How To Create A Bootable Windows Installation DVD Or USB Drive

Do you need to quickly create a bootable USB memory stick or a bootable DVD with the Windows installation on it? Do you want to use a tool that's also compatible with Windows 10 and creates bootable drives with the Windows 10 setup files? Luckily, Microsoft offers a free tool named Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and, even though it was last updated in 2009, it also works great with the most recent releases of Windows. Here's how it works:

How To Download & Install The Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

The tool can be downloaded here: Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. Click or tap the Download button.

After you download the tool, the installation steps are simple. Run the downloaded executable (named Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-US.exe) and click or tap Next.

Press Install.

Wait for the installation to finish and, when done click or tap Finish.

Download The ISO File With The Windows Installation Files

Before you use this application, you need to have a disc image in the form of an ".iso" file that contains the Windows installation files that you want to use.

This ".iso" file file can be obtained from your Microsoft Store account, from the MSDN website (if you have a subscription) or from other sources.

With the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool you can create bootable media for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 10. Even though it's called the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool we have tested it with all these operating systems and with both 32-bit and 64-bit installations. The reason why it's working with so many Windows versions is the fact that the Windows Setup structure hasn't changed since Windows 7.

How To Create A Bootable USB Drive With The Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

You will find the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool shortcut on your Desktop. Use it to start this tool.

A UAC Prompt will be shown. Click or tap Yes.

You will be asked to select the ".iso" file containing the Windows installation files. Click or tap Browse.

Browse your computer, select the ".iso" file and click or tap Open.

After choosing the file, click or tap Next.

You are asked to choose the type of media that you want to create. You will need an empty USB memory stick or a blank DVD to move forward. Plug in the type of media that you want to use and then select it in the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.

After selecting the media type, select the drive where the selected media type is found and click or tap Begin copying.

If that drive is not empty, you are asked to erase it (this works only for USB memory sticks). Click or tap "Erase USB device" to continue.

You are informed that the tool will erase all contents from the selected device. Click or tap Yes to confirm the operation.

The Windows installation files are now being copied to the selected drive. Wait for the process to finish as it will take a while.

When done, you are informed that the bootable device was created successfully. Close the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and eject the drive from your computer.

You can now use that drive to install Windows on other devices and computers.


As you can see from this guide, the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool is easy to use and it comes in handy when you want to quickly create a bootable USB memory stick with the Windows Setup on it or when you want to create a bootable DVD. It works great with many versions of Windows, including Windows 10. So try it out and let us know how well it works for you.