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.
Part 2: How to Boot Windows 7 from a USB Drive
Part 1: How to Create a Windows 7 Bootable USB
- Before you get started, you’ll need to have a Windows 7 bootable USB drive.Below we list 2 ways for you to make a Windows 7 bootable USB. Firstly, download ISO files for Windows 7 directly from Microsoft. Next, download and install the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. Run the tool and click “Browse” to locate your Windows ISO file and then click “Next.”. Select your media type. As we are here to create a bootable USB, simply click on USB device button. Select your USB flash drive from the drop down box and click on Begin copying button. The Windows 7 USB/DVD tool will take a few minutes to complete the procedure. Don’t have Windows 7 ISO files? An easier way to create a Windows 7 bootable USB is using Windows Boot Genius, which will offer you the bootable iOS file. First of all, install the app in any workable computer you can access. Run Windows Boot Genius and insert a blank CD or USB into the workable computer and click “Burn” to create a bootable CD or USB. Insert the bootable CD or USB to your problem computer and boot your PC from the bootable CD/USB you just created. Now follow steps below to boot your Windows 7 PC from USB. Plug in your bootable USB drive to one of the USB ports on your PC.
- So, how do you go about having the two bootable operating systems on the same system?Install Rufus on your PC. Rufus is free software that allows you to create bootable USB drives from ISO images.This guide will take you through a step-by-step procedure on how to dual boot Windows 10 with CentOS 7. Go to https://rufus.ie and click the Rufus link under "Download" toward the bottom of the page to download the installer.
- Before proceeding, you need to take note of the following:. Dual-booting any Linux distribution (not just CentOS 7) will not slow down your Windows system.
- The two operating systems will be independent of each other and will not impact each other. In a dual boot setup, you can only use one operating system at a time.
- During the booting process, you will be presented with a list of operating systems to choose from by the boot loader.Before we begin, let’s take note of a few safety guidelines:. Ensure you back up all your data in the Windows system. This is crucial so that in case of any mishaps or accidental formatting of the hard drive, you will still have your data intact.
- It’s prudent to a have a Windows repair disk in case the Windows installation gets messed up and you cannot boot into it.NOTE: In this tutorial, you are installing CentOS 7 on a PC with Windows 10 already installed and not the other way around. Before you begin with the installation, perform a flight check and ensure you have the following:.
- An installation media – 8 GB (or more) USB Drive or a blank DVD.A CentOS 7 ISO image. This can be downloaded at CentOS main website. You can choose to download the ‘DVD ISO‘ which comes with added options of installing a Graphical User Interface and other services or you can opt for the ‘Minimal ISO‘ which comes devoid of the GUI and added features. A utility for making the USB bootable or burning the CentOS 7 ISO image on the DVD.
- Once the download is done, double click on the installer and the Window below will be shown.Be sure to select your USB drive and the CentOS 7 ISO image. With everything in place, press the ‘START‘ button to start copying the installation files onto the USB drive.
- When the process is done, remove the USB drive and connect it into a PC and reboot.Ensure to set the correct boot order in the BIOS settings so that the system first boots from the USB drive. Save the changes and allow the system to boot. To successfully install CentOS 7 (or any other Linux OS), you need to set aside a free partition in one of your drives.
- In this guide, we will shrink volume H as shown below.Right click on the volume and select the ‘Shrink‘ option. In the pop-up window that appears, specify the amount to shrink the volume in Megabytes. This will be equivalent to the size of the Free partition on which we will install CentOS 7.
- In the example below, we have specified 40372 Megabytes (about 40GB) for the free partition.Click on ‘Shrink‘ to begin shrinking the partition. After a few seconds, the Free space will be created as shown below. You can now close the Window. Plug the bootable USB drive into your PC or insert the DVD media into the DVD ROM and reboot. Be sure to set your PC to boot from your installation media from the BIOS options and save the changes.
Creating Bootable CentOS USB Drive
- First online is the DATE & TIME configuration.The world’s map will be displayed. Click on your current physical location on the map to set your time and hit the ‘DONE‘ button to save the changes. This brings you back to the previous page. Next, click on the ‘LANGUAGE SUPPORT‘ option to configure your language settings. Select your preferred language and as before, hit the ‘DONE‘ button to save the settings. Next online is the keyboard configuration. Click on the keyboard option. You can test the keyboard configuration and when you are satisfied with the ouputs, click on the ‘DONE‘ button as before. In the next step, click on ‘INSTALLATION SOURCE‘ to customize your installation using other sources other than the traditional USB/DVD. It’s recommended however to leave this option in its default setting as ‘Auto-detected installation media‘.
- Next, choose the LVM (Local Volume manager) or any other mount point.Then click on ‘Click here to create them automatically‘ option. Other partitioning schemes you can choose from include:. Standard Partition. LVM Thin provisioning. Click on LVM and click on ‘Click here to create them automatically’ option to make your work easier.
- If you are still not satisfied with the results, you can use the add, remove or reload the partition scheme to start all over again using the three buttons shown below.To add a new mount point, click the on plus [+] button. A pop up will appear prompting you to select the mount point type and specify the memory capacity. To remove a mount point, click on the mount point first and then hit the minus [-] button. To start over all again click on the Reload button.
- The display below will be displayed.Click on ‘Rescan Disks‘ and click OK to start over again with partitioning the disk. Once done, hit ‘Done‘ to save the changes.
- Next, accept the summary of the changes by clicking on the ‘Accept Changes‘ button.Next, hit the networking tab. On the far right, flip the networking button 'ON'. If you are in a DHCP environment, your system will automatically pick an IP address as shown below. Next, click on the upper ‘Done‘ button. To set the hostname, scroll to the bottom and specify you preferred hostname. If you want to manually set your own IP address, then hit the ‘Configure button‘ at the bottom-right corner. Head out to the IPv4 settings and enter the details about your preferred IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS servers and click ‘Save‘ then click on ‘Done‘ to save the configuration.
Creating a Partition for Installing CentOS 7 on Windows 10
Installing CentOS 7 Alongside Windows 10 Dual Boot
- Type a strong password and click on ‘Done‘. Next, click on ‘USER CREATION‘ to create a New User. Fill all the required details and click on the ‘Done‘ button. Now, sit back and relax as the installation progresses.At the very end, you will get a notification at the bottom of the progress bar that the installation was successful!
Burn Windows 7 bootable USB with Window Boot Genius
Create Windows 7 bootable USB with Windows 7 Install Files
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1. Download the ISO image.
2. Install Rufus.
3. Insert a blank USB drive.
4. Use Rufus to flash the ISO to the drive.
5. Go into the BIOS and set the USB drive as first in the boot order.
6. Reboot into Linux.