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How to install win 7 on win xp laptop using USB drive?

Hello everyone
I am interested in updating my old Acer mini laptop which has win xp running.
The laptop doesn't have DVD player therefore only via USB flash drive the new OS could be installed?
I want to continue to use the old laptop but with newer system?
I have original win 7 DVD which I want to copy it on USB and install that win 7 copy of the USB to the laptop?
Can it be done and how ? For step by step instructions?
Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated?

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I'd use google for this one.

There are about 100 or more web pages on this. Pick one and see how it goes. If it doesn't be sure to share which page you used.

For me I just get my USB DVDRW out of my bag since I want to do this without tempting fate.

Be aware that 7 is at end of life too.

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Windows 7 install from USB
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Keep it simple

Go to walmart or best buy and pick up an usb dvd unit.

After the install you have the problem of finding the proper drivers for this old pc.

Then you have the problem of activation.

Then you have the problem of w7 having about 9 more months of support.

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try something newer than W7
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It worked

I want to answer everyone who managed to assist in the install win 7 on Acer mini laptop. I have to say going into Bios setting was difficult. However after going into win xp and from there running setup program worked like a charm! It restarted, boot menu, final setup wizard with win 7 keys, all went smoothly. I am delighted to announce the successful running of win 7 for another 8/16/24/32 months, special thanks to making this happen..smiles to all Happy

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What did you do?

A little description of what you did will be helpful to others.

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Hello You can find below steps for same.

Step 1: Create Bootable USB Drive

Start PowerISO (v6.5 or newer version, download here).

Insert the USB drive you intend to boot from.

Choose the menu "Tools > Create Bootable USB Drive". The "Create Bootable USB Drive" dialog will popup. If you are using Windows Vista or above operating system, you need confirm the UAC dialog to continue.
In "Create Bootable USB Drive" dialog, click "..." button to open the iso file of Windows operating system.

Select the correct USB drive from the "Destination USB Drive" list if multiple USB drives are connected to the computer.

Choose the proper writing method. "USB-HDD" is recommended.

Click "Start" button to start creating bootable USB drive.
PowerISO will alert you that all data on USB drive will be destroyed. Click "OK" to continue.
The program will start writing USB drive, and showing the progress information. You should get the message "Writing USB drive completed successfully." after the operation completes.
If no errors occurred in the above process, you should now be all set to setup Windows from USB drive!



Step 2: Configuring the BIOS

You should now reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to boot from USB. Instructions for doing so vary wildly from system to system, but generally entail the following:

Reboot the system.

While booting (before Windows starts loading), get into the BIOS configuration screen by hitting something like F1, F2, Delete or Escape. Hotkey instructions are generally provided on the screen.

Go to the section that contains your boot devices.

With your USB drive plugged in, the USB drive should be listed. If it isn’t, your system might not support booting from USB. Assuming that it is supported (as is the case with virtually all modern hardware), promote your USB drive to the primary boot device.

Exit from the BIOS configuration, saving all changes.

Please notice that you can seriously screw up your system by providing incorrect BIOS settings!



Step 3: Booting and setup windows from USB drive

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS and your USB drive supports booting, Windows setup should now load. Depending on the speed of your USB drive, this may take a while.

If it isn’t working, then double-check the following before making a scene:

Is your BIOS properly configured for booting from the USB device? (Is the USB device listed and does it have top priority?)

Have you correctly prepared the USB drive in step one? (Restart the procedure.)

Does your USB drive properly support being booted from? (Try another one!)

Hope it helps!

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Post was last edited on May 28, 2019 2:21 AM PDT

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My Story of Installing Windows Using USB

Installing new windows 7 using USB is a great idea as it saves time. I have also used USB to install windows on my old PC.

My first computer was intel dual core with 4 GB ram and 500 GB hard drive. After that, I bought an i5 Laptop. After a long time, I wanted to use my old PC. But the old windows is not working so I decided to install a fresh window. While trying to install windows 7 on old PC, I found that the DVD player is not working so I decided to get windows 7 done using USB.

After that, I started watching numerous videos related to booting windows using USB. But at the end failed to get new windows. I searched for some at home tech support services in nearby areas and found one. I called them and discussed my problem, they said they can get windows installed using USB. They also promised me to teach me the basics when making installing windows using USB. What actually they did to install the windows is, they used a software named Rufus, after that they checked my disk type in disk management settings and then they added the windows to the USB drive.

Then they connected the USB to PC and pressed F10 for Boot Menu. For my System it is F10, it may vary system to system. Then they selected boot option as USB drive and installed windows to my system. They saved a lot of time of mine.

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Post was last edited on June 14, 2019 2:51 AM PDT

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