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Windows 7: Install Win7 without DVD or USB on C:(Vista)


13 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Install Win7 without DVD or USB on C:(Vista)

Hi,

I hope someone can help me here. The facts are, I have Windows XP<-changed from Vista, a legit Ultimate key, no DVD drive and no USB stick or HDD. I read in some articles that it is possible, to download the Windows 7 ISO and mount it like for example with Virtualdrive or CloneDVD, then just run the setup, and it will work fine with complete installation after reboot.

My question now is, because I read in a step by step guide, that I would need to install it to an CLEAN partition, I also got this out from an Youtube video. Is this really true? So I cannot just install a new installation to C or the current vista partition)? Doesn't the setup just copies all files into an TMP folder, and would rename the old windows to C:\windows.OLD?

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13 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi there timr If you have a spare 4GB on your hard drive can i suggest making a recovery partition? Recovery Partition - Create that will do what you want it to do.
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13 Jun 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

First back your all data to DVD, USB stick or Ex HD.
Back up your Win 7 ISO you may need to a clean install in 2 month time.
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13 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Hi,
thx for the answers but that does not help me with my question. I don't want to risk changing free disc space on the fly. The question was, can I just install Windows 7 IN a current Vista or XP environment <on the same partition where the current OS is> (on C) from a mounted ISO, so it will just reboot after copying the setup files, and the installation will go on without any DVD and the setup will leave Vista besides Windows 7 in the OLD folder. Like in this guide: http://www.intowindows.com/installin...rive-method-2/ The problem I have is just it says: 'In this method we install Windows 7 on a clean partition like the normal DVD boot method.'
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13 Jun 2010   #5

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timr View Post
Hi,
thx for the answers but that does not help me with my question. I don't want to risk changing free disc space on the fly. The question was, can I just install Windows 7 IN a current Vista or XP environment <on the same partition where the current OS is> (on C) from a mounted ISO, so it will just reboot after copying the setup files, and the installation will go on without any DVD and the setup will leave Vista besides Windows 7 in the OLD folder. Like in this guide: Installing Windows 7 Without Using DVD/USB Drive [Method 2] The problem I have is just it says: 'In this method we install Windows 7 on a clean partition like the normal DVD boot method.'
NO. You cannot. the win 7 installer wont let you, and there would be dup files with the same names.


Cant be done

Sorry
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13 Jun 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Was just about to suggest similar.

See you have it written up into a tut - nice.
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13 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Was just about to suggest similar.

See you have it written up into a tut - nice.
was that directed at me?

you should know about it the warning at the top came on your recommendation
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13 Jun 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did I see it before ? - LOL , getting forgetful.

Unless you prettied it up/changed it .

Good tut - straightforward and clear - using the simplest method to achieve it - always the best way.
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13 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Did I see it before ? - LOL , getting forgetful.

Unless you prettied it up/changed it .

Good tut - straightforward and clear - using the simplest method to achieve it - always the best way.
thank you and yes you did there are two pages of comments from you
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13 Jun 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Did I see it before ? - LOL , getting forgetful.

Unless you prettied it up/changed it .

Good tut - straightforward and clear - using the simplest method to achieve it - always the best way.
thank you and yes you did there are two pages of comments from you
In one ear & out the other.
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