Installing Windows 7 on your Netbook without a CD Drive

windows-startkey-flash-drive

I ran into a little problem with getting a “fresh” Windows 7 installed on to my net book.  After a bit of research I found the following procedure… and it worked perfectly!!!

Without further ado… here are the Vista instructions for how you can create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 7 on your system.

1. Format USB flash drive to NTFS format

For Vista users can directly format the USB drive to NTFS formatformatL

2. Disk-Part the Drive

On the Start menu, navigate to the command prompt entry. Right-click and select Run as administrator.

startmenu

Type

diskpart

list disk

Record the disk number of your USB flash drive.

diskpart

Select the USB disk.

select disk X (X is the drive number of the USB flash drive)

List the current partition. Record the partition number.

list partition

Select the current partition and make it active.

select partition Y (Y is the partition number of the USB flash drive)

active

diskpart2

3. Prepare the OS files

Download Windows 7 file to your desktop.

Download and install PowerISO from http://poweriso.com/.

Right-click on the Windows 7 iso file and select Extract files. Extract the files to a folder (you can name the folder any name you want, but for illustration purpose, I name it win-7) in your desktop.

extract

In your command prompt, cd to the windows 7 folder.

cd Desktop/win-7 (Change the destination to the folder that you have extracted)

cd boot

bootsect /nt60 X: (X is the drive latter of your USB drive )

Now, copy all the files from the Windows 7 folder to the USB flash drive.

Reboot the computer. Remember to change the first boot device to your USB drive in the BIOS.

You should be able to install Windows 7 from your USB flash drive now.