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Can I Boot Up Windows 7 64-bit From a USB Optical Drive for a New Comp

  • Windows 7
  • Computers
  • Boot
  • Optical Media
  • USB
Last response: in Windows 7
February 2, 2013 10:49:48 PM


This is my first computer build, so please bear with me :p 

I currently do not have any internal optical drive, but I do have a USB optical drive instead. Would it be possible to boot up Windows 7 from the external drive in the UEFI Bios? This is for a new computer without a formatted hard drive, if it helps.

More about : boot windows bit usb optical drive comp

a b $ Windows 7
February 2, 2013 11:03:42 PM

Yes. Booting from a USB optical drive should work no problem. Just make sure the boot order has USB first
a b $ Windows 7
February 2, 2013 11:05:15 PM

Hello... it is faster to just use a 3gig+ USB stick/drive...

Download your windows ISO version.
Download and run the Windows USB/DVD tool.
Direct the Tool to your ISO file downloaded, Remember to check/enable making your USB bootable in the options of the tool.

Plug in the USB stick... and boot... your BIOS will see the USB stick... Place it as first boot device... save settings... and re-start.

type in your product key when asked... and activate in 30 days...

It will install so much faster than a DVD drive.

Also pre -download all of your hardware drivers on your USB stick/drive... makes everything go so much faster... and you can delete it all later if you want.
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a b $ Windows 7
February 2, 2013 11:12:31 PM

IronSounds beat me to it :)