With my current Windows 7 install starting to get a little crusty, it’s getting close to the time I’ll be turning to this tool again.
Rufus takes an OS installation (Windows or Linux) and slaps it into a USB drive of your choice.
This is one of many tools, of course, and in the case of Windows 7/8, Microsoft provides its own tools for this. Problem is, their tool failed me the last couple times I used it, and I don’t really care why. Because Rufus worked great.
I’d like to say the standard “then you move on with your life,” but let’s face it, the next several hours will be spent updating and customizing that new OS of yours. All the same, it’s good to have in the old toolkit.
Rufus is freeware, it’s safe, and reliable. I’ll be using it myself again soon. Get it here.