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05 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Creating bootable USB without original DVD/.iso file

Hello all,

Is it possible to use an installed version of Windows 7 to create a USB drive that can be used to perform a clean install? -- I know that sounds a bit wierd, let me explain.

I have recently purchased a laptop with Windows 7 on. It has not come with any recovery or installation DVD and I do not have a Windows 7 iso file.

I was thinking about changing the hard drive as I have a spare 500Gb one lying around. What I was wondering is, is it possible to compile all the necessary files from the existing OS to create a USB drive that can perform a clean installation.

The laptop hard drive is currently partitioned as so:

1st Partition:
System (Has no letter assigned)
9.28GB NTFS
Healthy (Ssyem, Active, Primary Partition)

2nd Partition:
Windows (C
223.61 GB NTFS
Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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05 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Stu, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What brand is your laptop? You may be able to create a set of OEM recovery discs from your computer using the system partition to be able to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with.
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05 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Brink, it's an Advent, bought in the UK.
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05 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I found this that may help. Look under How do I create recovery disks? in the first post.

Recovery and Recovery Disk FAQs - read before posting : Advent Recovery Disk Support | Advent Support
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05 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

cheers for that Brink. It looks like my laptop hasn't come with Media Recovery Creator. I have sent an email to Advent, hopefully they will provide a clean install disc.
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05 Feb 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I hope so.
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05 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

well, it appears that 'the tech guys' (the support company for Advent) want to me to pay for another full Windows 7 disc!

The cheek.

Don't suppose anyone knows of a Windows 7 Home Premium iso I can download?
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05 Feb 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

This is from PC World support web site. Check for your model.

http://support.pcworld.co.uk/Layout....e-d3386432e315}


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05 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

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Don't suppose anyone knows of a Windows 7 Home Premium iso I can download?
- If you search around, there are websites (usually legal torrent sites) where you can download the ISO and use your LEGAL license/serial key during the installation. Just make sure you match up the download correctly, Home license only works on the Home iso.
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05 Feb 2010   #10

XP Vista 7
 
 

you can create an image while in windows 7 OS and dump it onto the 500gb drive

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

I use Symantec Ghost, but I know there are other choices out there. PM me if you need more detail.
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