In earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, for example Microsoft Windows XP, it was quite easy to install an operating system using a bootable CD/DVD. Only thing that was required was to create a bootable media using any third-party image burning tool and burning Microsoft Windows XP to any blank CD. Even if a bootable USB for Windows XP was required to be created, the process was quite simple.
Case is a bit different in Microsoft Windows 7 as it is necessary to download a tool in order to make USB drive bootable to install Microsoft Windows 7 on any computer. Name of this tool is Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool which is precisely developed to create bootable USB drives or DVDs for Windows 7 installation.
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool installer file is of around 2.59 MB in size and once it is installed it occupies around 2.72 MB of hard disk space in the system drive in the installer’s user profile folder. The default installation location for Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool\ where <username> represents the name of the account using which the user is logged on. Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Since the application is user specific it is by default installed in the profile folder in AppData. Administrative privileges are required to run the application when installed though and therefore the user is displayed with User Account Control confirmation box when it is initiated.
Interface of Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is quite user friendly and is easy to use. The entire bootable USB or DVD can be created in four simple steps that include locating the path for physical DVD or an ISO image of Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows 8 operating system and then specifying whether the user wants to create a bootable USB or a DVD.
Features offered by Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool include easy to use interface which allows users to create bootable DVDs and USBs for operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 7 and/or Microsoft Windows 8.
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool automatically detects if the inserted USB drive is blank or has some data in it. Moreover this tool, when installed and initiated, also calculates the amount of disc space that is available in the inserted USB drive and determines if it is sufficient enough for creating a Windows 7 bootable media. In case Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool detects that the USB drive which is inserted does not have sufficient amount of space it prompts the user with a box asking to erase data stored in it. The user is then required to click on Erase button and once it is done it automatically erases the information and starts copying the installation files into the blank USB in order to make it a bootable Windows 7 installation media.
Although Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is quite an easy to use application there are still some best practices and recommendations which should be kept in mind while using it.
- Make sure that the USB drive that you insert into the computer is of minimum 4 GB in size and contains no important information in it. Even if there is some important information, make sure it is backed up before you use the USB to make it a bootable Windows 7 installation media.
- It is strongly recommended that no other application should be running either in foreground or background while you create a bootable USB or DVD for Windows 7 installation.
- Ensure that the USB drive that you are willing to use to make it bootable for Windows 7 installation is not corrupt and has no back sectors in it.
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is developed by Microsoft and is absolutely free of cost.
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is a strong and powerful tool which allows users to create bootable Windows 7 installation media (bootable USB or installation DVD) in just four simple steps. With the help of this tool users are not at all required to be highly skilled technical professionals or they are not even required to memorize typical commands in order to create bootable Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation media.
Although Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool sounds like it is precisely developed for Microsoft Windows 7 conceptually, in practical aspect it can also create bootable media for Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 as well.
At the time of this writing Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool only supports 32-bit versions of operating systems and if 64-bit installation media is used it simply gives error messages.
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool can be considered as a “must have” utility which is highly beneficial for people who regularly reinstall operating systems and are annoyed by the scratchy media they insert into the DVD drives every time. Moreover, nowadays there are certain notebooks available in the market which are quite small in sizes and they do not have DVD drives in them. This utility is quite handy for the people who have these pocket notebooks as Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool can help them a lot by eliminating the requirement of purchasing additional USB DVD reader/writer which is far more expensive and is not as easy to carry and handle as any USB drive can be.