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Microsoft Releases Win 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

Make your DVD fit into your USB key.

It's been a bit of a wait for those with netbooks trying to get Windows 7 installed on their little machines, but Microsoft has finally released its USB/DVD download tool – open source, of course.

As the name suggests, the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool creates a bootable USB stick from a Windows 7 install DVD for use with systems that do not contain an optical drive.

"As we previously explained, the testing and localization took longer than we expected, but the project is now hosted on CodePlex.com, Microsoft's Open Source software project hosting repository, and the code can be found here," explained Peter Galli, Open Source Community Manager for Microsoft.

The tool can also now be downloaded from the Microsoft Store here.

Let us know how the new tool works out in your Windows 7 installation adventures!

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    Socnom , December 10, 2009 2:43 PM
    I wonder why MS did not just bundle the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate with a boot stick. Its not like they would be giving out 2 licenses.
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    itadakimasu , December 10, 2009 2:43 PM
    Sounds awesome!!!!

    I'm giong to try it soon. sometimes i just dont have an extra optical drive laying around for new systems or ones i'm troubleshooting.
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    ssalim , December 10, 2009 2:46 PM
    Newbie here, but it says "To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool"... where do I download the ISO file?
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    Anonymous , December 10, 2009 3:00 PM
    About time they re-released the USB tool :D 

    Now if only they didn't just restrict it to Windows 7, this tool could be very useful for other OS Installations or other applications. :) 
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    scryer_360 , December 10, 2009 3:21 PM
    ? So this is just the official Microsoft tool right? I've seen bootable Win7 USB flash drives before using other bootloaders...
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    jgiron , December 10, 2009 3:55 PM
    Quote:
    I wonder why MS did not just bundle the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate with a boot stick. Its not like they would be giving out 2 licenses.

    I don't think that it has anything to do with license as much as it does with hardware compatibility.
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    Anonymous , December 10, 2009 3:58 PM
    Actually they released it earlier, but they got caught breaking the GPL license d'oh!
    So now they open sourced it, like they should have to begin with.

    I just use an external DVD/RW to install the os on my netbook. Or you could use the Linux "dd" comand to get similar results with Flash media. Haven't tried it with windows yet though. It works great for LiveCD iso files.
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    sunflier , December 10, 2009 4:24 PM
    Nice.

    Did this months ago with UltraISO.
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    ostermark , December 10, 2009 4:37 PM
    it would be nice if they made one for windows xp as well
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    thedipper , December 10, 2009 4:39 PM
    You only need winrar to do this in the first place. Wipe your flash drive, extract the ISO with Winrar, and stick the resulting files right on that flash drive. It boots.
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    michaelahess , December 10, 2009 4:41 PM
    Anyone with a bit of a brain can setup a bootable USB stick for ANY OS, you don't need this utility, just google.

    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/

    or

    http://wiki.eeeuser.com/windowsxpusb

    or even

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-and-boot-ultimate-boot-cd-ubcd-from-a-usb-device/

    There are many more as well.
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    steiner666 , December 10, 2009 5:12 PM
    Uh, this is something new? I installed the RTM on my netbook via a USB drive back in July...
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    ravewulf , December 10, 2009 5:18 PM
    ssalimNewbie here, but it says "To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool"... where do I download the ISO file?

    Buy it from their store or make one yourself from a Win7 install disc.
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    wbedwards , December 10, 2009 5:30 PM
    I thought this was called copy, paste, bootsect... This must be the version for people too lazy to use google or cmd.
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    dhowie , December 10, 2009 5:34 PM
    For the average person making your own can look intimidating, you guys shouldnt be so mean. This tool makes the process much easier.

    I walked my grandmother through this, there was not a chance in hell she could do it without the tool
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    rooket , December 10, 2009 5:44 PM
    DVD is cheaper and less headache.
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    DJ898 , December 10, 2009 10:35 PM
    What do you think would be faster DVD or USB stick?
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    hellraiser06 , December 11, 2009 4:52 AM
    okay, heres the bummer. I installed windows 7 RC right from the internal hard disk. Just run the setup file. Go figure......

    Actually, a week ago, my windows 7 installation got corrupted somehow, but I could log into it using safe mode. And, my DVD drive was gone for repairs. I just ran the setup from the iso by extracting it with winrar in my internal HDD (safe mode). It was just a desperate try, that worked.....
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    cjl , December 11, 2009 4:53 AM
    DJ898What do you think would be faster DVD or USB stick?

    USB, definitely. That's how I installed mine :) 
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    descendency , December 11, 2009 10:54 AM
    *wonders if this works with E-SATA and USB 3.0*
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