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paintdrying 01-21-2013 10:09 PM

Installing windows 7 no dvd drive
 
I have a laptop with a dead dvd drive. Can I re format windows 7 or xp with no dvd drive. Looked at the instructions for doing it from a flash drive and it was more than I wanted to deal with. At this point I am considering just throwing all 6 of my old laptops in the garbage and just buying a few brand new ones.

sublime2 01-21-2013 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1099118)
I have a laptop with a dead dvd drive. Can I re format windows 7 or xp with no dvd drive. Looked at the instructions for doing it from a flash drive and it was more than I wanted to deal with. At this point I am considering just throwing all 6 of my old laptops in the garbage and just buying a few brand new ones.

Take a drive from one of the other 6 and put it on the one you want to re reformat.

chrisn 01-22-2013 03:25 AM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1099118)
I have a laptop with a dead dvd drive. Can I re format windows 7 or xp with no dvd drive. Looked at the instructions for doing it from a flash drive and it was more than I wanted to deal with. At this point I am considering just throwing all 6 of my old laptops in the garbage and just buying a few brand new ones.


6? wow

paintdrying 01-22-2013 06:55 AM

Will windows boot from an external dvd drive? So these dvd drives are interchangeable. Laptops just accumulate over time. People are always giving me stuff they feel bad about throwing away.

echobravo 01-22-2013 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1099256)
Will windows boot from an external dvd drive? So these dvd drives are interchangeable. Laptops just accumulate over time. People are always giving me stuff they feel bad about throwing away.

they should, you MIGHT need to go into the bios and change the boot options
the way windows should be setup is
boot from cd/dvd drive, then your hard drive and then an external device.. actually i think its says floppy.. although who the hell still uses a floppy...

anyway, youll have to stop it from from wanting to boot from the hard drive.

diyorpay 01-22-2013 09:18 PM

Not sure this is something you'd consider but not difficult.

Netbooks don't have dvd drives so you typically need 2 free software programs to 'install' a virtual dvd drive and run programs.

They are available at www.filehippo.com

http://www.filehippo.com/download_daemon_tools/ for Daemon Tools lite. Download and install on laptop.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_imgburn/ for ImageBurn. This needs to be installed on a computer that has a working dvd drive. You select option 'Create image file from disk' and convert your Win7 install disk to an iso image file. That file is exact same as Win7 dvd but is not on that media. How you get this .iso file to laptop is up to you.

Run daemon tools to start virtual dvd drive and load in the .iso file. Runs and installs even faster than original dvd.

Works with any programs on CD or DVD.

DannyT 01-22-2013 09:28 PM

if you decide to throw them away ill give you my address

DannyT 01-23-2013 12:13 PM

you can install windows from a usb thumbdrive if your laptop has that boot option available. use a program called wintoflash and it will make the usb drive bootable and also will copy your windows installation files to the usb drive. diyorpay's method will also work.

zolakk 01-23-2013 01:36 PM

I just use the Microsoft tool for this and haven't had any problems using it for Windows 7, 8, or 2008 R2 and 2012 provided USB boot is an option in your BIOS

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool

paintdrying 01-25-2013 09:20 AM

Well it is my lucky day. I thought I was adjusting the boot options but I finally found the proper adjustment last night. I fired up a linux cd and the drive works. I will just install linux over windows because I do not really like windows.

funfool 01-26-2013 12:23 PM

Now your talking :thumbup:

http://www.funtoo.org/wiki/Funtoo_Linux_Installation

Wildie 01-27-2013 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1101650)
Well it is my lucky day. I thought I was adjusting the boot options but I finally found the proper adjustment last night. I fired up a linux cd and the drive works. I will just install linux over windows because I do not really like windows.

I did this! i installed Ubuntu but the wireless wouldn`t work because there were no suitable drivers available.

daro 01-28-2013 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Wildie (Post 1103762)
I did this! i installed Ubuntu but the wireless wouldn`t work because there were no suitable drivers available.

Which version of Ubuntu did you try? Also what are the specs of your wireless?

i.e. make, model, and is the wireless internal or external?

Wildie 01-28-2013 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by daro (Post 1103920)
Which version of Ubuntu did you try? Also what are the specs of your wireless?

i.e. make, model, and is the wireless internal or external?

Thanks for your reply, but I have since abandoned Ubuntu as it was imperative that I would have a wireless connection.
I tried the Win8 Evaluation and it worked fine, so I bought Win8 and now have it running the machine.
It was back in September that I tried Ubuntu. The figure ver.12 is in my mind but I'm unsure?

funfool 01-29-2013 12:21 PM

ether way, glad you got it. With ubuntu or linux in general, although all drivers are free as in free beer.
But some require you to accept the licence agreement.
ubuntu does not ship with those drivers installed. You would need a wired connection to install, then enable the non-free repositories, and they will be available for you to install.

For this reason, I usually suggest lmde (linux mint debian addition.)
They include all the drivers and install them for you out of the box. There are many others also, besides lmde. pclos is also a good one, but is over 100 to choose from.

I just wanted to let you know why your wireless "probably" did not work for you with ubuntu.


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