How To Boot And Install Windows 7 From USB Flash Drive (Updated)

Previously, I have discussed the way to create a Windows 7 USB installer drive using the command prompt. Even though I have make it easy to follow, there are still some of you having some difficulty in the process. Recently, I have come across this little cool portable application that is able to do all the things covered in the previous tutorial in a breeze and without the command prompt.

The application that I am talking about is WinToFlash. This is a small application (only 2.1MB) that allows you to convert your Windows installer CD/DVD to a bootable USB drive. Not only is it easy to use (nearly idiot-proof and does not require you to have any technical knowledge), it is also fully portable – No installation is required and you can bring it wherever you are.

Preparation

Before you start, here are some stuffs that you need to take note of:

1) You need to have a USB drive of at least 3GB space in order to create a Windows 7 bootable USB drive.

2) The process will format and wipe off all your files in the USB drive. Remember to backup before you proceed.

3) You need to have a Windows 7 installer DVD and an optical drive to read the DVD. If you have only the ISO file (downloaded directly from Microsoft), you can use Virtual Clone Drive to mount the ISO in your computer.

Installation

Download WinToFlash

Put in your Windows 7 installer DVD and plug in your USB drive.

Unzip the folder to your desktop and run the WinToFlash.exe file

Some of you might see the “WinToFlash DLP_NotFound” error message. You can safely ignore this error message.

wintoflash-warning

On the main screen, click on the Window Setup Transfer Wizard. This will bring you to the wizard mode where it automates (almost) the whole process for you.

wintoflash-main-screen

On the next screen, there is an option for you to go into the Advanced mode and tweak some of the settings. You can ignore that (if you are not into tweaking) and click Next to proceed.

wintoflash-setup-wizard

Point the Windows file path to the Windows Installer DVD directory.

Point the USB drive to the USB directory.

wintoflash-file-path

Click Next.

Accept the agreement.

wintoflash-agreement

Preparing your USB drive. Make sure you have backup all the important files before you proceed. This will erase all your data.

wintoflash-formatting

Transferring in progress. This might take a while. Go for your coffee break.

wintoflash-transferring

Once you see the following message, the whole process is done. You can now boot Windows 7 from the USB drive.

wintoflash-complete-msg

Some computers require you to change the bootup setting in the BIOS before you can boot from USB. Look into your motherboard/computer manual for more instruction.

133 comments

  1. I just tried this and it worked 100%. You are a life saver man, i had wasted a lot of DVDs trying to burn windows 7, and i could never get them to work properly. I give this post 5 stars. Good work!!!

  2. It is very good guide for how to install a windows 7 through flash drive. I have tried yesterday and it works nicely. Thank you for giving a article which is helped me a lot to install windows 7 very easily!

  3. Great Tut, so clear and concise! If you don’t have a Flash Drive, you event can use a virtual Drive to install Windows 7. It’s very easy and useful if you only have a ISO file of Windows 7.
    Again! Thanks for this Tut.

  4. 1 BIG QUESTION: can we with win to flash program, do the same things to make bootable flash for vista and xx instead of windows 7? iam expecting answer very quick :) tanx in advance

  5. i made it with win 7,didnt try with vista but it works probably.but with xp i didnt make it,maybe because i didnt disable sata disc in bios?

    • If you are installing WinXP on a sata drive, you need to have the sata driver ready. WinXP installer doesn’t come with a sata driver.

  6. Nearly wet myself when I saw this. Been looking for a simple Win to Flash utility for a long time and here it is! Thanks Novicorp.
    Now I have to and dry myself…

  7. I got the WIN7 install up and running fine but now find that I do not have the option to go back and dual boot back to Vista. Is this when I will need to reboot with a Vista disk and repiar and then run Easy BCD

    Thanks in advance

  8. Very useful information provided. Does this flash drive works as data storege too after this installation?

  9. Hi, I got problem. I have netbook Lenovo S10e. I got completely everything what you suggested and installation process worked fine till first restart after copying files. Then installation process stoped to work – 1. did not go further if I have boot from hard disk or 2. started from the very beginning (copying files again etc) Help me, its very annoying. By the way, I have installed xp from usb by little help of Win From USB_0-2-3.

