Ever wondered how to create a Windows OS installer on a USB key? Well, here’s the quick and simple guide on how to do it yourself, without bothering colleagues or the IT department. Let’s check it out.
- Download or get the corresponding Windows OS ISO file. In my case I have been doing this to install the updated previews of Windows 8.
- Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool which will allow you to create the bootable USB OS installer or a DVD if you prefer.
- Install the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool in your computer. In my case I use my Windows 7 machine to download files and create the installers that I would use on a secondary computer. This tool requires the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, which in Windows 8 previews can be tricky to get working. So again, if it doesn’t work, just try it on a different computer.
- Run the tool to create the USB bootable installer from the ISO image. Make sure that you have a clean USB key with at least 4GB. The tool will format and erase any data you have in the USB key.
- Done. Your USB key is ready to perform the installation of the OS. Just plugin the USB key and click on the setup.exe file.