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August 12, 2012 8:51:08 PM

Hi, I got the ISO(and key) version of Windows7 Pro upgrade from Microsoft and intend to do a clean installation with either the ISO burned onto a blank DVD or my USB Drive to a new computer I will build in couple weeks. If you have done this type of installation before please give me some tips:

a few questions of mine:
1. Do you need special software to move the ISO to the DVD/USB Drive for it to boot properly, or is just standard burn/copy good enough?

2. If I remember correctly you must not enter the Key when promoted first but enter it later in Control Panel->Windows Activation, is this true?

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August 12, 2012 9:03:04 PM

You need to mount the ISO. If you have a burning program like Nero that will do it and if not ImgBurn is a great free program that will do it.

http://www.imgburn.com/

Enter the key when it asks for it.
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August 12, 2012 9:08:30 PM

anort3 said:
You need to mount the ISO. If you have a burning program like Nero that will do it and if not ImgBurn is a great free program that will do it.

http://www.imgburn.com/

Enter the key when it asks for it.



Thanks for the link and tip.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 12, 2012 9:09:26 PM

No problem.
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August 12, 2012 9:12:06 PM

sherlockwing said:
Hi, I got the ISO(and key) version of Windows7 Pro upgrade from Microsoft and intend to do a clean installation with either the ISO burned onto a blank DVD or my USB Drive to a new computer I will build in couple weeks. If you have done this type of installation before please give me some tips:

a few questions of mine:
1. Do you need special software to move the ISO to the DVD/USB Drive for it to boot properly, or is just standard burn/copy good enough?

2. If I remember correctly you must not enter the Key when promoted first but enter it later in Control Panel->Windows Activation, is this true?


- Use the windows USB tool ->http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage...
- Select the ISO and the USB drive and let the tool do the rest.
- Plug the USB drive into a USB port.
- Boot system and enter BIOS
- Select the USB drive to boot first.
- Save to CMOS and the system will reboot into the windows installation.
- Enter your activation code whenever. Then after install completes click start and type "activate windows".
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August 12, 2012 9:12:06 PM

Best answer selected by sherlockwing.
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August 12, 2012 9:14:17 PM

skaz said:
- Use the windows USB tool ->http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage...
- Select the ISO and the USB drive and let the tool do the rest.
- Plug the USB drive into a USB port.
- Boot system and enter BIOS
- Select the USB drive to boot first.
- Save to CMOS and the system will reboot into the windows installation.
- Enter your activation code whenever. Then after install completes click start and type "activate windows".



Thanks for explaining the USB route to me clearly, I heard USB installation is preferred because it is considerably faster than DVD, is this correct?
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August 12, 2012 9:15:27 PM

skaz said:
- Use the windows USB tool ->http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage...
- Select the ISO and the USB drive and let the tool do the rest.
- Plug the USB drive into a USB port.
- Boot system and enter BIOS
- Select the USB drive to boot first.
- Save to CMOS and the system will reboot into the windows installation.
- Enter your activation code whenever. Then after install completes click start and type "activate windows".



^ Use that for a thumb drive. Use my method to burn the ISO to a DVD.
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August 12, 2012 9:16:04 PM

Yeah, USB 2.0 read speeds are faster then Dvd-rom speeds. So the info should install quicker.

EDIT: Also, access times are quicker on USB.
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August 12, 2012 9:20:32 PM

anort3 said:
^ Use that for a thumb drive. Use my method to burn the ISO to a DVD.


Will do that, just wanted to make sure I am ready with both method in case something goes wrong.
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