    • misalasa, The guide tells you to boot from USB EVERY time untill you see the windows desktop. Have you done that? It seems to me that you have not paid much attention to the bit after the copying process was done…

      Read the guide, then ask questions!

      • I read guide carefully and did boot from usb every time. But obviously you have not paid much attention on my post – I said that when I boot from usb system takes me to very beginning every time (I tried several times and boot from hard disk when I lost hope). I did not mention that all process works fine in my laptop (MSI ex700), but in my netbook (Lenovo S10e) NO! I hope that you will be more polite next time

        • Hi! I also have the same problem as misalasa!

          The instructions were:

          1. Make a bootable win7 usb (as instructed)
          2. boot usb thru BIOS until win7 desktop appears

          but after the 1st restart of the installation and my USB gets booted again, and the installation repeats all over again! (copying windows files, choose language, etc)

          What do I do? My Win7 is Ultimate OEM, I’m trying to get a hold of my friend’s RTM. Maybe it has a difference? Need help, thanks!

        • It’s OK to request help but when you get some hint over the problem, I find it rude (and trollish) to reply to the helper and demand to “be more polite next time”.

          Princess, just retry one more time the procedure and win 7 installation instructions and make sure u follow them correctly.

  10. Hi, I’m wondering if these steps would work to install Windows 7 on an external hard drive using a Macbook. Actually i’ve followed this tutorial (and the previous one without win to flash), and i’ve come across one problem. After using win to flash and setting up the hard drive and everything, i can’t find a way to boot the computer from my hard drive. I’ve used the startup manager (hold “Option” while booting up) but it can’t find the external hd. However, i CAN find it normally if i use the computer. the problem is i cant boot from it. Know a solution?

  11. i really want to try this and i have everything to start but i have one question. do i have to boot from the usb every time i want to start windows 7? please answer Damien.

    • Nope. Once you have installed Win 7 on your computer, you can boot directly from the hard drive.

  12. I need help with this process, for some reason when I try to transfer the files I get a message saying “Novicorp cannot lock the drive; Please close the applications may use this drive and press retry”.

    What does this mean?

  13. Thanks for this guide! I’ve paid for a direct download of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit from microsoft on release day (22nd october) so I’m going to have to boot and install from my USB drive to perform a “custom” installation (formatting my hard drive and installing a clean install of win7 from boot), this looks like a real life-saver!

    So, just to confirm, the step are;
    – Use WinToFlash to make USB drive bootable.
    – Boot from USB drive to run windows 7 installer.
    – KEEP booting from USB drive until windows desktop appears – then can boot from HDD

    Is this correct? Many thanks for the guide.

  14. Hello and thanks for this tut. I went through the whole process of creating the thumb drive and it was successful. When trying to install on my ThinkPad X31, the install process does not do anything. I am able to boot from USB this much I know, I have done it many times. I am using a Corsair 8GB thumb drive and like I said the Win7 was copied just fine. If I take the DVD that I sued to make the thumb drive and stick it in a DVD drive, the installer GUI pops up and begins, so I am certain my install disk is good, but the thumb drive install just hangs….just a flashing cursor, no splash screen, no error messages…nothing.

  15. I get this error when I choose a Windows file path. “incorrect source of windows files” Where is that source anyway?

  16. Hello,
    I am having problem with booting this USB, I am trying to boot windows 7 x64 from removable and nothing happens, even then when I disable all other boot devices and removable still doesn’t get detected. Anyone knows the problem?

