FAQ

The Win32 Disk Imager is a lightweight Windows application that is purpose-built for the process of saving boot image files on removable drives. Examples of this type of drive include USB drives and SD Memory cards. This application can be used to write or flash OS image files to a removable drive, this will result in the removable drive to become bootable. This is particularly useful if you want to make a bootable USB flash drive which you can use to have your choice of operating system become portable for use in different computers, or for the purpose of making backups for your systems.

Win32 Disk Imager can support flashing different types of image files such as .iso and .img. This program is open-source which allows for more savvy users to update and modify this program as they see fit. This is an extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Win32 Disk Imager which we hope will answer any questions you have about this software’s functionality.

What Operating Systems Does This Software Support?

Win32 Disk Imager is fully tested and compatible with all the latest versions of Windows operating systems. If you are using a Mac, you can use Boot Camp Assistant to install Windows on your Mac.

How To Install This Program?

One of this software’s virtues is its flexibility. Installing this program is quick and easy. Download the Win32 Disk Imager installer in sourceforge.net or from this website. (Link:https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/) Once the installer is finished downloading, run it and proceed with the installation process as normal. There are no special options or configurations you need to select during installation.

Once the Win32 Disk Imager has finished installing, you may run the file as you wish. It is preferred that you use the “Run as Administrator” option when using this application.

How To Use Win32 Disk Imager?

Run Win32 Disk Imager, preferably using the “Run as Administrator” option. You may need to right-click on the software’s icon and select “Run as Administrator” if you do not have administrator privileges on your account. Select the image file you wish to flash. If the file does not appear, simply change the “Disk Images” option to “All Files”. Select the file you need and then choose which drive you want to flash the image file to.

Insert your SD card or USB flash drive to the computer and the app should detect it in a few seconds. Select the device you want to flash the image file to and click the “Write” option. Click yes if the program asks to confirm overwriting the contents in the SD card or USB flash drive.

How Does It Work?

The Win32 Disk Imager works by utilizing the Windows operating system in the raw reading and writing (flashing) of image files to removable drives. This makes the program work quickly and easily as it takes advantage of the intuitive nature of the user interface found in Windows operating systems. Simply run it with administrator privileges to avoid most issues with this application. The latest version currently available on Sourceforge.net is written for Windows 7 and up, but it is also expected to work on other versions of Windows operating systems.

How To Run This Program?

You can run the Win32 Disk Imager as soon as you have finished its quick and simple installation process. You can have this program run via the shortcut found at your desktop or by running the application through the Start Menu.

It is highly recommended that you run Win32 Disk Imager with Administrator Privileges in order to avoid most issues that could occur. Please make sure that you download your copy of this program from its official source or from this website.

Win32 Disk Imager Not Opening?

Win32 Disk Imager is a lightweight and simple yet powerful program but you may encounter issues with opening this application. This program has a known issue with computers that use RAMDisk program that has yet to be resolved. If you are using a RAMDisk application in your computer, it is suggested that you uninstall it before using the Win32 Disk Imager.

Win32 Disk Imager may also have issues with older or unpatched versions of Windows operating systems which is likely due to incompatibility issues. To help minimize the possibility of Win32 Disk Imager crashing, please keep your Windows operating system up-to-date.

Win32 Disk Imager Not Working Or Starting On Windows 10?

There have been reports of Win32 Disk Imager not working or starting on newer versions of Windows 10. While this is rare, it is difficult to fix due to the lack of support from the developers of Win32 Disk Imager. Please make sure that your copy of Win32 Disk Imager is set to Run as Administrator. If the issue still persists, please consider uninstalling then reinstalling Win32 Disk Imager or installing an older version of the program. You can also use a registry cleaner such as CCLEANER to clean registry errors and unnecessary entries.

Win32 Disk Imager Is Not Detecting Device

There may be times when Win32 Disk Imager is not showing your device. This is either caused by your computer not being able to detect your device or by the program not having the privileges to access removable media connected to your computer. Please make sure that your removable media is in working condition and can be detected by your computer while having Win32 Disk Imager “Run as Administrator”. Also make sure your alarm USB device is working properly. Sometimes it is the USB port that does not work properly, not the USB drive.

Win32 Disk Imager Has No Devices Listed

This is a common issue with Win32 Disk Imager that can be easily fixed by setting the program to “Run as Administrator”. Giving your copy of Win32 Disk Imager Administrator Privileges will allow it to directly access, read, and write on removable drives connected to your computer. Also, check if the removable devices you are using are in working order.

Win32 Disk Imager Is Not Responding

Win32 Disk Imager may hang or not respond due to incompatibilities with the Windows operating system used by your computer. It is also possible for the program to have problems when the hardware used for reading your SD card or CF card uses a non-USB interface. Please make sure to use the latest version of Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, as well as using a card reader that uses USB. This could also be due to not having enough free RAM space, so make sure you have enough free RAM. Sometimes, using an older version of Win32 Disk Imager may also solve these problems.