Install Windows 7 without a DVD drive


By Deb Shinder for published by GFI Vipre

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to take the plunge and install Windows 7 on one of those computers you have lying around, but there’s a small problem: some of the compact designs don’t have built-in DVD drives. Or maybe you have one but it doesn’t work; an optical drive can be one of the most fragile parts of a portable computer and they seem to often go bad long while the rest of the system is still working fine. Of course, you could always buy a portable DVD drive that plugs in via USB, but why spend the money if you don’t have to? Even without an optical drive, you still have several options for installing Windows 7.

If you buy Windows 7 from the Microsoft Store, you can download it either as a set of compressed files or as an ISO file. If you download the ISO, instead of burning it to a DVD, you can copy it onto a USB stick and install Windows 7 from that. Almost all modern computers today have USB ports. You can make the USB stick bootable, so that you can install Windows 7 onto a computer that doesn’t have an operating system installed. Here’s the procedure:

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This excerpt is shared with permission from published by GFI Vipre.

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