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Windows 7: Burn Windows7 to a cd?

30 Dec 2008   #1

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3
Burn Windows7 to a cd?

Hi, as you can see im new here.
Im trying to install Windows 7 to a relatively old laptop. It can only run cd-roms not dvd's and cant boot from USB.

So basically is it possible to install windows 7 without dismantling the laptop?

Thanks a lot


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #2

Windows 7

There are lots of ways to do this I guess. More information on your particular situation would be helpful.

Did you already download Windows 7? If so, did you do it on the laptop, or a different system. If you did it on the laptop you should be able to mount the image file with a program like virtual clone drive. Once the image is mounted, you now have a virtual DVD drive that you can copy the installation files from. You could probably install directly from the mounted image, or a safer bet would be to copy the content of the mounted image to a seperate folder and install from that. If you have a USB drive, you could put it on that and install from that as well. This will work for an "Upgrade" type install.

For a clean install, you are going to need to be more creative. If you post more details, we can help you. There's always a way.

For what it's worth, if the laptop is real old, you might be asking for trouble. Make sure you have a plan to get the system back to XP or whatever it was running. I'm assuming XP because I believe Vista was shipped on DVD.

Are you comfortable with partitioning, etc? Do you have two systems running that are networked? Do you have a USB hard drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #3

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3

Thanks for the reply,
My laptop has nothing of value data wise on it so that's not a problem.
Its a dell inspiron 2600 1006MHZ pent3, 640mb ram, 18 gb hdd
I have a 1tb usb hdd, 8 gb usb stick, millions of cd/dvds (blank :))

Would mounting it on the laptop and installing like that work? wouldn't it crash because it cant access the files when you reboot?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Dec 2008   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You can install from a USB drive.

Create a bootable Windows 7 on Flash Memory

1. Format the USB flash memory drive to FAT32 file system

Run CMD.EXE and type the following command. Note: This set of commands assumes that the USB flash drive is addressed as “disk 1″. Double check that by doing a list of the disks (type “list disk”) before cleaning it).

1. diskpart
2. select disk 1
3. clean
4. create partition primary
5. select partition 1
6. active
7. format fs=fat32
8. assign
9. exit

2. Copy Windows 7 DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive

Type in command to start copying all the content from the Windows 7 DVD to your newly formatted high speed flash drive.

* xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\

3. Setup your computer BIOS to boot from USB Drive

4. Install Windows 7 from flash memory drive

Good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

I don't think that the 18GB HDD will be big enough for the OS not to mention any aps that you might want to install afterward.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

There is also a 1TB hdd in play.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #7

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3

Yer i have a 1 tb hdd usb, so that will hold any files and apps i need really.
Ill have a crack at it, but im not sure if my laptop can boot from a usb, i tried and failed a sec ago trying to install windows 7 from the usb hdd. Couldn't find H:| (1tb hdd) in cmd promt.


EDIT: Cant find the USB in diskpart. Has disk 0, 1, 2 (wich are C:, D: and 1tb hdd) non of which are the F: USB stick :S
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Seems your setup is not going to be able to do it as per Mr Grimm
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #9

Windows 7 7000; Windows XP Pro SP3

Ive done it :). In the end just put the extracted iso onto a usb and ran it whilst in xp. Went through the process and now its fully installed with 11.6gb free :)
Thanks guys.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2008   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello bambi, congratulations!

Oh no; we've corrupted another one....

Later Ted
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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