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A friend just received the parts for a computer, and we're trying to get Windows 7 installed. The CD drive that it came with isn't able to connect, so we're having to go down a creative path to get Windows installed.

We don't have a flash drive over 4 GB, so we can't install from a flash drive. We do have a TB external HDD, but I couldn't get the pc to boot from it.

So we installed Xubuntu on his secondary hard drive, and mounted the Windows 7 iso. Our goal is to install Windows 7 on the primary HDD, Windows would fix the MBR, and we could just format the secondary HDD.

So my question is, now that I have it mounted... how can I get it to run the setup file? I was going to try it with Wine but that won't work. Is there any other way I can get the setup going with Xubuntu? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I think you wouldn't able to install window 7 through wine... In order to create bootable window 7, 4 GB Pen drive is sufficient->Tutorial –  nKandel Dec 6 '12 at 6:56
    
You can get to the setup file with 7zip. It happily reads ISOs. Get it from here: 7-zip.org/download.html. Not sure if this will help with OS install –  mcalex Dec 6 '12 at 7:07
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The best approach will be to get your CD Drive to work, boot the Windows 7 CD and install from that. The approach you're trying to follow will consume more time. Isn't time money?

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Excellent, I have two answers for you!

  1. Just go and buy a larger USB stick from which to install;

  2. Follow (and tweak as necessary) the instructions here: Ubuntu Guide - How to install Windows 7 from Ubuntu without burning a disc

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@slhck, thank you for the edit. I thought I had formatted it properly. This looks much better. –  Shane Dec 30 '12 at 16:08
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