By Teresa / Last Updated March 18, 2021

Why want Windows 7 to USB Boot?

Since Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows To Go feature becomes more and more important in our daily computing life. It makes life and work portable, which improves work efficiency and saves time. So convenient it is, yet you cannot benefit from this feature in Windows 7, even in Windows 8 and Windows 10 non-enterprise edition. Windows To Go Creator exists only in Windows 8 and Windows 10 Enterprise edition. Although some third party software make up for this limitation, for example, run Windows 10 from USB drive in Windows 10 Professional edition, it is hard to realize it in Windows 7.

The reason of wanting Windows 7 to USB bootable from ISO may be the same with doing with Windows 8 and Windows 10. Even though Windows has gone to Windows 10, Windows 7 occupying in the computer cannot be overlooked. It is not surprise that some users want to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 after upgrading. Creating Windows 7 To Go USB with common USB stick also saves the budget of purchasing a certificated one. Besides, you can use Diskpart to create bootable USB, but it is not the same as Windows To Go.

Anyway, a way to make OS, important data, project in a stand-by USB flash drive and get peace of mind, why not?

Windows 7 ISO to USB bootable software free download

Hard as it is, we still find professional and reliable free software that can help us run Windows 7 from USB drive and keep it around our side. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is an easy-to-use Windows 7 To Go Creator. With Windows 7 installation disc/CD or ISO file, one can have Windows 7 in USB bootable drive like a breeze. It can also create Windows 8/10 To Go USB drive and no Enterprise edition required.

Even though we can create Windows To Go on common USB sticks, there are some requirements for this drive. In addition, in order to complete the creation, some preparations are necessary.

  • An USB drive with 13GB or more capacity. Please note that the bigger the USB is the better performance you’ll get. USB 2.0 is supportable yet USB 3.0 is better in speed.

  • Windows 7 installation disc/CD, ESD file or Windows 7 ISO file. If you don’t have an installation disc, download the ISO file from Microsoft official website.

Tips: If you have a Windows 7 ISO/ESD installation file, be sure to extract it to a proper place with WinRAR or WinZIP, or mount it as virtual drive by using third party ISO mounting or burning software like DAEMON Tools Lite. Here get Windows 7 ISO to USB flash tool free download and have a try.

How to use Windows 7 to USB bootable tool?

1. Insert the USB drive to your Windows 7 PC via USB port. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant, and you’ll get the main interface. Generally, disk 2 or partition F would be the removable device.

2. Click on  "All Tools" > “Windows To Go Creator” in the left wizards.

Windows To Go Creator

2. In the window, choose "Create Windows To Go for personal computer" and then click "Next".

For Windows PC

Note: If you want to create Windows To Go for Mac computer, please upgrade to Professional version.

3. Click the folder icon to choose the ISO, ESD, or installation file and click "Next".

Choose ISO


4. Choose a prepared USB drive and click "Proceed".

Choose USB Drive

5. Finally, click “Proceed” to start the creating.



Not in a while, the process of making Windows 7 to USB bootable will be completed. It is fairly easy to make Windows 7 boot with USB drive so long as you get the right assistant, isn’t it? As a matter of fact, AOMEI Partition Assistant is also a bootable USB format tool. Once you don’t need this USB drive or want to upgrade to better USB stick with higher performance, you can clone bootable USB drive to another and format the original one.