Create Bootable USB Drive or DVD of Windows Setup Using “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” from Microsoft

UPDATE: This tool can also be used to create bootable USB drive or setup DVD of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

If you download your Windows 7 copy using Microsoft Store or your MSDN/TechNet/Connect account, it comes in ISO file format which needs to burn to a DVD.

What to do if you don't have a DVD drive? You can create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7.

Microsoft has released a new utility "Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool" which allows you to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7. It also allows you to create bootable DVD.


You can download it using following link:

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

How to Use:

  • After downloading and installing the tool, when you launch it, it'll ask you to select the path where you have stored Windows 7 ISO file. Provide the ISO file path and click on "Next" button.
  • Now it'll ask you whether you want to create bootable USB drive or DVD. Click on the desired button.
  • If you select "USB Device", it'll ask you to insert the USB device. If your USB device is compatible, it'll be automatically detected by the tool.
  • Click on "Begin Copying" button. Now you'll be prompted to format the USB device. Accept the confirmation.
  • That's it. The tool will start copying the installation files to USB device.
  • At last, it'll show a message that "Bootable USB device created successfully".

System Requirements:

  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • 50MB of free space on your hard drive
  • DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive

You can also take a look at some other similar free tools to create bootable USB drives to install Windows using following link:

Ultimate Collection of Best Freeware to Create Bootable USB Drive to Install Windows and Linux

Also Check:

Official Tool to Download Windows 8.1 Setup ISO and Create Installation Media


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  • Pls i have the windows 7 Alright but my Internet Explorer is not updating ...and always when i switch on my laptop,,,it will tell me to check update for Internet Explorer and when loading it will say error...pls help me out<<<<<

  • VG

    ^^ Note down the update number and then try to manually install that update after downloading it from Microsoft website.

  • i have a samsung external hard drive... i don't know if its compatible but it has about 298G on it, and the windows 7 DL tool won't detect it.. whats my problem?

  • @sandeep
    see the links below:

    -29th Jan 2014, 06:49 G:MT

  • I tried to follow your instructions, can not find windows 8 iso. I have window 8 already installed on a Toshiba laptop. Thanks

  • Can I use a single USB to boot both Windows 7 and 8 as and when required?

  • VG

    ^^ You can try following:

  • The previously Published Microsoft link has been moved or changed.

    Anyone reading this article can still obtain from the following URL:

    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

  • i want to make bootable usb to boot win 7 64 bit. from using cmd of win 32 bit.
    it gives a mssg that it is not compatible.what i have to do.
    plz help........thanks.

  • have tried multiple usb/cd software all say that my ISO is not correct even though it came straight from microsoft website what is the problem

  • VG

    ^^ It seems the ISO file is corrupt. You'll need to download it again.

    Did you try any 3rd party software to create bootable USB?

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