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Boot from USB when Motherboard doesn't support?

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Hello Experts,
Is there any way to install Windows 7 on my PC from a USB drive? The catch here is my PC doesn't support USB booting. Please help.
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Have you checked for BIOS updates? They sometimes have added extra options with new revisions

This a branded pc? Dell/HP?
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No, if your MB doesn't support it, it doesn't support it.

What is the make/model of your motherboard?  

You probably will have to install if from a DVD.
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I seem to remember a software that was suppose to do this, and have been looking for it, but I can't find my info or links yet.
(I have an old laptop with no floppy, cd, or usb boot bios)   : (

The next best thing is going with this method:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/
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This effort may be ALL for nothing. You have extremely good chance of your computer not been compatible with Win 7 given how old it is.
I have yet to find laptop with pre USB boot bios that will run Win 7.
If you want to try and get the USB going you will need Microsoft utility to move the Win 7 on to your USB stick.
It is called Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool.
http://wudt.codeplex.com/
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by:arnold
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Net booting is a remaining option.
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by:sukhoi35
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Thanks all for your inputs. After a closer observation at my BIOS settings after reading your comments, I see that my PC, even though 7 yrs old does have the BIOS option to boot from USB. So, I will be trying that and get back with a new question if I encounter any issues.
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Good to hear..   : )
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