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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 with no CD drive


09 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Install Windows 7 with no CD drive

I have a mini laptop (acer) that has no CD drive. I have the 7 disk. The laptop has Windows 7 startup installed and I would like to be able to upgrade to the next step. Is there a way to do this? I have this laptop on my home network.


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09 Jun 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you wanting to upgrade from Starter to Home Premium? If so you'll need a Home Premium key but can install it using Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums.
This unlocks the few extra features in the higher version just by inserting the key.

However I'd be sure you actually need those features because if you don't then it's just wasting money. Instead if you'd like a better performing install you can do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which shows how to get and keep a perfect install and provides everything needed in the blue link including the ISO file, how to unlock it to access Starter version during install, tool to write to bootable flash stick, and everything else that works best for Windows 7.

To help you decide here is a comparison chart to Compare Windows 7 Editions - Windows 7 Forums
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10 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

To Gregrocker: Many thanks, your info. helped me decide not to try the upgrade since I don't really
need those "few" extras.
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10 Jun 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

How is performance on the laptop? It might improve if you Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

However nothing compares to doing a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 .

If you have any issues here are the basic Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.
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