Run Window 7 From USB Flash Drive
Hello to All…!! Again i am here to share some valuable information for you I hope, You have read my previous article on How to Run live Windows From USB Drive for reading it click here. Before start this article let me explain something, is of your interest. I have found lots of question on internet, forums, yahoo answers etc like that
is it Possible to run Windows 7 or 8 directly on pen drive? Pendrive easy to carry anywhere if we can install windows 7 or 8 on pendrive instead of hard disk then please let me know.
So answer is Yes!! Yes we can do this by following some simple steps.
Any operating System such as Window xp/7/8, linux, unix, Mac OS can be installed on hard disk very easily but if we talk about USB drive or Pen Drive then there is some difference in its File Structure, Formatting etc because of this difference between hard disk and pen drives we can’t follow the same procedure as we often follow to install windows 7 on hard disk. So we need some tools to make pendive like hard disk.
Tools are listed below
- Daemon Tools
- NT6 x Fast Installer
- Install RMPrepUSB Full 2.1.720
Download Link are here
By using these tools we are going to make pendrive that behave like hard disk, A little size portable hard disk inside pendrive its sounds nice.
Here we need 16 gb USB 3.0 pendrive, windows cd/dvd or ISO file of windows and above mention tools. I am using windows 7 ISO file.
Daemon tools is a software that is often used to create ISO file from cd/dvd or vice versa. Here we will need either iso file of window 7 or 8 what ever version you want to use doesn’t matter or cd/dvd of windows. If you have cd/dvd of windows then you don’t need to use Daemon Tools, just insert windows cd/dvd into computer.
So let’s start it
Step 1: Insert Pendrive into computer
Step 2: Install and Run RMPrepUSB Tool
Download RMPrepUSB tool from above given link and unzip the folder then double click on exe file and install the software.
after installing run it and check that pendrive label is coming or not (See in below image).
Then do the following
- Choose WinPEv2/WinPEv3/Vista/Win7bootable……. option from Bootloader Options.
- Choose NTFS and check the Boot as HDD option from Filesystem and Overrides options
- Click on Prepare Drive Button at bottom of the screen. (See the image below).
One pop up window will come, click on OK button again it will ask you to erase all data click on OK button again and wait to complete this action. It will take only few seconds to format the pendrive.
Step 3: Download NT6.X Fast Installer
Download this tool from above link and after extracting the folder copy this folder inside a C: drive
Step 4: Run GetWaikTools
After downloading this tool from above link extract the folder and click on exe file to run it, after clicking you will see this screen
Unchecked both the option and choose Waik Tools for Windows 8 option and click on download button to start download.
then choose the download location where to download this file i recommended Desktop as download location, click ok button then wait for few seconds until downloading is finished.
Step 5: Open Downloaded Folder
After downloading go to desktop where you will see Waik 4 folder, open it. Inside this you find two folder one is amd64 and seconds is x86.
if you are using 64 bit operating system then choose amd64 folder or if system is 32 bit then choose x86 folder.
open it and copy these three files named are bcdboot.exe, bootsect.exe, imagex.exe and paste it inside NT6.X Fast Installer folder under the drive C: that we have copied at starting.
Step 6: Run Installer
inside NT6.X Fast Installer folder click on Installer file to run it then green window will come then click Enter then choose windows cd/dvd drive if you don’t have window cd/dvd then mount the ISO file of windows 7/8 using Daemons tools.
After mounting windows dvd frive will come then double click on windows dvd drive to go inside it then click on sources folder then choose install.wim file.
Step 7: Choose windows version you want to install
Step 8: Then it will ask to enter the drive letter of pendrive in my case my pendrive drive letter is L after submitting, it will again ask to enter drive letter of pendrive, enter L again.
Step 9: Then it ask is L: a USB hard disk ? (Y/N) :
Enter yes then Press Enter to start the installation and wait to complete it
After completing you will get windows 7 installed in pendrive. Restart your computer and boot computer from pendrive and see the magic.
Note: Running and starting speed of windows from pendrive is always depends on pendrive speed so i recommended you to use USB 3.0 and Size should be 16 gb Minimum.
I hope you got your doubt cleared. If having any problem to execute then feel free to ask me, Just comment here.