Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (ISO writer)

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    1. 1. Goal
    2. 2. Instructions

    Microsoft has provided an easy-to-use tool to copy CD image (.iso) files to USB flash drives called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Below are instructions for downloading, installing, and using the tool.

    For instructions on creating a CD image, see this article about using ImgBurn to create CD image (.iso) files.

    Important Note: Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool will completely erase the contents of your USB Flash drive. Please be sure you backup your USB Flash drive or use a new one.

    Your USB flash drive must also have a minimum capacity of 4GB or the tool will fail.

    Goal

    To drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to copy thousands of files to a USB Flash drive.

    Instructions

    These step-by-step instructions will assist you to 'burn' a CD image (.iso) file to your USB Flash drive. See the associated images if you have difficulty finding certain buttons or fields in the application. This process has been tested and verified using Poodle.

    1. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool from here: http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool. The file you want is the first link in the Installation section. [image]

    Note: Be sure you have also installed the prerequisite files. Links to them can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the download page, about half-way down the page. You must be an Administrator on the computer you are installing the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool on.

    1. Open or Run the downloaded file from the location you saved it to. Follow the installation wizard to install the tool.
    2. Find and open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool by clicking Start -> All Programs. The application will open to Step 1 of 4: Choose the ISO file. [image]
    3. Click the browse button and choose the CD image file you want to copy onto your USB Flash drive, then click "Open"
    1. Click the next button. The tool will advance to Step 2 of 4: Choose media type. [image]
    2. Click the usb device button. The tool will advance to Step 3 of 4: Insert USB Device. [image]
    3. Insert your USB device now. If your device does not appear in the drop-down box, click the refresh button.
    4. Click the begin button. A "Not Enough Free Space" warning message will appear. [image]
    1. Click the erase button. Another "Not Enough Free Space" warning message will appear. [image]
    2. Click the yes button. The tool will advance to Step 4 of 4: Creating bootable USB device.
    1. The process of copying your CD image to the USB device will take a few minutes. [image]

    Note: You will receive a "Failure" error at some point during the copy process stating that files could not be copied to the device. (The percentage shown on yours may be different, depending on the size of your CD image)

    error message

    The cause of this error is unknown, but it could be due to the CD image file not being a full DVD-size image. Another cause could be that the .iso files I was testing with were not bootable images.

    Extensive testing has found that this error can safely be ignored. The flash device will work as intended after closing the application.

     

    Note 8.3.2011 - Some users have found that the Tool will complete with no error messages, and function properly.

    poodle USB success.png

    1. Close the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool by clicking the x button in the upper right corner of the window.
    2. Use the Windows preferred method of removing USB flash drives to safely remove your USB flash drive after closing the application. [image]
    3. Reinsert the USB device to verify the contents are as expected.
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