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formating and reinstalling without a disk drive?

#1mophisusPosted 8/2/2013 12:14:54 PM
Alright, so im gonna format, however, my cd drives have stopped working sometime in the last year (not a big deal.. havent used them since the last time i formatted)..

Have the windows 7 disk and key.. but without a drive the disk is useless to me...

is there a way i can download a usb installer for windows, and do it all off of a flash drive?
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#2Knight2520Posted 8/2/2013 12:15:53 PM

First result for "USB installer Windows 7" in Google.
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#3ShubPosted 8/2/2013 12:18:02 PM
1) Download this:
2) Download the version of Windows 7 you're licensed for from -- it's legal and straight from Digital River (which is the digital distribution network Microsoft uses).
You'll use the tool downloaded in #1 to create a bootable thumb drive based on the large ISO file downloaded in #2. The thumb drive must be 4 GB or more.
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#4mophisus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/2/2013 12:19:31 PM
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#5mophisus(Topic Creator)Posted 8/2/2013 12:20:31 PM
thanks, that what i was looking for...

knew the files were out there, but couldnt remember where.
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