Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (From Microsoft)
The Windows USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a
copy of your Windows 7/8 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD.
To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO
file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this
is done, you can install Windows 7 or Windows 8 directly from
the USB flash drive or DVD.
The ISO file contains all the
Windows installation files combined into a single uncompressed
file. When you download the ISO file, you need to copy it to
some medium in order to install Windows. This tool allows you to
create a copy of the ISO file to a USB flash drive or a DVD. To
install Windows from your USB flash drive or DVD, all you need
to do is insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert
your DVD into your DVD drive and run Setup.exe from the root
folder on the drive.
Note: You cannot install Windows
from the ISO file until you copy it to a USB flash drive or DVD
with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and install from there.
The copy of the ISO file that the Windows USB/DVD Download
tool creates is bootable. Bootable media allows you to install
Windows 7 without having to first run an existing operating
system on your machine. If you change the boot order of drives
in your computer's BIOS, you can run the Windows 7 installation
directly from your USB flash drive or DVD when you turn on your
computer. Please see the documentation for your computer for
information on how to change the BIOS boot order of drives.
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Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool
When you choose to download most
software from the Microsoft Store, you have the option of using
Download Manager or downloading from your browser. However, when
you purchase Microsoft Windows 7 from Microsoft Store, you have
an additional choice to make: whether to download a collection
of compressed files or to download an ISO file. An ISO file
combines all the Windows 7 installation files into a single
These instructions are for Windows 7
only. If you're looking for instructions about downloading
Windows 8, click here.
If you choose to download an ISO
file (so that you can create a bootable file from a DVD or USB
flash drive), copy your Windows 7 ISO file onto your media and,
run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. After you do this, you
can install Windows 7 onto your computer directly from the USB
flash drive or DVD.
NOTE: When you download the ISO file,
you must copy the file onto a USB flash drive or a DVD to
install Windows 7. When you're ready to install Windows 7,
insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert your DVD
into your DVD drive, and then run Setup.exe from the root folder
on the drive.
The advantage to following this process and
creating bootable media is that it allows you to install Windows
7 without having to first run an existing operating system on
your machine. If you change the boot order of drives in your
computer's BIOS, you can run the Windows 7 installation directly
from your USB flash drive or from a DVD when you first turn your
computer on. (Please see the documentation for your computer for
information about how to change the BIOS boot order of drives.)
To install the software, you may make one copy of
the ISO file on a disc, USB flash drive, or other media.
After you’ve installed the software and accepted the license
terms that accompany the software, those license terms apply to
your use of the software. The license terms for Windows 7 permit
you to make one copy of the software as a back-up copy for
re-installation on the licensed computer. If you do not delete
your copy of the ISO file after installing the Windows 7
software, the copy of the ISO file counts as your one back-up
If you need to download the software again, you can
go to your Download Purchase History in your Microsoft Store
account and access the download there.
TO INSTALL THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL :
Click to open the
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file
When you are prompted to either save the file to disk
or run it, choose Run.
Follow the steps in the setup dialogs.
You'll have the option to specify where to install the Windows 7
USB/DVD Download Tool.
NOTE : You need to be an
administrator on the computer you are installing the Windows 7
USB/DVD Download tool on. The tool requires the Microsoft .NET
Framework version 2.0 or higher.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS :
Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or
Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster
(300 MHz is recommended)
50MB of free space on your hard
DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive
FOR WINDOWS XP USERS :
The following applications
must be installed prior to installing the tool :
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 must be installed. It can be
Microsoft Image Mastering API v2 must be
installed. It can be downloaded here.
USING THE WINDOWS 7
USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL
Before you run the Windows 7
USB/DVD Download Tool, make sure you have already purchased the
Windows 7 ISO download from Microsoft Store and have downloaded
the Windows 7 ISO file to your hard drive. If you have purchased
Windows 7 but have not yet downloaded the ISO file, you can
download the file from your Microsoft Store Account.
A COPY OF YOUR WINDOWS 7 ISO FILE:
Click the Windows
START button, and click WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL in the
ALL PROGRAMS list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
In the SOURCE FILE box, type the name and path of your
Windows 7 ISO file, or click BROWSE and select the file from the
OPEN dialog box. Click NEXT.
Select USB DEVICE to create
a copy on a USB flash drive or select DVD disk to create a copy
on a DVD disk.
If you are copying the file to a USB flash
drive, select your USB device in the drop-down list and click
BEGIN COPYING. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click
When your Windows 7 ISO file is copied
onto your chosen media, install Windows 7 by moving to the root
folder of your DVD or USB flash drive, and then double-click
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
following are frequently asked questions about using the Windows
7 USB/DVD Download Tool :
WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD .NET
The .NET framework can be downloaded here.
WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD IMAGE MASTERING API 2.0?
Mastering API can be downloaded here.
WHAT SIZE USB FLASH
DRIVE IS REQUIRED?
You need a USB flash drive with a minimum
of 4 GB of free space.
CAN I USE MY NEWLY CREATED USB
DRIVE TO INSTALL WINDOWS 7 ON SOMEONE ELSE'S COMPUTER?
The Windows 7 ISO file on the USB flash drive is only intended
to be used to install Windows 7 on the licensed user’s own
CAN I BACKUP TO A CD-ROM?
No. The Windows 7
ISO file is too large to fit on a CD.
CAN I BACKUP TO A
BLU-RAY DVD DISK?
Yes, as long as your DVD drive can write to
a Blu-Ray DVD.
IF I HAVE OTHER FILES ON THE USB FLASH
DRIVE WILL THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL DELETE THEM?
This tool requires the USB flash drive to be completely blank
before the Windows 7 files are copied. This helps ensure that
the device is bootable after the copying has completed.
CAN I BACKUP TO AN IPOD,CAMERA,OR OTHER DEVICE WITH ENOUGH FREE
Yes, but this is not recommended.
must be formatted in order for the device to be bootable.
dedicated USB flash drive would be a better option.
USE THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL TO BACKUP OTHER FILES ?
No. This tool is only for use with the Windows 7 ISO file
purchased from Microsoft Store.
DOES THE TOOL SUPPORT
DUAL-LAYER DVD DISCS FOR BURNING?
No. Currently, the tool
does not support dual-layer DVD discs.
The following tips might help if you run into a problem
using this tool.
THE TOOL IS REQUESTED THAT I INSTALL THE
.NET FRAMEWORK AND IMAGE MASTERING API BEFORE I INSTALL THE TOOL
For users running Windows XP, you must install the .NET
Framework 2.0 and the Image Mastering API 2.0 before installing
the tool. You can download .NET framework here and you can
download the Image Mastering API here.
Please note that a
restart may be required after installing the .NET framework and
the Image Mastering API.
WHEN CREATING A BOOTABLE USB
DEVICE,I AM GETTING AN ERROR ABOUT BOOTSECT
To make the
USB device bootable, you need to run a tool named bootsect.exe.
In some cases, this tool needs to be downloaded from your
Microsoft Store account. This may happen if you're trying to
create a 64-bit bootable USB device from a 32-bit version of
Windows. To download bootsect:
Login to your Microsoft
Store account to view your purchase history
Look for your
Windows 7 purchase.
Next to Windows 7, there is an
"Additional download options" drop-down menu.
drop-down menu, select "32-bit ISO."
Right-click the link,
and then save the bootsect.exe file to the location where you
installed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (e.g.
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download
Once the file has been saved, go back to the Windows 7
USB/DVD Download tool to create your bootable USB device.
MY USB DEVICE IS NOT IN THE LIST OF AVAILABLE DEVICES
If you don't see your USB flash drive in the list of
available devices, please make sure the drive is inserted in the
USB port, and then click the Refresh button beside the list of
I INSERTED A BLANK DVD IN MY DVD-ROM
DRIVE, BUT THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL DOESN'T RECOGNIZE
If there are multiple drives on the system, the tool
will select the first one that is capable of burning DVDs. If
you have multiple DVD-R drives, try inserting the blank DVD into
another DVD-R drive. If that doesn't help, please make sure that
your disc isn't damaged and that your DVD-R drive is
operational. Contact Product Support if issues continue to
INSERTED A BLANK DVD IN MY DVD-ROM DRIVE, BUT THE
TOOL WON'T LET ME BURN IT
Make sure the disc isn't a
dual-layer DVD disc. Currently, dual-layer discs are not
supported within the tool.
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How To Install Windows 8 From
a USB Device
Using a USB Flash Drive To Install Windows 8
Tim Fisher, About.com Guide
The need to install Windows 8
from a USB device, like a flash drive, is a common one due to
the fact that many computers, especially tablets and smaller
laptops and desktops, no longer have optical drives.
other words, that Windows 8 install disc doesn't do you much
good if you don't have anywhere to put the DVD! If you want to
install Windows 8 from a USB device, you'll need to get those
setup files onto a USB device. Unfortunately, simply copying
them there won't do.
Windows 8 is also sold as a
downloadable ISO file which, if you choose to buy Windows 8 that
way, requires some steps to get it properly copied to a flash
drive as well.
