How to Create Windows 7 Recovery USB Drive Quickly and Simply?

Posted by @Bryce

October 29, 2018

Read this article and you can realize how to create Windows 7 recovery USB drive effectively and simply, thus you can repair or restore system if your system crashes.

Need to create Windows 7 recovery USB

If you encountered with serious events like system crashes during using Windows 7 computer, you can use system repair disc to fix these problems or reinstall system. Thus, it is reasonable to create a system repair disc via Windows Backup and Restore utility at first. But in this method, the media can only be CD or DVD. Obviously, this way is not suitable for users without CD/DVD. At this point, you can create Windows 7 recovery USB drive. If you don’t have created recovery USB before your system running into problems, you can make a recovery USB drive from another computer.

Create Windows 7 recovery USB drive from ISO

Before starting creating recovery USB via ISO, make sure that the following things are at your hand: ISO image file, USB drive and Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Then, have a closer look at how to create Windows 7 recovery USB drive.

Step 1. Plug your USB flash drive and run Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, click “Browse” button to choose your source file. Then, click “Next".

Create Windows 7 Recovery USB Drive ISO

                                               

Step 2. Choose USB device as your media type.

Choose USB Device

Step 3. Insert your USB drive to the working computer and select it. Then, click “Begin copying”.

Insert USB Device

PS.: Your USB will be formatted during this process. It is recommended to backup important files on it.

Step 4. When the whole process finishes, you can get a recovery USB drive.

Alternative way to create Windows 7 recovery USB drive

It’s not hard to create a Windows 7 repair USB drive from ISO. However, this drive can’t be used for Windows versions that are different from the Windows version of the Windows ISO file. In other words, a Windows 7 recovery USB cannot be used to repair a computer running Windows 10 and a recovery USB from Windows 7 64bit is unable to repair Windows 7 32bit operating system.

To boot any version of Windows 10/8/7, you can turn to third party software like AOMEI Backupper to create bootable media with USB drive. Apart from creating bootable media, AOMEI Backupper can backup and restore Windows system. If offers you various schedules including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event Triggers and Real-times Sync to make a backup. To use the event triggers and real-times backup, you need to use AOMEI Backupper Professional version. If your system is unable to boot, you can boot your computer from created bootable device and restore system to normal status using system backup file. Have a look at how it works.

Step 1. Connect USB drive to your working computer and make sure that it can be detected by the operating system.

Step 2. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it. In the main interface, go to “Utilities” > “Create Bootable Media”.

Alternative Way to Create Windows 7  Recovery USB Drive

Step 3. Choose one between two bootable disc types. (Here Windows PE based bootable media is selected).

Create WinPE Based Bootable Media

Step 4. If your system is UEFI boot mode, there are two options for you:

  • Create the bootable disc based on UEFI boot mode (Recommended)

  • Create the bootable disc based on legacy boot mode

Create UEFI Bootable Media

Step 5. Select a bootable media among three options. Here chooseUSB Boot Device. Then click “Next” to perform this operation.

Choose USB Boot Device

Notes:

  • For Step 2: Linux based bootable media allows you to apply basic functions like of AOMEI Backupper; Windows PE based bootable media allows you to access all functions.

  • For Step 3: Legacy BIOS-based and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UFEI) are two different boot modes. Now, UEFI is replacing Legacy BIOS.

When the progress reaches 100%, click “Finish” icon.

After creating bootable USB drive successfully, you may want to know how to boot computer from it. Firstly, you need to insert the USB drive to the computer that you need to restore system.

Secondly, Press certain key to enter BIOS while booting computer (For different computer models, the key can be different. In general, Del key for desktops and F2 for laptops. If you don’t know which key to press, you can refer to the PC’s manual or website). Finally, choose the USB device and press “Enter” key to boot form the bootable USB drive.

Boot from EFI USB Device

And you’ll enter the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Here you can restore system.

Conclusion

It is possible that your system stuck in troubles. To protect your Windows 7 computer, it is a good idea to create Windows 7 recovery USB drive. If you own computers run different Windows systems, you can choose to create bootable media via AOMEI Backupper. Just create one Windows 7 boot USB drive and it can be applied to Windows 7/8/10 computer. You can also clone USB flash drive with it. 

AOMEI Backupper also allows you to backup disk, partition and file. If you don’t want to make a backup, it is also available to clone disk or system using AOMEI Backupper. All in all, it is a great backup and restore software to protect your data and system security.