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Windows 7: How do I clean install widows with no dvd or usb stick.

14 Aug 2014   #1
Stedmister

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How do I clean install widows with no dvd or usb stick.

Hi

I am helping a friend with their pc, their Windows 7 install, on there system drive is badly mangled and need of a reinstall, however they has no DVD drive or spots for a usb key, or or the knowledge to create one. I do not have phsical access to there pc due to different geological locations. I am wondering if there is a way I can help them reinstall 7 cleanly, they has two drives, main and a data drive. i did look at this Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device but if something goes wrong, there is no way for me to fix it and they stuck with no os. Any suggestions would be helpful.


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14 Aug 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just what kind of computer is this that has no method of hooking up external hardware or the use of a DVD?
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14 Aug 2014   #3
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Must be from the Pre-Cambrian....
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14 Aug 2014   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could download the .iso and then work with a Virtual Clone Drive. But in my book that is more complicated than burning the .iso to a USB flash drive - e.g. with Rufus.

I would be amazed if the PC of your friends had no USB port. There are PCs without CD drives but I have never seen one without a USB port.
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14 Aug 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

Everything needed is provided here in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 including the reinstallation media, everything that must be remembered to back up, how to do and keep a perfect install.
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14 Aug 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Stedmister we need to know more information about this computer.
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14 Aug 2014   #7
Stedmister

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks guys

They do have usb ports, but I not sure how many are free, and there knowledge is very limited when it comes to computers, I think USB would be the best way to go myself, it is a custom built PC. I'm not sure on the specs but I will find out. I was just wondering if they is a way to reinstall without them having to many hoops to jump through.
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14 Aug 2014   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

install from usb is easiest.
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14 Aug 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Read over the tutorial a few times taking notes for questions to ask back.


Much of it is to be sure nothing needed is left behind
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14 Aug 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For an installation, you can free all USB ports - just pull the plugs. There is no need to have a printer or any other device attached during an installation.
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