    • Pak-N4Z, I’m not sure exactly how your computer works, but for me to boot from a USB I have to enter the BIOS boot setup at start-up (F2 for me) and manually tell the computer to boot from the USB drive. If the removable USB drive isn’t being detected it may be that your BIOS doesn’t support booting from USB. How old is your computer? As I was under the impression pretty much all motherboards from the last few years supported this. Perhaps it’s a problem with the USB drive itself?

      • Hmm could be true that i should boot from USB as you say for my motherboard is with using F8 i think ok will try this.

  17. Hey all, just to let you know – if you register for the Microsoft Store (don’t need to buy anything, just sign up for a free account) and go into the ‘Help’ section for Windows 7, you can download for free the “Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool” which will make a bootable DVD or USB drive from a downloaded Windows 7 ISO. I haven’t tried it yet (my pre-paid download for Windows 7 is available tomorrow) but you’d think that since Microsoft have made it specifically for Win7 it should work well enough.

  18. Hi! I also have the same problem with others!

    The instructions were:

    1. Make a bootable win7 usb (as instructed)
    2. boot usb thru BIOS until win7 desktop appears

    but after the 1st restart of the installation and my USB gets booted again, and the installation repeats all over again! (copying windows files, choose language, etc)

    What do I do? My Win7 is Ultimate OEM, I’m trying to get a hold of my friend’s RTM. Maybe it has a difference? Need help, thanks!

  19. Hi! I’m encountering the same problems as with misalasa (September 30, 2009 at 10:32 am message)

    I’ve also commented there, so please do check it out you you guys got the time!

    Thanks!

  20. while the transfering with wintoflash, the loading screen didnt reponse, so restarted it, but my pc does not recognize my external harddrive anymore. any help?

  21. To the people having the installation process restart every time the computer reboots without ever finishing the install – I believe I know what is happening. It is re-reading the data on the usb stick which tells it to start the installation process. At this point you want to be booting off the hard drive for the process to continue. If you temporarily remove the usb stick each time windows install restarts you computer it will go to the hard drive where you will see that it resumes from where it was (even if you have already let it restart with the usb stick in place and see the beginning screen again, just pull it out and restart you computer).

    Here’s why I think this – I used a usb drive to install win 7 and it went perfectly smooth, but then had unrelated trouble and decided to reinstall. When I went to reinstall I discovered that during the first installation my bios had been changed so that my hdd had become 1st in boot order. I had to change it back to usb in order to initiate the re-install, however this time around it appeared to be trying to restart the installation process after rebooting as several of you have described. What I did was pull out the usb drive and hit restart. This made it boot to the hdd, which at this point of the installation is where you want to boot from so as to resume the installation. After booting up and resuming installation I stuck the usb stick back in case there were more files needed from it. Windows install restarted my computer a couple times before finishing and each time I pulled the usb stick out until I saw the installation screen and then put back in. I could have probably went into the bios and given the hdd boot priority after windows first restart during installation and then I wouldn’t have had to mess with pulling the usb stick.

  22. So does anyone know if this will work where I do the steps outlined above on a Vista computer (where I have a DVD drive), only to actually use the USB stick on an XP netbook? (Asus EeePC)?

    Thanks in advance and for the very easy/helpful post.

      • As you said, worked like a charm. Ran the utility in Windows 7 without any issues, then transfered the USB drive to myt Asus EeePC Netbook made the quick BIOS change, and everything worked great and easy. Thanks so much for this post, tip and the follow up help. Very appreciated!

  23. Well what can i say, you did save a life here man, have wested alot of time trying to fix this but no way. YOU ARE THE BEST.THANKS A MILLION MAN.

  24. I tried to use the USB installation for my netbook, the netbook went into the setup screen BUT only with the selection of my usb drive to install in and not my netbook’s hdd?! Help anyone? There is no C: at all mentioned…

    • @Cands: Is your netbook HDD running Linux or Windows? Windows installer cannot detect the HDD if it is running Linux partition (ext3/4).

