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MS offers Win 7 USB installer

MS offers Win 7 USB installer

The downloadable versions of Windows 7 - aimed at netbooks - can be installed directly from a USB storage device.

If you're a netbook user wanting to upgrade to the latest release of Windows, you're probably in the market for an external optical drive. However, Microsoft has opted to remove this requirement with the first version of Windows which can be installed from a USB storage device - no hacking required.

As reported over on Electronista, the Windows 7 netbook installer allows users to "download Windows 7 directly onto a USB drive on your netbook - no CD or DVD drive necessary."

The downloadable installer - which is available only through Microsoft's own online store - allows Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate to be installed without the need for an optical drive. For some reason, however, only upgrade versions seem to be available - you will need a netbook which is already running either XP or Vista to install the USB version of Windows 7 legally, although that shouldn't be a challenge.

Missing from the list of available editions is Windows 7 Starter Edition, the 'light' version of the operating system which many thought would find its way to replacing XP as the de facto netbook operating system. From this it's clear that Microsoft is hoping netbooks have developed to the point where they can run the full-fat versions of Windows 7 without difficulty, with no need to rely on cut-down versions or the eight year old Windows XP which is currently saturating the market.

The pricing for the downloadble editions is the same as for the standard version, although there is currently no official way to turn a DVD-based version into a USB-based netbook installer.

Do you applaud the move from Microsoft to make installing the OS on netbooks easier, or do you wish that they'd offer the Starter Edition for whose who prefer a lighter operating system on their netbooks? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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DeathAwaitsU 23rd October 2009, 11:18 Quote
Haven't we all been doing this for years anyway? :/
eek 23rd October 2009, 11:22 Quote
Sounds like a good idea to me. I've not around to getting an optical drive yet and don't want to feel pressured into getting one straight away (I'm fussy) so installing via USB is the route to go down.

The reason for starter not being available could be because it is only available to OEMs.
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The pricing for the downloadble editions is the same as for the standard version, although there is currently no official way to turn a DVD-based version into a USB-based netbook installer.
Maybe, but it's not exactly rocket science. There are plenty of guides around the net!
proxess 23rd October 2009, 11:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by eek
The reason for starter not being available could be because it is only available to OEMs.

Makes sense.

Nice to know they're doing this. M$ are trying to make sure they do everything right this time around, which is really nice.
NikoBellic 23rd October 2009, 12:13 Quote
I installed W7 from one of my USB's, its simple really, and much faster to install!. just make sure that you format the USB to NTFS first!.
1ad7 23rd October 2009, 14:07 Quote
This is a step forward! Big props on this MS.
stonedsurd 23rd October 2009, 14:11 Quote
Finally! Hallelujah!
wuyanxu 23rd October 2009, 14:26 Quote
i wish all windows 7 are 64bit, with a netbook edition or starter edition 32bit only.

still, good move MS.
jake9891 23rd October 2009, 16:03 Quote
do they send USB stick with windows 7 on it or do you have to download it and do everything yourself?
stonedsurd 23rd October 2009, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by jake9891
do they send USB stick with windows 7 on it or do you have to download it and do everything yourself?

All yourself.
ScottyJavea 23rd October 2009, 19:22 Quote
Dear All,

REF: Win 7 on USB stick.
Great idea.

Up to now I have been doing the following :

Using a virtual DVD drive software to install:

1. Windows 7 (current freebie)
and
2. Ubuntu.

Simple , free and effective.

This is done on my Gigabyte T1028X swivel, touch screen netbook.

So I can Triple multi-boot :

a) XP (comes on the T1028X)
b) Ubuntu 9.01
c) Windows 7

Roll on USB install systems.

Regards,
ScottyJavea
70x!c 23rd October 2009, 19:34 Quote
I had a look at this earlier, but, as you go through the purchase process, when you come to filling in your details you can only select a US State and Zip code. I had a look on the uk site and they do an ultimate upgrade edition aswell, only i think it's an iso download, and it costs £199 as opposed to $219, which i think is around £135. Shame really as i would have bought it there and then, if it wasn't for that.
perplekks45 23rd October 2009, 21:13 Quote
Ehrm... installing Win7 from a USB stick is news as old as the first "publicly" available build. :|
EVERY version of it...
stonedsurd 23rd October 2009, 21:30 Quote
Yeah, but this is *official*. This is M$ playing nice. Just be grateful :p
Shagbag 23rd October 2009, 22:53 Quote
As a user of numerous LiveUSB distros, I think this is a step in the right direction for the Windows faithful. At last they can experience something that us linux users have been experiencing for years. CDs/DVDs are simply not as portable as a USB stick.

I think things in the 'convenience dept' will really begin to pick up for Windows users when Microsoft releases a version of Windows that loads from USB stick and runs 100% into RAM, like many linux distros have also been doing for years (eg. Puppy, DSL, TCL, etc.). You just cannot get a more responsive OS than one that runs entirely in RAM.

Having your OS on your key ring is also very convenient - just as long as you don't lose it.
perplekks45 23rd October 2009, 23:40 Quote
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Yeah, but this is *official*. This is M$ playing nice. Just be grateful :p
But they said it'll be possible with Win7 A LONG TIME AGO and everybody knew it!
Hell, there even were races on the internet who could push it below 8 minutes!

:|
Dreaming 24th October 2009, 00:07 Quote
Having had some experience with digital river and all the different download versions (upgrade, oem, retail, x32, x64) i gave up on my friends pc in the end and downloaded a crack. Which works flawlessly.

Seriously, Microsoft should just put the .isos on their website like ubuntu etc. People will still need a licence key (or, give up trying to get the 'right' version working and use a crack despite having bought the licence) to use it, it just makes it so much easier.
perplekks45 24th October 2009, 00:36 Quote
They do that... it's called TechNet.
TSR2 31st October 2009, 16:20 Quote
I downloaded it and copied it to a USB. Booted it up, started installation and went off for a cup of tea, expecting it to take some time. It didn't.
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