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Windows 7: How do I BURN large ISO files into MULTIPLE CDs (not DVDs)

19 Jun 2016   #1
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
How do I BURN large ISO files into MULTIPLE CDs (not DVDs)

I searched almost everything, tried CDBurnerXP but nothing happened. I want to burn windows 7 ultimate setup in multiple CDs because my DELL Optiplex GX280 A08 only reads CDs. I want to install windows 7 there. Please help me. I need answers ASAP. Thanks to you all guy who will help me.


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19 Jun 2016   #2
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

CDs are not enough for a Windows 7 installer, you need to use a DVD drive, or a pendrive with at least 3GB free for it, as it won't fit in a smaller drive at all.

More generally, ISO files are an exact image of the final disc when burned, it cannot be splited into smaller discs. Moreover, the Windows installer is not aware of a "split installer" and won't know how to switch discs at all. A CD drive is not enough to support a Windows 7 installer.
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19 Jun 2016   #3
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Then how can I install windows 7 on my DELL OptiplexGX280 A08? Hmm. I'm thinking of switching HDD. Installing windows 7 by putting the original HDD of Optiplex into other PC then install windows 7 there then return it to Optiplex PC? hmm :3
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19 Jun 2016   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A CD drive cannot be used to install Windows 7, plain and simple, the install media doesn't fits into CDs (XP is the last Windows to fit in a 700MB disc).

Switching HD between computers could work, but it's generally ill advices, as the drivers will be installed for the other system hardware instead. You're likely to run into problems.

The best way is to create a USB drive with the installer there and boot from it to start the installation. Look at this tutorial for some guiadance:
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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20 Jun 2016   #5
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

That's my problem, my DELL Optiplex GX280 A08 doesnt support flash drive bootable. It hangs on windows 7 setup's splash screen. It wont read DVD's too. Also I tried running the installer directly by just opening it (btw, My DELL Optiplex GX280 A08 is running at winXP), it says "cannot display images" then after showing that message, the setup will return to the home screen asking, run installer or like that. Please help. I want to install win7 on it badly.
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20 Jun 2016   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shnxxx View Post
It wont read DVD's too.
Even from an external DVD drive??
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20 Jun 2016   #7
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

hmm. I didn't know that. So I will burn the iso to a DVD then use it as an installer? Btw, what kind of External DvD? USB? if it is a USB, I think it wont work because I tried installing using a bootable flashdrive and it just hanged on splash screen of the installer.
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20 Jun 2016   #8
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

Why not swap out the CD player with a DVD-R. I'm guessing it's IDE, but these are still available on Amazon, Ebay. If the OP has a mate with an old pc that uses IDE, a 'temporary borrow' just for the install would suffice.
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20 Jun 2016   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I agree, just buy and install a DVD Rom, they are so cheap.
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20 Jun 2016   #10
Shnxxx

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I'll try all your suggestions. Sorry I'm newbie when it comes to hardwares :3 I'll reply and update here for further developments. Thanks!
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