Create Windows 7 Installation Media

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You can use installation media (a USB flash drive or DVD) to install a new copy of Windows, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows. To create installation media, go to the software download website, where you'll find step-by-step instructions.

On that website, you can select a version of Windows and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD. To go directly to one of the versions, select one of these links:.

Windows 10 (Then select Download tool now.). Windows 11 (Then select Download tool now.). Important: Back up your files before you install or reinstall Windows on your PC. Learn how for Windows 10 and Windows 11 or for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. To create the installation media, here's what you'll need:.

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A PC with a reliable internet connection. The download time will vary, depending on your internet connection. A USB flash drive, external hard drive, or DVD. A blank USB flash drive or external hard drive with at least 8 GB of space, or a blank DVD (and DVD burner).

We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD because any content on it will be deleted.

When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you're told the disc image file is too large, you'll need to use dual layer (DL) DVD media. Your 25-character product key (not required for digital licenses). For help finding it, go to Find your Windows product key. After you've created the installation media, you can reset or reinstall Windows. To learn more, go to Recovery options in Windows. Follow the article, and you would learn how to create installation media or disc step by step for Windows 10/8/7 with writable USB flash drive or CD on an accessible computer.

Why we create Windows installation media?

Besides installing or reinstalling Windows operational system on a computer, installation disc would also help to reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account. So you know how important it is when you are locked out of Windows 10 computer and have no available administrator, password reset disk and don’t find or want to use third-party software.

Preparation before installation media creation:. Internet connection. Writable USB flash drive or CD with enough storage space, at least 4 GB of space. Windows product key. If you want to create a Windows 7 installation disc, there is one more thing you would need to prepare. That is Windows 7 product key. Otherwise, you cannot download Windows 7 ISO file from Microsoft.

Go to Windows 7 download page and enter product key to Verify. If product key is available, you would be able to select product language such as “English“. Click 32-bit Download or 64-bit Download to download Windows 7 installation file.

The download link is only valid for 24 hours. After downloading the ISO file, you can burn it into a DVD by right-clicking it in Windows Explorer and selecting “Burn disc image” to burn it to a disc. Then you would get Windows 7 installation disc. Creating installation media for Windows 8/10 would be different from Windows7 because you can use media creation tool Microsoft provides to directly download system file and burn the file into blank USB flash drive or CD. Click Download Tool Now to download Media Creation Tool on Microsoft.

Run Media Creation Tool on your accessible computer and insert USB or CD. Select the Windows system you want to create installation media for. Language: English. Edition: Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 N, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro N, Windows 8.1 Single Language.

Architecture: 32-bit (x86), 64-bit (x64). Select appropriate device, USB flash drive or ISO file on Media Creation Tool. Choose the removal drive you have plugged into computer. A message would pop up and prompt you that the files on the USB drive/CD would be deleted. So blank USB drive or CD is recommended, and you would not lose data on the removal device. But if you want to continue, click OK please. The media creation tool would download the installation file and burn the file to USB or CD.

Click Finish button at last on the creation tool.

Go to Microsoft website and download Windows 10 media creation tool with a link Download tool now on an accessible computer.

Double-click the program you download to launch media creation tool. Accept Microsoft software license terms. Select what you want to do, such as “Create installation media for another PC“. Uncheck “Use the recommended options for this PC“, and select Windows edition, language and architecture and click Next to download Windows 10 installation file.

Language: English (United States), select the one you are familiar with or want.

Edition: Windows 10, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 N. Architecture: 32-bit (x86), 64-bit (x64), or Both. Choose which media you want to use to create installation media. Similarly, Windows 10 installation file would be downloaded and burned into USB or CD.

Windows 7 Installation via Bootable Media

Update, 4/20/22: Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 ISO files for download. The page where you could download these files now contains information about how support has ended for Windows 7. We recommend downloading a modern version of Windows that’s still getting security updates. We do not recommend downloading a Windows 7 ISO from a non-Microsoft source, as third-party downloads may contain malware. Exercise extreme caution if you do so.

