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25 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64X
 
 
Windows 7 Installation on Netbook

Hello,

I've recently purchased a Netbook from eBay. It didn't come with an operating system installed but its native previous one was Windows 7 Professional. I have Windows 7 Professional discs and I'm trying to install it. Because it is a netbook, it does not have a optical/dvd/cd drive. I have an external one and I've also tried via USB to get past the "You need a optical drive driver to install windows". Which I don't have.

Is there an install anywhere else that has that portion removed or something?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zantox
I'm working with a Dell Latitude 2100
Enterprise Class / 2GB RAM / 80gb Harddrive / Intel Atom
BIOS version AO4
Thanks.

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25 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Did you try create a bootable USB?
You can find it below:

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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25 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64X
 
 

Yes I did that before I bought the external optical drive. It still asked for me to point it to a optical driver, even with USB.
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25 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Probably you may be able to resolve the issue by changed mode for your disk controller in the BIOS.
Please, check your option there and try change to other (SATA/AHCI/IDE)
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25 Aug 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's prompting for a driver then it's almost always a bad installer.

Start over with the ISO from Step 1 and tool in Step 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7, then follow those steps closely to get and keep a perfect install.

Make sure you're booting the installer, all other HD's and peripherals are unplugged, at the first screen press Shift + F10 to open a Command Prompt, then run Diskpart Clean Command to get the cleanest slate for reinstall.

If your netbook has UEFI BIOS then you'll need to follow the special steps for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums and UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows. If there are no UEFI settings in BIOS setup, then set the SATA controller to AHCI.
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25 Aug 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8 (64-bit)
 
 

It would help to know which netbook manufacturer/model you are working with.
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25 Aug 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64X
 
 

I'm working with a Dell Latitude 2100
Enterprise Class / 2GB RAM / 80gb Harddrive / Intel Atom
BIOS version AO4
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25 Aug 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

With 2gb RAM I'd use Windows 7 32 bit for your licensed version.

Drivers are in the installer and quickly updated when you run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates. Plug in by wire and have your network adapter in your backup in case you need to install it to get online to do Updats.
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25 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64X
 
 

Yea it's a netbook so It's 32 bit anyways. And yea I'm going to do that and try your suggestions once I get home from work. Thanks for your help so far!
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26 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64X
 
 

I was able to solve my problems following gregrockers post. Thanks all.
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