Easily Create Windows 7 Installation USB Drive
March 13, 2010 | Filed under Windows 7;
When you buy Windows 7 from the Online Microsoft Store, you get to choose if you want to download a collection of compressed files or to download a single ISO image file. Most people will download the ISO image file because it’s easier to handle since it is only one file and it is easy to burn to a DVD disc. Even if you TechNet account, you get to download various versions of Windows and they are all in .ISO format. ISO images can be burn to a disc but Microsoft has created a tool that helps you burn the ISO or install it to a USB flash drive so you run Windows 7 setup from there.
First you select where is the Windows 7 ISO file, then you get to select whether you want the ISO to be extract to a USB device or a DVD. Clicking on the USB device allows you to select which USB device you would like to use. If you’ve selected DVD, then you will need to insert a blank DVD disc. Do note that only DVD and USB device that is larger than 4GB can be used to create as Windows 7 installation source. The compressed ISO image itself is already more than 2GB of space, obviously you will need a media that is larger than that.
Microsoft call this utility “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” which in my opinion not a proper title to use. It does sound like a tool that helps to download Windows 7 but in fact it is only a tool that extracts the Windows 7 ISO to DVD or USB and make it bootable.