If you’ve misplaced your Windows 7 install disc, which may be the actual discs that came with your PC or a retail Windows 7 install disc that you bought separately, then reinstalling Windows can be a bit frustrating. However, there is a very simple way to create your own Windows 7 install disc for Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate in 32 or 64-bit versions, from scratch.
The Windows 7 Product Key is essential for reinstalling Windows and getting it activated. If you purchased your PC from a manufacturer, the product key may be printed on a label that is attached to the computer’s case.
7. Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Drive with Drivers already installed (alternative method)
It may also be printed on some documentation that came with your PC. If you purchased a retail of copy of Windows 7, then the product key may be printed on the box or included as documentation. The version of Windows 7 is also important, as product keys will only work with certain versions of Windows.
You will learn more about this in the next step. To identify your version of Windows 7, simply launch the Start Menu, right-click on Computer and select Properties from the context menu. Of course, you could also look on the box or documentation that came with the Windows 7 purchase.
The next step is to of course download a copy of Windows 7 that will eventually be burned to disc or moved to a USB drive. The only recommended way to download Windows 7 is from Microsoft itself.
The only thing you have to provide is the Product key.
5. Prepare the Drivers (optional)
- Microsoft will figure out what version of Windows 7 is needed based on the product key and give you links to download that version.
- If you don’t have your product key, you’re kind of out of luck. The Windows USB/DVD download tool is a free utility from Microsoft that will allow you to burn the Windows 7 download to disc or create a bootable USB drive.
- At this point, you have now replaced your misplaced Windows install disc with either another disc or a bootable Windows 7 USB drive!
- If your PC requires certain drivers for full functionality, you may also want to download these drivers and install them with Windows.
- Start by using Google or your search engine of choice to search the web for your particular PC and exact model, followed by keyword drivers.
- You should be able to find a quality link to a list of drivers that you need to download for your PC.
- Once you’ve downloaded the drivers for your PC, you will need to move them to a removable disk or disc so that they can be used once you’ve installed Windows.
- Thus, you have a few options:. 5a Burn the Drivers to Disc. This is very simple and can be done with any blank CD or DVD and a PC that utilizes an optical drive with CD or DVD writing functionality.
- Simply insert the CD or DVD into the computer’s optical drive, create a new folder on the desktop containing all of the drivers and burn the folder to disc using the built-in Windows 7 burning option.
- 5b Copy the Drivers to a USB Drive. Simply insert any high capacity USB drive into an available USB port on your PC and drag the drivers to the drive to copy them.
- Once you’ve reinstalled Windows, simply insert the disc containing the drivers or USB drive with the drivers (step 5a, 5b) and proceed to install the drivers for your PC.
- Proceed to download a Windows 7 ISO (links above), but instead of using the USB to DVD utility, jump to our article on creating a custom Windows 7 image.
- That’s basically all there is to it. Lost Windows 7 install DVD?
- Now you can simply replace it or create a bootable USB drive.
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2. Download a Copy of Windows 7
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. Read this article to find out how to make a clean installation of Windows 7 on a desktop computer or laptop.
- Although this operating system is becoming less relevant every day, the army of its fans it still large enough, and this article is intended for those who wouldn’t like to part with the version of Windows they have got used to.
- To install the operating system, you will need a Windows 7 installation disk which can be bought – or created on your own. I don’t see any point in describing how to create an installation CD/DVD.
Installing Windows with a USB pen drive is much easier.
Installing Windows 7 step by step
To create a bootable drive, you can use an official tool by Microsoft – Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. It is free of charge and you can download it from the Microsoft official website.
This app is also good for Windows 8 and 10.
How to create a boot disk with Windows 7
download and run it. Select a suitable system image file and click Next. Now choose the media type, in this case USB device. Select the necessary flash drive from the list of all devices in your computer (in my case, it is disk J) and click Begin copying.
You will see a warning that all data in this flash drive will be deleted. If you don’t have any important files on this drive, click Erase USB Device.
When it is over, you will see a message saying Backup completed, which means the bootable pen drive is ready to use.