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. by Jenefey AaronUpdated on 2021-12-22 / Update for Fix Windows.
If you would like to install a new version of Windows or you would like to install another operating system on your Windows 7 PC, you will likely need to boot your PC either from a USB drive or a CD drive.
- In this guide, we’re going to talk about how you can boot your Windows 7 PC from a USB pen drive.
- If you have a bootable USB pen drive, then you are good to go to install a new operating system on your PC as a bootable USB works just as fine as an actual bootable CD or DVD.
- All you have to do is plug in your USB drive to your PC and then instruct your PC so that it boots up from the USB drive and not from the hard drive which it usually does.
If you have never booted your PC from a USB drive, you might think it is hard to do that.
- In fact, it is just as easy as normally booting up your PC.
- You just have to press a key while your PC is booting up and you will be able to boot it up from your USB drive.