When you download Windows from Microsoft Store, you have two options: You can download a collection of compressed files, or you can download an ISO file.
An ISO file combines all the Windows installation files into a single uncompressed file. If you choose to download an ISO file so you can create a bootable file from a DVD or USB drive, copy the Windows ISO file onto your drive and then run the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
Then simply install Windows onto your computer directly from your USB or DVD drive. When you download the ISO file, you must copy it onto a USB or DVD.
When you're ready to install Windows, insert the USB drive or DVD with the ISO file on it and then run Setup.exe from the root folder on the drive.
- This allows you to install Windows onto your machine without having to first run an existing operating system.
- If you change the boot order of drives in your computer's BIOS, you can run the Windows installation directly from your USB drive or DVD when you first turn on your computer.
Prepare for the Installation
A tutorial on using a USB flash drive to install Windows 7
Please see the documentation for your computer for information about how to change the BIOS boot order of drives. To install the software, you can 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 permit you to make one copy of the software as a back-up copy for re-installation on the licensed computer.
|Windows Version||Windows 7 Ultimate ISO|
|Windows Version||Windows 7 Professional ISO|
If you do not delete your copy of the ISO file after installing the Windows software, the copy of the ISO file counts as your one back-up copy. 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.
How to Install Windows 7 From USB
Find a friend and use their Windows 7 DVD to create an ISO file. After you create your own ISO file you can skip steps #1 and #2 and begin at step #3.
Step by Step guide:. 1) Download the Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64Bit .ISO file. Note: The default download location to your computer is: C:\Users\User account name\Downloads.
a) If you want to create a 32Bit universal installation DVD download this file:.
Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso.
- SHA1 Hash value: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657.
- b) If you want to create a 64Bit universal installation DVD download this file:.
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso.
SHA1 Hash value: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83. 2) Verify the .ISO file downloaded is not corrupt by validating the SHA1 hash value is correct. A utility named ‘HashCalc’ which checks the file and returns a SHA1 value that should match the value listed in step 1a or 1b if the download is not corrupt.
a) Download and install HashCalc: http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/index.htm. b) Launch HashCalc and navigate to the location of the .iso file you downloaded.
c) Remove all check marks from the list of HashCalc options except for SHA1. d) Click the ‘Calculate’ button and wait for the SHA1 string of numbers and letters to be displayed.
e) Compare the string of numbers and letters displayed in HashCalc with the SHA1 value listed in step #1 above.
The entire string must match from beginning to end, if it does not match then the .ISO file you downloaded is corrupt and you must try the download link again.
3) Download, install and run the ‘ei.cfg’ utility. I choose the default location for the download. a) Extract the contents of the eicfg_removal_utility.zip file to a destination of your choice.
Tips & More Information
Start by double clicking on the .zip file and then double click on the eicfg_remover.exe file. Click the ‘Extract all’ button and browse to a location where you want the zip file extracted to.
Then click on the ‘Extract’ button. A standard folder with the name: eicfg_removal_utility will be created. b) Open the ‘eicfg_removal_utility’ folder and click on the ‘eicfg_remover.exe’ file and click the ‘Run’ button.
c) Navigate to the folder where the Windows 7 .ISO file is located and click on the .iso file to select it.
|Brand||Boot Menu Key|
|Lenovo||F8, F10, F12|
d) Click the ‘Open’ button to disable ei.cfg located inside the .iso file.
|Motherboard Brand||Boot Menu Key|
Finally click the ‘OK’ button to exit the eicfg utility. What does eicfg do:.
From the eicfg ‘Readme.txt’ file:. “This works by toggling the deletion bit in the UDF file table, which instructs the operating system to ignore the file and to treat it as if it does not exist.
By not physically removing the file, this eliminates the need to rebuild the ISO, and makes this sort of fast, un-intrusive patching possible.This also makes it possible to reverse the patch and to restore the image to its original state, if so desired.”.
In short you do not need to manually edit the contents of the Windows 7 .ISO file you downloaded. Now that you have modified the .ISO file using the eicfg utility, the next step is to use the modified .ISO to create a universal Windows 7 installation DVD.
4) Create the universal Windows 7 installation DVD or USB Flash drive:.
To create a Windows 7 installation flash drive read the following:. Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool.
How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive. To create a Windows 7 installation DVD perform steps a through g:.
a) Download http://download.cnet.com/ImgBurn/3001-2646_4-10847481.html?hlndr=1 and install ImgBurn (current version 22.214.171.124) to create a bootable Windows 7 installation DVD.
a) If you created your own .ISO file using the instructions in the Wiki article titled "Create your own ISO file from a Windows 7 installation DVD" then ImgBurn is already installed and need not be re-installed.
b) Windows 7 does have built in software that allows you to create an installation DVD but it does not offer any control over the burn speed: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/burn-a-cd-or-dvd-from-an-iso-file.
Choose the “Custom Installation (advanced)” option and remove the check mark to eliminate unwanted options. b) Next start ImgBurn,2 windows will open.
The lower window (ImgBurn Log) displays the status of your DVD creation.
The top window is where you select what action you want to perform.
Choose the “Write Image file to disc” option. c) Next navigate to the ‘Source’ (.ISO file) location. d) Set the ‘Write Speed’ to either 2 or 4X (or the lowest speed your DVD supports, which may be 8X) to insure a good burn and then insert high quality DVD+R media into your DVD drive.