  25. I tried to use the USB installation for my netbook, the netbook went into the setup screen BUT only with the selection of my usb drive to install in and not my netbook’s hdd?! Help anyone? There is no C:\ at all mentioned…

  26. Help !!! I did just what the instructions told me I even set up the BIOS to boot from the usb and it started the install (WIN 7 ULTAMATE x86) RC But then it say “Windows could not collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [install.wim] does not exist.” Now how com that happens im using the lates software and i tried 6 times and the same thing happens!

    Please help this is not my computer and now the computer wont boot because the image on the HDD is corrupt.

    • @Black Fox,
      At first check the image file or the copy of your Windows 7 ultimate x86 for any missing file. If possible arrange a fresh copy. You can also download it from the Internet. Now make your usb drive bootable. Don’t need to install any software. You can install Windows 7 from USB drive without using any softare following the Link

  27. You are AMAZING. I was looking for this for a while and now there’s a programm for this (made by Russians ha ha go Russia). Thank you. I also really liked your advertisments if you now what I mean… ;)

  28. This is my first time posting here, just thought I’d let people know,
    I’m using Windows 7 RC 2 64 bit. Only WinToFlash 0.4.0021 beta version worked. the newest version did not work.

  29. Guys!!
    I think you are all very software dependent. If you can do the same job with out installing any software then why will you use software? Just by some simple dos command you can install Windows 7 from your USB drive.Link

  30. Hi,
    Instructions were very helpful and expand, install update successfully but when it reboots it again install with loading files and language option repeating the same thing though many times i tried to boot from hard disk but not successful. My netbook is ACER ASPIRE ONE with 1GB RAM and 120 GB Hard disk. I need urgent help.
    Thanking in advance

  31. Hey guys,

    I still can’t install the windows 7 on my XP machine from my usb flash drive and I followed all the instructions:
    1.Launched the “HP USB STORAGE FORMAT TOOL”
    2.Did quick format under NTFS file system to my usb flash drive.
    3.At my CMD typed under the folder mbrwiz2.0
    (only in this way it recognize my usb):
    *mbrwiz /list and found that my HDD is DISK0 and my USB flash drive is
    DISK1.
    *After that, in the same folder typed: mbrwiz /disk=1 /active=1 and “Y” for
    approve.
    *After that, continue typing: g:bootbootsect /nt60 h: /mbr
    (e: is my virtual drive letter of the windows 7 disk setup and h: is the letter that windows has assigned for my usb drive )
    After all I copied all the files from the virtual usb drive to the usb, changed the settings in BIOS to BOOT from the usb flash drive and get the next error:
    “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    1. Insert your Windows installation disk and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings and then click next.
    3. Click repair to your computer.
    File: BootBCD
    Status: 0xc000000e
    Info: an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

    Help me please and sorry for the long story…

  32. Hey guys,

    I still can’t install the windows 7 on my XP machine from my usb flash drive and I followed all the instructions:
    1.Launched the “HP USB STORAGE FORMAT TOOL”
    2.Did quick format under NTFS file system to my usb flash drive.
    3.At my CMD typed under the folder mbrwiz2.0
    (only in this way it recognize my usb):
    *mbrwiz /list and found that my HDD is DISK0 and my USB flash drive is
    DISK1.
    *After that, in the same folder typed: mbrwiz /disk=1 /active=1 and “Y” for
    approve.
    *After that, continue typing: g:\boot\bootsect /nt60 h: /mbr
    (e: is my virtual drive letter of the windows 7 disk setup and h: is the letter that windows has assigned for my usb drive )
    After all I copied all the files from the virtual usb drive to the usb, changed the settings in BIOS to BOOT from the usb flash drive and get the next error:
    “Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    1. Insert your Windows installation disk and restart your computer.
    2. Choose your language settings and then click next.
    3. Click repair to your computer.
    File: \Boot\BCD
    Status: 0xc000000e
    Info: an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

    Help me please and sorry for the long story…

  33. hi
    I got windows 7 from internet, i downloaded it to my usb, then decompressed with winrar. Ita like 2.4 gb. I dont know what to do next.I dont have the DVD or iso file. Should I converted to an iso?
    btw great tutorial, u r awesome, i just dont know much bout computers.
    thanks :)

    • If I am not wrong, the winrar file contains the iso file. You just need to extract the winrar file and you will get the iso file.

