Installing Windows 7 from an external CD drive?

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  1. jackofcourse

    jackofcourse New Member

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    Hello. I'm after a bit of assistance and thought this place may be the best place to come.

    I have purchased an Acer aspire 3935 and will receive a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released.

    The problem being that my laptop doesn't have a CD drive. I was wondering whether it is possible to install an OS from an external CD drive?

    Thanks for any and all help!
     
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    Yes you can as long as the bios permits booting from USB, then there shouldn't be any issues.

    If it permits booting from USB you could also install from a USB stick - example here.

    Maybe someone else can chip in?
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Will I know I can pick up a copy of Windows 7 from PC World when it is released so working from the CD will probably be the easiest way for me.

    How can I find out if the bios permits booting from USB?
     
  5. gavin19

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    When you boot up the laptop there should be a notification as to which key to press to enter 'Setup', usually 'Del' or 'F1' or similar. In the bios menu there will always be a 'Boot' submenu that lists boot order or devices. Normally with a laptop this lists the HDD and the CD drive. There you should be able to also select a USB device to boot from if it is attached and then move the device to the top of the boot order.

    Here is a tutorial for making a quick bootable Linux stick which will test if the laptop is capable.
     

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