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Installing and running Windows 7 in USB Flash Drive not in HDD

    Question

  • Can we install and run windows 7 not embedded from Flash drive instead of Hard disk. Requirement is to install and run windows 7 on a diskless machine.
    Deepak Rawat
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:43 PM

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  • I'm not sure if you can install Windows 7 Pro directly to a USB drive or not. But you can swap the USB drivers in system32 to allow windows to see USB drives as bootable hard drives. You might be able to add the bootable USB drivers to the Install disk.

    This is probably a question better asked in the Windows 7 forums if it is not pertaining to Windows Embedded Standard 7 which does have the functionality to do this all you'd need to do is add the Bootable USB Stack to your answer file.


    "Learning without thought is labor lost; Thought without learning is perilous." Confucius
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:18 PM
  • Right. But i'm pretty sure you're violating license terms.
    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:35 PM
  • There's no inherent violation in booting WES7 from a USB drive and doing so is actually presented as one of the Embedded Enabling Features of WES7 but the USB drive needs to have the same accessibility as is stated for SD card boot added in SP1:" Customers may boot a Windows Embedded Standard 7 image from an SD card (no roaming) as long as the SD card is in the device enclosure and not easily accessible to the end user.":(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/develop/windows-embedded-standard-7-for-developers.aspx)

    Monday, November 07, 2011 2:20 PM
  • Has anyone been able to boot WES7 from a thumb drive connected to a USB 3.0 port?

    Thanks

    Monday, November 07, 2011 4:26 PM
  • There's no inherent violation in booting WES7 from a USB drive and doing so is actually presented as one of the Embedded Enabling Features of WES7 but the USB drive needs to have the same accessibility as is stated for SD card boot added in SP1:" Customers may boot a Windows Embedded Standard 7 image from an SD card (no roaming) as long as the SD card is in the device enclosure and not easily accessible to the end user.":(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/develop/windows-embedded-standard-7-for-developers.aspx)


    His post was: "Can we install and run windows 7 not embedded from Flash drive instead of Hard disk."

    I understand it like: Win7 (not WES7).


    Windows Embedded Developer and Scripting Guy //Germany
    Monday, November 07, 2011 10:59 PM