The process of installing software, hardware, or peripherals on a personal computer.

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Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

I have an ISO image of the Windows 7 installation DVD, but I can't burn it to CD or DVD. I have an empty flash drive with plenty of space. Is there any way I can put the ISO image on it and install ...
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Installing Windows XP from USB pen drive

I want to install Windows XP on my desktop computer (only XP) but my CD drive is not working. I've only found installation tutorials on how to install it on the pen drive rather than from the pen ...
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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition ...
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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I’m performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough? I have a license for Windows 7 but don't ...
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How can I install Windows 8 on my HDD without the use of a USB or DVD?

I decided to install Windows 8 on my home machine this weekend. I've already downloaded the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation iso, however we just got done moving and somewhere in the chaos I've ...
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Clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 from OEM key

I have recently acquired a laptop with an OEM Windows 8 product key. I am interested in a clean install of Windows 8.1. I do not have any original install media, only recovery disks, and the ...
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How to install Windows 7 from the network?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (Current RTM Version) on a computer without using removable media like DVD or USB? The first thing that comes to my mind is through the network, but I don't have ...
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Why do I need restart computer after installing new software?

Why is it sometimes that I need to restart my computer after installing new software and at other times I don't? Is there any reason why it needs this reboot or why it's not always one way or the ...
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Make a bootable usb to install Windows XP from Linux

I have a Dell Mini 9 with only Ubuntu installed, I want to install Windows XP also but I don't have and can't get an external CD drive, so I need to make a windows installation from the usb. All the ...
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Install Windows XP to USB Hard Drive and Run from It

I wanted to know if there was a way (that worked!) to both Install and Run Windows XP Pro from a USB 2.0 connected Hard Drive. My system does allow to boot from external usb hard drive, but when I ...
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How to setup Windows from an external hard drive?

Is it possible to install Windows from an external hard drive? I have Windows XP installed on my laptop, and I want to remove it and install Windows 7. My Windows 7 installation is in an .iso format ...
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Required CD/DVD device driver missing while installing WIndows 7

I am trying to install Windows 7 and get this error: A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now. ...
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How to install a language pack in Windows 7 Professional

How i can install any language for example Hebrew in Windows 7 Professional ?
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Clean Install Using Windows 7 RTM Upgrade

I am thinking about getting a pre-order for Windows 7 upgrade, but I don't want to buy it if I can't do clean installs with it. How does the upgrade process work exactly when comming from Windows Xp ...
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Is there a way to prevent installs/updates to litter my hard drive with cryptic folders?

Often I find guid-like folder names spread around on my hard drives. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I think they might come when I install various programs or while updating them ...
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Swap partition size for 4GB RAM

I'm planning to install Ubuntu 9.04 version. How much space should I dedicate for swap partition. I remember setting it to double the RAM size when I installed long back. At that time my RAM was 256 ...
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How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk?

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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How do I create a Windows 7 USB installer with preinstalled software?

I was wondering if it was possible to make a bootlable image of a Windows 7 Pro OEM Installation CD that I have and put it on an USB stick for faster/easier installation. I am asking because we have a ...
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Moving the Windows 7 hard disk from one machine to another

My laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate (non OEM) died on me today and it has tonnes of stuff on it - my projects, Visual Studio and office installations, etc. etc. I am getting a new laptop from ...
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How to check if Win 7 disk is 64bit and what version?

I've got a DVD that I've burnt from an MSDN ISO. I'm not entirely sure if its Windows 7 64bit or 32bit. How can I be sure?
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Using Python on Mac

I want to learn Python using my Mac. Now I want to setup a Python version >= 3.1.3, because my materials for learning are using this version. Typing python into terminal results version 2.6.1, using ...
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Where is a typical Linux program installed

I mean not just the binary, but its libraries, config files and data (strictly speaking all files). Also when I download a package where is it best to extract it. If I move these files will the app be ...
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Downgrade from IE9 to IE8 on Windows 7

I upgraded my IE version to IE 9 in Windows 7 Enterprise. When I felt some compatibility issue with a web application that I created, I turned off the IE 9. Now I have to install the previous version ...
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Unable to install Windows XP : Blue screen error pops up before “Starting Windows Setup”

I got caught up in a strange problem. It's really annoying me. I'm writing this by logging into ultimate boot cd. Strange because, it never happened before. Just about a week ago I installed and it ...
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Looking for an program installer monitor or recorder [closed]

Is there an application out there that can record what file and registry changes are made when you install a program?
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Is there a way to make Windows 7 install .iso onto USB drive from OSX?

I copied my windows 7 cd to a ISO and trying to source the image onto my USB drive from OSX. So far it doesn't seem like it's possible with disk utility. Is there something else I can do to make this ...
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How can I install Windows 7 from an external hard drive?

