How to install Windows 7 from a USB drive!

Stu

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Windows XP / 2000

Use the WinSetupfromUSB tool found here:
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=125750.0

Note: You'll need a USB flash drive, preferably a 1gb (or higher) which will leave you room to copy drivers and additional programs too, and you'll still need an original Windows XP CD to copy the files from. And of course you need a valid product key for it to be legal! :emot-tip-wink:



Windows Vista / 7

You need basically:
  • a USB flash drive at least 4GB in size
  • a Windows Vista DVD

To sum up:
  • Format your USB drive, with the NTFS filesystem
  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator, and run the Bootsect.exe program off the Windows Vista DVD to make the USB drive bootable
  • Copy the contents of the Windows Vista DVD to the USB drive
  • Restart your PC, press F11 (or whichever key it is) to access the Boot menu, and select your USB drive to boot from

Full guide here:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/


 

asmar10

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Installing windows from a USB Drive.  Interesting.
 

asamkipas

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Well another option is that to take out the 2.5 inch HD and reformat the HD using an ide/sata converter to USB. After that..put the HD in any laptops/notebooks with an optical drive and install any OS you want. Using Stu's suggestion is good for netbooks with onboard SSD storage drives.

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Stu

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This is even easier than installing Windows XP from a USB drive, and will also reduce the time taken to install Windows 7, it took me about 15 minutes!

The advice in the guide is also applicable to installing Vista.

You need basically:
  • a USB flash drive at least 4GB in size
  • a Windows 7 DVD

To sum up:
  • Format your USB drive, with the NTFS filesystem
  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator, and run the Bootsect.exe program off the Windows 7 CD to make the USB drive bootable
  • Copy the contents of the Windows 7 DVD to the USB drive
  • Restart your PC, press F11 (or whichever key it is) to access the Boot menu, and select your USB drive to boot from

Full guide here:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
 

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Its the same way as Vista installation
 

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Missed that quote :D "The advice in the guide is also applicable to installing Vista."
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ExTaCy1337

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I used this
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swItem=MTX-UNITY-I23839&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN
HP Driver Key Bot Utility
I installed it all ok made my usb bootable
then added all windows files
but I boot it and I get on a screen with commands
what commands should I use for set?:S
Its a DOS
and I think it said something about linux in there, any help on how to install?
I want to install Windows XP Professional x64 ..
 

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Use the tool that Bas attached to this topic here:
https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=125750.0

I've used this myself on a couple of occasions since, and it is much easier to use! :biggthumbsup:
 

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I use this one it is the easy way to install win XP / Vista / 7 / Linux from USB drive :lol_anim:

http://www.mediafire.com/?igwzq2qnn22

READ ME
 

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Cool Ill follow this guide to install windows 7 to a cousin that has a netbook.
 

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Or via this Tool[Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool]:
http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool
 

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Greetings!

I have downloaded an XP edition, x86 (32bit) and have tried it on a friend of mine's MSI Wind U100. A problem occurs after the restart, when I have to start the second installation - a missing "hal.dll" file is said to be the problem. I will be eternally thankful to any one of you if you can help me solve this.

P.S> I have a bootable USB drive, 1GB , via WinSetupFromUSB application.

Regards,
Alex
 

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Corporal said:
Greetings!

I have downloaded an XP edition, x86 (32bit) and have tried it on a friend of mine's MSI Wind U100. A problem occurs after the restart, when I have to start the second installation - a missing "hal.dll" file is said to be the problem. I will be eternally thankful to any one of you if you can help me solve this.

P.S> I have a bootable USB drive, 1GB , via WinSetupFromUSB application.

Regards,
Alex
, when I have to start the second installation - a missing "hal.dll" file is said to be the problem. I will be eternally thankful to any one of you if you can help me solve this.
choose the 1st option
 

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Ok, I chose the 1st option again, but the installation starts again from the very beginning. After the first reboot of the system, when copying of the files is complete, I have to restart. And then the problem arises - what follows next ?

P.s> Sorry for the impertinence but this is my first time installing Windows to a non-CD-ROM computer.
 

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Corporal said:
Ok, I chose the 1st option again, but the installation starts again from the very beginning. After the first reboot of the system, when copying of the files is complete, I have to restart. And then the problem arises - what follows next ?

P.s> Sorry for the impertinence but this is my first time installing Windows to a non-CD-ROM computer.
After 1st restart, boot from HDD, then there 2 options will appear.
One will give HAL dll error, the other one will not.
When installation is done, you can manual remove the unnecessary boot choose entry
 

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Once again I'll have to apologize, but when I change the first booting device to Hard Disk, a problem occurs - "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem." I have fears that the hard disk may have been damaged to some extend ...
 

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Corporal said:
Once again I'll have to apologize, but when I change the first booting device to Hard Disk, a problem occurs - "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem." I have fears that the hard disk may have been damaged to some extend ...
have you turned off the AHCI in BIOS Setup?
 
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