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Install Windows7 on to a Acer Netbook from a USB Flash Drive

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This is a How-To for installing Windows7 on to a Acer Netbook from a USB flash drive. 

Requirements:
USB Flash Drive (min 4GB)
Windows 7 DVD or ISO image (32bit)
MBRWizard (download)
 
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Step 1: Extract MBRWizard & Format Flash Drive

Download and Extract MBRWizard on your hard drive.  To simplify things later, copy mbrwiz.exe to your local disk C:\.

Connect your USB Flash Drive to your computer and Format the USB drive.  To Format a USB Flash Drive Go to My Computer >Right click on USB drive and select Format from context menu.

Step 2: Convert Flash Drive from Fat32 to NTFS file system

Now go to Start Menu >Run >cmd (Command Prompt)  and Type the following command:
convert Y: /fs:ntfs   (Where “Y” is your USB drive letter). 
This will convert the USB Flash drive from a fat32 to a NTFS file system.

Step 3: Insert Windows 7 DVD or mount Windows 7 ISO image

Insert your Windows 7 DVD or mount your Windows 7 ISO image as drive (You can use MagicDisc or any other Virtual Drive program)

Step 4: MBRWiz to set the Flash Drive as Active

Type Start >run >cmd (Command Prompt)
Now dir to directory where you have extracted MBRWiz and run following commands.

mbrwiz.exe /list  (note the disk number of your USB Pen drive)
mbrwiz.exe /disk=X /active=X  (X is Disk Number of your USB Drive)
exit


Step 5: Make the Flash Drive Bootable

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Now open another command window and type following command:

J:
  (Drive letter of Windows 7 DVD or ISO mounted image)
CD boot
bootsect /nt60 Y: 
(Y is drive letter of your USB drive )

Step 6: Copy Windows 7 to Flash Drive

Now copy all files from your CD/DVD drive or where you have mounted a Windows 7 ISO image.

Step 7: Acer Netbook BIOS boot order

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Plug your newly created Windows7 Flash Drive into your Acer Netbook and Power it up.  We need to change to boot order so that the Netbook will boot from the Flash drive first.
At the Acer boot screen, hit F2 to enter the system BIOS.
Navigate to the Boot tab. Use F6 and F5 to move your USB Flash Drive to the top of the list.
Hit F10 and save your settings.

I have made the pen drive bootable.

And also made it the primery to boot.

now what to do.. please let me know the steps in details as I am not a tech savvy.. :)

Lily-y10 months ago
for step 3 and step 4, you can AOMEI Partition Assistant to do the conversion and Activation. Good work
Tiswa1 year ago
you the best, keep up the good work tankx alot
picimoc1 year ago
any comments on the drivers' support? I own a 8GB SSD version of AcerAspireOne (AOA-110), that comes with Linpus linux distribution. Slow, small, but it has everyhting working (including webcam). My hesitation towards installing Win7 was not related to "how to install from USB stick" (i already re-installed Linpus couple of times from external CDROM), but how well is Acer Aspire supported in Win7?
rjwarpath (author)  picimoc1 year ago
Windows7 appears to have a lot more drivers then previous versions. All drivers were discovered on the Acer netbook, including the web cam.
yep...my friend did the same thing for putting WindowsUltimate on my Atom dual core Asus Netbook...except did it with a SD card...similar concept same results...and a much better OS then Starter...

though had to go back and install the drivers for the netbook...which he already had on a memory card.
kbhasi3 years ago
there's the iso tool for the iso's purchased from microsoft online store, now there is this for your own retail copy :)
junits154 years ago
why not just put the disc in and boot from that?  i have never seen one of these netbooks,  but is there something im missing about this?
rjwarpath (author)  junits154 years ago
Netbooks do not have a cd-rom drive.
liteoner4 years ago
 That's a bit more complicated than using this store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool. It's made by Microsoft, and fully supported by them.
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