Turn removable USB devices into Windows installers
Life was so easy back in the days when every computer had a CD-Rom drive and operating systems were delivered on CDs. While that option is still available, albeit in the form of DVD drives and DVDs, it is not the universal solution anymore that it was some time ago.
Many ultrabooks, all tablets and other devices may not ship with DVD drives anymore which may make it quite difficult to install a new operating system on those devices. The usual way to do so is to create a bootable USB Flash drive that you can install the operating system from.
That's exactly what WinUSB Maker does. The last available version of the program is a beta version that dates back to mid 2012. While that is usually a sign of a program that has been abandoned by its author, it appears pretty stable and fully functional. You can still download the old stable version from the developer website if you prefer to use it but take note that it lacks some of the features that the new version introduces.
The program makes available the following functionality:
- Transfer the Windows installation setup to a connected USB device. Select if you want to work with an ISO image or a directory (e.g. create a bootable setup from an ISO image).
- Copy the GRUB Loader Environment to the USB Device.
- Copy the MSDOS environment to the USB device.
- Create a full backup of the USB device.
- Restore a previously created backup.
It is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system starting with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 all the way to the latest client and server operating systems that Microsoft has released (Windows 8 and Server 2012 at the time of writing).
What makes the application that appealing is the fact that you only need to complete a handful of steps to create a bootable USB Flash Drive or stick that you can install Windows from. Even better, none requires any expertise. All it takes is to connect the USB Flash drive to the computer, start the program, select the drive in the application interface, click on setup to usb and select the ISO image on the local hard drive. The program takes care of the remaining steps.
Please note that it requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0.
So, next time you want to install an operating system on a computer without DVD or Blu-Ray drive, try this application it may help you out, especially if you have bought the operating system on DVD in stores.Advertisement