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Windows 7: Microsoft tool for installing Windows 7 from USB drive

23 Oct 2009   #11
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

...& here is the tool.


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24 Oct 2009   #12
DrWho

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7
 
 

I tried it...... but it told me my ISO was not a real ISO.
What a bunch of crap!

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24 Oct 2009   #13
Night Hawk

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i expect windows 8 may be download or usb only...

*edit*can any pre-usb pcs run 7? (but i suppose the thing is having spare usb slots?)
Depends on what you mean by "pre usb"? Windows 98 introduced USB 1.0, 1.1 there. So you can easily be looking at a P II 586 or older with only some 32-64mb of memory upto about 512mb for an early P III or AMD K5 system. But most systems came with usb ports from 2000 on being one of the latest rechnologies at the time.

PCI to USB adapter cards became available from that point on for adding ports onto an old system that lacked them. If you download 7 onto a system that lacks ports the alternative option would be using a program like VirtualClone Drive to mount the iso on a virtual dvd drive. You would need to mount this from a separate partition however.

Here I can easily try the tool on one of the RC images to see if it work with those at all. Meanwhile I now have a new usb key made up for the 64bit RC as the images here show how fast the tool works. One thing to know is making sure the usb flash drive is free of any data! The tool lacks the ability to format the device first!


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24 Oct 2009   #14
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i expect windows 8 may be download or usb only...
Can you provide a link to download the windows 8 ?
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24 Oct 2009   #15
Night Hawk

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

I posted one news report on supposed details regarding the next version not even in the Alpha stage at this point over on the W8 while I suspect W8 will also be available on dvd just like 7 is now for separate purchase when the time comes. Windows 8 Details Emerge - Windows 8 Forums

At this time however the emphasis is on the latest version just released. Time will show what will be seen for the next and then the next and so forth there.
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25 Oct 2009   #16
DrWho

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7
 
 

I spend way too much time on the internet reading many different forums and this is the first time I've heard anyone mention booting a netbook (or any PC, for that matter) from an SD Flash Memory Card.

I've done it myself, and even talked about it on other forums, when discussing using bootable flash drives, but this is the first time I've seen anyone else writing about it.
I'm gratified to know I'm not alone.

I've been using the HP flash drive format tool for a long time now, to make both Thumb Drives and SD Flash cards bootable. It works like a breeze!
Anyone new to this concept and wanting the HP Format tool, can download it here:
USBFormat.exe - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

It does require that you tell it where to get the three DOS boot files.
I just point it at a bootable (DOS) floppy disk, but for those with no such thing available, the three DOS boot files can also be downloaded here:
MSDos.exe - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage
(already downloaded 695 times)

Just unpack the three DOS files into a new folder and point the Format Tool to that folder. It will get the dos boot files and put them on the Flash Drive, thus making it boot to DOS.

A certain amount of DOS knowledge is very helpful when doing things like this. Creating an Autoexec.bat file to either run a program or print a menu on the screen is helpful too. But, that's food for another thread.
Sorry! I didn't mean to get off-topic.

Cheers Mates!
The Doctor
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25 Oct 2009   #17
Thung

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Having Win7 on my HP Mini 2140 installed after I upgraded it to 2GB RAM.
Win7 works great
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25 Oct 2009   #18
n0th1n9

Vista HP, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro, Seven Ultimate x2
 
 

I used Ultra ISO to install the Windows Seven ISO to a USB flash drive and was able to install Windows Seven in seven minutes. (timed from pressing of the next button after partion selection to creating a Windows logon user)
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25 Oct 2009   #19
Night Hawk

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

The idea of the tool is not to install 7 onto the flash drive but to turn the flash drive into a bootable installation media. This then allows you to install 7 onto the netbook itself.

Now for Dos files I would have to dig out the old 6.22 floppies in order to install 3.1 on an old ide drive once formatted to Fat16.
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