How to Install Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Pen-drive/USB

Windows USB booting

Installing the Windows Operating System on the Pen drive is so easy. And it is necessary for those who want to take a preview of the Windows Operating System before installing in the System.

This trick will save the time from uninstalling and re-installing the Current Windows Operating System in the computer and more over we can use the Operating System installed on the pen drive in any Computer. And use the files with the interference of the installed Operating System on pen drive……And accessing operating system from the pen drive can help you to keep you away from the key-loggers while you are using public computers. So this trick can help you to access your bank accounts and sensitive data from public computer in secure way!

Getting Started: —-

Before starting to install the Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your Pen Drive you need to get some tools……


Get the original ISO copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 or windows XP OS from Microsoft website..

If you already have the ISO image of the OS that’s better and those who don’t have… follow these steps

Get the Original disc of the Windows 7 OS or Windows 8 OS and make a ISO image file by using the NERO Burner or any other Image Burner

Then you need to have the  extracting software just like (WinRar or 7Zip) and the main part is Pen drive of 16 GB(recommend with 3.0) storage capacity…or higher pen drive…

And finally the tool GimageX you can get this tool from here


Now the process starts….it will end in five simple steps

STEP 1:—

  • Extract the ISO image onto local drive by using the WinRar or 7 Zip
  • And now search for the file named “Sources”
  • And then in that folder find the file “install.wim”

STEP 2: Preparing the Pen Drive

  •  Now plugin the Pen Drive to the Computer
  • After the drivers are installed open your drive
  • And backup your data to safe folder to the local drive….
  • After taking the Backup of your files on pendrive you need to format completely (don’t choose the Quick format mode ) to remove virus from pen drive
  • After formatting your pen drive…

STEP 3: Installing the Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows XP

  • Now fire up the GimageX and hit on the “Apply” tab
  • Now in the source file enter the complete path of “install.wim”(extracted from the . ISO file enter the full path where the file is located on local disk)
  • After getting the Source path file you need to enter the Destination of the USB drive.(USB volume label)
  • After setting the Destination path you are recommend not to change the Settings (Leave them as they are)
  • Now hit on the  “Apply”
  • After hitting on the “Apply” it will take some time to complete the process (Speed depends on the speed of the pendrive)
  • After the Process is completed then it is the time to close the GimageX and jump to the Step 4

Step 4: After the Process

Now after completing the process you need to again fire up the Command Promote then need to enter the command as shown here bcdboot k:Windows /s k: (k is my pen drive letter change this with your drive letter) in command promote  this will make your removable devices ready for receiving the booting files. and replace the above code with your drive letter……..

Now restart the system and enter into the BIOS settings and there you can choose the enable booting from the removable devices… (recommended to set the USB boot priority to First)

NOTE: The Speed of the operating system depends on speed of the pen drive.


Update: This tools may be helpful for you to Install Win 7 & other OS on a USB and CD/DVD.

  1. Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool (Only for Windows 7 32 & 64 Bit Versions)
  2. YUMI (Automated Universal MultiBoot UFD Creation Tool- You can create Multi Boot USB/CD)

For Download Links Please Look Below:

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool (Click Here to Download)

YUMI (Automated Universal MultiBoot UFD Creation Tool- You can create Multi Boot USB/CD) (Click Here to Download)


Saikrishna is a student of Computer Science & Engineering and he is also a part time blogger who also blog at TSKSOFT. Started blogging in 2010 for fun and later its became a profession, helping co-bloggers and sharing the knowledge to everyone from what he learned.

About Saikrishna Tipparapu

Saikrishna is a student of Computer Science & Engineering and he is also a part time blogger who also blog at TSKSOFT. Started blogging in 2010 for fun and later its became a profession, helping co-bloggers and sharing the knowledge to everyone from what he learned.


  1. Thanks Saikrishna, I have been planning to try out Windows 8 on my PC if it will be compatible and how will it fare. I will try your steps.

  2. Thanks Saikrishna. This might come in handy especially with people who do not have a CD/DVD Drive.

  3. Nice one 🙂 Thanks for Sharing Sai Krishna 🙂

  4. Thanks for this but unfortunately I donot have Windows 8. I will try this after getting Windows 8

  5. Nice Post dude keep it up !!!!!

  6. thanks admin for this awesome trick and it’s working fine in my case.

  7. interesting. i finally got windows 7 on my computer, and i had to buy a new printer because my old printer isnt compatible with windows 7.

    • Thank you Fifi to visit this article via Facebook 🙂 I’m so glad to see you here. I think it will also supports your old printer as Win 7 is also compatible with old versions too…! Just try it again .

  8. quite harder for me to do(to make pendrive bootable). Is not their any other step????

  9. Best way to install windows 8 and 7 from windows7-usb-dvd tool from microsoft. It is the best tested application from microsft. Easy and fast.

  10. Thanks a lot for the awesome share. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. I am getting the below error in Step 4
    “Failure when attempting to copy boot files.”

  12. Should the pendrive be Formatted in NTFS format or FAT32 format??

  13. Daemon tools does the work for me. No need to give time to making your pendrive bootable.
    But yes, If you want to CLEAN install the windows, This is an awesome way to save your money on DVDs 😉

  14. This is the best windows thumb driver installation..
    Thank you very much for sharing it. Nicely put!

  15. hey can i use this trick on my hard disk partition ……….i have three partition on my hard disk…..

  16. Thank you so much Saikrishna! This is a great article! It gave me more information than what I already know! This will be a great help! It is a pleasure reading this. Please keep posting for more topics. Good Job!

  17. Whenever i try the last step it comes with an error
    BFSVC: Could not open the BCD template store. Status = [c000000f]

  18. Isnt there any simple software utility where you can just select the path of windows iso file and destination as usb drive?.

  19. I’ve bookmarked it because soon I will be making one of this.

  20. Realy Nice article.I know installing form pendrive is possible for Linux distros.This is a great info.

  21. Awesome Trick!
    Thanks for sharing Saikrishna. Installing and accessing windows from a pendrive is really a very comfortable way. As you can test if it will work fine with your hardware specifications or not.
    I am gonna do this with my Windows 8 Pro. Wish me luck. 🙂

  22. This is a really common blog article written and still its great. The gist of the blogging world is this. windows 8 on pendrive. I always install it that way. Also please visit my blog and make comments. Thanking you.

  23. its good post thankz for this tips.drive usb .windows 7 and-windows 8 on pen

  24. Hi, the folder’s xp haven’t the install.wim file.
    how can I do?

  25. Thanks Saikrishna for how i can install win 7 by drive USD. Thanks for sharing

  26. Thanks to you comprehensive procedure but where to get Mircosoft pen drive? hehehe

  27. Hello Sai,
    I have 2 GB RAM and 500 GB HDD. Should I try to install both the OS on the same Platform ?

    • Akshay you can install both OS on same platform(Two OS on one system-drive). You can use the download links below the article to download the USB driver software to make an USB Bootable drive. Hope it’s useful, Thanks for dropping your comment.

  28. karthik.g says:

    i have one problem,i.e missing oeprating system

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