Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Jonathan Beck

How To: Build a Windows USB Drive

So you’re finally ready to do it. You’ve looked at one of our build guides, and you’re going to build yourself a PC. That’s awesome, but there’s one last thing you’re hung up on: in this digital age we live in, do you really need an optical drive?

For many of you, the answer is probably no! Most PC games these days reside on a digital distribution service like Steam or Origin, and a lot of you probably use Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube to watch TV shows, movies, and other video content. In that case, the only time your DVD drive gets some love is when you need to do one thing: install your operating system.

Alas, there is a better way! Check out the video above for a tutorial on how to turn your Windows disc into a .iso file using ImgBurn and then create a bootable thumb drive using the official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

Are you ditching the DVD drive in your next build? Let us know below in the comments!

3 Responses to How To: Build a Windows USB Drive

  1. etharion says:

    Oh, right when I need to install a new system on my Netbook :D
    Thanks !

    Btw, is Windows 7 Starter a decent OS ? I’ll mostly go on the web and code with Microsoft Visual Studio… Maybe some “small” games.

  2. RossGeddes says:

    No one should even consider a DVD drive anymore, the only reason to even consider an optical drive is Blu Ray. I never included any optical drives in my builds last month, so hopefully that money can now go somewhere else.


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