Friday, 27 May 2011

Installing Windows 7 from USB Key

I’ve got new laptop, a Toshiba Portege R700 which as usual comes with quite a lot of bundled software pre-installed.  Also the version of Windows 7 installed is the 32 bit version.

I decided to put a clean install on there of Windows 7 x64 – which meant downloading all the device drivers from the Toshiba site ready to install after Windows.

To install Windows I followed this guide to install from a USB key rather than DVD.  The Windows install I had was an ISO image anyway, so rather than burn it to disk just for the install using the USB key seemed like a better option.  After all - optical drivers aren’t up to much, they’re slow, noisy and unreliable (well they have been for me anyway).  Using the USB key worked like a treat - seemed to install quicker too and the machine didn’t sound like it was about to take off into space.

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