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Windows 7: installing windows to a laptop hdd from my pc


23 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
installing windows to a laptop hdd from my pc

hi guys in a bit of a pickle,

My friend has a laptop that isnt even worth fixing imo. the issue is it has usb 3.0 but you cant boot from it, the usb 2.0 has been pushed in some how so installing windows via usb isn't an option either, and the dvd drive doesnt work.


So what i need to do is plug the new hdd into my pc, install windows on it then plug that hdd into the laptop and hopefully that will solve the issue.

My question is , can i just do this ? i tried to take my old hdd with win 7 and use it in my new comp when i did a new build and it wouldnt allow me to boot from it, only access it as a cached folders after installing a new copy.

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23 Dec 2013   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I've once installed Windows 7 Professional to a Toshiba laptop with no working USB ports and DVD drive using a fully functioning HP laptop. Below the steps I took.

Notice:
PC1 = a "broken" laptop with no USB and CD/DVD drive
PC2 = a fully functioning laptop.
  1. Remove the hard disks from both PC1 and PC2
  2. Attach the HDD from PC1 to PC2
  3. Install Windows 7 normally. Do not activate it yet, Windows can be used 30 days without activation
  4. When ready, generalize the Windows installation. See this tutorial for instructions, and this post to learn more about generalizing
  5. Remove the generalized HDD from PC2
  6. Attach the generalized HDD to PC1
  7. Attach the original HDD back to PC2
  8. Boot PC1 normally
  9. Activate the newly installed Windows
  10. Download and install necessary drivers
A simple straight forward method. After re-attaching the original HDD back to PC2 it has its original, working Windows 7, and the PC1 has now a new Windows 7, installed on its HDD while it was attached to PC2.

Kari
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23 Dec 2013   #3

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Syntax1985 View Post
My friend has a laptop that isnt even worth fixing imo. the issue is it has usb 3.0 but you cant boot from it, the usb 2.0 has been pushed in some how so installing windows via usb isn't an option either, and the dvd drive doesnt work.
What do you wat to boot form usb3.0? You can't boot Windows 7 from usb! You can install Windows 7 from usb2.0 though.

A reinstall doesn't fix those issues like a not working dvd drive. The dvd drive isn't working if you try to boot from it?
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23 Dec 2013   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
A reinstall doesn't fix those issues like a not working dvd drive. The dvd drive isn't working if you try to boot from it?
I fully agree with Kaktussoft above.

My previous post only offers a working solution if the Windows is absolutely necessary on that non-functioning laptop, but its longer use has no sense if the laptop has no working CD/DVD drive and USB slots.

Kari
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23 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for the fast replies guys, il try that method above, merry xmas to you all!
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23 Dec 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

You should have some USB2 ports to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
with the installer provided for your licensed version.

Otherwise if you can access the OS on the PC now you can set it up to boot from an install partition which will allow you to use the Drive Options to delete all partitions to get the cleanest install: Install OS from Hard Drive

If this isn't practical you can also move the HD to another PC, Clean Install Windows 7 then move it back to the problem PC to see if it will start, and if not boot Paragon Adaptive Restore CD to P2P adjust Windows 7 to boot on different hardware.
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