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One of my friends, Karen has an Asus Eee PC. She told me that she tried dual booting Linux with Windows 7 (via Wubi), and overwrote the master boot record with grub, and wants me to reinstall Windows 7 for her.

I know I could write the contents from the CD to a flash drive, and use the command prompt to make it a bootable install (example - http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/), however my optical drive is undetected, and all I need to do there is get a new one, but I use my 4GB flash drive as a CD for Linux using the "Universal USB Installer" (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/).

Now I'm currently saving my money for a MacBook. So I was wondering as an alternative way instead of getting an external dvd drive; could I use my 16GB flash drive to install Windows 7 for her, and if so how would I accomplish that???

asked Apr 12 '11 at 15:19

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edited Apr 12 '11 at 15:43

For installing Windows 7 from a USB drive I used WinToFlash... It works great! You have to have the .iso on your computer already though. Technically, it's legal to download the .iso as long as you use your OWN and PAYED FOR product key. I don't EVER suggest downloading Software or Operating Systems illegally, so don't think I'm suggesting that.

answered Apr 12 '11 at 18:58

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I installed win7 onto my netbook using the method mentioned in the link above.

However, you do need at least some kind of access to a computer with a dvd drive. Because you do need copy the win7 files to your flash drive.

Hope this helps

answered Apr 12 '11 at 15:28

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Is there another way instead of doing that (lost access to the other computer here, cause of my prank on april fools day)

(Apr 12 '11 at 15:31) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

From my experience no. You need to have the boot files as well as the actual iso itself to copy to your flash drive to make it work properly. Creating a boot-able flash drive with Win7 is only possible from the method I listed above, based of course on what research I have done, there may be other methods but I have not found them.

(Apr 12 '11 at 15:40) RH510 RH510's gravatar image

So there's no programs that can make it into a bootable drive, or anything around that nature???

(Apr 12 '11 at 15:45) mikethedj4 mikethedj4's gravatar image

I'm sure there is but you would still need the Win7 iso on your computer. I'm sure many people would suggest downloading the software and using the key you already have but I personally do not support downloading software illegally.

(Apr 12 '11 at 15:51) RH510 RH510's gravatar image
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