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Bootable USB not working for Windows 7 installation

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#1 BooterH


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:38 PM

Hi there,


My computer is currently running Ubuntu 11.04 but I want to scrap it and install Windows 7. I bought Windows 7 Home (full version)... I used another computer to make a bootable usb from the DVD using the program that Microsoft provides for this purpose (Microsoft USB/DVD Download Tool). 


Now, the computer I am trying to install it to has no CD drive, which is why I did this. But when I try to boot it from the USB it doesn't work, and I am wondering if my BIOS is unable to boot from USB.


When I enter setup "Removable Device" is listed FIRST, then the Hard drive. 3rd boot option is disabled. But, when I restart it, it just boots from the hard drive and starts ubuntu as normal and ignores the USB. I am worried that it's unable to boot from USB, and if so, how the heck do I install windows without USB bootability or a cd drive??


The computer was custom built by a computer shop so it's not one of the big name HP or DELL or whatevers. 


Anyways, I would appreciate any help so I can get Windows 7 installed! Should be simple but it's giving me huge headaches .



Edited by BooterH, 22 July 2013 - 03:43 PM.

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#2 BooterH

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 06:39 PM

I figured it out! I noticed a line that said "Press F8 for BBS popup" during startup and it turns out that is the boot selection screen (separate from the usual set up that most people say to use for configuring boot order). Once I got there it displayed by flash drive and it was smooth sailing from there. 

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:01 AM

Thanks for posting your self-resolution...happy computing :).



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