Saturday, December 19, 2009

Install Windows 7 From a USB Drive

Windows 7 can run on machines with lower specs than required for Windows Vista. Infact, many users are actually finding it runs better than Windows XP on lower spec machines. Windows 7 is also ideal to run on newer netbooks, but unfortunately many of these do not include a DVD drive so here is a trick to install windows 7 on a machine without a DVD drive by using a USB Drive.

How To Install Windows 7 From A USB Drive

windows 7 usb1. Plug a 4GB USB Drive into your computer.
2. Press Win Key + R to open Run. Type cmd and click OK. Once cmd is open type diskpart and a new window will open
3. In the new diskpart window type:

* ‘list disk’ : This lists all the disk drives attached to your machine
* Look for your USB drive and note the number and then type: ’select disk #’, where ‘#’ is your USB disk number
* then type ‘clean’
* then type ‘create partition primary’
* then ’select partition 1′
* then ‘active’
* then ‘format fs=fat32 quick’

Once you’ve finished these steps you need to copy your Windows 7 files to the USB. To do this mount your Windows 7 ISO as a virtual DVD:

1. Install MagicDisk (free)
2. Once installed, right-click on MagicDisk in your system tray click on ‘Virtual CD/DVD-Rom’, select your DVD drive
3. then ‘Mount’ and in the dialog window that opens up, select your Windows 7 ISO
4. Now in windows Explorer, click on your DVD drive and you should see all the Windows 7 Files. All you have to do now is copy and paste all the files to your USB key and you have a Windows 7 USB Installation Stick!
5. Plug in the stick in the PC you want to install Windows 7 on and boot up by configuring BIOS to boot from USB Drive.

Experience the power and the features of Windows 7 on your computer!

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