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02-05-2020 02:56 PM
I would like to re-install Windows 7 on my computer. I downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file on a memory stick. How can make my computer boot from the memory stick?
02-05-2020 11:00 PM
The ISO file is a compressed collection of other files. If you have only that file on a USB stick, it will not boot.
What you need to do is save the ISO file to your PC, insert the USB stick and then use a utility known as RUFUS to create a bootable USB stick from the ISO file. It will extract the files from the compressed collection and write them to the proper places on the USB stick.
You can get RUFUS from here: https://www.techspot.com/downloads/6062-rufus.html
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02-06-2020 12:25 AM
Follow what @WAWood has said for creating the Windows 7 USB stick. Once it's created, you'll need to inset the stick, restart the PC, keep tapping ESC or F9 and choose the USB stick from the boot menu. Follow the prompts from there.
02-06-2020 10:28 AM - edited 02-06-2020 11:02 AM
Use the tool I suggested or use Rufus. Link to Rufus download (Link).The Windows tool is easier to use.
Open the tool, navigate to the ISO file on your PC's HDD using the tool's browse function.
Follow the prompts to create boot media.
You can do USB or DVD media using the Windows tool. Rufus may be limited to USB media.
02-06-2020 05:56 PM
Thanks for your help. Could you please help me to select the correct version of Rufus that I need to use?
There are 5 different versions of Rufus at the website in your message. I initially selected the one called Windows 10, because I am preparing the USB memory stick using a Windows 10 computer, because my Windows 7 computer (on which I want to replace the operative system) is not in good shape. I don't know if this selection is correct, perhaps the Windows 10 selection is for people that want to re- install Windows 10 rather than Windows 7. In addition to this uncertainty, when I selected Windows 10, I got a zip file containing 4 different executable files , Which one should I use?
My Windows 7 ISO file is for Home Premium 64
02-06-2020 06:22 PM
Rufus is universal. The operating system does not matter when creating boot media.
Using the Windows media creation tool in my first response for W7 or W8.1 should eliminate all of the guess work.
I have no idea why you have four Zip files. The Rufus download should be one file.
02-06-2020 10:55 PM
Following the advice received (many thanks to All), I created a bootable USB stick from the ISO file using Rufus. Unfortunately, when tapping on F9 after turning the computer on, I just get a black screen and no menus of any kind appear. If don't tap on F9, most of times (but not always) the computer starts and goes into Window as it is supposed to do.
02-07-2020 09:48 AM
I allow myself to answer because you seem to be at an impasse
Many solutions to make a bootable key have been given.
But if the motherboard, the bios, do not allow booting from a USB key, nothing will do!
Unfortunately we do not have the indications for this model, but some of the same computer series.
And we can see for some that the options are Floppy, HDD, cd player, network!
Try to check with the help of the documents here, if you have a USB key option!
The best will therefore be to use a DVD rather than a USB key!
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