Dealing with too many installations of different versions of Windows setup, you have ended up with multiple Windows ISOs and burnt DVDs/flash drives due to frequent installation. Now you might be overwhelmed by the situation, but have you ever thought of becoming an expert in the installation process and master the technique of installing drives with any version of Windows? Yes, this article will talk about how you can create multiple versions of Windows OS in one USB or installation disk. Let’s discuss how you can do it in some simple steps.
First, you require a USB Drive, which is bootable and includes multiple ISOs for the setup process, which is quite easy. To do that, you have to download a tool named WinSetupUSB, and the download of the latest version is free. You can also include some ISOs on the disk that are non-Windows such as the antivirus rescue disks and the Linux disk.
One important thing to note is this tool works with single ISOs of Windows. If you have Windows ISOs, including both the 32-bit and 64-bit, then you won’t be able to work with it. But you can always download and use them individually and stick to one of your choices on your USB.
Another point is making sure you have a blank USB drive and has enough big space so that it can store all the ISOs you wish to install and still has some extra space left. A 16GB drive has adequate storage to fit in two to three versions of Windows, and if you have a 32GB drive, then you can have all the versions of Windows stored in one. You may only need a bigger disk drive than this if you are likely to have new ISOs.
No installation is necessary as the WinSetupFromUSB tool is portable. Once the downloaded file is ready, you can open it from the archive, click on it to extract the file in a new folder. If you are working on a 64-bit version of Windows, then execute with the name “x64,” and if you are running on the 64-bit Windows version, then run the file without naming it ‘x64″.
How to Create Multiple Versions of Windows Installation USB
- While launching the tool, if you already have your USB drive inserted, then you will find it’s listed in the Window’s box at the top. If you haven’t gone through this, then insert the USB drive and then click refresh.
- Next, tick marks the Advanced Options within the checkbox.
- Clicking on this option will open a dialog box where you need to select the checkbox written Custom menu names for Vista/7/8/10/Server Source.
- This setting will let you name the folder name of your choice where you have stored the Windows ISOs, and when you start the computer using your drive, you see the boot menu. Once all the actions are complete, you can close the Advanced Options box.
- Now comes the sensitive part where you got to install the Windows version one at a time. Before adding anything to the drive for the first time, make sure that the checkbox option with the Auto format it with FBinst is selected. This setup helps the WinSetupUSB to boot the drive correctly. You will be using a UEFI mode if you already know you will be using this while booting, or you can select FAT32 if you are not sure otherwise you can use the NTFS option.
- Now, select your first-ever Windows ISO. After that, select the checkbox next to the Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 /Server 2008/2012 based ISO and then click the browse button (“…”) that is on its right. Now spot and open the ISO you wish to add.
- If you’re using the FAT32 file system with the large ISO, you may get a notification saying the file is too large so that it will be split in two. Continue and click on OK.
- Check once again whether you have selected the right USB Driveeat the top of the Window and make sure the correct ISO is shown in the box then click GO.
- Using a larger USB Drive will get you a notification asking whether you want to proceed with the bigger one, continue, and click Yes.
- If the auto format is enabled for the first ISO that you add to a disk, you’ll also get a warning saying the drive will be formatted, and everything on it gets erased. Click Yes to proceed.
- WinSetupFromUSB will start formatting the drive now, and then pop up window appears where you can input a custom folder name for the ISO between 1-7 characters. If there is no response for 30 seconds, the by default name will be used automatically.
- When the whole setup process is finished, you will be notified with a Job Done message. Then click on OK for confirmation.
The whole new setup is now complete. You have to follow the same steps whenever you want to add a new ISO to this boot disk. You can use this boot disk anytime to add another Windows 10 ISO. This USB drive will later help you to boot up your computer by mentioning all the Windows OS you have installed in the drive. Isn’t the process was simple and easy.
If you know any other way or tool through which you use to create a Multiple Windows Installation USB, please do let us know in the comments section below, and we will update the article with your tutorial.