Installing Windows 7 on your netbook with a USB drive

Don’t have Windows 7 yet? Get it here for $188, you won’t regret it. If you do, then here are the steps to install Windows 7 on your netbook using...

Don’t have Windows 7 yet? Get it here for $188, you won’t regret it. If you do, then here are the steps to install Windows 7 on your netbook using a USB jump drive:

  1. First, you’ll need to have DiskPart installed on the system you will use to prep the thumb drive. This is a free disk partitioning utility that is usually already installed on your Windows system. If not, you can download DiskPart here.
  2. Launch the DiskPart utility by typing diskpart at the Start Menu.
  3. Type list disk to check the status of your drive.
  4. Now type select disk 1 where the “1″ is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive.
  5. Type clean.
  6. Once the thumb drive is clean, you can type create partition primary.
  7. Now make the partition active by typing active
  8. Then type format fs=fat32 quick
  9. Type assign to give the USB drive a drive letter.
  10. Now you can copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do).
  11. Now simply insert the thumb drive into the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot the system. The installation will now proceed as usual—but faster.