I followed the instructions here, but format fs=fat32 quick did not work, it gave the following error: Virtual Disk Service error: The volume size is too big. So I then tried just format ...
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Difference between x86_64 and i386

What is the difference? I have intel core 2 duo 32 bit. Under what category my system fall into? I want to download fedora12. It shows me these options. Which one should I download? I have sony vaio ...
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Is it possible to get Windows 10 upgrade as an ISO image (to make a bootable install disk from)?

The Windows 10 upgrade, free to users of earlier Windows versions, is out on July 29. The upgrade is being made available via Windows Update as an automatic download and install, if the user has opted ...
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Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick

Persistent install of Windows 7 (or XP) on a USB stick is this possible? So I move to another computer and during the boot process I boot the OS from my USB stick. I did not found any tutorial on ...
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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

I would like to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a PC with 1GB of RAM. What's better for me? The 32 or 64-bit version?
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How do I install Visual Studio 2010 Express somewhere besides C:?

I have a SSD as my primary (C:) drive, mainly used for quickly loading games. It's pretty small (~30 GB) so I want to keep things that don't really need a speed boost off of it. I attempted ...
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How to install Google Chrome completely offline and without checking for new version?

I have downloaded the offline (consumer, i.e. not msi package) installer for Google Chrome. But when I run it, it tries to contact a Google server to check for a newer version. If it finds it, it will ...
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Java install on Ubuntu?

i'm new to linux and i was trying to install the java JDK with EE on ubuntu. I downloaded the .bin file (java_ ee_ sdk-5_08-jdk-6u17-linux.bin) from the sun site & followed the install ...
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How to remove registration information of VS 2010 from a computer without reinstall Windows

I want to remove visual studio 2010 from a computer i am selling but even after uninstall, it looks like my product key is still around - if you re-install it it will use the product key... How do I ...
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Legally downgrade Windows Vista Home OEM license?

Last year I bought a laptop that included Windows Vista Home Premium, OEM version. As I bought it for my linux work and am not fond of Vista, I would like to replace it by Windows XP or make a Virtual ...
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How Do I Allow A Standard User to Install Programs?

Yes, I realize that defeats the purpose of standard user. But here is the situation. A friend of mine wants to set up time limits for his home schooled son, and his son needs to be a standard user in ...
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Windows 8 OEM Reinstalling

I know this question is a repetition but I didn't find any solution of my problem from any of the previous questions. Recently I formatted my Laptop HDD and now I want to re install windows 8 I've a ...
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How to extract files from MSI package?

Can anyone advise a way, or utility that can extract the files from an MSI installation package. We have some old patches that we want to get the files from but don't wish to spend the time ...
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Where can I get Chromium binaries?

I want to have Chromium on my Windows machine, but I find only instructions how to make it from sources on official site. Are there any official pre-built binaries?
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Ubuntu 14.04 installer doesn't show existing partitions

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7. I have a 500 GB hard disk split into 3 partitions. I am installing Ubuntu from a live USB drive. But I am stuck at the "Installation type" ...
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Can I make USB drive bootable and install multiple OSes from it?

Is it possible to have USB drive bootable and place multiple ISOs like Windows 7.iso WindowXP.iso Ubuntu.iso RHEL.iso so that I can choose which OS to install?
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When installing Windows 7, CDBOOT error 5 appears: Cannot boot from CD; why?

I am installing Windows 7 on an old machine. I can not even get it to boot. I get this error message: CDBOOT: Cannot boot from CD - Code: 5 Boot Failure from Previous Device.. Boot Failure from ...
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Creating a Windows XP installation flash drive in linux

How can I create a bootable flash drive to install Windows XP from under Linux? I have Ubuntu installed on my PC and want to install Windows XP parallelly. I already have an NTFS hard drive, so what ...
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Windows XP Installation from USB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive Is there any easiest way to make windows xp installation from USB ? Looking through google doesnt gives me anything. Any clues?
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Can I move an HDD with retail Windows 7 to a new machine without reinstalling?

A friend has a 5 or 6 year old Vista machine with reasonable low-end hardware (Athlon64x2 w/ 8GB RAM), but the Vista install is pretty messed up and it needs to be wiped and reinstalled. We're ...
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Visual Studio 2010 fails to install with “Error occurred during setup”

I'm trying to install Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7 64-bit and I keep getting following screen: I tried to install also Visual Studio 2008 with similar result. I'm starting to think it might be ...
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I installed Windows, and one of my devices isn't working

So I just installed Windows from a retail disc, everything is running nice and fast. But I noticed something I had not (but I should have) expected: One of my devices isn't working, but what's worse, ...
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Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrading or clean installation?

I've always done clean installations in the past when I've upgraded Windows, it seemed like a smart and sensible thing to do, but an article on Ars Technica made a passing comment that an in-place ...
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Clean install in Mac OS X make it faster?

So I know that clean installing an OS is the best way to make computer runs faster. I know that sometimes this is the case too for Linux/Mac OSX. My question is, is this the case if I restore all my ...