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how to do upgrade with cd player

I have a Dell Precision 490 workstation that is currently running Windows XP. I am trying to upgraded to Windows 7. Hardware wise, it only has a CD player. How do I get the operating system on the 490? Is flagging down a DVD player my only option?
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Here's how to create a bootable flash drive to install Windows 7.

At some point you are going to have to work with a computer that does have a DVD drive.

You will need a flash drive that is at least 4 Gig.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

But temporarily installing a DVD optical drive might be your easiest and fastest option.

Windows 7 simply does not come on a CD disk.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
I would seriously consider upgrading the drive to a DVD anyway. It isn't that expensive and more software is only available on DVD.
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
That is a good point.  Be sure to get the right one for your system.  It could either be SATA or PATA.
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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
ScottCha:  Also a good point.  Here is one from Dell that is specifically for that machine:  http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=corp&sku=313-4367
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Don't know what Dell will charge but I can't think they would beat this price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100067
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nobusCommented:
since Dell does not list any W7 drivers, maybe best to image the drive first, so you can get back if W7 does not work
or put the image on another drive, before starting, and upgrade on that one
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geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
I was able to scavenge up a DVD player from another machine that worked. On the third try. Trying to find a third party driver is murder though. Thanks everyone for your help.
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nobusCommented:
not sure what driver you mean
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geriatricgeekAuthor Commented:
the dvd driver
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nobusCommented:
afaik dvd drivers are inbuilt in windows..
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