Creating Bootable Pen Drive Using Windows Command Prompt

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Making a pen drive bootable is possible in Windows7 & Windows8 operating system. Formatting a computer to install fresh Windows OS with a CD/DVD drive is not very good because it takes too much time to install fresh Windows operating system. There can also be a problem for many people that CD/DVD drive doesn’t work properly. So this can be a problem for them. Today laptop or desktop comes many USB ports. So there is no need of CD/DVD drive to format a system. Formatting is very fast and easy with flash drive/pen drive and also no software is required for this method. Windows7 or Windows8 command prompt can do the work with few lines of command. Just follow this tutorial. Start your command prompt.  For windows7 users: Go to “Start” button and click. Write “cmd” then cmd icon will appear on the top of the panel. (Fig.1)
Starting Windows CMD

Fig.1-Starting Windows CMD

“Right click” on the cmd icon and click “Run as administrator”. (Fig.2)  
Running Command Prompt As Administrative

Fig.2-Running Command Prompt As Administrative

It will open the command prompt. (Fig.3)
Windows 7 CMD Window Pops Up

Fig.3-Windows 7 CMD Window Pops Up

For windows 8 users: Press “Windows key” and press “c”. You will see the command prompt icon. “Right click” on the command prompt icon and click “Run as administrator” from the bottom bar. (Fig.4)
Windows 8 CMD Window Pops Up

Fig.4-Windows 8 CMD Window Pops Up

It will open the command prompt like in Fig.3 Now following steps are same for the windows7 and 8 OS. Type “diskpart” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. (Fig.5)
Type diskpart And Enter

Fig.5-Type diskpart And Enter

It will good before going to next step that you should disconnect all other external hard disk, flash/pen drive etc. because accidently these drive can be formatted. So taking precaution is good. Only one pen drive with minimum 4 GB should be connected. Save all the data from the pen drive because it will be formatted in one of the following step. After last step type “list disk” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. (Fig.6)
Type list Disk And Enter

Fig.6-Type list Disk And Enter

This will show all disk connected to the system like DISK 0, Disk 1, and so on with “Status”, “Size” , “Free” etc.. We can recognize the pen drive with size. Disk 0 will be the system disk in which the windows OS is installed. In this tutorial Disk 1 is the pen drive (3855MB=4GB). This pen drive is going to be a bootable pen drive. Type “select disk 1” inside the command prompt and hit “ENTER”. It will select the disk 1 (pen drive) for all coming steps. (Fig.7)  
Type select Disk 1 And Enter

Fig.7-Type select Disk 1 And Enter

Type “clean” and hit “ENTER”. It will erase all the data from the pen drive. (Fig.8)
Type clean And Enter

Fig.8-Type clean And Enter

Type “create partition primary” and hit “ENTER”. It will create a primary partition in pen drive. (Fig.9)
Type create partition primary And Enter

Fig.9-Type create partition primary And Enter

Type “select partition 1” and hit “ENTER”. It will select the partition created in the last step. (Fig.10)
Type select partition 1 And Enter

Fig.10-Type select partition 1 And Enter

Type “format fs = ntfs quick” and hit “ENTER”. It will format the pen drive quickly with NTFS file type. (Fig.11)
Type format=fs quick And Enter

Fig.11-Type format fs=ntfs quick And Enter

Type “active” and hit “ENTER”. It will make partition as active for booting after restarting the computer. If this step is missed then computer will not boot from the pen drive. (Fig.12)
Type active And Enter

Fig.12-Type active And Enter

Type “exit ” and hit “ENTER” to close the diskpart and close the command prompt window. (Fig.13)  
Type exit And Enter

Fig.13-Type exit And Enter

Now the pen drive has become bootable. Now all the files from root of Windows operating system setup DVD or ISO has to copy inside the pen drive root. So open the Windows setup file from DVD or ISO and copy all file by selecting with “Ctrl+A” and paste it inside the pen drive’s root folder as shown in the figure. (Fig.14)
Copying All Files And Pasting It

Fig.14-Copying All Files And Pasting It

After complete copy, the pen drive will be a bootable for Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS completely. You just need to “Restart” your computer. “Restart” your computer. When BIOS screen appears then press “F12” key. It will show the options to boot from CD/DVD drive, hard disk and pen drive. Just scroll down to pen drive and hit “Enter”. Your system will boot from pen drive. Now you can install windows OS. That’s it. Enjoy…

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342 Comments

  1. Vivian

    on Jan 5 at 11:56 PM - Reply

    After ur active command hit the “assign” command and then hit exit command your pendrive would be visible.

  2. kinshu

    on Dec 31 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    I WILL ALSO TRY

  3. Manav

    on Dec 21 at 1:44 PM - Reply

    after type active on cmd need to restart the computer I got confuse please answer me in my gmail…

  4. ASIT

    on Dec 18 at 10:49 PM - Reply

    good process

  5. Ashutosh

    on Dec 14 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    Thanks….. I will try.

  6. mahendra

    on Dec 4 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    how to make bootable pendrive for windows 10 from iso file

  7. Gambo

    on Dec 4 at 5:07 PM - Reply

    Mi pendrive space reduced to 4mb from 8gb any solution

  8. Gambo

    on Dec 4 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    Sir, after exit button on command prompt I have my original size of my pendrive reduced to 4mb from 8gb..any solution to recover my lost pendrive space.

  9. Dilip puskar

    on Dec 3 at 7:26 PM - Reply

    simple and easy.. thank you

  10. Hari Bose

    on Nov 28 at 7:13 PM - Reply

    It’s very easy and useful

  11. Swarag

    on Nov 26 at 5:49 PM - Reply

    Sir,
    After when completed the above process my pendrive is not been shown in “My Computer” what to do now how to regain my pendrive.

  12. Fasal Rahman

    on Nov 23 at 2:51 PM - Reply

    Thanks a lot its very useful

  13. Veku Jeremy Duke

    on Nov 15 at 11:30 PM - Reply

    This is gooooood, simple, and perfect.

  14. karan

    on Nov 14 at 7:41 PM - Reply

    hay i want to boot my Pen drive to put OS plz tell me or email me plz

  15. PRAKASH

    on Nov 6 at 8:06 PM - Reply

    after type active on cmd we need to restart the computer before copying the files. please inbox me sir

  16. PRAKASH

    on Nov 6 at 8:03 PM - Reply

    after type active on cmd need to restart the computer I got confuse please answer me in my gmail…

  17. An Du jeery ii

    on Nov 5 at 12:25 PM - Reply

    Hvy !dea man

  18. durgesh

    on Nov 3 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    Very vice post

  19. Harshit Agarwal

    on Nov 2 at 1:45 PM - Reply

    Thanks very simple method.

  20. RINSAN POULOSE

    on Nov 2 at 12:46 PM - Reply

    Thank you for this helpful article

  21. Rohit

    on Oct 31 at 9:52 AM - Reply

    Could I do same steps with my 32 GB sd card ?

  22. vijay

    on Oct 31 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    WHY WE MAKE BOOTABLE PANDRIVE FOR WINDOWS

  23. shantanu

    on Oct 27 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    Thank you…….it helps me a lot

  24. saravana

    on Oct 15 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    Super its working

  25. Kasi

    on Oct 13 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    Thanks Bro….its really helpful

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