Install Win7 from flash drive - PCMCIA

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 32-bit
November 4, 2010 at 18:04:13
Specs: Windows XP
So, recently I've had all of my USB ports on my laptop stop working. An optical mouse connected to it will light up, however, I cannot control my pointer. No other devices work with the USB drives either. This has forced me to purchase a PCMCIA to USB adapter which has 2 ports. That is a problem but is not what my question is about.

I'm trying to reformat and install Win7 to this laptop. I have a copy of Win7 contained on a 4gig USB flash drive.I cannot directly upgrade the operating system from WinXP to Win7 and my BIOS contains no setting to boot the PCMCIA device and I don't have a DVD burner to create a disc to install from.

I'm wondering if it would be possible to install Win7 using a USB flash drive connected to my PCMCIA card on startup using a CDROM boot disc or something similar. Any help would be appreciated.


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#1
November 4, 2010 at 19:39:52
Depends. I will say I have done this a long time ago and it wasn't easy then.
On some IBM laptops and maybe a few others the bios was set to boot from some types of pcmcia media. Some flash cards and pcmcia cdroms and floppies could be bootable.

I think to succeed, you'd need to create a bootable usb windows 7 instead of simply a copy of an iso.

Now the question is two fold. One is how the bios sees the usb attached to the pcmcia adapter. If it shows up as something then you may have a chance. Might be hard drive or some removable device or some cdrom or such.

Second is if windows 7 has support for it. I doubt it but you can always try. In the IBM you needed to add in some drivers.

I think I'd look at some other way to install it.

I'd think about some other way to boot

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
November 4, 2010 at 20:07:42
First off is to run the "Upgrade Advisor", and second is if there is no BIOS Option it will not .....

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...


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#3
November 5, 2010 at 06:14:10
"....and I don't have a DVD burner to create a disc to install from."
How did you purchase Windows 7? If you purchased it, it should have come with a DVD. If you purchased a license (legally), you will have to purchase a replacement DVD from MS (call them) or borrow one from someone you know (the only thing that makes it unique for you or your friend is the key) and install it the regular way if your DVD drive is a reader only. (AS ABOVE, USE UPGRADE ADVISER TO BE SURE YOU ARE COMPATIBLE, AND DOWNLOAD ALL NEEDED DRIVERS TO A USB FLASH DRIVE BEFORE YOU START- - - IT WILL MAKE IT MUCH EASIER).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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