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Windows 7: How to install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

03 Oct 2010   #41
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Even with the disk used for seeing ubuntu installed you have one form of GParted seen for wiping the drive and seeing a fresh NTFS primary created for a nice clean 7 install. The rest is simply following the remaining steps in the guides written specifically for seeing 7 installed one way or another.

If you still wanted ubuntu on as well you would shrink that down if needed and move the root partition(system) back towards the rear of the drive allowing space for the new MS primary for 7. Once 7 is on you would then use the NeoGrub option in EasyBCD for adding an entry for the distro into the 7 boot loader.

Now if you only want to see 7 on and ubuntu gone the methods have already been discussed. You now simply have to decide which route to go. A dual boot or a 7 stand alone install? The information is there.


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08 Oct 2010   #42
cookie66

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok, I used the system repair disk to wipe the hard drive, and now there is no operating system on it. But I made the Windows 7 install USB with Wintoflash, but when I boot it, it just shows the _ blinking.
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08 Oct 2010   #43
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That's where you went wrong! If you had followed the guide and went with the program there being UltraISO you would have seen working results! In fact with other usb install or live data recovery sticks made up I went for the full version of that having proved itself reliable.

This other one I haven't looked at to where that could have failed on you. With UltraISO however that will extract the setup files into a folder and then write then onto the flash drive in two easy steps for seeing the install key made up. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

The latest version of UltraISO is available at BIN to ISO converter, ISO CD image editor and creator - Ultraiso Download Page All you need is the shareware version for making up an install key anyways not the full features.
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08 Oct 2010   #44
gregrocker

 

How are you booting the stick. Did you set it first to boot in BIOS setup, or are you using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at bootup? How is the stick listed? Does anything happen before the cursor starts flashing?

Try the Ultra ISO method mentioned, as it always works for me. Download UltraISO trial version, on File tab Open ISO, then on Bootable tab "write image," on panel which opens use Format button, then Write button.

Do you only have a CD drive?
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08 Oct 2010   #45
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

You would likely need to use UltraISO on another machine since you don't already have Windows on at the moment. Once 7 was on however simply set the flash drive aside as an optional bootable repair device in case your optical should fail on you at some point and 7 won't start.

Leaving the hard drive set as default and selecting the flash drive from the F4, F8, or F12 boot device menu is typically the preferred option to save on going back and forth into the bios setup. Once the first restart is seen the installation finishes without interruption due to repeat trips there.
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08 Oct 2010   #46
eldinv

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
That's where you went wrong! If you had followed the guide and went with the program there being UltraISO you would have seen working results! In fact with other usb install or live data recovery sticks made up I went for the full version of that having proved itself reliable.

This other one I haven't looked at to where that could have failed on you. With UltraISO however that will extract the setup files into a folder and then write then onto the flash drive in two easy steps for seeing the install key made up. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

The latest version of UltraISO is available at BIN to ISO converter, ISO CD image editor and creator - Ultraiso Download Page All you need is the shareware version for making up an install key anyways not the full features.
If done correctly, WintoFlash works fine. It might be a problem with booting from USB. In my PC, you must put the USB drive at the top of the boot sequence.
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09 Oct 2010   #47
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That would be seen on the list of hard drives when highlighting and pressing the enter key while in the bios>boot section. You move the intended drive to the top to see that set as the default device.

The boot device menu option is seen on the first post screen to press the F key designated for that rather then even entering the bios setup to begin with. That saves you from making repeat trips into the bios itself by seeing the "one time only" type boot from the flash drive if the board supports that option.

Once the setup files are fully copied onto the main drive and the first restart is seen you are automatically booting from the hard drive already being the default drive. This works when the flash drive itself sees a good write there of course regardless of what program is used. The guide simply takes you the other steps for seeing 7 installed once you have the flash drive prepared.
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09 Oct 2010   #48
cookie66

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Sorry, not very smart with this stuff. I'm using UltraISO to write the ISO image to my USB right now, will keep you updated, and I'm crossing my fingers hoping it works.
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09 Oct 2010   #49
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Remember to bring down the "Bootable" list of options from the menu bar. You'll see the flash drive listed when clicking on the write image option. If the image is good you shouldn't have any problems with it.
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09 Oct 2010   #50
cookie66

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm so happy! It worked! I'm typing this from my new Windows 7 laptop! Finally! Thanks a ton guys for helping me out on this, saved me a trip to the computer repair. Thanks!!
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