You would get a Windows 10 installation USB or CD disc, which you can get to reinstall Windows 10 computer or reset forgotten local account password for locked Windows 10. Related Articles:. You can use installation media (a USB flash drive or DVD) to install a new copy of Windows, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows.

To create installation media, go to the software download website, where you'll find step-by-step instructions. On that website, you can select a version of Windows and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

To go directly to one of the versions, select one of these links:. Windows 10 (Then select Download tool now.).

Windows 11 (Then select Download tool now.).

Important: Back up your files before you install or reinstall Windows on your PC. Learn how for Windows 10 and Windows 11 or for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. To create the installation media, here's what you'll need:. A PC with a reliable internet connection. The download time will vary, depending on your internet connection.

A USB flash drive, external hard drive, or DVD. A blank USB flash drive or external hard drive with at least 8 GB of space, or a blank DVD (and DVD burner). We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD because any content on it will be deleted.

When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you're told the disc image file is too large, you'll need to use dual layer (DL) DVD media.

Your 25-character product key (not required for digital licenses). For help finding it, go to Find your Windows product key. After you've created the installation media, you can reset or reinstall Windows. To learn more, go to Recovery options in Windows. Click on either the 32-bit or 64-bit download link. (If you are unsure, select the 64-bit link.) . Click on 'Download through your browser' and take note where the Windows.iso setup file was saved.

How to create Windows 7 installation disc

Use the Windows 7 Media Tool.. Windows 7 usb / cd/dvd boot media toolWindows 7 USB / CD/DVD Media Tool[OR https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7 ]. Install the Windows USB/DVD Media Tool (that you just downloaded). Open/Run up the Media Creation Tool (that you just installed) [and click run]. Browse to the location of the ['windows.iso'] file / where the downloaded file was saved (see step 2 above). Select 'DVD' OR 'USB'.. If you selected ISO: Insert a disc when the application asks.If you selected USB: Have the USB inserted in the computer.(Warning! This will destroy/wipe all data existing on the USB device!).

USB / CD/DVD BIOS Boot Order (To enforce boot from preferred media). You may need to change your system BIOS to start from the boot media (that you created). Start your computer to Enter your computer's BIOS.(When the BIOS screen appears or you are prompted to do so, press Del, Esc, F2, F10, or F9 (depending on your computer’s motherboard) to enter the system BIOS.

The key to enter the BIOS is usually shown on the screen.). Find your BIOS's Boot Options menu. Select the appropriate Boot Media Device (CD/DVD-ROM drive OR USB) as the first boot device of your computer. Save the changes of the settings. Shut off your computer. Insert the CD/DVD / USB boot media. Start your computer to boot from the CD/DVD/USB.

Insert the USB or CD/DVD Windows Installation Setup boot media.

Power on the computer to start the Windows Installation Setup process.

Watch for a message about pressing a key to boot from the device. Press a key to force the computer to start from the Windows Installation Setup boot media.(When the computer starts, press a key, if you are asked if you would like to start from the Windows Installation Setup boot media by pressing any key.).

Once Windows Setup loads, you should be presented with a Windows Setup window..Choose your Windows Setup options / Select your Regional Settings(preferred language, keyboard type, and time/currency format), then click Next. Click the 'Install' Now button. Accept the License Terms. Read over the Microsoft Software License Terms, check 'I accept the license terms', and click Next. Select the Custominstallation. Decide which hard drive and partition you want to install Windows on ORDelete All Partitions, so Windows Install will take over install the Windows OS onto the hard drive you select.Warning!!!

Deleting partitions will delete/destroy all data(software, applications and files!) on the partitions that you delete..which may result in destroying valuable data! Install Windows on your preferred hard drive / partition. , select it and click Next.

Windows will begin installing. After installation has completed, remove the Windows Install Media and click Finish.

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(When you restart your computer, it should run your new Windows Operating System.).