If you have lost the Windows installation disc or the manufacturer of your PC has not provided the disc (most do not provide it now), then you still have an alternative. just create a bootable Windows USB drive to install Windows 7, 8 or 10 by connecting the USB drive. Actually quite simple and free, all you need is a USB drive, a Windows ISO image and dedicated software.
However, the process and tools are actually different for installing each version of Windows. The source to get the different Windows ISO file and the tool needed to create a different bootable USB drive (or at least the process). So it is important to know what tools are needed and how to create a bootable Windows USB drive for your version of Windows (7, 8 or 10).
In this tutorial, we will show you how to get the ISO image of Windows 7, 8 and 10 (Legal and Free) and create a bootable USB drive to install Windows on any PC (if supported).
Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive
Windows 7 Windows most used by Microsoft right now, so quite obvious that many people still want to know how to make a bootable USB drive. Although Windows 7 is the most used Windows version at the moment, but Microsoft's focus is still on Windows 8 and 10 as they represent the future of Windows. So Microsoft doesn't offer any easy USB creation tool for download or boot.
However, it will still allow you to download the ISO file separately, but only if you already have a Windows 7 product key, not for testing purposes. So getting Windows 7 ISO is not a problem if you are already an owner and only want ISO for future installations. Otherwise, you'll need to install Windows 7 using a DVD disc, which you can borrow from your friend if he has one.
There is no official (legal) way except these two to get an ISO image of Windows 7. You can download Windows 7 ISO from the Microsoft software download site by providing a valid product key.
Microsoft also offers a separate tool to create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive, which you can download from CodePlex.
Using the Windows USB download tool
Now that you have both Windows 7 ISO and the Windows USB download tool, now to create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive. The tool we are using does not offer many customization options or extremely fast processing, but very easy to use. Anyone can easily use this tool and create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive. If you're a little tech savvy and want more control, we've also looked at a tool below that offers it all.
Connect the USB drive to your PC and make sure it has at least 4 GB of storage space. In addition, there should be no important USB data as all other USB data will be discarded during the process. Now, launch the Windows USB download tool and, in the interface, click "Browse". Here, select the Windows 7 ISO you downloaded and click "Open".
Now, all you need to do go to the next page and select the USB drive you have attached. After that, start the process and at the start of the process you will have the Windows 7 bootable USB drive.
Use Rufus to create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive
Rufus is another great tool for creating a bootable but somewhat complex USB, perfect for advanced users who need more control. To use this tool, the requirements are the same. You will need a Windows 7 ISO file and a USB drive with at least 4 GB of space and no important data on it.
Download Rufus and launch it. Don't get confused with all the options, they will automatically fill up based on the files provided and the USB drive. Make sure the USB is connected and click on the "Drive" icon under the "Format Options" header. Now select the Windows 7 ISO file and click "Open".
If both USB drives are connected and the ISO file is provided, all options should be automatically filled according to requirements.
There is no need to touch anything unless you know what you are doing. However, you can change "File System" to "FAT32" if your PC has a UEFI BIOS. Now, make sure the last three options are selected under the heading "Formatting Options" and click "Start". Next, confirm the request and the process will begin. It will take a few minutes to complete the process, but it will be faster than the above tool.
2. Create a bootable USB drive Windows 8 and Windows 10
Windows 8 and Windows 10 are supported by Microsoft, so they offer a media creation tool for both Windows operating systems. This tool can download both Windows and create a bootable USB drive in the same process. You will not have to provide any product key and you can use these Windows for testing purposes.
The process is exactly the same for both Windows 8 and Windows 10, the only difference is the download link for the media creation tool. So we're just going to review the process for downloading and creating a bootable Windows 10 USB drive, you can follow the same procedure for Windows 8.
If you already have an ISO image of Windows 10 or 8 from any other source, use the tools mentioned for Windows 7 to create a bootable Windows USB drive. Otherwise, follow the steps below.
Windows 10 bootable USB drive creation
Download the media creation tool for Windows 10 from the official Microsoft website and start the program. Now, select the option "Create installation media for another PC" on the first page and click "Next".
On the next page, you need to select Language for Windows, Windows Edition and architecture (select 32-bit or 64-bit depending on the type of PC) and click "Next".
Select "USB flash drive" on this page and click "Next" again. On the next page, confirm the USB drive you have attached by clicking "Next" and the process will begin. a 3 GB file, so it will take some time to download and create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. Once the process is over, you can simply use USB to install Windows 10.
For Windows 8, you can download the media creation tool from the Microsoft website and follow the previous steps to create a bootable Windows 8 USB drive.
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