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Can I Install Windows 7 RC From Multiple CDs Instead of DVD?

By B1gC72 ·
Hello all,

I plan on buying a new PC before the year is up and I would really like for this PC to run Windows 7. So, with the release of the Windows 7 RC, I really want to take the OS for a test run. My main desktop PC is the only one capable of running it so i need to dual boot as opposed to doing a clean install. I've already set up my partition, backed up my important data just in case, and burned the bootable DVD but when I went to install it, I realized that the PC I want to install it on can't boot from the DVD drive (or a USB flash drive). It's a pretty old PC but I've been upgrading it over the years and it surpasses all the 7 requirements. the only real options I have to boot from looking at my BIOS are floppy, CD, Hard Drive, and Lan since i don't have a ZIP or LS120 drive.

so my question is, it there any way to install Windows 7 using multiple CD's? Or is there a way to make my BIOS recognize my DVD drive as a bootable drive? I've searched all over and can't figure it out. If anyone can tell me if there is any way to get this OS on my PC, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Since Windows 7 comes as a DVD .iso ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Can I Install Windows 7 R ...

I doubt if there is any fruitful route by which you could split it into multiple CDs - indeed, if you cannot handle the format that Windows 7 comes in, it suggests that your hardware is unsuited to the task in hand.

Have you tried setting your system BIOS to simply boot from CD (if that is the only option the BIOS provides) then try to boot with a DVD in the drive? I am however rather worried that your system might be too old if the BIOS cannot detect a DVD drive as having been fitted to the hardware.

Microsoft have released a Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. You would be advised to use it.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15

As to the question of dual booting - have a read at this link:

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=308903&messageID=3073202

The general concensus of opinion is to place Windows 7 on a separate hard drive altogether.

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the PC meets all but one of the requirements

by B1gC72 In reply to Since Windows 7 comes as ...

"if you cannot handle the format that Windows 7 comes in, it suggests that your hardware is unsuited to the task in hand."

but that's the thing. sure that makes sense as the PC is old and it is true that it wouldn't meet the specs out of the box (old eMachines T4480) but i've upgraded the RAM to 2GB and the processor was fast enough anyway. only thing that's not up to par is the graphics card which runs DirectX 8.1 while 7 requires DX9. i also ran that helpful tool you linked too and it said the same thing, everything is fine except the graphics card.

"Have you tried setting your system BIOS to simply boot from CD (if that is the only option the BIOS provides) then try to boot with a DVD in the drive? I am however rather worried that your system might be too old if the BIOS cannot detect a DVD drive as having been fitted to the hardware."

and i had already tried all this before i posted with no luck. and the crazy thing is, that's the DVD drive that came with the PC, i didn't add that on later.

i could install it now if wanted too right from the desktop but i really don't want to do a clean install to do it. and the only way to get it to dual boot and install on the partition is to have it boot from a disc on restart. thanks anyway, but it looks like im just going to have to sit this one out .

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The only download options

by The Scummy One In reply to Can I Install Windows 7 R ...

Are for a DVD.

to set it up onto cd's, you would need to make an image and burn it to CD, however, if you cannot set it up on that system, then you wouldnt be able to create the image to burn to cd.

The only other option that I can think of would be to use a program to partition your drive to emulate a dvd, put the .iso there -- and see if you can set it up in a virtual machine, then create the image.

However, if your HW does not work with it, you still cannot test it.

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