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    Why is it such a hassle to install WIndows 7 on a netbook?

    I have a Toshiba T110-121 netbook that I am trying to install Windows 7 onto (from a portable DVD drive).

    - I have installed a 120GB Sandisk SSD (that I got from a deal link on this site last week).

    - I had to replace the original drive as it kept failing.

    I have the product key on the netbook but am not sure how to go about using it as apparently the key is only valid for that build and wont work on another copy of that same Win 7 version

    - When I try to boot from CD i get Cannot boot from CD/error code 5.
    - When I try installing WIn 7 from Win XP I get - error cannot install folder...

    I don't know what is going on but this seems to happen with other netbooks and old PC motherboards as well. As if the motherboard BIOS cannot recognise the boot program for Windows 7?

    Any advice on how to get Windows 7 on?

    10 Comments

    Original Poster

    punkstoner1

    So, have you formatted the HD?Is it recognized in bios?Have you tried … So, have you formatted the HD?Is it recognized in bios?Have you tried booting from USB?Dunno, I had probs with a genuine disc. Used a pirate bay job in the end with a legit software key..




    I haven't formatted the SSD but I managed to install Win XP on it (atm).

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass

    Win 7 flash drive to SSD install takes under 10 mins, you're doing it … Win 7 flash drive to SSD install takes under 10 mins, you're doing it wrong. And you back up win activation before hand with this:http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/27341-Advanced-Tokens-Manager-The-Activation-Backup-SolutionInstall without key and then use that to restore when done.



    Yeah I understand that I am doing it wrong, but what am I supposed to do? Set boot priority to the optical drive, install Win 7. But that doesnt work. What other way is there? I dont have a recovery disc or anything like that. All I have is a Windows 7 system image on a portable drive (which I cant use/access in Win XP).

    Original Poster

    I dont have a Win 7 flash drive installation version.

    What exactly is this CD you're using? I find some machines are a bit fussy about which USB optical drive they boot from so I tend to convert OS discs to a USB stick instead which usually works fine.

    John

    Original Poster

    Johnmcl7

    What exactly is this CD you're using? I find some machines are a bit … What exactly is this CD you're using? I find some machines are a bit fussy about which USB optical drive they boot from so I tend to convert OS discs to a USB stick instead which usually works fine.John



    I've tried a few different discs (Professional, Ultimate) and three different drives - all give an error - either cannot boot from disc/error code 5, or error loading disc.

    How do convert a Win 7 OS to USB stick? Or we talking about simply copying the OS (from DVD) to portable or flash drive?

    Microsoft have a free tool to convert the iso of a Windows 7 DVD to a bootable USB stick:

    emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/…ool

    John

    Original Poster

    Okay found a guide here to making a win 7 bootable install on flash drive.

    problemo solved.

    thanks for all the help guys!

    Edited by: "5hooey" 25th May 2012

    Original Poster

    Johnmcl7

    Microsoft have a free tool to convert the iso of a Windows 7 DVD to a … Microsoft have a free tool to convert the iso of a Windows 7 DVD to a bootable USB stick:http://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/en-GB/Service-Centre/Windows-7-USB-DVD-Download-ToolJohn



    yeah thanks, just got it!

    shuwaz

    Okay found a guide to making a win 7 bootable install on flash … Okay found a guide to making a win 7 bootable install on flash drive.problemo solved.thanks for all the help guys!



    If that doesnt work you could download magic iso and convert the windows files to iso and then mount it on a usb.

    Original Poster

    andel90

    If that doesnt work you could download magic iso and convert the windows … If that doesnt work you could download magic iso and convert the windows files to iso and then mount it on a usb.




    Okay thanks, will bear that in mind.
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