How to Make USB Bootable for ISO

By Jacob Stover

One of the most devastating situations that can happen to computer owners is finding that their computers will no longer boot. Many people simply give up at this point, as recovering a non-booting system is frustrating and difficult for an everyday user. It is possible to create a bootable USB flash drive containing the ISO of a Windows installation disc. You'll be able to perform a clean installation of Windows and restore your computer to working order using this bootable drive. While the process is somewhat complicated, it shouldn't take more than an hour or two to learn and complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Flash drive (minimum size 1GB)
  • Windows Installation CD or disc image

Step 1

Navigate to the Windows ISO Tool download page (see Resources).

Step 2

Locate and download the current revision of the ISO Tool for your version of Windows. When the installer has finished downloading, install the ISO Tool the local hard drive of your computer.

Step 3

Click on the Start Menu, then open the "Windows USB/DVD Download Tool" from the program list.

Step 4

Select "Browse" next to the "Source File" text box, then select your Windows installation disc ISO or simply select the drive containing your installation disc.

Step 5

Click on "USB Device," then select the flash drive you wish to use from the drop-down menu. Once you have selected the appropriate drive, double-click "Begin Copying" to copy the ISO to the flash drive. Once the program has finished running you will be able to boot from your flash drive.