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Installing Windows 7 on a Homemade computer

by cadams771 / April 18, 2012 8:18 AM PDT

I recently finished my first homebuilt pc and I know it works, I bought windows online and got product key and everything. They are also sending me the disk, but I was wondering if it was possible to do it without the disk? I just really dont wanna wait a week for the disk to get here to make my pc work so i was just curious. thanks

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Did they not send you a download link
by TWB404 / April 18, 2012 8:29 AM PDT

Who did you buy the key from. If you bought a key from M$, they should have included a link to download an ISO file. If you have the ISO file I can link you some sites on how to burn the ISO to a DVD or how to do it from a USB.

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by cadams771 / April 18, 2012 8:59 AM PDT

Yeah i bought it from microsoft. I do have a choice to do the iso or exe download. id love to know how big it is and how to burn it to a disk

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The ISO should be around 3.5GB
by TWB404 / April 18, 2012 9:06 AM PDT
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by cadams771 / April 18, 2012 11:50 AM PDT

I put it into my flashdrive and selected it as y boot device, but all that comes up is a black screen with a blinking _ character

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So you downloaded it
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 18, 2012 10:35 PM PDT
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and copied it to your flash drive, (memory stick)?

It may not be that easy. Did you follow all the instructions in the link TWB gave you?

There is a video on how to do this here;

Personally I think it is easier to burn that downloaded .iso file to a DVD as an ISO, then use that DVD to boot up the system from the DVD and install Win 7 that way.


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My first thought
by Jimmy Greystone / April 18, 2012 11:21 PM PDT
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My first thought would be that you didn't "burn" the ISO image to the flash drive, you just copied the .iso file to the flash drive.

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Did you downlaod the Windows installer
by TWB404 / April 19, 2012 12:03 AM PDT
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Did you download and run the Windows installer.

The page I linked you had 2 options. You can use a program to create a USB or do it manually. My fault. If you look at option one and click on Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. That shows you how to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. There is a download button on that page to download the program.

This is the link if you want to download it directly.

Run that tool and it will walk you thru making a bootable thumb drive with your ISO to install Win 7. It installs faster then a DVD but if you find using a DVD easier then go by the advice most people give. Go with what works for you. lol

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