufus Step 4
That’s all you need to do to prepare a bootable USB for installing Windows.