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Windows 7: Installing Windows from an SD card on a netbook with Linux Mint

23 Jun 2012   #1

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Installing Windows from an SD card on a netbook with Linux Mint

Hi guys,

I recently purchased a netbook on ebay with Linux Mint pre-installed. I want to rid of Linux and install Windows 7 Ultimate, however the only device I have to date is a 2GB SD card as I've either lost or broken my USB's or external HDD's.. Is there a way to create a bootable SD card with a small downloadable copy of Windows and install it to the HDD? Then download a 'full' copy of Windows to install that and activate it with a key?

Otherwise I'm going to have to go out and get a USB stick. Or is there an easier way with mounting etc?

Thanks.

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23 Jun 2012   #2

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Hi,

I speak under correction, but as far as I know the minimum size required for a Windows install from a USB stick is 4GB.

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Regards,
Golden
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23 Jun 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

I speak under correction, but as far as I know the minimum size required for a Windows install from a USB stick is 4GB.

Microsoft Store Online

Regards,
Golden

Thought as much. I've just purchased a 16GB USB stick, that should do the trick.

Thanks.
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23 Jun 2012   #4

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You may want to read through this tutorial. Clean Install Windows 7
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23 Jun 2012   #5

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Could I possible to do this somehow over a network from my router?
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23 Jun 2012   #6
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Where did you get Windows 7? How do you plan to activate it?

4gb sticks are easily found on buy.com for $5 with free shipping.

Then write the official ISO to stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool
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23 Jun 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Where did you get Windows 7? How do you plan to activate it?

4gb sticks are easily found on buy.com for $5 with free shipping.

Then write the official ISO to stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool

I have an activation key ready, I just want to install Windows 7 Ultimate. I'm asking if there's a way to do it via a home network shared network or something? Seeing as I don't have access to an external optical drive, external HDD or a USB stick over 4GB at the moment.
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23 Jun 2012   #8
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It's hardly worth the trouble when flash sticks are so cheap, but here you go: How to install Windows 7 from the network? - Super User
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