Monday, September 7, 2009

Windows 7

Wah... just came back from Sabah. Yup, I "balik" Sabah last Friday, and now im here. 3 n a half day is not enough. "sandi betul ni, nda puas" Hehe

I installed Windows 7 for my desktop pc... really nice, the loading time are amazingly fast... even when u start the pc... super fast. Looks cool too.

So i decided to install Windows 7 on my netbook (got a new Acer Aspire One netbook about 2 months ago). BUT... i got 2 problems

1. All netbooks don't have a CD/DVD Rom drive. So cant install Windows 7 by DVD
2. My netbook have the original Windows XP fixed in the 160GB hard disk... so formatting and installing the new Windows 7 will erase it from the hard disk

My solution ..

1. Since i can't install by DVD, i hv to install by USB thumb drive, so i need to make a bootable 4GB thumb drive
2. Since i dont want to delete the original Windows XP from the 160GB hard disk, i bought a new 500GB hard disk XD

So... First, i make my thumb drive as a bootable thumb drive, and transfed all the Windows 7 installer in the thumb drive. Then, i open the back of my leptop with a screw driver (oh my god... my warranty!) then just exchange the Hitachi 160GB hard disk with the newly bought Western Digital 500GB hard disk (waaaaaaaa). Finally, i just boot my thumb drive, install the windows like normal.. and i'm done... TADAAAA.

Some people might b wondering how i make my thumb drive a bootable thumb drive. Below are the steps i did.

Below are 7 steps tutorial on how to install Windows 7 using a thumb drive. 7 steps Windows 7, hehe.

Step 1: Download windows 7
Download Windows 7 (pirated... hehe XD). Im pretty sure its a ".iso" file since u downloaded it from the internet.

Step 2: Extract windows 7 ISO file
Extract it in a new folder on ur desktop using a software called WinRAR (u can just google for it).

Step 3: Copy the bootsect file
Then, in the new folder on the desktop, open a folder called "boot", then right click on a file called "bootsect.exe" and select copy. Now... open ur drive C, then just paste it there.

(u can see the folder called "boot")

(a file called "bootsect")

(paste the boostsect in C drive)

Step 4: Using the command prompt like a PRO to format your thumb drive
Open a command prompt as administrator (Go to start> all programs > accessories > and right click on Command Prompt, then select "Run as administrator".

Next just type as below into the command prompt

list disk

from here u can see the number of disk and USB available. Ill asume the USB thumb drive is "disk 1". Now... u need to format the drive by typing as below. U can replace the number "1" with the number of your disk below.

select disk 1

create partition primary

select partition 1

format fs=NTFS

There u go, u hv just formatted ur thumb drive.

Step 5: Still using the command prompt like a PRO, but now to make it bootable
Now u need to make ur thumb drive a bootable thumb drive. just continue typing in the command prompt as an administrator. U can replace the letter "f" with the letter of your disk below.

bootsect /nt60 f:

Now ur thumb drive is a bootable thumb drive.

Step 6: Making ur thumb drive a bootable Windows 7 thumb drive.
This step is easy... since u hv got a bootable thumb drive... now u just hv to copy all the files n folders of Windows 7 from the new folder on your desktop to your thumb drive

Step 7: Almost done
Yup... almost done... because now u need to change ur pc (or in my case... my netbook) to boot the usb. Switch on your pc... go to setup of ur BIOS, change the boot setting to force boot a USB or Drive... now you are done

Thats all...

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