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#1 HighwayGlider

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:09

Hello people,

 

Short story:

A university kid gave me his laptop to re-install everything, I'm not an expert, but I can manage to re-install everything provided I have all required media and a fully working PC/laptop :p . Tried doing it yesterday night but I noticed that the DVD drive is not working on the laptop and the laptop cannot boot from USB devices.

 

Is there anyway I can install windows 7 on the laptop? The guy genuinely needs that laptop for his autocad stuff.

 

Thanks.



Best Answer HighwayGlider , 23 October 2013 - 10:35

Thanks to everybody's reply.

I finally managed to install windows using lan boot and an app called Serva.

 

The tutorial that helped me:

http://www.techanger...-network-share/

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:10

You can try this method: http://www.instructa...-without-upgra/



#3 Nick H.

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:20

Can you not remove the HDD and put it in to a laptop/computer with working DVD/USB drives?

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:21

Can you not remove the HDD and put it in to a laptop/computer with working DVD/USB drives?

Wouldn't that cause a headache with drivers etc unless the laptop is identical with the student's?



#5 Eric

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 14:40

You may be able to resize the main partition and create a new one to copy the install files onto via network. You can blow away the partition and resize the main one again afterward.



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 14:42

Wouldn't that cause a headache with drivers etc unless the laptop is identical with the student's?

no, as long as you shut down the computer after the initial install. it doesn't install/set the main drivers till the first boot after install (aka the "getting things ready" portion)



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 10:35   Best Answer

Thanks to everybody's reply.

I finally managed to install windows using lan boot and an app called Serva.

 

The tutorial that helped me:

http://www.techanger...-network-share/