How to install Windows7 via USB device?

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asked Jun 5, 2012 by danielson (46 points)
I muffed up Windows7 .32bit (a long story) and have tried to reinstall via USB device (WD with 150G) but all i get is the Windows colorful screen. It never goes any further.

Nothing works on my computer anymore.
Will an original Windows7 copy be the solution or must i bring it to the computer tech and have him do it? If someone here can help me through with this USB issue, then i could save a few bucks and be happier!

Much obliged.

p.s. my computer is legit with keys etc.

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answered Jun 5, 2012 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
Here is a guide. Just follow each step and you won't have any problems.

http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
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answered Jun 5, 2012 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
I made a video 2-3 years ago on how to do it.

Ill make a new one.

Windows has a program that allows you to turn a USB drive into a boot installer.
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answered Jun 5, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

What @IamTechCrazy is good, but if you just want a straight forward USB transfer tool, this can't be beat.
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answered Jun 5, 2012 by danielson (46 points)
Hey guys! you are just super!
I wasn't really expecting an answer... but i'm giving IamTechCrazy's directions a shot right now and will post back after trying it out for real.

(now if i can find directions for dual boot LinuxMint LXDE 12 on Vista... ha!
Dat's another question).
commented Jun 5, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Well basically you'd install the Linux on another partition, and Windows or Linux would give you a boot option to either boot into LinuxMint or Vista.

And yeah! Tell us how it goes.
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answered Jun 5, 2012 by danielson (46 points)
Think i forgot to mention that I had downloaded an Windows 7 .32bit .iso file from the web.
Would the extracted files into a folder work at step no.5 of the suggested instructions on
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/ instead of a DVD ?
commented Jun 5, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
You would have to mount it using Daemon Tools. http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite
commented Jun 6, 2012 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
Yes, extract the files and put those onto the usb drive.
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answered Jun 6, 2012 by danielson (46 points)
Folks, this is what i've been trying for the last few days.
The result is the same. Files are all there on the USB, i tell the laptop to boot from it and all is get the nice colorful introductory screen.

Otherwise, on normal boot i get: "error no such partition grub rescue>"

My hunch is Windows MBR was mixed in with the Linux when i tried to awkwardly uninstall LinuxMint.
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