Installing Windows 7 from an external CD drive?

#1
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!
 


#3
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?
 


#4
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
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?
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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