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How to create a Windows 7 boot disk

A boot disk for Windows can be a life and time saver. For instance if your computer crashes or starts behaving weirdly or slowly due to a virus or some other reason, a simple re-installation of the operating system using the boot disk, in most cases, will make your system run as good as new. Other than that the Windows 7 boot disk also includes a few diagnostic tools and repair options which can come very handy. But as a precaution, always have a backup of the files on your system on an external disk in advance in case a mishap or emergency occurs and you are forced to format your system’s hard disk.

Making a boot disk for Windows 7 entails a relatively simple procedure. It begins with creating an ISO file (which means an image of the disk) of your windows 7 copy. This is followed by downloading and installing a software program called Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool. Then following some simple steps, the boot disk will be ready in a very short time.

This is what you will need in order to proceed:

An ISO (disk image) file of your windows 7 copy on your computer (if you ordered your copy through an online store like Digital River, visit this website or if you have a physical Windows 7 disk visit this link for instructions on how to create the ISO file. It’s easy, don’t worry.)
A fresh DVD (with at least 4GB capacity), OR alternatively, an external USB drive (again with at least 4GB capacity)
An Internet connection
10-20 minutes of time
Here’s what you need to do:

Download and install a program called ‘Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool: http://bit.ly/4vNr60
Start up the program
On the first screen, you will be asked to choose the ISO file. Click on browse and navigate to the location on your computer where the ISO file is stored.
In the next screen, select USB Drive or DVD depending on which of these you want to make your boot disk
After choosing the correct device, click on ‘begin copying’.
After the copying is done, the USB device/DVD is now bootable.
Now you can restart the system after inserting the USB device/DVD, and choose a USB boot/DVD boot in the startup options (by hitting F12 or some other key depending on your system) if the system does not automatically boot from the external device. Then proceed to use the boot disk to re-install the OS or run some other diagnostic or recovery tool according to your need.

NOTE:

* The USB device may be a flash drive or also an external hard drive, but be careful as the program formats the device prior to copying the windows installer files onto it. In case of an external hard drive, it is always a viable option to create a separate partition of about 4 GB and then select it for the format and for copying the OS files.

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