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Windows 7: Disc drive broken on laptop - how can I install windows 7 from USB?

28 Apr 2013   #1

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Disc drive broken on laptop - how can I install windows 7 from USB?

I have windows 7 on disc and on external HDD.
The disc drive is broken on the laptop so the disc won't run but just run it on another laptop so I know it works.

I have the ISO on a external HDD.. How can I run it on the laptop to install windows 7?


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28 Apr 2013   #2

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You can do it easily by burning the ISO to a USB stick and using it as an install media. Here's a free tool Microsoft has made to make this easy: Windows 7 USB/DVD tool

Download the tool, use it to create a bootable USB from the ISO. Boot computer using the USB and install.

Here some practical tutorials to install Windows 7 without any external device:Kari
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28 Apr 2013   #3
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Everything needed is also in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows to get a perfect install, if you'll stick with the tools and methods given.
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29 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Solved it, I copied contents from ISO disc onto external HDD and installed that way.
Thanks.
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29 Apr 2013   #5
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Then you didn't boot the external but ran the files from the external which is not a Clean Reinstall.

Did you overwrite the C partition, or install it to another partition? This is important to know.

Also, you should have a windows.old folder in C: which contains all of your old OS you can delete using Disk Cleanup after you're sure you have everything.

You'd have had a lot better install if you followed the steps I gave you.

Probably best to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image to check it over and make sure the config is okay.
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