Installing Windows 7 onto netbook with no optical drive

Jason C. Levine
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Hi folks,

Is there an easy way to install Windows 7 on a netbook when no optical drive is available?  Can an ISO be created from the disk and copied to a Flash drive using the normal methods?
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ack154,

I know you could do it that way with Vista and I'm able to Google on my own. Since the retail Win 7 disks just dropped I do not know if MS has done something to make copying hard.  So what I am really asking for is a firsthand report of "yes, it still works" before I embark on the project.
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I have personally upgraded a couple of Vista machines by simply 'copying' the DVD content to had drives and then running them from the drive just to make the process faster and it worked great.

There seems to be a problem with using xcopy to copy files from DVD for the big WMI file, so just use robocopy and you should be good to go.
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>> upgraded a couple of Vista machines by simply 'copying' the DVD content to had drives

Thanks vahiid.  I assume an external drive was used?
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Nope, i copied to C:\W7 directory since i was upgrading. If you want to format your C: drive then either use a different partition or an external drive.
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>> Nope, i copied to C:\W7 directory since i was upgrading.

Interesting!  I didn't think that would work.  Thank you, this is good info to have.

I will be using an external since the upgrade is from the Win7 RC and a format is required (I think).

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Works for sure. The reason I was doing this was because it was a remote install, with no access to the physical computer. I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft, unpacked to C: drive and let it roll.
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Windows 7 RTM USB/DVD Download Tool:

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Download-142182.html

That's what I was hoping for.  An MS-centric way to handle the problem.
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Experts, thanks for your assistance.  I'm going to mark my own post above as the "solution" because that tool was really easy to use and worked for my install.

I will be granting the full points to you all though, because your advice is valid and would have worked under other circumstances.
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Update.  Apparently MS has pulled the ISO Tool for some stupid reason or another.  If anyone is reading this, please follow the Expert's suggestions and not mine.

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Update to the update.

The ISO tool can still be downloaded from CNet

http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool/3000-18513_4-10972600.html
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Update to the update to the update.

The tool is back on the MS site from the original link

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