Make bootable USB from ISO

How to Create Bootable USB from ISO?

ManageEngine OS Deployer offers multiple ways to push your PC into a deployment environment. One of those ways is to boot your computers using ISO by creating a bootable USB from the ISO media. In this section, we will discuss the various ways to boot your computers using ISO. The first step is to create the ISO media, download the ISO media and use it to boot the computers. The ISO media can be used for booting in the following ways,

  1. Booting via USB drive
  2. Booting via CD/DVD drive
  3. Booting Virtual machines

Download the ISO media

The ISO media must be downloaded from the console before being used to boot computers. The following steps will guide you through downloading the ISO media:

  1. In the web console, navigate to Deployment -> Create Bootable media
  2. Select Action for the ISO media that you want to download
  3. Under the Actions tab, click Download media

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How to boot ISO using USB drive

If you need to boot multiple devices using a bootable media that is easy to carry and use, you can make bootable USB from ISO. There are multiple tools to transfer the ISO to a bootable USB which are listed here. Follow the steps given below to mount the downloaded ISO to a bootable USB.

  1. Download any third-party tool like Rufus, UltraISO, YUMI
  2. Add the ISO image file into the tool
  3. Insert the USB Drive to burn the ISO file. This USB drive might be formatted 
  4. Once the ISO boot files are copied to the USB drive, you can insert them into the target computers for booting from ISO file. 

These steps will help you to successfully boot the ISO using a bootable USB.

How to boot ISO using CD/DVD drive

  1. Download any third-party tool like  UltraISO or PowerISO
  2. Add the ISO image file into the tool
  3. Insert the CD/DVD drive to burn the ISO file.
  4. Right click on the iso file and click Mount to CD/DVD option
  5. Once the ISO boot files are copied to the CD/DVD drive, you can insert them into the target computers for booting from ISO media.

How to boot virtual machines using ISO file

  1. Open Virtual machine settings and specify the location of the ISO file in Image file text box.
  2. Copy the ISO file to the local folder of the virtual machine's server.
  3. Under BIOS settings of virtual machine, enable Boot from CD option. Iso file will be now used for booting the Virtual machine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the supported operating systems?

Yes, we support creating bootable USB from ISO for all client-based and server-based Windows operating systems. This includes operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 11. Follow these links for specific steps related to booting machines using a Windows 10 ISO or a Windows 11 ISO media.

2. Can I automate WinPE installation while booting from ISO?

Yes, OS Deployer automatically downloads and installs the WinPE tool on its server. You can then include the WinPE tool while creating the ISO bootable media which can then be converted to USB.

3. What are the drivers included while booting from ISO?

Network drivers, hard disk drivers, keyboard and mouse drivers are included during the creation of ISO bootable media.

4. Does OS Deployer support UEFI boot?

Yes, OS Deployer supports legacy as well as UEFI boot.

5. Can I boot Windows machines using USB?

We support booting Windows machines using USB bootable media. We also support PXE bootable media.

6. Can I extract Windows ISO to USB?

Yes, you can extract the Windows ISO to USB/CD/DVD depending on your requirements.

7. How do I transfer Windows ISO to USB?

You can use tools like Rufus, UltraISO, YUMI to burn the ISO file to any USB drive of your choice.

8. Can I automate the booting process?

Yes, using OS Deployer's Zero-touch deployment you can completely automate the booting process. This will allow you to deploy multiple OS images right from your desk.

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