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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 from a virtual disk

12 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Installing windows 7 from a virtual disk

I recently found that my windows is corrupted and I will have to do a fresh install. My question is can I do it with a virtual disk? I want to do it with a virtual disk because my laptop's reader is broken and my flash drive can't hold the installation ( it's 4gb and the install is 4.15 gb ) . So is it possible to do an installation where my old windows goes away and gets replaced by my new one, in other words installation with a format on my main partition. Sorry if I was confusing but I am bad at explaining stuff.

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12 Jul 2014   #2


Use the latest official installer for your licensed version which is no larger than 3.1 gb, written to stick with the tool also provided in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

The steps in that tutorial will assure you don't forget anything, do a perfect install, then set it up and maintain it perfectly for as long as you stick with the tools and methods given.

Put your wireless driver on the stick after its prepared so if it isn't provided during install and ready to connect, you can install it to connect to network, enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) then run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, with reboots, until no more are offered when you Check for Updates. Only then should you import any drivers still missing in Device Manager, or if only a Standard VGA Display driver is given.
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12 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

Buy a larger flash drive, they are pretty cheap.
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12 Jul 2014   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes, but you will another os or winpe to access it from.
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15 Jul 2014   #5

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.

Welcome to sevenforums zziko0

Before you do any reinstalls, how did you concluded that your windows is corrupted?

Anyhow, you should try running "sfc /scannow" in cmd. This checks and tries to repair your filesystem.

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15 Jul 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

It fits on a 3.75 GB flash drive with room to spare
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