Regardless of whether you have a Windows 8
DVD you need to get on a flash drive, or a Windows 8 ISO file
with the same goal, the following tutorial will help you get the
Windows 8 installation files properly copied to a flash drive so
you can get on with the installation process.
following procedure applies equally to Windows 8 (standard) or
Windows 8 Pro.
Getting the Windows 8 installation files onto a flash drive or
other external USB device will take between 20 and 30 minutes,
depending on what format your copy of Windows 8 is in right now
and how fast your computer is.
flash drive (4 GB or more)
A Windows 8 DVD or Windows 8 ISO
Access to a working computer, with a DVD drive if you
have a Windows 8 DVD, with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista,
or Windows XP installed
Important : If you have a Windows
8 ISO file and want that on a flash drive, start with Step 2. If
you have a Windows 8 DVD and need that on the flash drive, start
with Step 1.
Create an ISO file from
the Windows 8 DVD. This is the procedure by which you create a
single file, called an ISO image, that contains all the data
stored on the Windows 8 setup DVD disc.
Once you have an
ISO image created from your Windows 8 disc, come back here and
continue on with this tutorial which will explain how to get
that ISO file onto a flash drive.
Note: If you already
know how to create ISO files with your favorite program, often
called "ripping," then do so in whatever way you're used to
doing it. However, if you've never created an ISO image, or
don't have a program installed right now that does it, please
see the linked tutorial above for complete instructions on doing
so with a free program.
Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD
Download Tool from Microsoft and then install it.
free program from Microsoft properly formats your flash drive
and then copies the contents of the Windows 8 installation ISO
file you have to that flash drive.
Note : Don't worry that this
program has Windows 7 in the title. This program works perfectly
well with Windows 8 ISO files
and can be installed in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or
03. Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool
program. You should be able to find the shortcut on the Desktop,
as well as in your Start menu or on your Start screen, depending
on which version of Windows you installed the program on.
04. Click Browse on the Step 1 of 4 : Choose ISO file screen.
05. Locate, and then select, your Windows 8 ISO file. Then click
or touch Open.
Note: If you downloaded Windows 8 from
Microsoft, check your Downloads folder or your Desktop for the
ISO image. If you created an ISO image from your Windows 8 DVD,
the ISO file will be wherever you created it to.
06. Click or
07. Choose USB device on the Step 2 of 4 : Choose
media type screen.
Note: As you can see here, there is
also a DVD option. While it doesn't do us much good in this
case, since the end game is to get Windows 8's setup files on a
flash drive, you could also use this tool to burn a Windows 8
ISO image to a DVD or BD disc.
08. On the Step 3 of 4 :
Insert USB device screen, choose from the drop-down box the
flash drive or USB-connected external hard drive you want to put
the Windows 8 setup files onto and then touch or click Begin
Tip: If you haven't yet plugged in the USB
storage device you're planning on using, you can do that now and
then touch or click the blue refresh button to make it show up
in the list.
09. Click or touch Erase USB Device if you're
prompted to do so on a Not Enough Free Space window. If you
don't see this, don't worry, it just means that your flash drive
or external hard disk is already empty.
this message didn't make it apparent, you should know that
whatever data you might have on this drive is going to be erased
as part of the process of getting the Windows 8 setup files
10. On Step 4 of 4 : Creating bootable USB device,
just wait for the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to prepare the
drive and copy the Windows 8 installation files to it.
The first Status you see will be Formatting, which will take
anywhere from a few to several seconds, depending on how large
the USB drive is that you're using. Next will be Copying files
which could take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, possibly
longer, depending on which Windows 8 ISO file you're working
from, as well as on how fast your flash drive, USB connection,
and computer is.
Tip: Don't worry if the percentage
indicator jumps ahead quickly but then sits on a single number
for a very long time. While it might not make a lot of sense to
behave that way, it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong.
11. Assuming everything went as planned, the next screen should
say Bootable USB device created successfully with a Status that
says Backup completed.
You can now close the Windows 7
USB DVD Download Tool program window. The flash drive, or other
external USB drive you're using, now has the necessary files on
it to install Windows 8 and is also properly configured to be
Boot from the USB device that you just
created to start the Windows 8 install process.
NOTE : At the beginning of the first re-start
the installation of Win 8, change your boot order back to your
hard drive as the first device.
the Windows 8 setup process doesn't start, it's very likely that
you'll need to make boot order changes in the BIOS. See
Change the Boot Order in BIOS if you need help doing that.
Note: If you came here from my
How To Clean Install Windows
8 tutorial, you can return there now to continue the walkthrough
of that process.
More on Installing Windows 8 :
How To Clean
Install Windows 8
How To Boot From a USB Device
Windows 8 FAQ
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