  34. ***SPECS***
    Windows XP home
    AMD Quad-core processor
    4Gb Ram
    USB 7Gb Memory
    Maxtor SATA Hard drive
    MSI motherboard
    Samsung DVD drive
    ***SPECS***

    Hello all, For the last couple of days I have been trying to install Windows 7 on my computer and have ran into so many road blocks it’s not even funny. The first thing I tried was a Windows 7 RC 64x client. It was an ISO file so I burned it to a DVD-R.

    Failed reason: During the installation it says “A required CD/DVD driver is missing”. I can browse for files so I loaded some SATA drivers and other types of files it might want but it never gets passed the error. (I read hundreds of posts from other people experiencing the same issue but none of their solutions worked for me)

    So I figured maybe there is something wrong with the ISO. I redownloaded the new Trial offered from Microsoft called Enterprise or something like that. Burned it to a FLASH USB using WinToFlash.(This is after I attempted to create a bootable usb drive on my own before I knew about programs like this) Unfortunately, Failed reason: “NTLDR IS MISSING. Press Alt-Ctrl-Del” when I change the USB to 1st boot device.

    I mean talk about bad luck… So after a few hours of being completely withdrawn I had this great idea to try the DVD-R I burned again and it worked! I am not getting the error message anymore about the drivers missing.

    (The conclusion I came to for this is when I tried to manually make my USB a bootable drive I formatted it and optimized it for performance so I could make it NTFS. So once that completed I looked at my hard drive and noticed it was also NTFS now..? I’m assuming the reason Windows 7 didn’t recognize my hard drive drivers was because it was using a 32bit filing system and I’m trying to install Windows 7 64bit)

    But now I’m back to square one after a long haul of fixed failures. When the DVD-R was installing It said “Installation Error 0x80070017” Or something along those lines.

    So this is where I currently stand. I have 2 Separate files the Win7RC 64x and Win7Enterprise 64x. The Win7RC is on the DVD-R and the Win7Enterprise is on the USB stick. When I boot from DVD I get into the installation process and get error code 0x80070017. When I boot from USB I get “NTLDR IS MISSING”.
    I just hope someone out there can show me the shortest path to reaching my destination. I just want one to work so whichever solution would be easier please let me know.

    Thanks in advance.

    • 1. Verify your Windows 7 RC ISO.
      2. Reformat the USB drive.
      3. Using WintoFlash, create a bootable USB drive with Win7RC iso.
      4. Boot your computer with the USB drive.

  35. Great! I quickly installed winXP and Win7 on my machines. Clearly USB disks are faster than DVDs :)

  36. So if i use Virtual Clone Drive, do I give it the ISO file of Win7? Does that technically mount it to the USB or do I have to run the mounted file from inside Windows, or do I have to put it on the USB and boot it from that?

    Sorry if that sounds stupid, I only have the ISO and don’t know what I’m doing with it…

    • @cv3: Use the virtual clone drive to mount the ISO, then point the WinToFlash Windows File Path to the virtual drive.

  37. Hi
    I have two windows xp installation discs – how do i put both onto the one usb drive?

    Installation Disc 1 and instllation disc 2

  38. Greetings..

    Can it be possible to have WindowsXP and Windows 7 installer on the same flash drive for easy handling and portability

    Thanks

    • If you partition the usb drive to two partitions, you might able to put WinXP and 7 in the same flash drive.

