Maybe its a piece of cake to install windows from the installation disk. But what if your cd dvd drive breaks down ? How to install windows os without a cd ? Here is are some free tools help you reinstall your operating system on your laptop or netbook with a faulty optical drive.
Install OS Without CD, DVD from USB
#1 Windows 7 SBB (Link) Boot Windows 7 from USB
A tool that allows you to boot Windows 7 from your USB Device. The Windows 7 SBB Tool allows you to select any removable device and make a Windows 7 booter. Although commonly used for USB, it can be used for SD cards as well, as long as your BIOS support it! Quickly make a bootable Windows 7 USB device using this small utility.
#2 Create a Bootable USB, Flash Drive
Requirements : USB Drive (JetFlash), original Windows os disk, pc with optical drive.
WinToFlash (Link) starts a wizard that will help pull over the contents of a windows installation CD or DVD and prep the USB drive to become a bootable replacement for the optical drive. You don’t have to worry about scratches on the disc or misplacing your original media discs once you transfer their contents to the flash drive.
WinSetupFromUSB (Link) : This application will offer you the solution to installing Windows or Linux version using a USB flash drive. First make sure you have a properly formatted USB disk or flash media. It must have a MBR and an active partition set.
#3 Use a Portable CD, DVD Drive
An external DVD drive makes a great addition to just about any netbook pc. Not only does it allow the system to install software, reinstall os etc but it can also allow it to play DVD movies or even burn CDs or DVDs. Plus they are cheap at 30$ starting price.
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