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How to Make a Bootable USB Drive for Windows 7* Installation for Intel® Workstation Boards


Last Reviewed: 01-May-2018
Article ID: 000007661

Using bootable USB to install an operating system speeds up installation. It also saves a DVD.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Starting from a USB flash/pen/key drive supported by the PC
  • One system with Windows* 7 or Windows Vista already installed
  • One completely formatted USB flash drive preferably 4 GB or more

What steps do I need to follow to make the bootable USB?

  1. Attach the USB flash drive to the Windows 7 or Windows Vista system.
  2. Go to the command prompt (Start > Run > type cmd).
  3. When the Command Prompt Window opens, enter the following command:
    1. DISKPART and hit enter.
    2. DISKPART > LIST DISK and hit enter. (After you enter the LIST DISK command, it shows the disk number of your USB drive. Here the USB drive disk number is taken as Disk 1.)
    3. DISKPART > SELECT DISK 1 (If required, replace DISK # accordingly.)
    4. DISKPART > CLEAN
    5. DISKPART > CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
    6. DISKPART > SELECT PARTITION 1
    7. DISKPART > ACTIVE
    8. DISKPART > FORMAT FS=FAT32 QUICK
    9. DISKPART > ASSIGN
    10. DISKPART > EXIT

The above steps make the USB a bootable device. Now we need to explore the Windows OS DVD and copy all the contents to the USB. You can now use this bootable USB as a bootable DVD on any computer.

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