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May 31, 2012 10:24:19 PM

Hello,
I have a windows 7 install disc (DVD) but am trying to install on an HP100 mini. The mini has no DVD drive and I understand I can get one but I have a USB HDD from which it will boot. Is there a way to move the DVD image to the HDD in such a way that I can boot from the HDD and do the install?
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June 1, 2012 12:25:13 AM

SkyWalker1726 said:
Try This


Pretty slick response. Kind of like saying your a dumb a** without saying so. I Like It.
June 1, 2012 12:28:25 AM

jplong said:
Hello,
I have a windows 7 install disc (DVD) but am trying to install on an HP100 mini. The mini has no DVD drive and I understand I can get one but I have a USB HDD from which it will boot. Is there a way to move the DVD image to the HDD in such a way that I can boot from the HDD and do the install?


If it has a USB port you could make a bootable USB with an ISO image of WIN7. PowerISo can do this along with quite a few other methods to make a bootable USB

June 4, 2012 5:23:42 PM

jplong said:
Thanks - I guess even weak sarcasm is worth something...


Weak sarcasm? Did I miss something? I've used WinToFlash to copy a Windows 7 installation disk ISO (and many others ISOs) to a hard drive (and flash drives) and then boot off of them to install the operating system on computers that don't have optical disk drives and/or when I did not have a DVD that I wanted to waste.

For example, I used it to copy an ISO to a 1TB USB 2.0 hard drive and then boot off of the hard drive to install Windows to my internal hard drive. That way I can keep backups of the install ISOs on a hard drive should I ever need to reinstall. Installing from hard drives and flash drives instead of optical disks is also faster than from optical disks, so it helps in multiple ways.

I've used it with Windows 7 x32 and x64, Windows Server 2008r2 x64, Windows Xp Pro x32, Windows 8 (dev, consumer, and RC) x32 and x64,and I've used a 1TB USB 2.0 HDD, 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive, 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive, and the above hard drive on its eSATA connector as the host drive for the ISO's installation files. I've then used these drives with the ISO's files copied over through WinToFlash to install Windows onto many different computers' internal hard drives. Were you being sarcastic and I missed it? I ask because I was not being sarcastic.
June 7, 2012 1:57:03 PM

SkyWalker1726 said:
Try This
+1. Excellent!

I can't understand how so many people here can Register on this forum, verify their account and post their silly a$$ questions when they could've save time and effort for themselves and everyone around by simply using Google search.

Questions like: How do I install windows?, Why the lights are on?, What is wrong with me?, Where do I plug in a memory stick?, I am losing memory / computer taking over my files, I browsed porn sites and now my Hard Drive has herpes OR the Office is not working OR my bank account is empty....... and the list goes on... Oh GOD!


PLEASE SEARCH FIRST!!!

GOOGLE is your F.... Friend in these matters.

Have a Great Day! :hello: 
June 7, 2012 2:02:34 PM

tester321 said:
+1. Excellent!

I can't understand how so many people here can Register on this forum, verify their account and post their silly a$$ questions when they could've save time and effort for themselves and everyone around by simply using Google search.

Questions like: How do I install windows?, Why the lights are on?, What is wrong with me?, Where do I plug in a memory stick?, I am losing memory / computer taking over my files, I browsed porn sites and now my Hard Drive has herpes OR the Office is not working OR my bank account is empty....... and the list goes on... Oh GOD!


PLEASE SEARCH FIRST!!!

GOOGLE is your F.... Friend in these matters.

Have a Great Day! :hello: 


You have a point... However, mocking the OP for not knowing something like this is unfair. How can you expect people to always know how to do something if they haven't done it before? I have to assume that OP hasn't ever tried this before, so OP didn't know how to do it. So, there were two obvious options (among others, but still). Go to Google, or go to a site with people who can give a strait answer to OP's exact question. This is not always so easy with Google.
June 7, 2012 2:37:41 PM

blazorthon said:
You have a point... However, mocking the OP for not knowing something like this is unfair. How can you expect people to always know how to do something if they haven't done it before? I have to assume that OP hasn't ever tried this before, so OP didn't know how to do it. So, there were two obvious options (among others, but still). Go to Google, or go to a site with people who can give a strait answer to OP's exact question. This is not always so easy with Google.


Alright, I do in fact, appreciate your comments. It is true that not everyone knows "how to do something if they haven't done it before".. Ok, fine. But, logically speaking, how did they find this forum? How were they able to register? How did they know to come to this particular forum and post their question? All of this without an ounce of intelligence built into them??? I doubt it. Most of these people can, and, use Google everyday whether to find a matching sock to everything under the sun.

My theory is that if it occurs to them to seek out support on this very tech oriented forum, it is not hard to imagine to use Google. Chances are that they didn't search properly and/or find satisfying results - if you ask me, due to laziness - in most cases; perhaps not all cases.

It is the mentality to just let someone "bring" it to me. People don't want to get off their a$$ and put some effort to find solutions.

C'mon, how many times people ask, "How do I install Windows"? If this and other forums charge money to offer solutions, do you think they'd here posting freely? NO! They would be Reading The F****** Manuals and searching their butt off until they find the answers.

So, with that being said, your points are well taken.

The opinion differs in that people just don't want to extend themselves. Most times they want the solution to given on a platter as pain free as possible and they'd like to say, "Thanks". Well, that's nice but, what's nicer is to really make an effort to solve it themselves first -if you ask me.

And, that's not because I don't want to help. In fact, it is the opposite. I would rather have people become more empowered and intelligent - know your tech stuff, know your politicians, know your country and system. This way, they can make intelligent requests and seek even higher and better solutions to problems.

Just think of one thing. Why aren't we satisfied with simple DOS? When it came out, not everyone knew how to use it. Later on, it proved to be insufficient BECAUSE our needs have expanded beyond its capabilities. Likewise, why do need smartphones? Isn't a simple cellphone enough as it is to make a call? No, so we need a more intelligent device. What I am getting at is that, this evolution is inevitable but if people are lazy, it takes longer. Companies can continue to make dumb products and sell them because people have not "matured" that product / technology. So, if people can educate themselves faster, they would ASK for better products. Get it?
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