Now to do Windows installation, we can do it easily through USB Flashdisk. It’s really useful, since probably most of PC/laptop owed doesn’t provide other media such as USB Flash drive, SD card, external HDD, etc.
Besides alternative from CD or DVD, using USB-basis media is more space-saving, since we can make it only when we need it, and we can also delete it. So, we won’t need CD or DVD disc which is vulnerable of damage. Here are some free software we can use to make Bootable USB, good for windows installation.
WinUSB Maker is a portable software to make external storage media such as USB Flashdisk or external HDD to be bootable and can be used to remove Windows setup file (installation) to USB.
Some features of WinUSB Maker are:
1. Backup and Restore (including MBR, Master Boot Record) from USB Drive
2. Designed by maximum security to evade error and stop mistake in formatting Windows.
3. It can work well with Windows in DVD, Folder or ISO Image
4. Formatting USB in NTFS file system
5. It can make DOS/GRLDR bootable USB Disk
6. Copy file with maximum speed level.
7. Supports device which is more than 1 TB.
Besides, there are many other features, for complete explanation, you can visit WinUSB Maker page. This Program can run in Windows Vista,7,8 and server 2008/2011 (and also need .Net Framework 3.5)
Download WinUSBMaker.7z ( ~ 1.3 MB)
Windows 7 SBB Tool
This small and portable Program can be used to create bootable USB windows 7, not just USB Flashdisk, but also support SD Card. To create bootable USB, we cannot use ISO Image (file ISO) from windows 7, but we should decide windows folder location manually (previously, it can be copied from DVD to hard disk)
Download Windows 7 SBB Tool ( 245 KB)
Passcape ISO Burner
Small and also portable program PAsscape ISO Burner is an application to create bootable disk, and also USB from various ISO file, not just Windows. It can be used to create bootable CD/DVD, USB (Memory Stick, USB Flashdisk, CompactFlash, Secure Digital USB Hard disk and others) devices.
Some of its features are:
1. Removing ISO file to CD/DVD and USB drive
2. Creating bootable media
3. Extracting ISO file content to hard disk
4. Simple interface
This program can be run in windows XP up. Download Passcape ISO Burner ( 314 KB)
A Bootable USB
This aksvg.com application is a program to create bootable USB to install windows 7. After it’s run, we can select install file location (I suggest to select the same location with A Bootable USB, so it can be portable). To create bootable USB WIndows 7, it needs 4 GB USB in minimum.
This application can use DVD Windows 7 or ISO file. And it can run in Windows Vista, server 2008 or Windows 7. to run it, we should pass three steps. Check USB Drive, Format USB Drive and select DVD or ISO. Unfortunately, after I tried it in Windows 7 ( version 0.9.0.4), in format USB step, this process is stopped, so I still cannot continue it, and I should close it with End Task. Probably from Options menu, there should be another setting to try when formatting USB.
Download A Bootable USB ( 996 KB)
This application exists for quite long time and considered good to create bootable USB. Not like most applications before, which only support windows vista or 7, WinToFlash can be used to create bootable USB windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8.
Some features of WinToFlash are:
1. Removing windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8 installation from CD/DVD to USB Flash drive
2. Removing WinPE ke USB
3. Creating USB Flash drive with emergency Bootloader for windows XP/2003
4. Removing MS_DOS ke USB
5. Creating USB contained windows XP/2003 Recovery Console
This Program is able to run in Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 and also windows 8. There’s Indonesia language interface provided, so for you who get trouble in using English, this application will be helpful.
Download WinToFlash ( 6.9 MB)