In the last few weeks people kept asking me how to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on their Netbooks. As you all know, Netbooks don't have an optical drive to use the Windows DVD with, so I decided to make a short guide.
What do you need:
- an USB stick (4GB+)
- the OS DVD (Windows Vista or Windows 7)
- a computer with Vista or 7 already installed.
Insert the USB stick into the USB port on your computer and open the Command Prompt (console from now on) with Administrative priviledges (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Right click on Command Prompt -> Run as Administrator)
Run the application "diskpart" by typing "diskpart". A new window should open. In the new window type "list disk". This will give you a list of all disks in your system. The USB stick is usually marked as "disk 1", but not necessarily. Make sure you pick the correct label or you might destroy data (I'm not going to take responsibility if you lose data, because of this). Then type the following commands in the same window as you typed "list disk":
select disk 1 ("disk 1" is the label of your USB stick we looked for within the list before)
create partition primary
select partition 1
The "exit" command will close the window.
Insert your Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive. Then within the console (you should have it running from step 1) browse to the DVD drive (by typing "d:" assuming D is your DVD drive's assigned letter) and move into the boot directory (type "cd boot" and process). After this, type "bootsect /nt60 h:" (H is the new drive letter assigned to the USB stick in step 1. Change the command accordingly to match your system). Now you can close the console.
Now everything left to do is to copy all the content from the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD to the USB stick.
Reboot your system, enter the BiOS and change your boot priority to boot from the USB. Save and exit your BiOS and boot the USB stick.
Enjoy installing your Windows. ^_^