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Windows 7: How to fit in Windows 7 SP1 into bootable 4GB pendrive


07 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
How to fit in Windows 7 SP1 into bootable 4GB pendrive

Recently I downloaded Windows 7 SP1 x32/x64 ISO and I want to make bootabale pendrive. The whole file size is 3.8GB on disk and can't fit in my 4GB pendrive which is actually just around 3.6GB in capacity. I need around 123MB more free space. Is there any file that I can remove from Windows 7 installation like unimportant updates that I can download it later?


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07 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Honestly, you'd spend less time and have less aggravation if you just bought a bigger flash drive. The only way to remove files that you consider unnecessary is to use a tool like nLite.
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07 Aug 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ninjaboyz,

I agree with the above. You can get larger USB flash drives pretty cheap these days. This way you could also store your drivers and such on it as well.
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07 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Good suggestion, but actually I'm planing of giving my customer free pendrive of Windows 7 for recovery and fixing purpose when they buy original key. So 4GB is more economical.
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07 Aug 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I agree.

To do a Startup Repair say, your customer would need the Startup Repair CD.

You can not use a USB Pendrive to do a startup Repair, as startup repair will find the MBR on the Pendrive & not the HD.
Therefore will not detect a problem.
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07 Aug 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

A Windows 7 key is version specific and there will be no need to "give" AIO installers to people that will have no use for them, just give them the version that matches the key they purchase.
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09 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Thanks for all suggestion and help. Thinking just giving specific version of bit..
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09 Aug 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As a System Builder your agreement with MS, is to supply a DVD or Recovery Partition. Not sure if you can use a USB Pen Drive. I would check with MS.
I always supply the DVD.
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09 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I bought several 4 GB drives and found that they weren't all identical in size. Some fit and some didn't. In the end, I decided on an 8 GB drive, where I had room for my usual drivers and apps as well.
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09 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

A dual layer dvd should do nicely, cheaper than a 8 gig flash drive.
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