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Windows 7: Running drivers from a USB stick, possible?

06 Jul 2012   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

If your work has denied you administrator privileges then I would suspect your BIOS would be password locked and you would not be allowed to boot from a USB device or CD. Your IT department may have overlooked this but that would be silly since it would enable you to gain administrator privileges anyway.
It would take your IT people minutes to install the drivers - buy them a cup of coffee.

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06 Jul 2012   #12
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by solarmystic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Windows won't boot from a USB drive, flash or HDD.
Not quite true, Britton30..

Here's a site that explains how to do it with legitimate Windows 7 media using the WAIK (Windows automated installation kit) available for free from Microsoft and the application of sysprep to reset the settings back to original (untouched state) after using it one system.

Of course all the limitations of a trial apply using that method until a permanent base has been established for the external USB device and once windows is activated on that computer, it may not be moved around, just like any other normal legitimate installation. (30 days tops, 120 days max with the use of the slmgr -rearm command)
Well I've been wrong before. I certainly wouldn't go through all that to have to repeat it when putting it in another computer though.
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