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Windows 7: I want to install Windows 7 ON (not FROM) a USB key

31 Jul 2010   #1
celjan34

Windows 7
 
 
I want to install Windows 7 ON (not FROM) a USB key

I want to install Windows 7 ON (not FROM) a USB key (instead of disk) and run from it.

But without VirtualBox or VM Player or something. Directly to the USB key.

But how? ...so please help


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31 Jul 2010   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Google is your friend. Try this.

How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive

You need something with at least 6GB of space.

Virtualbox is your only option, AFAIK. There is no way to install Windows 7 on any type of removable media. The only Windows OS that I was able to do that with was Windows XP.
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31 Jul 2010   #3
DocBrown

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

Can you set your computer Bios to Boot from USB ?


Tutorial

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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31 Jul 2010   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Can you set your computer Bios to Boot from USB ?
Even if you can boot from USB, there's no way to install Windows onto a removable media device and then boot into it. At least I've never found/read about/actually saw it done.
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31 Jul 2010   #5
DocBrown

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Can you set your computer Bios to Boot from USB ?
Even if you can boot from USB, there's no way to install Windows onto a removable media device and then boot into it. At least I've never found/read about/actually saw it done.

Yes I mis-read the OP post
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31 Jul 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I tried something like this with XP. It is very hard to do right. Windows test the USB ports during start-up by turning them on and off. As soon as they are turned off, Windows stops loading. I can't remember if it crashes or just freezes. Someone found what needs to be changed to keep it from testing the USB ports during start-up but its not for the faint of heart. It's a lot easier to do something like this with Ubuntu or Knoppix, which are both great linux OSs.
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31 Jul 2010   #7
celjan34

Windows 7
 
 

DocBrown, tnx man
yes, i have boot from USB

and now tray your link
tnx


eeee, DocBrown, this iis not this

this tutorial make DVD=USB
I need Disk=USB
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31 Jul 2010   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Can you set your computer Bios to Boot from USB ?
Even if you can boot from USB, there's no way to install Windows onto a removable media device and then boot into it. At least I've never found/read about/actually saw it done.
Forgot about this. So, basically the only option is to use Linux for something like this.
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31 Jul 2010   #9
celjan34

Windows 7
 
 

Forget that
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31 Jul 2010   #10
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Have you tried Ubuntu or Knoppix? Both work well, have less security risk than Windows or Mac, and both (Ubuntu especially) have a large enough user base to find the solution to any issue you have online. They both also come with Firefox, and Ubuntu has OpenOffice built in. Not to mention both are light on resources.

For a portable OS, both are right up your alley.
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