Install Windows 7 From An External Hard Drive

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Install Windows 7 From an External Hard Drive

Rick Broida

Good news, netbook users: There's a reasonably easy way to install the Windows 7 Release Candidate, even if you don't have an external DVD drive.

As you may recall from yesterday, Windows 7 gets downloaded as an ISO file and then extracted to a DVD for installation. But netbooks lack DVD drives, meaning you need to find a workaround.

My preferred method is installing Windows 7 from an external hard drive. You need one with about 5GB of free space. The process, which takes a little less than an hour, goes like this:

1. Download the Windows 7 Release Candidate (32-bit) from Microsoft.

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