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Windows 7: Installation - Feeling Lost

22 Dec 2009   #11

PC: Windows XP // Laptop: Windows XP SP2

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks =) Followed to the 'T' and have a bootable ISO USB. I plugged it into my PC with XP and tried to boot expecting an automatic installation. Didn't happen. Restarted again, loaded the Boot Screen, but I'm not seeing an option to boot with the USB Flash Drive (my PC was custom built by someone I don't know, and I've had it for about 6 years. So will this even be possible?)

Is there still a way to install this on my PC through the USB? I've tried searching for the right tutorial, but had a hard time finding one.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If XP is telling you that it might be willing to run Win7 Setup except for SP2 being absent, then I would install SP2, better yet SP3 to be up to date:

You can't really expect XP to do much without at least SP2, and SP3 has it rolled in.
Unfortunately, the XP I have installed is a bootleg version so as expected, it won't allow me to upgrade to the latest SP.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #12


Look for the F-key prompt on the first bootup screen for Boot Menu, normally F10, F12 or ESC. The flash drive will be listed under Hard Drives - you have to expand those listings.

If you cannot access a one-time Boot Menu like this, then use the F-key given to Enter Bios, set Boot Order to boot your Flash Hard Drive first, then your regular Hard Drive. Again, flash is normally listed under Hard drives.

Also while in BIOS setup, look for box to enable USB and make sure it is checked.

Now restart computer and look for prompt to "hit any key to boot from Flash drive."

Do you have any bootable disks at all there, even the XP CD? Perhaps you can use Diskpart to clean/format the HD to force Win7 installer to start since it should autostart if HD is wiped.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #13

PC: Windows XP // Laptop: Windows XP SP2


In BIOS, I found that USB was indeed enabled (Note for others: it was called "USB Keyboard support." found that out here: How to boot a system from different devices (e.g. a USB device) )

For the Boot Order, I saw no USB listing at all (perhaps because my computer is so old?).

I do have the XP CD. I'll try formatting the entire hard drive, but perhaps that will wait until the morning, and then I'll get back to you... thanks
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22 Dec 2009   #14


On my Boot Menu F-key and BIOS boot order list it never says USB.

when I click on Hard Drives, it lists "Kingston Data traveler 2.0" amongst them which will then boot if I click it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #15

PC: Windows XP // Laptop: Windows XP SP2

Interesting. I wasn't able to access a Boot Menu from an F-key prompt (strange enough), and my BIOS does not have something similar to yours. What I was looking for under Advanced BIOS Features >> First Boot Device was either USB-ZIP or USB-HDD (based on the following: How to boot a system from different devices (e.g. a USB device) )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #16

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Do you have any friends that could loan you a DVD drive to connect to the PC just to install win7. I have used a portable USB DVD drive to install on some older computers

" Doc "
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #17


I often see USB-HDD in the boot order menu, but that is not where the Flash stick is usually found.

It is usually found in my experience uwhen expanding the Hard drive listings.

But by all means try it and see if it triggers the boot prompt upon restart.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #18

PC: Windows XP // Laptop: Windows XP SP2

Thank you for your patience lol. I should've said that I tried looking through my BIOS for a Hard drives listing when you first mentioned it. I couldn't find one? I've never entered this Setup before and I'm completely new at this.

I will try to find out! Hopefully it is so
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #19


The HD should be listed under Master/Slave listings for the way your HD and DVD drive are cabled. Nearby should be the contoller settings for those drives. It should say something like SATA, IDE, RAID, etc.

The HD will have to show up here if it is running XP. The CD drive should also be there if it is working at all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Dec 2009   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amelie View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pauly View Post
Here is the tutorial for creating the bootable usb drive
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
method one if you alreay have an iso
method two explains how to do it from an installation dvd
Thank you for the help.

Method one: I have no ISO
Method two: The warning says the following:
You can only create a 32-bit Windows 7 USB key from within a 32-bit Vista or Windows 7.
You can only create a 64-bit Windows 7 USB key from within a 64-bit Vista or Windows 7.

I'm doing all of this from Windows XP SP2.
If you have an extra $30 laying around, this might be the time to buy a DVD drive. You can then do a clean install from the DVD. Installing it yourself is no problem.
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