Install Win7 on 2nd hand laptop without CDROM

October 15, 2010 at 18:51:29
Specs: Windows xp
i just bought a 2nd hand acer laptop.

i want to do a clean reinstall on laptop that has xp but i cant see a cd drive anywhere ,how would i install windows 7 without a cd drive?


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#1
October 15, 2010 at 19:11:47
what name and model is the laptop?
Did you look to see if it had just a slit in the side? Some new ones are like that.

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#2
October 15, 2010 at 22:38:12
You can try installing thru a thumb drive, you'd have to google that one for sure tho.

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#3
October 16, 2010 at 06:00:32
Is is suitable for running Windows 7 ??

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


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#4
October 16, 2010 at 07:20:22
You can use an USB flash disk, as advised above, to install Windows on a laptop that can boot to USB flash disk.

What you need is,

-a friend having a computer with Windows Vista or Windows 7 on it
-an USB flash disk about 4 GB in size
-the instructions @ HERE

CoolGuy


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#5
October 16, 2010 at 17:49:02
hi its an Acer Aspire One AOD250 in Red


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#6
October 16, 2010 at 17:49:47
Acer Aspire One AOD250 in Red


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#7
October 16, 2010 at 17:50:54
its got win xp but would like to do a complete reinstall and put win 7 or do an upgrade
its a Acer Aspire One AOD250 in Red


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#8
December 18, 2010 at 16:24:34
dude just buy a external dvd drive and install it lol easy

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#9
December 18, 2010 at 18:52:19
As in #3 above, do the compatibility test first!!!
If compatible, it would be best to get an external DVD drive as in #8 above since you will probably have use for it later (just decide small for portable or larger and keep it on your desk).
If not compatible, I would recommend doing a factory restore from the recovery partition of your XP and then catch up on your updates. This way it will at least fell like it is new and clean, you will erase accumulated system errors, and you can then personalize it.

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#10
December 31, 2010 at 07:14:00
Why don't you use two flash drives.
The bios and boot files will see it as a second and third drive.
With a floppy boot image eg. win98se.iso, transfered to flash drive using third party apps like unetbootin or win32diskimager (free) the smaller low grade flash drive will show
up as a:, and you now have access to b: c: and d:. You can now fdisk, format

(Don't forget fdisk /mbr before fdisk if you have grub installed)

The second high speed quality flash drive with the i386 directory copied onto it will show up as e: replacing cdrom. Change directory to e:\i386 smartdrv.exe winnt .You may have to find smartdrv.exe off an old win98 cd or get from net.

This method does not require any hacks or cracks. (I always wanted to say that) and the os is being installed old school and trust worthy.
Missing operating system error may show up as boot files search all drives - ok


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