How to reinstall Windows 7 from a flash drive?
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Window OS is the most popular among all operating systems for personal computers in the world. Its interface is simple and clear to all users, while it provides ample opportunities for managing all processes within the hardware and in programs. Periodically there is a need to reinstall the OS. In this article we will explain how to reinstall Windows 7 from a flash drive.
As a rule, the OS installation is performed from the disk. However, what about those who do not have a floppy disk drive or who are not operating? This is where our instructions on how to reinstall windows 7 via a USB flash drive will help.
Before you start reinstalling the OS on your computer, make sure that you have copied and saved all the files and folders that are relevant to you.
In advance, find the driver for all devices connected to the computer. They come bundled with the appropriate devices, but if you lost them, you can find and download them on the Internet.
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with 2 options for recording the OS on a flash-drive.
Using special tools
In the first case, you will need to have directly the USB flash drive itself, which will be used to write Windows, the operating system distribution kit and a set of auxiliary utilities.
- Copy the Windows 7 image with the .iso extension to your computer.
- Run a special utility for reading disk images (a program like this will do).
- Open in it the file we need with the image of the operating system.
- Go to the Startup menu and select Burn hard disk image there.
- Insert the USB flash drive and format it.
- After formatting is complete, click the Burn button.
- Confirm the action and wait for the process to complete.
Without special utilities
With this method, you do not need to install additional programs, only the operating system distribution kit and a USB flash drive.
- Call the Windows command prompt (Start - In the search window, type "Command Prompt").
- Type "diskpart" and press "Enter."
- Type "list disk" and press "Enter."
- You will see a list of connected storage devices.
- In the list, find the USB flash drive to which you want to write.
- Enter the command "select * the name of the flash drive *" and press "Enter".
- Enter "clean" - "Enter".
- Then type "create partition primary".
- The system will report that the specified partition has been successfully created. Now it needs to be broken. To do this, enter "select partition 1" - "activate".
- Format the partition with the command "format fs = NTFS".
- And finally, enter "assign letter = Z" to assign a specific letter to the flash drive.
- At the end, enter "Exit" and press "Enter."
- All you have to do is copy the distribution kit to the USB flash drive.
Perform the following procedure:
- Turn off the device.
- Insert the USB flash drive into the usb port and turn on the device.
- During computer startup, press the special key (the most common ones are DEL and ESC) to enter BIOS mode.
- Set the USB flash drive to the first position in the Boot priority order list.
- Save the settings and exit BIOS mode.
The rest of the process of installing Windows 7 from a USB flash drive is exactly the same as installing from a disk.
- First you will need to select a language.
- After that, a window with the "Install" button will appear in front of you. Click on it.
- Select the version of the operating system you want to install.
- Accept the terms of the license agreement.
- In the window for selecting the type of installation, click on "Complete installation".
- Select a hard disk partition to install.
- Click "Disk Settings" - "Format".
- After the process, click "Next."
- Set the username and computer name.
- If desired, set a password on the computer.
- Enter the Windows product key - without it, a trial version of the product is available for just one month.
- Configure security settings.
- Then perform all the other settings, according to the instructions on the screen. For inexperienced users, we recommend that you select "Recommended settings."
- After all the settings are complete, you will see the Windows 7 desktop.
After you finish installing Win7, you will need to install all the device drivers that you plan to use. In addition, you will need to install those programs that you usually use in your work.