Microsoft Store Display’s Box Art

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Here it is… Microsoft has added the Windows 7 boxes and space-holder to their Store site.

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Installing Windows 7 on your Netbook without a CD Drive

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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.

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Type

diskpart

list disk

Record the disk number of your USB flash drive.

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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.

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Select the current partition and make it active.

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

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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.

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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.

Initial Impressions of Windows 7

I’ve just finished installing Windows 7 onto my HP Mini 1000 NetBook.  My initial thoughts are very cool.  It is running just as fast as Windows XP Home that came with the system.

First problem I ran into is the bluetooth communications with my Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000… it doesn’t work!!!  This kind of frustrating.  The second thing I’ve noticed, is although the touchpad does work… the button to disable it doesn’t.  Guess I’ll have to install the latest drivers for it…

More later… 😉

Time to Upgrade… Windows 7 Beta

Welp, it’s now time I upgrade.  I worked 12 hours each day this weekend so I only had time enough to sleep which I didn’t get much of.

I completed the download of both the 64bit and 32bit versions of Windows 7 Beta. 

I’ve used the WHS backup utility to get an exact copy of my mini thus far.

Now I’m using PowerISO to extract the iso files, load them onto one my many external hard drives and will boot to it via USB on the Mini.

I’m not a fan of the Upgrade Option, so I’ll format the mini’s hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows 7… wish me luck.

Windows 7 Beta Trouble

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Whelp… I attempted to download the beta version without success.  The site is so bogged down that it is impossible to get to the wizard for registration.

Guess I’ll have to try again after work.  Too bad my 3g card isn’t here yet.  I could be using my mini to do it while at work.

Download Windows 7 beta from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx