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Install Windows 7 Without Usb Or Dvd Without Upgrading!

Discussion in 'Solutions And Discussions' started by sturuss, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. sturuss

    sturuss Power User

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    How to CLEAN Install Windows 7 directly from Hard drive – NO DVD or USB needed!!

    For example, you have a netbook or desktop that you want to install Windows 7 onto, but can’t use DVD or USB for whatever reason (or don't want to, like me). This method will allow you to boot and install Windows directly from the hard drive. This guide involves plugging the hard drive into another working computer,preparing the hard drive, placing it back in the system, and installing Windows as usual.

    This guide will work for Windows 7 and Windows 8. I have a Windows 8 but it's essentially the same guide with some Windows 8 pictures. This guide will not work for Windows Vista -

    Part 1: Preparing the HD with Windows 7 setup files.

    - Connect the hard drive to another working computer.
    - Format the hard drive to NTFS (Quick format works fine; multiple partitions also work).
    - Copy the following from your Windows 7 disc:

    Boot
    Sources
    Bootmgr

    Part 2: Making the HD bootable

    Using Windows XP, Vista, or 7, open CMD as Admin (Windows key + R, type CMD, hit Enter)

    Enter the following commands, (replace X with what applies to your hard drive):

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk X
    list partition
    select partition X
    active
    exit
    X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:



    Exit and shutdown.

    Note: If you’re working on a 32-bit system, and you want to install 64-bit Windows, you may get problems trying to run the last command (X:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 X:).
    Solutions:

    Use a computer with a 64-bit version of Windows

    OR

    A little trick that worked for me: If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 disc, you can copy bootsect.exe from that and replace the 64-bit one (boot\bootsect.exe).

    Part 3: Booting and installing Windows

    Place the hard drive back into the target machine. Make sure that the BIOS is configured to boot from the hard drive. If you did everything correctly, you should see “Windows is loading files” and setup will load (really fast, too, because it's loading from the hard drive). Install Windows as usual (but don’t format your drive this time in the installer – otherwise it will erase the Windows 7 setup files too!).

    Part 4: Final steps/housecleaning

    We’ll have to quickly edit the boot menu once Windows is installed.

    In Windows 7, hit the Windows key + R. Type msconfig, and hit Enter.
    Click to the Boot tab at the top.
    Click 'Windows Setup (\windows)', and hit Delete.
    Click OK.
    Click 'Exit without restart'.

    And lastly, delete the ‘Sources’ folder from your hard drive root (this will free up 2-3gb).


    I hope this helps some people out. Feel free to comment :)
     
  2. TheMacGyver

    TheMacGyver Staff Member Super Moderator VIP

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    Thanks for your time and the share. Great thread!! Its exactly what I read when asked about it in chat..
    Your a winner.:clap:
     
  3. Mêk

    Mêk Verified Member

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    This is What i'm looking For.. Thank you :)
     
  4. geoscull

    geoscull Power User

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    great help/information.thanks ;)
     
  5. teamos bot

    teamos bot Warned User

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    @sturuss

    Overall good informative thread.

    Heads Up:
    Thread has been moved to > Solution & Discussion. Why?
    It would be Tutorial if it have A to Z onscreen method screenshots by pointing out each step.
    So in that case it would not stand in > Tutorial.
    Kindly get screenshots if you can and add them into description at each step, then ask me to move it.
     
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  6. csengh

    csengh Registered User

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    Nice trick, :clap: thank's .


    You can put these parameters in a text file and run it as script:

    diskpart /s
    scriptname .txt

    where scriptname.txt is the name of the text file that contains these parameters.
     
  7. Look4Class

    Look4Class Registered User

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    The world would be a better place if there were more people like you
     
  8. cybermind

    cybermind Registered User

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  9. Hokage_27

    Hokage_27 Registered User

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    You're great awesome,dude.....:clap:
    Thank's...

    Is it work for win 10?
     
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  10. Sagit00

    Sagit00 Registered User

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    Great information. Thank you for sharing.
     
  11. jintobox

    jintobox Registered User

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    wow! saves a lot of effort. Thank you!
     
  12. JennP

    JennP Registered User

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    Thanks for the information!
     
  13. WEIRDIODE

    WEIRDIODE Registered User

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    thanks for sharing sir
     
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  14. surulman

    surulman Registered User

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    Thanks for info sir... helpfully...
     
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  15. apu21

    apu21 Registered User

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    this is really something that I needed
     
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  16. funnyinnit

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    I am going to have to make sure I save this text in a safe place, just in case I can't find this post in the future. Absolutely brilliant. I could probably win some bets with this knowledge, come to think of it. Regardless, I think this will be how I do clean installs on SSDs after I build a new tower. Prep it in the tower, pop it in whatever computer it's going into, install off of the SSD itself (I bet it'll be a blazing fast install), and I'll probably have it cleaned up in less time than it takes to install off a USB drive lol. I may have to test all this for fun in the near future! Sounds like a good time.

    Much thanks for this. Everyone should save a copy of this in one of their cloud storage accounts, just for safe keeping.
     
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  17. goldentarsier

    goldentarsier Registered User

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    Thanks big help!
     
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  18. Drassh

    Drassh Registered User

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    Nice TuT and Thanks, now I can implement this to recreate OEM Recovery/Factory installations.
     
  19. DantedemonG

    DantedemonG Registered User

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    Great Thread
     
  20. MugurMarius

    MugurMarius Registered User

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    When I try "list disk" it gives me:

    'list' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.
     
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