Using “WinToFlash” to make USB drive bootable
WinToFlash is one of a great software to use for making a bootable Pendrive and it’s mostly used to converts your Windows CD/DVD into a bootable USB drive in order to install your operating system through a Pendrive or flash drive.
There was a time when WinToFlash can only supports the windows CD/DVD conversion to usb drive but that’s the history and from now on you can able to create your pendrive bootable by any optical disc or either you can use an ISO image and that’s not it, there is also an another great feature which is recently added In this software that we can make our pendrive Multi-Bootable and makes it more comfortable and reliable to use.
So, it’s all depending upon you which ones features is suitable for you to use.
If you wanna to know more about bootable Pendrive or maybe some other bootable software’s then you can try our other article linked below.
WinToFlash can make your usb bootable by an optical disc or a disk image file of your bootable disc. A disk image is a single file which contains all your copied disc data and it’s like having a single image file which was made from a bootable windows disk and we can use it to make another duplicate bootable disc or maybe we can make a bootable pendrive with it.
WinToFlash supports all commonly used disk image format like .iso, .dmg etc. that’s why you won’t find any problem in disk image transfer.
#So, let’s make a bootable USB Pendrive by WinToFlash
At first, you’ll need to download this software from its official website and remember that, before you are going to do something with your Pendrive you’ll have to make sure that you have a backup of your Pendrive because this software will format your drive before creating any bootable adjustment in it.
By the way, WinToFlash is paid software but the free lite version can work for you to create some bootable flash drive. You can download this lite version software by the given link below.
After downloading this software you’ll need to extract that WinToFlash downloaded file by using some windows zip extractor or maybe with the WinRAR, it’s all depending upon you and after that you can able to use this software as normally.
- Open the recently extracted folder.
- Now double click on WinToFlash to run this software.
- Now WinToFlash will asks about the license agreement stuffs for the first and last time and after that you can able to use this software. So, click on “Next” to continue.
- Accept the license agreement page by ticking the “accept EULA” and click “Next”.
- If you having a WinToFlash purchased license key then you can use it here to register your product and if you don’t have any, then you can click on “Next” to use this as a free version.
- Skip the advertisement and click on “Next”.
- Just click on “Next” to continue.
- Now setup wizard has been finished and by clicking on “Next” it will end this first start wizard setup.
#Choosing Which Type of Bootable USB Did You Wanted?
As I said above at the starting, this software can make any type of bootable USB whatever it’s a single windows bootable Pendrive or maybe it’s a multi-bootable USB drive which containing more than one bootable setups and it’s like having a “Windows 7 + Windows 8 + Windows 10” all these windows installer setup in a single Pendrive.
You can also add some other bootable software in your Pendrive with this software. Here is list of some popular software’s which you can use with this software –
- Windows XP/VISTA/7/8/10 Setup
- Hiren’s Boot CD
- Android x86
- WinPE based on XP, like BartPE
- WinPE based on Vista/7/8
- Windows XP Recovery Console
- NTLDR bootloader on USB
- MS-DOS USB boot
- Computer manufacturer’s recovery CDs
- BitDefender Rescue CD
- COMODO Rescue Disk
- Panda Safe CD
- AvtiVir Rescue System
- FSecure Rescue CD
- Android x86
- Acronis Backup and Security Rescue CD
- Symantec PC Tools
- Windows Reset Password
- And other 80+ images!
Creating a windows bootable pendrive and create a multibootable pendrive is might different with each other, that’s why I describe all the facing conditions below like how to create a single or multi bootable USB.
So, I suggest you to read every steps in all given conditions in order to learn how this software works and that will definitely help you to make a USB Pendrive bootable for your own.
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Click on windows setup transfer wizard and after that click on next.
Now select the source for your window setup transfer. Select “I have Cd inserted in…” if you having a bootable windows disc which you wants to transfer into your USB or otherwise select the second option “I have ISO image….” to give an “ISO bootable image” to the WinToFlash setup.
If you’ve chosen CD as your windows setup source then you’ve got to insert your windows disc into your drive now and after that click on the select button in windows files path to select the source of your windows disc drive letter in order to transfer those files to USB from CD.
In my case, I’m using an ISO file to create my bootable USB as you see in the picture given below.
After that insert your Pendrive into your computer or laptop which you want to make it bootable and then click on refresh to auto detect your Pendrive in the setup wizard.
Now read the warning and click on continue.
Now select the license agreement popup page.
After that, you will find your windows transfer process is started.
Click on “Exit” when it’s done!
If you want to create a bootable USB Pendrive other that windows setup like making a Ubuntu or Hiren’s bootable USB then you’ll have to go to the advanced mode in the WinToFlash software window and just after that click on create multi bootable USB drive to go the main menu for your other ISO images to USB boot conversion.
After that click on add and that will takes you to short menu where you’ll have to select what type of iso did you wanted to transfer into your pendrive and then click on “Select” and in the “Select An ISO Image” tab at the right side of the software window to give WinToFlash setup wizard an iso file to transfer.
After that click on add and just right after it click on run to make this ISO transfer thing happen.
Now, take a rest for a while until your ISO transfer gets done.
The best thing about this software is you can add up to 50+ bootable setups and software’s in your pendrive, whatever it can be a sum of “windows setup + Hiren’s boot CD + other bootable software”, it’s all depending upon you to add any multiple bootable CD or ISO in your drive to make it as a multibootable usb pendrive.
I made this last topic shorter because witting same stuff again doesn’t make any sense. So, if you skip the above listed Step No. “2# How to Create Single Bootable Pen-Drive Other That Windows Setup” then maybe this is a part where you should go back and read that because I described every starting process steps in it.
If you recently read the second 2# topic then you’re defiantly familiar with the multi-boot menu where you can click on add button to add an ISO image on the pendrive boot list and after that by clicking on run to add that ISO in your pendrive.
So, to create a multibootable pendrive you’ll need select your ISO image for transfer into your pendrive, at that part just select your first iso and after that you’ll need to click on add to add another ISO image and you can add as many as your pendrive can store and in the end just click “Run” to transfer all of your selected ISO images to your usb storage drive.
Multi-boot List Example –
If you can’t find your ISO name in the “select a type of the item” tab in the ISO selections menu then there is an easy way to adding a non-listen iso image on your pendrive.
Follow the instruction below:
- First, click on the add button.
- Second, select the “Standard loader for unknown ISO” for your non-listed ISO’s images
- Third, select the GRUB ISO boot-loader for your every ISO images and only use SYSLINUX ISO when the grub bootloader won’t works with your computer’s bios.
- Fourth, select your ISO image which you want to transfer into your Pendrive.
- Fifth, click on add button and after that click on run to proceed with the transfer process.
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