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Windows 7: Can windows7 be installed from a USB flash drive?

04 Jan 2016   #1
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 
Can windows7 be installed from a USB flash drive?

As far as I know, the USB port needs Windows drivers to work? So it can't be installed from a flash drive? Is there any logic in what I'm saying?


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04 Jan 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't know about logic, but you certainly can install from a USB drive.
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08 Jan 2016   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Depends on the BIOS capability of the computer. Pretty much all of them built in the last 10 years or so are capable of booting to a USB device.
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08 Jan 2016   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mohab View Post
As far as I know, the USB port needs Windows drivers to work? So it can't be installed from a flash drive? Is there any logic in what I'm saying?
Only a USB3.0 port needs 3rd party drivers, USB2.0 does not. Thats why you should always install from a USB2.0 port.
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08 Jan 2016   #5
AddRAM

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09 Jan 2016   #6
mohab

Windows 7 Professional 64 bits
 
 

Than you all for your replies. Thanks AddRAM for telling me about Wintobootoc, Ztruker for telling about the BIOS
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09 Jan 2016   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Just know this, with a USB stick install, you don`t make any boot order changes in the menu, just use the boot menu usually (F8) to boot from the usb stick.

Do this the first time and that`s it when the pc reboots, the install should then continue just as if you were using a dvd.
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