  39. Will this just erase the particular drive ? or the entire disk ? I have a usb HDD and I wouldnt want the entire disc to disappear

  40. I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your knowledge. I’ve been looking everywhere to find the easiest way to install windows 7 into my netbook. I’ve found many complicated instructions for an average computer user like me. You’re a lifesaver. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

  41. Wow! You’re the main man. Thank you so much for this simple but effective tool. I have wasted hours on the more complicated methods and was extremely relieved to find your great tool.
    Thanks again.

  42. Looks like its working. im on the file install.wim. its still coping… hope this works… peace… i will post back on the results… but looks like its going to work! Thanks

    Kelly

  43. Hi!

    I did everything it’s said here and the stick it’s ready.
    BUT, after I go to BIOS and put the USB as the first place to boot from and restart my computer the Windows 7 setup doesn’t start.
    It’s like ther’s no stik plugged, nothing happens, the computer starts normaly.
    I hope there is somebody around here to help me out cause I’m trying to install this with no result for more than 5 hours.

    Thanks in advance!

  44. Got a problem booting the stick.
    After running the “WinToFlash” Prog, witch finished successfully,
    my server wants to boot from the USB Stick.
    BUT the only thing you see on the Monitor is an “j”
    nothing else happens.
    What the hell is that?

  45. I got the j also its in BIOS settings you just has to tweak it to read usb hard drive or at least that’s what I did. The issue I’m having is to experiment I got a new hdd to try with my netbook and when it trys to read the stick its just hanging there doing nothing. But when there is an os there is no issue?

  46. I did this. It works fine for me. Booted up and installed perfectly. You guys must be doing something wrong, because it works flawless for me.

  47. Since this article was posted, we have gone one step ahead. Not me but some people who managed to install Windows Vista/7/XP to a USB or Flash Drive.

    I myself Installed Windows 7 64Bit to a USB Drive 7.46 GB in size. Even that the recommended size is 10 GB I was able to installed it on this USB and after booting Windows 7 From the USB and installing Device Drivers and configuring the Desktop I ended up with only 500 MB of Free USB drive space. And I gotta tell you I was really surprised that with the first attempt I got it working.

    But the technology is there and is Free. All you have to do is copy 3 files into the folder that contain the scripts that install Windows to USB and run the main script (a *.CMD File).

    Here is the link for anyone interested, and remember I did it and I'm none special with computers, just reading one of the script files got me dizzy but all you have to do is apply what is there:

    NT 6.x fast installer: install win7 directly to usb external drive
    http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showt

  48. Thanks to you guys, I was able to do it perfectly. Now I can reformat mini notebooks with this. Great job guys!!!

  49. I don't understand.. will I be able to format the bootable usb again? What if it's a one time installation? Is there anything like 'reverse actions' in WinToFlash? sorry if my question is too basic.

  50. i see that it says note boot from usb everytime beofre you see windows desktop does this mean i cant take the usb drive out after i have installed it

  51. You wil always be able to do whatever you want to that USB stick. It's not a ROM, so as long as it's not damaged you'll be able to reformat it without problems.

  52. You can remove the usb drive after the installation is completed. Also remember to change the BIOS setting to boot from the hard drive

  53. Slick! Thank you!! Worked flawlessly on a new Toshiba NB 305 with Win 7 Ultimate. Didn't have to change anything in the BIOS, just hit F12 on boot for boot menu, chose the USB stick and Voila!

  54. hi jean.pls help me to overcome that J prob…i need the bios setting or whatever thing to remove that J.pls help….

  55. So, after I hypothetically install this I can choose whether I want to boot xp from my hard drive or boot windows 7 from my from my flash drive or does this just install windows 7 to my hard drive? I don't want to fully upgrade yet, I want to test it out first.

