Installing Windows 7 on Netbook - Required CD/DVD driver is missing

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Hello experts.
I search the web for this subject already, read tons of posts about this problem, but any of those posts were good enought to solve this problem. I just can't understand why things like this still happen...
The "simple" task is installing multiple OS in a standard netbook. As you may know, the computer doesn't have a CD\DVD driver. I don't have an external driver, so it should as simple as preparing a bootable USB pendrive with the OS setup, right?
I did it and tried to install Windows 7 Professional first. Suddenly I got this fantastic message saying that a required cd/dvd driver is missing, so I could not complete the setup without that drive.
So the journey started... I googled for this message and found a lot of posts talking abou similar problems. I tried all the solutions I found:
- Changed the BIOS configuration
- Updated BIOS
- CHanged the boot order
- Injected drivers in the win7 iso

No success!
ALL I want is having this little computer running with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10!!!
Nothing more!
Could any "genius-angel" come down from the skies and help me solve this problem??
Thanks a lot!
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it should work from a usb pen where does it ask for the cd during setup?

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When W7 setup starts, I click Install Now button and the message comes up.

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Did you select to download updates (first) before the install went forward? Who is the manufacturer for the netbook? If it's Dell, its worth the $12.40 from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/external-CD-ROM-drive-Netbook-Inspiron/dp/B0027CEMW6). Heck, this would work on Asus.

So the question is, what is your external drive (CD/DVD)?
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@Wolfhere
There is no way to download updates since the netbook has no OS installed. I'm booting from the pendrive and trying to proceed with a fresh w7 setup...
I don't have and external CD/DVD.
Changing the boot order would have been my first suggestion.

Please try the following:

http://www.askvg.com/a-bootable-usb-utility-to-create-bootable-usb-drive-to-install-windows-vista-server-2008-and-7/

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Hi guys.
After hours of research with no success I decided to try a non-elegant solution for this problem:
I installed Windows XP first and then copied the windows 7 files to the HD and setup W7 from there.
The setup was sucessful and all I had to do after was deleting the XP files from the HD and start the Ubuntu setup using a prepared pendrive.
I still cannot understand why the XP setup was ok and W7 was not... WHat is MS doing?
Thanks everybody for trying to help.
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Easy way - go to bios some times you will see option for USB: Emulate CD, floppy, zip
- choose CD/DVD
 
- check that you copy everything to USB,
- check USB file system, if it's FAT xxx - this may be a problem for Win 7 installation, try to made HPFS/NTFS USB.

Boot from your USB,
- copy installation on HDD
- make HDD - dos bootable  
- reboot and try to setup ( or just try to install without reboot after copy)

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