Microsoft yesterday brought its free Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
back online after halting distribution last month over a GNU General Public License violation
. The company took responsibility for overseeing this fault while reviewing the program's code, which had been supplied by a third party, and has now made a tweaked version available for download under the GPL v2 license.
As the name suggests, the now open source Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool allows users to create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD disc from an ISO image file purchased at Microsoft's online store. Besides serving as a backup, this should make the process of installing Windows 7 on netbooks and ultraportable laptops lacking an optical drive much easier.
The tool can be downloaded directly from Microsoft's Open Source software project hosting repository, CodePlex.com
. Let us know your thoughts if you try it out.