Installing Windows 7 on a netbook

Netbooks are becoming more and more prevalent in the world today. They are a great tool but they do have one drawback – no CD/DVD drive. As they regularly come with XP or Vista you have to beg, buy or borrow an external optical drive if you want to install Windows 7. Or do you?

On the Windows Weekly podcast, Paul Thurrott (of the SuperSite for Windows fame) mentioned his software pick of the week – WinToFlash. This is a simple wizard tool which allows you to create an installable version of your Windows operating system from your optical install media on a USB memory stick.

WinToFlash is still in beta but I had a chance to try it this weekend – I put my Windows 7 DVD in my main PC, ran up the tool and a simple wizard allowed me to create an installable version of the operating system on my memory stick. It only took about 10 minutes to set it up, and then I booted my netbook with the USB dongle plugged in and I was installing. Not only does this remove the issue with the lack of a DVD drive, but the install actually ran quicker as well…

It is documented as working with any Windows operating system, as long as you own the original installation disc. Do have a look if you own a netbook – it may save you a lot of time and hassle!

  1. November 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

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  2. November 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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