Do you need to install Windows 7 on a computer with a broken DVD player or on a laptop without an optical drive? Yes? Well, know that in that case that's enough install Windows 7 from USB. All you have to do is transfer the operating system installation files to a stick and use this type of media to install Windows on your computer.
Before you can be alarmed, I would like to point out right away that it is not a titanic undertaking as you imagine, far from it. Contrary to appearances and beyond what you might think, installing Windows 7 from USB is in fact a fairly easy operation to perform even for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a "geek". All you need to succeed "in the enterprise" are half an hour or so of free time and a minimum of concentration and attention, as well as, of course, to the ISO image Windows 7, a pendrive empty ed a special program, nothing else.
So if you are interested in knowing in detail how to proceed, consult this guide on how to install Windows 7 from USB that I am about to propose and you will solve the question in a few minutes. Contraindications? None, indeed. Installation from USB is even faster than installation from DVD… what are you waiting for?
If you want to find out how to install Windows 7 from USB, of course the first move you need to make is to create a USB stick containing all the installation files of the operating system. To do this you need, as I told you, an empty USB stick, the Windows 7 ISO image and Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, a free program from Microsoft that automates the entire process making it affordable for everyone. But let's proceed in order.
To begin with, get a pendrive of sufficient capacity, personally I suggest you find one with at least 4 GB of free space. Also make sure that the key to be used is empty or that in any case there are no important files on it because in order to use it you will need to format it.
Then proceed by going to procure the ISO image the version of the operating system. If you don't know where to find the Windows 7 ISO image, I suggest you look for it on sites that allow legal download (to be able to install it you will then need to use your license code). Alternatively, you can create your own from a computer equipped with a DVD player. If you don't know how to do it, you can read the instructions in my guide on how to extract ISO files from DVDs and CDs.
After you have found everything you need, click here to connect to the main page of the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download tool software. Once the software page is displayed, presses the purple button download for free that you find on the right to start the download procedure of the same on your computer.
When the download is complete, open the installation package by double clicking on it Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool-Installer-en-US.exe and, in the window that opens, first click on Run, Then Next, then on install and finally on Finish to finish the program installation process.
Now double-click on the Windows 7 USB / DVD Download tool icon that has been added to the desktop or search for the program by accessing the section where all the software of the visible menu are grouped by pressing the button Start Windows or the Start Screen.
At this point click on the button KATEGORIEN found on its main screen to select the operating system ISO image to use to install Windows 7 from USB. Then continue with the procedure by clicking on Next then click on the button USB Device to choose to copy the Windows 7 installation files to a USB device and complete the process by selecting the drive for your USB stick from the appropriate drop-down menu and clicking on the green button Begin Copying.
Once the copy has started, you will see a green progress bar in the program window. The creation of the installation USB stick will take a few minutes. Upon reaching the 100% you can finally say you are satisfied: the procedure for creating the key to install Windows 7 from USB has finally been completed, congratulations!
At this point, if you want to take advantage of the newly created key directly on the computer in use, leave it connected to it, restart the PC and then follow the operating system installation procedure that is shown on the screen. If, on the other hand, it is your intention to use the pendrive with the image of Windows 7 just created on a high computer, disconnect it from the PC in use, connect it to the workstation on which you want to act making sure that it is off and then start it by pressing the appropriate power button present on the case and wait for the installation procedure of the operating system to start.
In the event that the installation procedure of Windows 7 does not start and if the computer's operating system starts normally, you will have to configure the BIOS correctly in order to boot from USB devices. To fix this, restart your PC again and press continuously F10, F2 or Canc on the keyboard (the key changes depending on the computer) until the configuration screen of the BIOS. At this point, go to the section Advanced and set the boot sequence so that the USB drive comes first, before the hard drive. Setting items and locations may vary from BIOS to BIOS. If you need more details you can read my guide on how to enter the BIOS.
Once you have made your changes and restarted your computer (make sure you choose the option to save changes and shut down your PC when you exit the BIOS), the Windows 7 installation process should finally start. Then wait for all the files to load necessary to install the operating system, then install Windows 7 by following the simple wizard that is shown on the screen.
Then select the hard disk or partition on which you want to install the operating system, choose if necessary to format it by clicking on the items Drive options (advanced) e Format placed at the bottom right and then start the actual procedure for installing Windows 7 by clicking on forward.
Now wait for the first part of the process to be completed, it will take a maximum of 20-30 minutes. Please note that in most cases it takes about 15 minutes after which the computer restarts by itself. After restarting, do not press any key when the message appears on the screen Press any key to boot from CD-ROM or DVD-ROM ... but wait a few moments for the installation of Windows 7 to complete automatically.
Once the installation procedure is complete, the computer will restart automatically and the initial configuration of Windows 7 will begin. Complete the configuration procedure by following the instructions shown on the screen. Then type in the username you want to use to log into the operating system and click on forward, specify the password to be associated with the account, type a phrase to use as a suggestion to remember it and click on forward I will continue.
Now type the Windows serial code in the appropriate text fields and click on forward to activate your copy of the system (you must be connected to the Internet). To finish, click on first Use recommended settings to enable all Windows 7 default security systems and then on forward e Home network to set the time and network.
Once you have completed the procedure to install Windows 7 from USB, wait for the desktop to be visible. Then all you have to do is install any missing drivers and your favorite programs and then you can start working freely with your brand new operating system. Easy right?
The steps to install Windows 7 from USB are quite simple. In any case, if you need even more detailed information on the installation process of the operating system you can take a look at my tutorial on how to install Windows 7 through which I proceeded to illustrate in an extremely detailed way all the steps necessary to be able to install the OS from scratch. Please, if you have any doubts give it at least a look.