Installing Windows 7 on your Netbook without a CD 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.




list disk

Record the disk number of your USB flash drive.


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)



3. Prepare the OS files

Download Windows 7 file to your desktop.

Download and install PowerISO from

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.


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.

7 thoughts on “Installing Windows 7 on your Netbook without a CD Drive

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  2. I just wanted to thank you and let others know that this really does work. I tried other similar methods but they didn’t work. They key in this tutorial if the NTFS format of the USB drive…other tutorials leave this out or tell you to use FAT32; that does work. This tutorial worked perfectly on my HP Mini 2140!

  3. Since this post, I’ve actually switched to using my iPad more often. I spent the extra money on a 3g version and absolutely love it.
    I still have the iPad v1, planning to skip v2 in favor of v3 coming out in 6 months.

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