Use a USB key to install Windows 7

Putting the Windows 7 installation on a USB thumb drive has a few advantages—a small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, the OS will actually install much faster, and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. In fact, you can even install Windows 7 on netbooks that have fairly modest hardware.

  1. Insert the USB to the computer.
  2. At Windows 7, click Start, type cmd.
  3. Right-click cmd, select Run as administrator.
  4. Click Yes.
  5. At Command Prompt, type diskpart and press [Enter].
  6. Type list disk and press [Enter].
  7. Check the computer drives status.
  8. Type sel disk 1 and press [Enter].

Remark:          Where the “1” is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive.

  1. Type clean and press [Enter].
  2. Type Create Partition Primary and press [Enter].

  1. Type active and press [Enter].
  2. Type format fs=fat32 quick and press [Enter].
  3. Type assign and press [Enter].

  1. Copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key.
  2. Insert the USB key to a new computer to install the Windows 7.