How to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive


How to create a Bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive :  For those who don’t have a windows 7 installation disk or either it is damaged, then you can create and use a Bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 7 on your PC. The process of creating a Bootable windows 7 USB flash drive is fairly easy, however you will have to download a copy of windows 7 ISO file.

Fortunately Microsoft provides Windows 7 ISO images as free downloads to the public.  You can download Windows 7 iso images from here and Once you have downloaded a Windows 7 ISo file, you can then follow the instructions provided below to create a Bootable windows 7 USB flash drive.

Instructions to create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive 

Download Rufus and run it with Administrator rights.


  • Step 1: Select the USB drive.
  • Step 2: Select “ Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI “ ( Note: If your PC has UEFI bios, select the other two options. )
  • Step 3: Select NTFS for File system. ( Note: Select FAT32 if your PC UEFI bios. )
  • Step 4: Select the default Cluster size.
  • Step 5: Type in a name for the Bootable USB Flash Drive.
  • Step 6: Make sure you select these three options under Format options.
  1. Quick Format
  2. Create a Bootable disk using.
  3. Create extended labels and icon files.


  • Step 7: Select the dropdown menu next to Create a Bootable disk using and select ISO Image.
  • Step 8: Select the Drive icon next to ISO Image and then select the Windows 10 ISO file.
  • Step 9: Verify all the settings and then click on the Start button.


That’s it, now you’ll just have to wait for a couple minutes more and the Windows 10 Bootable USB Flash Drive should be ready for installing Windows 10 on your PC.

After a few minutes your Windows 7 Bootable  USB flash drive will be  ready for installation. Reboot your PC and set the bootable flash drive as a first boot priority in the bios settings. Save the bios settings and reboot once again to continue with the windows 7 installation process .

 Note: You have to allow booting from USB devices in your BIOS settings in order to proceed further with the windows 7 installation .

  • sumacruz

    do you have any idea on how to make bootable usb window 7/xp on ubunto os?

    • sumacruz

      im using ubunto 11.10… i tried all other steps like using unetbootin etc…but it fail…there always an error… please do help me! THANKS

      • bob

        I have yet to be able to do this

    • disk creator or whatever… it’s in the dash if you look for it, I’d give you more detail, but i’m currently on my new gaming machine and don’t feel like booting up.. Though I have ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS (Trusty Tahr)

      I know this is an extremely late reply, but hopefully it at least helps others 🙂

  • Western Sudan

    Thank you


    • my pendrive will be bootable and the pendrive will be connected to pc and then these will not be working for pc

  • RZ 7

    Rufus and the step by step above guide work great. In my case, now I have to find 4 drivers (including the ethernet network one), and figure out why everything in windows now looks large, as if I were in safemode. 🙁 I guess it had to do with the copy of w7 ISO. But as far as Rufus and the procedure explanation, they were right on. Real quick, and easy.

    • wedavema .

      Just do the windows update. That fixes the problems

      • frederick

        You have to get the ethernet drivers first.

    • Felix Kütt

      I’m inclined to think it was probably the missing vga driver(s)…

  • Gemini

    Do I still need a product key?

    • i forgot my product key and need it for my windows 7 ultimate disk i downloaded because it says i only have 30 days of service without it . can you help me?

  • John

    Click on the Start menu button, then to Computer tab. At the top click on System Properties, then at the bottom of that page under Windows Activation: it will say Windows is Activated. Then you do not need a key. if it tells you that you have a few days left to Activate, you will need a key.

  • ADen

    You can use Microsoft’s Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. This is quick and easy.

  • JVSV Rao

    Dear LoveGeek
    Fantastic. Very simple and helpful. I created a bootable win7 usb and loaded on new Laptops which comes with Dos only. Thanks and keep help people.

  • Laura

    how i allow booting from USB devices in your BIOS settings in order to proceed further with the windows 7 installation .

  • reynald

    I got an error after this

    Type: NTFS (0x07)
    Size: 7.5 GB
    Boot: No
    Recognized: Yes
    Hidden Sectors: 63
    Partition type: MBR, NB Partitions: 1

  • ytounek

    The •Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium X64 English youve provided here doesnt have an ISO image, thus can not be recognized by Rufus. Therefore, I couldnt created a bootable USB.
    Please help me

  • Can you do this on a pc and then use it on a laptop for a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium? Or do you need to download this and create the bootable flash drive from the laptop that it will be used on?

    • Niko Yun

      You can do it on any computer and use it on any other.

  • My usb will not allow me to write the bootable program

  • Starr

    I have downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file to my USB drive because my laptop doesn’t have a DVD drive. However, when I go to restore factory setting and re-install windows, my laptop since it can’t find the file. Any thoughts?

    • Please check out the guide on creating a bootable windows 7 usb drive.

  • Andy


  • BJB

    Rufus for the win! Its the only thing that worked for me when my computer wouldnt reconized my PSP as a usb drive and im a advanced computer user/repairer, Thank you very much

  • mouiz

    thaaaaaaaanks you are hero

  • Jeelan Basha

    thank you boss…..:)

  • Hills

    if i follow these steps on my desktop PC, will i be a able to use it on my laptop?

