How to install Windows 7 from a USB drive!

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/
 

Svet

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Its the same way as Vista installation
 

Svet

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Missed that quote :D "The advice in the guide is also applicable to installing Vista."
:emot-tip-wink:
 

piko1

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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
 

MexicanSnake

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

Svet

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

bnborg

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I have done this and it is simple.

I cleaned and (re)formated an 8GB flash drive under Windows7 using diskpart.  I chose quick format and a fat filesystem.  It doesn't need to be ntfs.  I had diskpart mark the partition active.  I copied the DVD contents to the flash drive.  I also made a folder on it for motherboard drivers.

After that, I booted the drive on a new machine.  Windows7 setup came up, and didn't find any hard drives, other than the USB flash drive.  I clicked the button to load drivers, and pointed it to the folder I had copied them to on the flash.  Windows installed without problems.
 

platinumsteel

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bnborg said:
I have done this and it is simple.

I cleaned and (re)formated an 8GB flash drive under Windows7 using diskpart.  I chose quick format and a fat filesystem.  It doesn't need to be ntfs.  I had diskpart mark the partition active.  I copied the DVD contents to the flash drive.  I also made a folder on it for motherboard drivers.

After that, I booted the drive on a new machine.  Windows7 setup came up, and didn't find any hard drives, other than the USB flash drive.  I clicked the button to load drivers, and pointed it to the folder I had copied them to on the flash.  Windows installed without problems.
Hi bnborg..Do u mind sharing with me your motherboard driver folder? I have the MSI U135DX Netbook and each time I hit the button to install Windows 7 it asks me for some mobo driver...Think i might need it to get tru with a successful install..
 
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platinumsteel, what drivers for 870A-G54 MB would have anything to do with your laptop is beyond me. If you need the drivers for it then download from here:

  http://www.msi.com/product/nb/U135DX.html#/?div=Driver&os=Win7%2032
 

blexbg

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hey does that mean you can choose a more simple way you install windows 7 on another computar and then return to the old hard drive space .... That's all!  :agrees:
 
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