The ‘Verify’ box should be checked by default. Wait for the status located in the lower left corner to display ‘Ready’.
e) Click on the Blue ImgBurn arrow to start the creation of your DVD.
At a 4X write speed the creation of the DVD should take about 10 minutes. f) Check the ImgBurn log in the lower Window for the ‘Finalizing’ disk task to compete, the DVD tray will open and close quickly and the ‘Verification’ process begins.
Time to complete verification is about 5 minutes.
g) Upon successfully completion remove the DVD and insert it into a labeled paper or plastic sleeve.
Then close out / exit the ImgBurn utility. There is a guide published by NeoSmart which also shows the steps you need to perform and some trouble shooting tips: https://neosmart.net/wiki/burning-iso-images-with-imgburn/.
5) Install Windows using your newly created installation DVD. a) Verify that the boot order in your BIOS is set to boot from the DVD first and then 2nd in the list should be your disk drive.
b) Power up your computer and quickly insert Windows 7 installation DVD you created into your DVD drive.
In a few seconds Windows 7 will start loading files. c) Now select the ‘Language to install’, ‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘Keyboard or input method’ options.
Then click the ‘Next’ button to continue. d) Choose / click on the ‘Install Now’ option to install Windows 7. e) Select the operating system you want to install: You will see the list of versions you have to choose from.
Move the mouse cursor or use the Up /Down arrow key to select the Windows 7 version that you want to install then click next.
(Note: Windows 7 Starter is only available when installing a 32Bit edition of Windows). As a reminder, if your product key is for Windows 7 Home Premium then you cannot select a higher (Professional) or lesser (Home Basic) version of Windows as your product key will only activate Home Premium.
- The version you install must be for the product key you have! f) Click ‘Next’ to proceed with the installation.
- Read and accept the license terms. g) Click ‘Next’ to continue with and complete the installation of Windows 7.
- J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com. Chances are you'll need to install Windows 7 from a USB device if you have a tablet, a small laptop, or a netbook device, few of which include optical drives as standard hardware.
As of January 2020, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. We recommend you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.
You must migrate the Windows 7 setup files onto a flash drive (or any USB-based storage) and then boot from that flash drive to get the Windows 7 installation process started.
What You'll Need
Will Windows 7 run on 4 GB of RAM?
However, simply copying the files from your Windows 7 DVD to a flash drive won't work. You have to specially prepare the USB device and then properly copy the Windows 7 install files to it before it'll work as you expect.
Is it legal to download these Windows 7 ISOs?
You're in a similar, but slightly easier to solve, situation if you've purchased a Windows 7 ISO file directly from Microsoft and need that on a flash drive. No matter what situation you're in, just follow the instructions below to install Windows 7 from a USB device.
Is it a genuine Windows 7 ISO File?
The following tutorial applies equally to whatever edition of Windows 7 you have a disc or ISO image of: Windows 7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium, etc.
Can I upgrade from 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit Windows 7?
A Windows 7 ISO or DVD. Access to a computer with Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista, or XP installed and working properly, as well as with a DVD drive if you have a Windows 7 DVD.
A 4 GB (or larger) flash drive. The 10 Best USB Flash Drives for Easy, Reliable File Transfer. Correctly preparing a USB drive for use as an installation source for Windows 7 will take around 15 to 30 minutes depending on your computer speed and what edition of Windows 7 you have on DVD or in ISO format.
Start with Step 1 below if you have a Windows 7 DVD or Step 2 if you have a Windows 7 ISO image.
Will I receive Windows updates?
Create an ISO image file from the Windows 7 DVD. If you already know how to create ISO images, fantastic: do it, and then come back here for further instructions on what to do with it.
If you've never created an ISO file from a disc before, check out the tutorial linked above. It'll walk you through installing some free software and then show how to use it to make the ISO.
Which one is the best app to create Windows 7 bootable?
An ISO image is a single file that perfectly represents a disc—in this case, your Windows 7 installation DVD. Next, we're going to work on properly getting that Windows 7 ISO you just created onto the flash drive.
Download Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Once downloaded, execute the file and follow the installation wizard.
Should I download Windows 7 from Torrent?
This free program from Microsoft, which works in Windows 10 through Windows XP, will correctly format the USB drive and then copy the contents of your Windows 7 ISO file to the drive.
Pick the en-US.exe download for the English edition of this tool. Start the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool program, which is probably located in your Start menu or on your Start screen, as well as on your Desktop.
Can we just copy Windows 7 ISO to the USB drive to make it bootable?
On the Step 1 of 4: Choose ISO file screen, click Browse. Locate and select your Windows 7 ISO file, and then click Open. If you downloaded Windows 7 directly from Microsoft, check for the ISO image wherever you tend to store downloaded files.
If you manually created an ISO file from your Windows 7 DVD in Step 1 above then it will be wherever you saved it to.
Click Next once you're back on the Step 1 of 4 screen. Click USB device on the Step 2 of 4: Choose media type screen. On the Step 3 of 4: Insert USB device screen, choose the flash drive or external hard drive you want to put the Windows 7 installation files on.
If you haven't yet plugged in the flash drive or other device you're using, you can do that now. Just click the refresh button to make it show up in the list.