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How to Install Windows 7 Using a USB Thumb Drive

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Posted Apr 13 2010 01:48 PM

Do you want to install Windows 7 on your netbook, but don't have an external DVD drive handy? With this excerpt from Wei-Meng Lee's Windows 7: Up and Running you'll learn how to install Windows 7 using a USB thumb drive.

If you want to install Windows 7 using a USB thumb drive, follow the steps outlined here:

  1. Use the diskpart.exe application to prepare the USB thumb drive. Launch the diskpart.exe application in the command prompt and then issue the following commands (see also Figure 8.38):

    list disk
    select disk n (where n is your thumb drive)
    create partition primary
    format fs=fat32 quick

Figure 8.38. Preparing the thumb drive with diskpart.exe

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  1. Copy the content of the Windows 7 installation disk onto the USB thumb drive.

  2. Insert the thumb drive into the computer and boot it up using the USB thumb drive.


As the Windows 7 installation takes up well over 2 GB, you would need a USB thumb drive that is at least 4 GB.

Windows 7: Up and Running

Learn more about this topic from Windows 7: Up and Running.

This compact book offers the quickest path for Windows XP and Vista users to get started with Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. With Windows 7: Up and Running, you get the essential information you need to upgrade or install the system and configure it to fit your activities, along with a tour of Windows 7's features and built-in applications. Windows 7 is poised to be a big hit among PC users, and with this handy guide, you can be productive with it right away.

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