Oct 26, 2009
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Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Creates and Makes Bootable DVD Disc or USB Flash/Hard Drive from ISO Image

Microsoft customers who download Windows 7 installation files through Microsoft Store, MSDN, TechNet, MAPS (Microsoft Partner Action Packs Subscription) Software on Demand Digital Distribution, or Volume License Service Center (VLSC), will get an ISO image file which is an archive file or disc image of an DVD optical disc.

Most people will choose to burn (or write) the Windows 7 ISO to DVD disc media to start the installation. Some people may also opt to make or create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive to install Windows 7 on PC systems that support booting up from a USB drive (changing of boot order or boot sequence in BIOS may be required), especially on computers (e.g. netbooks) that does not have a DVD drive. Furthermore, install operating system from USB hard drive or flash stick is also faster comparing to old-fashioned DVD.

To let customers have an easier way to burn and write the Windows 7 ISO image to a physical DVD media, USB flash drive (or USB stick), or external and portable USB hard disk drive, Microsoft Store has released a Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT), which also known simply as ISO Tool published at http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool. Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows users to create a copy of Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive, USB hard disk or a DVD, by transferring the installation from the ISO image to the medium, and ensuring the DVD or USB drive is bootable. Been bootable mean the media allows users to install Windows 7 after starting up computer directly without having to first run an existing operating system on the machine.

Although burning an ISO to a DVD disc is easy, but converting Windows 7 ISO to a USB drive is much more complex, because ISO cannot be directly ‘burned’ or ‘wrote’ to USB drive. Copying all the content inside the ISO to USB drive also does not work, as the USB drive is not bootable. Hence, WUDT is very useful for Windows 7 users who want to port and transfer Windows 7 setup installation files to USB flash drive or external hard disk, which is also bootable.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to Create Bootable DVD or USB Media

  1. Download a Windows 7 ISO.
  2. Download and install Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool: Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe.
  3. Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
  4. In the Source file box, type the name and path of Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box, then click Next.

    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download ISO Tool

  5. Select USB device to create a copy of Windows 7 installation media on a USB flash drive or DVD to create a copy of Windows 7 installation media on a DVD disk, then click Next.

    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

  6. Insert USB flash drive or external hard disk into USB port, or DVD disc into DVD writer/burner tray.
  7. For copying the Windows 7 file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the dropdown list and click Begin copying. For copying the file up to a DVD, click Begin burning.

    Windows 7 USB/DVD ISO Tool

  8. WUDT will format storage media, and then copying Windows 7 files over to the media.

    Windows 7 ISO Tool

    Tip: Do make sure that no important data is stored on the USB flash drive as it will be formatted (deleted).

  9. Once bootable USB device or DVD created successfully, user can install Windows 7 by navigating to the root of DVD or USB flash drive and double-clicking Setup.exe. It’s also possible to install Windows 7 directly from the USB key or DVD by booting from the USB key or DVD, where Windows 7 installer will be automatically launched.

    Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (WUDT)

In order to copy Windows 7 setup files to a bootable USB key or USB flash drive, at least 4 GB of storage space capacity is required. WUDT runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, and supports localized language versions of Windows 7, such as German, English, French, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Hebrew, Arab, Czech, Danish, Traditional Chinese, Norwegian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Spanish.

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  • antim$

    the same here
    ” “No compatible USB Devices Detected””

    stupid microsoft. Doesn’t even know how to create usable software.

  • premchand

    step by step how to make windows 7 bootable dvd in nero 6 please replay in my email id

  • Jason

    I have tried many times to use it (physically in Germany) with a .iso of Windows 7 that I am pretty sure is in English. But everytime when I start the install everything is still in German (while I want it in English)

    I have made all the system locale, language etc to English right from the download of this program, then killing the internet connection before installing the program and making the usb, and the problem is still there.

    Any ideas?

  • james

    bummer..the link is down again

    • ernie flores

      Sorry I was updating on my backend. Its back up now.

  • tesfu sahle

    we need bootable dvd disc for acer laptop the program is failed so how i got the disc i live switzerland.

  • naveen

    i have insert the dvd and my note book is not showing boot screen and it is displaying boottmrg file missing press alt+ctrl+delete can i found the solution

  • Vhon Honheimen

    i fin the procedure correctly with no errors…
    but when i tested it if my USB is bootable.. it didnt boot… anyone experienced this???
    the USB is not bootalbe but it 100% successfully copied all files from my Win7 iso….

    help on how to solve this… thank you….

  • CHRIS

    hey guys! wintobootic is better one as crapy ms tool! its standalone, its user friendly, its fast and it can deal with joliet iso images.

  • cinetube

    the problem i have is my laptop only boot with dvd and not with usb and I cannot make it. It would be interesting to have a live windows 7 in the usb with all the info that you make every day.

    Anyone knows if there is a live windows 7 usb to use every time I use my laptop?

    thanks.

  • Marte

    the program will not open after i installed it, why is that?

  • stephen

    i need to create bootable external hard drive for 500GB and need to using NTFS filesystem. So how to create? can post the step?

  • thats not working in my pc my os is xp sp3 and i have a win 7.iso image file but in 1rst step i brose and select win 7.iso and click next the error is that's not an invalid iso file please chose a iso file but some time ago i burn this image inti a dvd thats working but why that's not why he say that's not a valid iso file.plz reply me first thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • zack

    Any iso I point to: it says it is not the ISO format. I am using win 7 and ISO images or linux, chrome OS which I don't want to burn but want to run from 500GB USB Hard Drive.

    What is going on ?

  • Ryan

    This utility cannot use USB hard disk, it can only be used with USB flash drive!

    An alternative to this software is "a bootable USB", it can also only be used with USB flash drive though… (weird… why not USB hard disk?)

  • Geo

    Oh, shure it work installing an win7 from stick! Use Windows7-USB-DVD-tool program. It will take some time,so is good to be be patient. After that you need to tape fast F12 before loading windows. The screen will show 3 options. Choose the one witch say about USB. ALL the driver you need f. win 7/32bit you can finde at: http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/windows7_drivers.jsp?macId=&LNG=1&mode=allMachines&userOS=&action=search&selCategory=2&selFamily=387&selSeries=242&selProduct=851&selShortMod=877&selOS=29&selType=all&country=8&language=13&search=

  • Cherimoya Eihn

    I have no boot menu on my laptop.
    And installation Windows 7 DVD was scratched.
    What i did was:
    1) download windows 7 installation ISO;
    2) unpack it on flash drive;
    3) boot from any installation CD/DVD (just to get close
    to command promt);
    4) format c:;
    5) copy contents of flash drive to c:;
    (xcopy f:*.* c:);
    6) reboot.
    The PC will boot from c: as it was some DVD and will actually install Windows on itself.

  • Trevor

    Hey i got this error when I clicked "run".

    Installation of IMAPI v2 requires Service Pack 2 or higher.

    So does that mean I just need SP2 or higher or what?

    • Rusafie

      same problem 🙁 what to do?

  • Virtual World

    It will not work with Windows XP. Use WinToFlash instead. http://wintoflash.com/home/en/

    Remember to save your data from the USB pendrive.

  • hunt978

    it's not work.something just happened every time when i goto step 4 with a tip that "we were unable to copy your files , blah blah ~~~"

    what's the problem, you formated my u driver and didn't do your job.that's not good.

  • ian

    can i use this on xp?please reply

  • Nugrozt

    Bro, can i apply this tool to create bootable usb flashdisk with other OS like XP, vista or linux? How bout burn any software still in iso image then usb can install them to computer? Does DVD/USB TOOL perform it? Thanks. . .

  • StuartB

    Does'nt work. I have a 160 Gig portable usb hard drive in perfect working order, empty and which is found by windows every time it's plugged in, whether it's my pc or anyone elses.

    I have tried this USB/DVD tool and it does'nt even find the drive.

    It says "No compatible USB Devices Detected"

    Funny how it's compatible with everything else I throw at it.

    It has booted up and installed Windows 7 previously without any problems. Since then it has been wiped and used just for storage. Any ideas for a fix would be welcome. Thanks.

  • Avijit_KG

    That is Great.

    the working accuracy 100%, trasted & Virus free.

  • Rajan

    thanks for this software

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