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Setup Windows 7 from USB drive

AnyBurn can easily create windows 7 bootable USB drive, thus you can setup Windows 7 without CD or DVD drive. This feature is very useful because more and more computers are not equipped with a compact drive. To setup Windows 7 from USB drive, please follow the steps,

Step1: Create Bootable USB Drive:

  1. Start AnyBurn (v3.6 or newer version, download here).

  2. Insert the USB drive you intend to boot from.

  3. Click the button, "Create bootable USB drive". If you are using Windows Vista or higher  operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.

  4. If you have a Windows 7 installation ISO file, you can choose "Image file" for the source, and select the ISO file. Otherwise, you need a Windows 7 installation compact disc. Insert the disc in the drive, and choose "Compact disc" for the source.

    Select the correct USB drive from the "Destination USB drive" list. If multiple USB drives are connected to the computer, please make sure that you have chosen the correct drive.

    Choose the proper writing method. "USB-HDD" is recommended.

  5. Click "Next" button to start creating windows 7 bootable USB drive. Please notice that all data on USB drive will be destroyed. You should see the detailed progress information during writing USB drive.

If no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to setup Windows 7 from USB drive!


Step 2: Configuring the BIOS:

You should now reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

  1. Reboot the system.

  2. While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

  3. Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

  4. With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isnít, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device.

  5. Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.

Please be careful when you change the BIOS settings, you can seriously screw up your system by providing incorrect settings!


Step 3: Booting and setup windows 7 from USB drive:

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting,  Windows 7 setup should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while.

If it isnít working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

  • Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

  • Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure.)

  • Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)

Note: The above guide works with Windows 7. It also works for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8 / 8.1, or Windows Vista. To setup Windows XP from USB drive, please refer to another guide at https://www.poweriso.com/tutorials/how-to-make-winxp-bootable-usb-drive.htm .


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