The following free tool is created by one of the AskVG.com readers created exclusively for the sake of the site. This free tool is coined as A Bootable USB (ABUSB) and it allows you to easily create a bootable USB drive for the purpose of Windows 7 or Vista or Server 2008 installation.
Now let us proceed to the steps to create a bootable USB Drive with Windows 7 or Vista or Server 2008 installation files on it.
Requirements to use this tool :
- A USB Drive or simply a pendrive with at least 4GB in free space.
- A Windows 7 or Vista or Server 2008 (whichever you are trying to install) bootable DVD Disc or ISO Image.
- A PC that has Windows 7 or Vista or Server 2008 already installed. You can borrow one from your friends or use the other one (if you own another) that has a DVD drive. This app is designed to work on these platforms only.
NOTE : Though this utility lets you create a bootable USB, your PC must be able to support booting from USB for this to work. You can check the BIOS settings and set the USB drive to select primary boot device as USB Drive.
Now after making sure you have fulfilled all the three necessities mentioned above start with the steps below
Steps to create a Bootable USB Drive :
1. Download A Bootable USB from the following link onto the PC mentioned in the 3rd step in the requirements section.
- Download Bootable USB Drive Creator from Skydrive.
2. Load the OS DVD onto the DVD Drive or mount the ISO Image file onto a virtual drive of the same PC.
3. Its a portable utility and hence don’t need installation. Simply run it. Check the option “I have read and accepted the following License Agreement“. Now click on OK button to launch the main application. The app looks somewhat like below.
4. The app will then carry out the following 4 steps:
- Check USB drive (To check whether your USB drive is attached or not)
- Format USB drive
- Choose DVD or ISO image (To copy the required files to USB drive)
- Start the process to create bootable USB drive
By now I’m sure you have figured out that this great tool will now end all worries for those really looking forward to experience Windows 7 but unable to do so due to the lack of a DVD drive. Hope this small trick solve your problem. Fee free to ask questions.