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Windows 7: Problem while booting windows 7 on a usb

21 Jun 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Problem while booting windows 7 on a usb

I have installed Windows 7 32Bit in a USB but while i am trying to boot from the USB it returns to the Hard Drive.

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22 Jun 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Is this the same PC that you installed the OS? It won't work otherwise.
Are you selecting the correct Boot device?

Try removing other HDDs and see if it will boot?
Try marking the partition as active with Partition Wizard free.

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22 Jun 2015   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PCWINOS View Post
I have installed Windows 7 32Bit in a USB
Can you just clarify, do you mean you have installed Windows 7 onto a USB stick or are trying to boot from the bootable USB stick to install Windows 7?
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22 Jun 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium

I don't know if this is your issue or not - but some older computers will not boot off a USB to install Windows on a new hard drive. My older computer (a Gigabyte GA-E45 motherboard with intel core 2 Duo) has a message on the BIOS start screen that says it will only boot off hard drive or CD.

When I did my Win 8 upgrade, I used a bootable USB stick and it had no problems. But when the HD started to fail, I replaced it with a new SSD and tried to install Win 8 using the same USB and it would not work. I had to use my Win7 CD to install, then install Win8 over that.
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23 Jun 2015   #5
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