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Windows 7: When Installing Windows 7 Pro Using a USB Device?

25 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 32bit
When Installing Windows 7 Pro Using a USB Device?

I have Windows 7 Pro located on a thumbdrive and I want to make sure I am using it correctly.

First, I set the USB device to boot from the BIOS settings and then the prompts come up for me to begin a install. After going through everything and installing, it restarts automatically and as soon as it restarts it boots to the USB device again and starts over for me to go through the prompts again to install. So I change from the boot device being USB to HD and everything seems to finish fine.

My question is, is this correct? This is the first time i have used a thumbdrive to install an OS and it seemed to go so fast. Within probably 10 minutes the install was complete and restarted. How do you guys install from a USB device?

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25 Jan 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Valpal,

Yep, it installs that much faster using a USB instead of a DVD.

You would have wanted to keep the HDD that you are installing Windows 7 to be set to boot from it in your BIOS settings instead.

Normally when using a USB, you would press the F key it says to press at boot to boot to your "Boot Menu" to select to boot from the USB for just that one time. This way when the computer restarts during installation, it will boot to the HDD from have set in the BIOS to continue the installation.

See red Warning box at top of tutorial here for more on this.

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25 Jan 2012   #3

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Use the One time boot menu.

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25 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 32bit

Thanks! I'll remember to use the one time boot menu.
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