  • 101download

    Thanks To Admin he Was Providing Us A Awesome Tutorials.

  • still not try now

  • Archanghel

    this Rufus is mistake story..NOT WORK…Win 7 from Microsoft and Rufus together work but,DON`T BOOT….setup stop work after copy files and don`t back to USB…but WinToFlast work good

  • Archanghel

    and more…for what help you Rufus and you don`t try it ? more peoples lost time follow you instructions

  • Chaudhry Kashif Afzal

    how we can create bootable USB which contains Windows 7 & Windows 8 in one usb device

    • You can keep image files of both the windows in the USB .However the system can only boot from one Windows like windows 7 or windows 8 (Not Both at a time).You can keep the setup of any window alongside the extracted components of another window in a bootable Usb.

      • Aiman

        you can just search Windows 7 & Windows 8 AIO file then just burn it to dvd or using this Rufus Step, but you need a bigger USB

  • johon

    I’ve done everything correctly but when I install it says the drivers are missing? Where r they?

    • Morten

      Cause you are trying to boot on usb3, put it in the usb2 plug…. common problem…

      • William

        in case you r confuse, USB3 appear in blue on the inside 😛

        • Justin Thought

          THAT, sir, may be the most valuable information I have found on this already very helpful site. Thank you!

  • Billmary Rinicooper

    Mine failed don’t know why i was trying to copy windows 7 ultimate

  • Billmary Rinicooper

    it said image extraction failure

    • Torgeir Hassel

      Me too, did you get any help with this?

      • Jay

        me also… anyone getting around issue of “image extraction failure?”

        • papabear73

          format the usb drive first with windows format option then use rufus to make bootable usb drive worked for me after failed attempt 🙂

  • Saul


  • Billmary Rinicooper

    No i didn’t not on here but got help from Microsoft with their tool. Thanks for the reply!

  • Nathan

    Can I create the usb on one computer then use it on a different computer

    • CJ

      I believe you can as long as you don’t try and install on said first computer.



    • cratima

      Unplug you PC, put it in a cardboard box and take it to the dumpster. Then go and live alone in the jungle. Technology doesn’t suit you.

      • Rajko


    • Rajko

      Go kill u`r self.

    • Giulio

      Are you serious or is it a joke? You have to backup your data before re-installing windows, otherwise you lose them…

      • frederick

        thats os etiquette 101, friend.

    • hal

      oh oh, well you could throw it out the window, FYI first open window! you may have lost what you had on that hard drive, which in case, your SOL. have a nice day. BTW, the rest of you are mean, like this hasnt happen to most of us, we were all if not still are, an enduser! shame on you.

  • CJ

    Thank you for this. Worked flawlessly so far.

  • Landan Jensen

    It says 0 devices found.

  • John

    Workers as a charm, make sure you start it as Admin!

  • Aleksa

    Thaaanks! 🙂

  • September

    Thanks! Works great. Much appreciated

  • Hasan

    thanks boss…..

  • sheep2012

    Do I need to use an empty usb flash drive for this? Or can I use my existing external hdd which is already half filled with other stuff.

    • Hola

      Empty becouse if you use filled hdd u will lose your data

      • sheep2012


  • Rene Hernandez

    does anyone know if you can boot windows from USB without installing it???

    • Umy Raff

      Install the windows on the USB…

  • matty

    works but when setup, says can’t find drivers

    • Mike_Trail

      Same here, anyone find a solution?

  • Vicky Raj

    thanks boss

  • SSP

    Thanks it’s great ….

  • Derek

    I am using ISO2Disc which works as better as Rufus.

  • person

    i hope the person that integrated all the popup ads, target words/etc on this website dies in a fucking fire, this site is terrible

    • Guessst

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    • Frederick

      Adblock for google chrome.

    • joejoe

      what a fucking retard you are…

  • i have an iso file for win 7 that i downloaded but it comes up with an extraction error wile running rufus? do i need to fined another

  • Shafiq

    Weldone it do a great job dont waste your time on other software

  • I downloaded 3 different iso file and when I try to make the bootable flash drive it says this file does not appear to be an ISO file but all three files have ISO extensions. I used UTorrent 3.4.2 to download the ISO files and followed the instructions exactly but it will not let me make a bootable flash drive. What can I do now?

  • desy

    Thanks for your information 🙂

  • thanks

  • bvr

    when i insert usb just lode the files and windows logo appears then blank screen blink curssor. what do i am wrong?

  • mathesar

    Instead of messing with BIOS boot order options you can try holding F12 on power up which should bring up a Boot menu, select the USB drive there. Works on most Laptops / PC’s Ive used.

  • Nazir Ahmad

    Hi Lovejeet,

    Thank you for posting instruction for windows 7 installation disk. It’s very helpfully. I have a doubt and would like to have additional information on step 8 concerns to select the Windows 10 ISO file on drive icon next to ISO Image. When I click on drive iten to select windows 10 Iso File, I didn’t find any file Windows 10 Iso file to select. how can I proceed to select iso file on windows 10.
    Thank you very much

  • Santilla Jun

    No Product Key Needed?