One of the best new products in Microsoft’s newly revamped online store (store.microsoft.com) is the USB/DVD Download Tool. When you purchase a copy of Windows 7 from the store, you have the option to download an ISO file. With this tool, you can create a copy of that ISO file on a USB flash drive or DVD.
The DVD option is for those folks seeking instant gratification and can’t want to wait for a boxed product to ship. However, the USB option is for people with netbook computers – the mini laptops that have become all the rage as of late. Because these small PCs typically don’t have an optical drive, installing Windows via a CD/DVD isn’t an option, but installing via a USB flash drive is.
With the new Download Tool, you’re able to create a bootable USB drive which can then be used to install Windows 7 on any computer… even if there’s no operating system currently installed on the machine.
In order to use this tool, you’ll need a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB of free space. Also, there should be no other files on the drive when it’s used to install Windows.
You’ll be given the option to use this tool when you purchase a copy of Windows 7 here and then choose one of the download options as your delivery method.
If you already have a Windows 7 ISO and just want to download the tool, you can click here (.exe file) to install it on your PC now.