Video: Install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive

Bill Detwiler shows you how to install Windows 7 from a bootable USB flash drive--created with the free DiskPart utility.

Windows 7 DVDs are now lining store shelves. But once you get your hands on a DVD, how do you install the new OS on a computer with no optical drive-like most Netbooks? In this episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to install Windows 7 directly from a USB flash drive.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Greg Shultz's article, "Configure a USB flash drive to be a Windows 7 installation platform," on which this episode is based.

For more ideas on getting the most from your USB flash drives, check out Greg Shultz's article, "10 cool things you can do with a USB flash drive".

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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