If you’ve lost your Windows 7 installation disc, which might be the disc itself that came with your PC, or a retail Windows 7 installation disc that you bought separately, reinstalling Windows can be a little frustrating. However, there is a very easy way to create your own Windows 7 installation disc for Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate in 32- or 64-bit from scratch.
1. Select the Windows 7 version and product key
A Windows 7 product key is required to reinstall Windows and activate it. If you purchased your computer from a manufacturer, the product key may be printed on a label attached to the computer. You can also print it in the documentation that came with your PC.
If you purchased a retail copy of Windows 7, the product key may be printed on the box or included as documentation.
The Windows 7 version is also important because product keys only work with certain versions of Windows. You will learn more about this in the next step. To identify your version of Windows 7, simply launch the Start menu, right-click Computer and select Properties from the context menu. Of course, you can also look at the box or documentation that came with your Windows 7 purchase.
2. Download a copy of Windows 7
The next step, of course, is to download a copy of Windows 7, which will eventually be burned to disk or moved to a USB stick. The only recommended way to download Windows 7 is from Microsoft itself.
The only thing you need to provide is a product key. Microsoft will determine which version of Windows 7 you need based on your product key and provide you with links to download that version. If you don’t have a product key, you’re out of luck.
3. Create a Windows installation disc or a bootable USB drive
Windows USB / DVD Boot Tool is a free utility from Microsoft that allows you to burn Windows 7 boot to disc or create a bootable USB drive.
In this step, you have replaced your lost Windows installation disc with another disc or bootable Windows 7 USB drive!
4. Download drivers (optional)
If your computer requires specific drivers for full functionality, you can also download those drivers and install them from Windows.
Start by using Google or your search engine to search the Internet for your specific PC and exact model, then enter the keyword drivers . You should find a good quality link for a list of the drivers you need to download for your PC.
5. Set the drivers (optional)
After you have downloaded the drivers for your PC, you will need to move them to a removable disk or drive so that you can use them after installing Windows. So you have several options:
5?. Writing drivers to disk
This is very simple and can be done with any blank CD or DVD and computer that uses an optical drive with CD or DVD writing functionality.
Just insert the CD or DVD into your computer’s optical drive, create a new folder on your desktop containing all the drivers, and burn it to disc using Windows 7’s built-in burner. option.
5b Copy drivers to USB stick
Simply insert any USB mass storage device into an available USB port on your computer and drag the drivers onto the disk to copy them.
6. Install the drivers
After reinstalling Windows, simply insert the driver disc or USB driver (steps 5a, 5b) and proceed to install the drivers for your PC.
7. Create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive with drivers already installed (alternative method)
Proceed to download the Windows 7 ISO image (links above), but instead of using the USB to DVD utility, go to our article on creating your own Windows 7 image
That’s all. Lost your Windows 7 installation DVD? Now you can simply replace it or create a bootable USB stick. Thank you for visiting the site for today’s posting.