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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 with a virtual DVD ROM?

20 Dec 2009   #1

Installing Windows 7 with a virtual DVD ROM?

Ok, newbie question time ..... (Don't you just hate 'em?)
I have spent 2 hours looking through numerous indexes and still no go!
Looking for info on installing Win7 with a virtual DVD ROM.
Even with detailed search, lots of irrelevant stuff comes up.
Any Ideas? Is there an easy way to find stuff?
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21 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows Server 2008

You can start the installation process from within another version of Windows. You'd have to mount the ISO with a program like MagicISO or Daemon Tools.

Alternatively, you could install it from a USB drive, following these instructions: How do you make a USB drive bootable so I can load W7 on a netbook?
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21 Dec 2009   #3


Thanks, I have Novicorps Win2flash (and have used it - it's great) but that's not what I'm interested in at the present time.
Mounting? That sounds rude! Maybe it isn't ....... Is that the same as using Virtual CD/DVD software?
Anyway, I'm a newbie - please be patient!
btw - I had to dump DT cos ImageBurn says it was not compatible - then spent hours trying to remove SPTD. Of course now I know how to remove it, it was simple!
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21 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


Download PowerISO trial version, right click on Win7 ISO, mount to virtual drive, run setup to install.

Basically same as running Setup from the previous OS desktop.

Better to boot from an actual installer so you can get the cleanest install possible, formatting the HD first.
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