Procedure of installing Windows® 7 without a DVD
How do you install Windows 7 without a DVD?
Windows 7 is installed on the system usually with a DVD. But, if you do not wish to install the operating system with the DVD, then you can use external storage media to install it. You can either select the USB or the external hard disk drive for this purpose. Here are steps on using the USB to install the Windows 7. For this, you need to insert the USB drive first and then run the UNetbootin file on the system. You can then select the disk image as ISO. Open the Windows 7 ISO local drive and select the USB drive. You need to then click the 'Ok' button to extract installation files to USB. After installation files are copied, you can use the drive for installing the operating system and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Some points on using external storage media to install Windows 7 on your system:
- Using the external hard disk drive
- Advantages of external drive
- Disadvantages of external drive
Using the external hard disk drive
You can use the external hard disk drive to install Windows 7 in your system. For this, you need to copy the installation files to this external storage media. Before doing this, you need to click 'Disk Management' and you will find the external drive listed on the system screen. You need to then right-click the drive to select 'Mark Partition as Active'. After this, you can extract installation files to the disk and by navigating to the root folder of the system hard disk drive. You need to then start the installation by booting the system from the external drive.
Advantages of external drive
There are some advantages of using these external storage media to install Windows 7 on your system. These devices are portable and easy to use. The data transfer rates of these devices are much better so that the installation speed is better. As compared to DVDs, these devices are less prone to external damages and you need not worry about these devices. If the system does not have a DVD drive, then you need to opt to either for the USB or an external hard disk drive to install the operating system.
These external storage media also have some disadvantages. These are known to spread infections easily. This can be resolved by installing good antivirus software on your system. These may face compatibility issues with the system sometimes. You may also face issues like port missing or unable to connect to the drives, which can be resolved manually.
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