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Windows 7: Clean install from XP without install disc

23 Oct 2009   #1
firebrand

Windows XP 32-bit
 
 
Clean install from XP without install disc

I would like to perform a clean install windows 7 x64 from XP x86. I have downloaded the files from the email that I was sent, and I do not have an installation cd or .iso.

How do I make an .iso or make my flash drive bootable so that I can do a clean install? Again, I have no disc, no image, and I'm in XP. I have just the files.

Thanks.


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23 Oct 2009   #2
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by firebrand View Post
I would like to perform a clean install windows 7 x64 from XP x86. I have downloaded the files from the email that I was sent, and I do not have an installation cd or .iso.

How do I make an .iso or make my flash drive bootable so that I can do a clean install? Again, I have no disc, no image, and I'm in XP. I have just the files.

Thanks.
Hi & welcome
You won't be able to clean install W7 over XP without a W7 install DVD. I worry that you'll not get much further if the files that were "sent to you in an email" were not obtained legitimately either........imo it sounds to me like they weren't!
Good luck!
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23 Oct 2009   #3
Ginjaian

Mac OS X 10.6.1, Windows XP Pro, Windows 7 Pro x64 RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
I worry that you'll not get much further if the files that were "sent to you in an email" were not obtained legitimately either........imo it sounds to me like they weren't!
Good luck!
I think firebrand means that they bought the student version, which is a downloadable format. There's plenty on these forums about installing this version, but the best thread is here:
Make bootable iso from student d/l
In the end, you're going to have to 'roll-your-own' DVD from the files you've downloaded, as you can't do an 'in-place' update of Windows XP.
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23 Oct 2009   #4
iznasty

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by firebrand View Post
I would like to perform a clean install windows 7 x64 from XP x86. I have downloaded the files from the email that I was sent, and I do not have an installation cd or .iso.

How do I make an .iso or make my flash drive bootable so that I can do a clean install? Again, I have no disc, no image, and I'm in XP. I have just the files.

Thanks.
If you are upgrading from XP 32bit to Windows 7 64bit you will have to convert the files to iso and burn a disk. check Make bootable iso from student d/l

If you were upgrading from 32bit to 32bit or 64bit to 64bit you could perform a clean install from xp without the need to burn to disk.
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23 Oct 2009   #5
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

[quote=Ginjaian;324822]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
I worry that you'll not get much further if the files that were "sent to you in an email" were not obtained legitimately either........imo it sounds to me like they weren't!
Good luck!
Quote:
I think firebrand means that they bought the student version, which is a downloadable format.
Ah, i see, ma bad!

Quote:
If you were upgrading from 32bit to 32bit or 64bit to 64bit you could perform a clean install from xp without the need to burn to disk.
So how can that be achieved? From a USB stick
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20 Mar 2010   #6
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85 View Post
So how can that be achieved? From a USB stick
If you mount the ISO image onto the USB drive, then choose to boot from the USB drive in your BIOS it will perform a clean install. However, you need a boot image to be able to do this if the ISO image itself isn't bootable [which most aren't]. I just use the boot image from my old XP installation CD, and that works great.
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21 Mar 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

Use the tutorial given above to convert student download to .iso, or if you have the seven installation files use this: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

Then write the .iso to USB stick with this: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Boot the stick under HD's in one-time boot menu given on first BIOS screen, or by setting it to boot first in BIOS setup.
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