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Can you format a netbook without a cd/dvd drive?

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September 14, 2009 5:34:31 PM

I want to format my netbook but it doesnt have a cd/dvd drive which means i cant boot it up from CD and install windows. Is the only other way to buy an edternal disc drive?
September 15, 2009 9:15:21 AM

It depends on time and budget. Most straightforward way is to buy/borrow an external cd/dvd drive.
September 15, 2009 4:12:52 PM

There are many ways to install windows without CD/DVD, however the best way is by creating a windows [7, vista or xp] bootable USB drive.


Creating a Windows 7 [ Vista or XP] bootable USB drive in a few easy steps.

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Requirements:
Windows 7 ,or Vista or XP ISO
4GB+ USB Pen drive (for windows 7 or vista) or 2 GB (for windows XP)
UNetbootin tool, Download here http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-la... and save it. (is free software)

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(backup any data on the USB, as it will be formatted)

Step 1: Insert USB pen drive into the USB port

Step 2: From the Start menu, go to My computer, right click on the USB drive, then select Format. In format windows, under File System choose NTFS. then click Start. Once complete close the window.



Step 3: Open the UNetbootin tool (from the location you saved it in), when the the program opens up, 'Diskimage' [in the middle] should be selected . Now click on 3 dots [...] to browse
for your Windows 7, Vista, or XP ISO image file.


Step 4: At the bottom of the Unetbootin windows , the setting should be

Type: USB Drive
Drive: for this, you choose your correct usb drive letter

Step 5: Start the process by clicking OK

Wait as the ISO is extracted to your USB drive; once is done, you will have a bootable Windows 7/Vista/XP USB drive .

Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows. Simple hay?
.............................................................................................................

Remember you need to change the boot priorty in the Bios, change it to USB (from the HDD or CD ROM/DVD drive)

If you down't have Windows ISO, you can download Windows 7 Enterprise 90 days trial from here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/cc442495....

Feed back is welcome.
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October 7, 2010 4:17:18 PM

I am at step 3, I have inserted my XP CD (Recovery Media Windows XP Home Edition Product Service Pack 3), where do I find the ISO image file?

I have a fake antivirus program on my netbook and cannot get rid of it. I want to reinstall XP.

Thanks
October 6, 2011 7:41:25 PM

how do you change it from usb to hdd?
December 25, 2011 11:42:32 AM

you can do it by a external dvd drive and you can make it yourself under 10 quids just check this link-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DVD-RW-Drive-Laptop-IDE-HP-dv...
Bidybag said:
I want to format my netbook but it doesnt have a cd/dvd drive which means i cant boot it up from CD and install windows. Is the only other way to buy an edternal disc drive?

January 27, 2012 6:35:57 AM

ibnsina said:
There are many ways to install windows without CD/DVD, however the best way is by creating a windows [7, vista or xp] bootable USB drive.


Creating a Windows 7 [ Vista or XP] bootable USB drive in a few easy steps.

.............................................................................................................
Requirements:
Windows 7 ,or Vista or XP ISO
4GB+ USB Pen drive (for windows 7 or vista) or 2 GB (for windows XP)
UNetbootin tool, Download here http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-la... and save it. (is free software)

.............................................................................................................
(backup any data on the USB, as it will be formatted)

Step 1: Insert USB pen drive into the USB port

Step 2: From the Start menu, go to My computer, right click on the USB drive, then select Format. In format windows, under File System choose NTFS. then click Start. Once complete close the window.

http://www.geckoandfly.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/format_usb_thumbdrive_flash_fat_ntfs_how_tutorial3.jpg

Step 3: Open the UNetbootin tool (from the location you saved it in), when the the program opens up, 'Diskimage' [in the middle] should be selected . Now click on 3 dots [...] to browse
for your Windows 7, Vista, or XP ISO image file.

http://techbird.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/unetbootin_shot.jpg
Step 4: At the bottom of the Unetbootin windows , the setting should be

Type: USB Drive
Drive: for this, you choose your correct usb drive letter

Step 5: Start the process by clicking OK

Wait as the ISO is extracted to your USB drive; once is done, you will have a bootable Windows 7/Vista/XP USB drive .

Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows. Simple hay?
.............................................................................................................

Remember you need to change the boot priorty in the Bios, change it to USB (from the HDD or CD ROM/DVD drive)

If you down't have Windows ISO, you can download Windows 7 Enterprise 90 days trial from here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/cc442495....

Feed back is welcome.



Awesome response - far more useful then anything anyone else on this page has written. Thank you so much!
December 24, 2012 6:11:50 AM

what image file should i choose after clicking the 3 dots and brows...?
because i dont know
August 14, 2013 2:44:51 AM

ibnsina said:
There are many ways to install windows without CD/DVD, however the best way is by creating a windows [7, vista or xp] bootable USB drive.


Creating a Windows 7 [ Vista or XP] bootable USB drive in a few easy steps.

.............................................................................................................
Requirements:
Windows 7 ,or Vista or XP ISO
4GB+ USB Pen drive (for windows 7 or vista) or 2 GB (for windows XP)
UNetbootin tool, Download here http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-la... and save it. (is free software)

.............................................................................................................
(backup any data on the USB, as it will be formatted)

Step 1: Insert USB pen drive into the USB port

Step 2: From the Start menu, go to My computer, right click on the USB drive, then select Format. In format windows, under File System choose NTFS. then click Start. Once complete close the window.



Step 3: Open the UNetbootin tool (from the location you saved it in), when the the program opens up, 'Diskimage' [in the middle] should be selected . Now click on 3 dots [...] to browse
for your Windows 7, Vista, or XP ISO image file.


Step 4: At the bottom of the Unetbootin windows , the setting should be

Type: USB Drive
Drive: for this, you choose your correct usb drive letter

Step 5: Start the process by clicking OK

Wait as the ISO is extracted to your USB drive; once is done, you will have a bootable Windows 7/Vista/XP USB drive .

Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows. Simple hay?
.............................................................................................................

Remember you need to change the boot priorty in the Bios, change it to USB (from the HDD or CD ROM/DVD drive)

If you down't have Windows ISO, you can download Windows 7 Enterprise 90 days trial from here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/cc442495....

Feed back is welcome.


Hello
I've created the USB-Flash-Bootable XP with your instruction.
But when I insert the flash into the netbook, it says: "BOOTMGR Is Missing".
Can you please help me about this error?

UPDATE: I made a bootable flash with WinSetupFromUSB with no problem.
!