How To's & Guides Now We Know - Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Now We Know – Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool


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There is another easy way to load your Windows 7 Installation DVD on a USB Drive. Check out this 3 minute video.

A special thank you to Tyler and Dave Heckendorf for metioning this tool in my prior post.

I will try and check the comments areas next time. Our search only looks at prior posted articles.



Why do this?

There are times when we need to install Windows and a DVD drive is not available. Whether you want to run an installation on a netbook, a rack server or a new build, the USB Drive is the faster way to go!


The download link (and help topics) to the tool can be found at:

How Does It Perform?

I used the USB Drive I created above to load Windows 7 onto my new refurbished Dell Mini 10V last night and it took 33 minutes. Not bad for a netbook.

The process worked perfectly!

I hope you get a chance to try the process out.

Now We Know

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. I upgraded my Dell mini to windows 7 using this method and I had never done anything like it but it was very easy to do and my dell mini runs great with now problems!

  2. Check out Windows Media Center with your Mini. I was supprised how smooth the video is. I watched Lost on it and it was a great picture!

  3. Can I use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to install windows 2003 server on my dell that does not have an optical drive?

    I have a PC with windows 7 to set it up as well as an iso of 2003 and the original Media


    • With Server 2003 you might encounter some issues with drivers (and controllers) during deployment with older machines. I would start up and see if you can get to boot USB and go from there. If you get a error message or have to press F6 you are screwed. My last 2003 install was over three years ago so I have not kept up on installation techniques. Have you thought of 2008?


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