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Windows 7: Easiest way from XP to Win7 on Netbook

16 Dec 2009   #11
Microsoft MVP


You can try running Setup from the XP desktop, doing Custom install sometimes it will run and overwrite itself since all files are loaded, expanded before it restarts.

This is the not the cleanest install as the Advanced tools used for partitioning/formatting will be greyed out if you don't boot from installer. Get a USB flash drive.

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16 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7

I just ordered a 4GB flash for $10 on line.

Many thanks.
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16 Dec 2009   #13
Microsoft MVP


Good, it will be vital as a repair tool too.

The repair console has Startup Repair, System Restore, Restore using an Image, Command Line, etc.

If you'd like to keep some other files on the stick with the Win7 installer, try first plugging in and formatting Primary FAT32 in Disk Management. Then copy the Win7 files into the root. See if it will boot that way by tapping the F-key given for Boot Menu on your first bootup screen, flash will be listed under hard drives. If so, you can add other files to fill up the stick.

If not, try the two other methods given earlier.

I keep Win7 installer on a 16 gb stick along with all of my other tools, apps like Adobe, Java, Works, etc. When I want to install Win7, I spill the files out of the folder I keep them in so it will boot. Easy.
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17 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7

I'm on it! Many thanks to all.
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17 Dec 2009   #15

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

I hope it all goes well for you... If you run into problems, just ask!!
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