  56. This does not install Windows 7 to your USB. It only create a bootable installer disk. You still need to install it to your PC (hard disk)

  57. The installation was successful. I used a Windows 7 Home Premium CD from Dell. It is installed now.

  58. almost close to impossible.

    if you some how find a way to part a USB flash, the computer you parted it on is the only computer (under it's current OS) will be the only computer taht will see the other partition.

    it's a waste of time.

  59. so i did everything as is (haven't tried advance settings yet) and it stays at a black screen with a blinking underscore every time i try to boot up from my USB.

    anyone else with similar problems?

  60. Why do i have to boot up from USB? I installed windows 7 on other my computer (with DVD) with just running the DVD after a normal boot. Can I do the same with the USB? Plz reply someone!

  61. USB is simply an alternative to installation DVD.
    you don't have to use it, if you have a computer with dvd drive. I must use USB as my NB is not equiped with any DVD drive.

  62. hi,

    got a question,

    can i use the same method to create a vista or XP bootable installation USB drive?

  63. That was awesome!! After spending hours over checking how to get windows 7 installed without a DVD, your help was the only and the best option, which helped me install at one go. Thanks a lot for your commendable post.

    I have 2 HDDs and have windows XP SP3 installed in one and I have installed windows 7 on the other; however, I cannot access the partitions in the first HDD containing Windows XP from within Windows 7, although I can access the partitions in the second HDD containing windows 7. Both HDDs have 2 NTFS partitions each.

    Windows XP here is 32-bit and Windows 7 is 64-bit. I may try to take ownership of the partitions in the 1st HDD if that helps. however, I am afraid if that corrupts those partitions.

    Any help on this would be highly appreciated!!

  64. There are many reasons for this, but my guess is, both partitions are running different version (32 bits and 64 bits) of Windows.

  65. Manually reformat the flash drive (Right click and select Format) and try it again. It should work after that.

  66. Hey
    Thanks for the article.
    Very important note – worth adding at the top:

    This technique did not work with an IBM ThinkPad x60 (without optical drive) which was very frustrating.
    The only thing that worked is the older method here: http://maketecheasier.com/boot-and-install-wind

    Please make a note of it, could have saved me some time…

  67. hey, this tutorial sounds like it just might work, but the problem i have is that i've got a windows 7 dvd, and when i 'open' to see what files are inside the dvd, i cant find any .iso file… the files that are available are as follows:

    AUTORUN
    BOOTMGR
    MEDIAMETA
    SETUP
    SUPPORT
    SOURCES
    BOOT
    EFI

    So what should my next step be now? how can i convert it into an iso file?

  68. Dude, THANKS for this awesome info. Right now, I'm installing Windows 7 on my pal's Toshiba NB200-10j netbook and it's going great — so far. I heard Win 7 runs pretty good on this device. I might turn of Aero for quicker response and I'll also peek Google for “tweaking Windows 7” which has tons of excellent tips to turn off necessary Services et al.

    Cheers!

  69. dude, my problem is when the set up is finish from 100 percent the pc restart manually then after that the set up will repeated again my bios set up is. first boot-usb,2nd boot hard disk(sata),3rd boot dvd rw,then the last boot from other device i choose yes.what is the right bios set up…thanks if reply…

  70. After you have completed the installation, you need to either 1. unplug the USB before reboot or 2.change the boot order to boot hard disk first.

  71. yah, damian that what i do when the setup complete pc will reboot automatically then i will unplug the usb,viola the setup will say completing installing ..but i have only one problem now the serial of my win 7 says expired do you have a new and updated keys for windows 7 ultimate…

  72. The WinToFlash app only works in Windows, so you need to have another Windows machine to create the USB installer. In addition, you have to make sure that your netbook supports boot from USB. Lastly, it is better to create a separate partition first before installing Windows 7, else it will erase/format your whole partition, including the Ubuntu.

  73. I have made a win7 usb by above method. every thing went well. However, it does not boot even though the bios has been changed. Do I have also to give the command //boot bootsect /nt60 G: ? Could somebody pl help?

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