We all reach a point in our life when we are in need of a bootable pen drive or a USB flash drive in order to install Windows on the computer. But yea, most of us are unaware of the procedure for the same.
This tutorial aims to provide you with an easy way to install windows from image (.iso and .img) file in case you are using a pen drive. You do not require any other source like a CD or a DVD for this process. We recommend that you keep handy at least a 4GB or higher pen drive for the installation of Windows for the versions of 8 to 10. So let’s get our hands dirty now, shall we?
If you are trying to make your pen drive bootable then you might be aware of the fact that any windows setup downloaded from the Internet or the Microsoft Store is always downloaded as an ISO file. Now, the question that comes to mind is what does an ISO file do? An ISO file combines all the installation files of Windows into a single uncompressed version. You can compare it to a backup or a DVD copy. When you have this file, you can make a pen drive bootable or a DVD bootable and put the windows installation files on them. We are going to provide you multiple ways to do the same. So just sit back and relax!
Also known as the Windows to USB, this is an amazing free Windows creator that installs and runs the operating system of Windows on any external storage device. This is the easiest way to install windows via a bootable external storage. The image file can be either an ESD, VHD, ISO, WIM, VHDX, or SWM and your drive can be either a DVD or CD. The other method to do the installation is to emulate the existing installation of Windows OS.
Features of WinToUSB:
- The wizard interface is very user-friendly and provides a complete set of instructions on how to create a Windows to go pen drive or to make you pen drive bootable. You will just need to follow the procedure step-by-step.
- The WinToUSB tool emulates an existing operating system of Windows (7 or later) to a pen drive and makes it a Windows to go Workspace.
- It also enables the creation of other Windows installation drives.
- In order to create a Windows to go Workspace, the tool uses a non-enterprise edition of all the operating systems of Windows starting from 7.
- The tool also supports the making of VHDX-based and VHD-based Windows to go Workspace.
- It even helps to create Non-Certified Windows to go on pen drive.
How To Create Bootable Pendrive For Windows 10 Using WinToUSB?
- Download WinToUSB
Download and install the WinToUSB tool.
- Disable Antivirus
In some circumstances, certain files have a problem while getting copied in case the anti-virus is online. So it is better to disable it for certain time while you are creating a bootable pen drive.
- Open WinToUSB
Open WinToUSB tool in the concerned computer. Select the version of the operating system that you would like to install and click on “Next”.
It will take some time to make pen drive bootable with this WinToUSB tool. After you got the message of “Installed Successfully”, then just restart your laptop or computer. Change BIOS to boot from USB drive.
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
This tool is one the best tools which allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 or 8 versions ISO file on a Pendrive. The following steps will provide you with an idea on how to accomplish the same:
- Click on the Start button and open Windows USB/DVD Download Tool from the program list.
- Your ISO file is downloaded to a particular location, right? You will need to type the same in the Source File option. You can even browse and then select the ISO file from the Open dialogue box. This will be easier. Next, click on the Next button.
- Attach the USB Device to the Desktop or Laptop (where you wish to install the OS into) and then select it to create the USB Flash Drive in it. You can also select the DVD disk to create a copy of it on the disk itself.
- If you are making the pen drive bootable then select the USB device to create the copy on a USB Flash Drive. Or else, you can select the DVD Disk if you are creating a copy on a DVD Disk.
- Now just select the USB Device in the drop down list and click on Begin Copying option to start the process.
Bingo! You have now made your pen drive bootable!
Rufus is another utility tool that despite its very small size, provides you everything you need to make your pen drive bootable. The tool not only makes bootable pen drive like flash drives, memory sticks or USB keys but also helps in configuring them. Just follow the steps shown on the image below and you will be just fine!
RMPartUSB is a special Windows command line utility which can be used in a lot of batch files also known as script files. Unlike the RMPrepUSB, it does not have a graphical user interface. If you type RMPartUSB in the Windows command console, then you will be able to see the help text.
RMPartUSB is mainly intended for UFD memory sticks but it also can be used on hard drives and card readers to make them bootable. You can make a partition of any size you want. When it makes your pen drive bootable, it also provides a boot code for either one of these on the USB device. You will need to copy the files: WinPEv1 (ntldr), WinPEv2, XP, Vista, Win7 (bootmgr), FreeDos (kernel.sys), and MS-DOS (io.sys) as RMPartUSB do not place any files on the flash drive by itself.
UNetbootin is a smart tool which helps you to make bootable pen drives, and that too live. It makes pen drive bootable for Ubuntu and other such Linux distributions without the use of a CD. You can also use UNetbootin to create another bootable OS along with pen drives.
Just make sure that the Linux ISO files are loaded correctly. Some of the distributions do not support booting from USB and some also require extra booting and other modifications as well. So see to it that such issues don’t arise.
Hope all the tools above help to make your journey of making your pen drive bootable easier!