If you don’t have a Windows installation DVD or either it is damaged, then you can create a bootable USB drive to install Windows on your PC. These days the optical drives are becoming something of a rarity and most netbooks, tablets and small laptops don’t come with a CD-ROM. It’s also more convenient to carry around a tiny USB drive than optical media.
As long as you have a copy of Windows 10/8/7/Vista ISO image, you can create a Windows installation USB drive in just a few steps. Here’s how.
- Download the freeware ISO2Disc on your computer and install it.
- Connect your USB drive that you want to use to install Windows and then run the ISO2Disc software.
- Click on Browse button to locate your Windows Installation ISO image.
- Choose the Burn to USB Flash Drive option. Select your USB drive from device list (if there are more than one connected USB devices).
- select the partition scheme as MBR(for Legacy BIOS/CSM boot), or GPT(required for UEFI boot).
- Click Start Burn and the drive will be formatted and the files copied over to the memory stick. After a few minutes your Windows bootable USB flash drive will be ready for installation.
- Reboot your PC and set the bootable flash drive as a first boot priority in the BIOS settings. Save the bios settings and reboot once again to continue with the Windows installation process.