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Windows 7: How to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive


30 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
How to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

Hello, right now i'm running Ubuntu 10.04, and I want to uninstall it, and install Windows 7 from a flash drive. How can I do this from Ubuntu?

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01 Oct 2010   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

cookie,
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01 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

For one right off the bat you would "boot up live from" the installation key made up for that if you are able to boot from flash drives not run the installer while in another OS. From that point you then select the drive/partition where 7 will go onto.

First things first however. Once you have your system info taken care of you would need to wipe the drive period to see a new MS primary created either by way of the 7 installer or by a 3rd party drive tool like GParted live which you should be familiar with. The Windows installer however will create the 100mb System reserved partition ahead of the C primary for the BCD store and bootmgr file.

The second image attached here shows how that looks when viewed from a live distro since this is usually hidden from view in Windows unless assigning a drive letter to in in the Disk Management.


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01 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello cookie66, welcome to Seven Forums!





You don't need a third party program to do a wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) the Windows installer will do it natively, if that's what you choose to do though it would be advisable to clean the HDD of the Grub boot-loader before you install Windows 7 so you don't have any conflicts, have a look at the info below.

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

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01 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Well, when I try to install Windows 7 from Ubuntu 10.04, I click Install, and an error comes up. "Windows setup cannot find a location to store temporary installation files. To install Windows, make sure that a partition on your boot disk has at least 686 MB of free space" Then the installer closes.
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01 Oct 2010   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Simple. Make sure that you've got a partition with the needed free space.
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01 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Simple. Make sure that you've got a partition with the needed free space.
How do I do that?
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01 Oct 2010   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Delete what you don't need. Move things around.

My god, man, you can't be serious with that question.
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01 Oct 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cookie66 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Simple. Make sure that you've got a partition with the needed free space.
How do I do that?
Like this.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post


Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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01 Oct 2010   #10

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

No one mentioned the "windows 7 USB DVD Download tool." I use it everytime and it works just fine. You just need an ISO image for the working.

Hope this helps.
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