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How to Install Windows 7 from USB
With Windows 7 gaining popularity with many users, there are people out there who would want to install the software from a USB, which is a faster process than installing the same from a DVD. Here is the process you need to follow.
Do you want to install Windows 7 on your computer? If yes, then the first step that you need to take is to purchase the software. While most other software that are purchased from the Microsoft online store can be downloaded using download manager, with Windows 7, a user has the choice to either download an ISO file, or a collection of compressed files. An ISO file is an archive file of an optical disc that contains all the information of files on the disc in an uncompressed format.
If you download the ISO file in order to create a bootable file, it will allow the computer to look for instructions that tell the computer what to do. Once you have downloaded the ISO file onto the media, you need to run a tool known as Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool that will allow you to install the operating system from a USB device. Remember to copy the downloaded ISO file onto the USB flash drive.
Firstly, it is important to make the USB device bootable. For this you need to run a bootsect.exe tool and use the Windows 7 USB/Download tool to create the bootable device. The advantage of this is that it saves you the pain of having to run an operating system that already exists on your machine and allows you to directly install it.
Booting, therefore, saves you time and effort, allowing you to directly run the installation process from the flash drive. Always remember that you need a drive with at least 4 GB capacity to run the installation of the operating system and also avoid using any other device, as it will be formatted to make it bootable.
The Installation Process
The requirements for the process are a computer operating system of Windows XP or Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit), a Pentium processor with a speed of 233 MHz or faster, and at least 50 MB of free space on your hard drive. Also, in case you are using Windows XP, you need both, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Image Mastering API v2, both of which are downloadable from the Microsoft website.
Now, you need to first run the download tool, and before you run the tool, ensure that you download the ISO file for Windows 7 on your hard drive. To run the tool, click to open the installation file and then choose the option for run. Follow the instructions as they come up before you and specify where you want to install the file. Now create a copy of the same on the USB file for which you need to follow the instructions given below.
- Click on the start button and open the download tool.
- In the box that demands the source file name, type the path and name under which you have saved the ISO file you have downloaded. Alternatively, you can browse for the file and select it from the dialog box.
- Once you have selected the file, click on next and select the USB device to create a copy on the flash drive.
- Click on begin copying, to copy the ISO file into the flash drive.
- Open your USB drive and double click on the Setup file with the extension exe to start Windows 7 installation on your computer.
Download the required software and follow these easy steps to enjoy the advantages of Windows 7. This is an easy and uncomplicated process. While Windows XP has been a favorite with users till date, Windows 7 is fast gaining supporters who are swearing by its efficiency.