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February 7, 2012 9:36:50 PM

Hi, I only have windows 7 starter, but I now have a windows vista CD. I would like to install it, but my computer doesn't have a disk drive. How do I do it?
a b $ Windows 7
a b D Laptop
February 7, 2012 9:49:58 PM

If you're talking about a desktop I would install a DVD drive first because I would certainly need one eventually. You can buy a DVD burner for under $30 and anybody can install it. If it's a laptop you may be able to use an external drive through the USB port.
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February 7, 2012 9:53:43 PM

ram1009 said:
If you're talking about a desktop I would install a DVD drive first because I would certainly need one eventually. You can buy a DVD burner for under $30 and anybody can install it. If it's a laptop you may be able to use an external drive through the USB port.

Its a netbook. i dont have the money for an external drive...
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a c 354 $ Windows 7
a c 208 D Laptop
February 8, 2012 2:17:54 PM

You need to get something to install it, if not an external DVD you need to buy a flash drive to create a USB drive setup off the disk. But then again, you need something with a DVD drive to read the files off the Vista CD to create the drive-based installation of it.
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February 8, 2012 2:29:54 PM

Wait, you want to go from Windows 7 to Windows Vista? Why on earth would you do that?
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a c 354 $ Windows 7
a c 208 D Laptop
February 8, 2012 2:45:07 PM

willard said:
Wait, you want to go from Windows 7 to Windows Vista? Why on earth would you do that?


7 Starter is a bit limited. The path should be 7 Starter to another version of 7, but who knows where he got the Vista from, probably did not have to pay for it.
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a b $ Windows 7
February 8, 2012 3:35:30 PM

That's the problem with netbooks, you get what you pay for.

That's why I always recommend a laptop, because your going to have to buy an external dvd drive at some point or your screwed.
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February 8, 2012 5:56:42 PM

geekapproved said:
That's the problem with netbooks, you get what you pay for.

That's why I always recommend a laptop, because your going to have to buy an external dvd drive at some point or your screwed.


Or a flash drive works just as well...

I have 2 laptops, and I haven't used the inbuilt dvd drive in either of them once... Flash drives work just fine
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a c 354 $ Windows 7
a c 208 D Laptop
February 8, 2012 6:23:50 PM

aaab said:
Or a flash drive works just as well...

I have 2 laptops, and I haven't used the inbuilt dvd drive in either of them once... Flash drives work just fine


Except that if you have a DVD to use a flash drive won't do you much good unless you have a second PC to transfer the DVD over to the flash drive. Which is what this guy needs. Netbooks are great for a second or third PC, once you got everything on the network or downloadable, no need for the optical drive.
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