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Windows 7: Future is now - Windows USB to SSD install

02 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Future is now - Windows USB to SSD install

I know I'm not the only one but it sure felt strange to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive to SSD. Very fast too. Where is the bottleneck in this method? USB bandwidth?
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02 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi nate42nd,
I too have installed Windows 7 with a usb flash drive and loved the speed and ease of use. There are a few small down sides to it. The bottleneck would be bandwidth if you where using USB 1.0 or these other small problems. Drives are writeable meaning things can get writen to the install that shouldn't be there like viruses and malware. The other thing is machines not being able to boot from USB even tho these machine are close to the low end that you wouldn't get the full experince of Windows 7 people still have them out there and use them. I have a few machines that fall into that boat. Then there comes in the USB drive its self, some manufactors use cheap parts making them slow to save on cost and to be able to sell at the lowest price possible so this could cause some problems for some. With prices of Flash drives dropping at a great rate Im sure that you will see Windows 8 on a flash wish it was 7, maybe they will release a tool on the windows 7 disc that creates a USB Boot/Install setup for those who want to use it and see how well people come to the idea of using a USB drive for install.
Others have already talked about it in this post Will Windows 7 be offered on USB drives?
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07 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It should be no different making a USB install drive with the final version of Windows 7. When the service packs start coming out we will have to slipsteam a DVD then put it on a USB drive. I will probably never install any other way SSD or HDD. It's so much nicer. Most machines made in the last 4-5 years will support boot from USB.
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