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Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

My wife has a Neo netbook with a manufacturer installed Windows 7 OS.

Is it possible to reinstall the OS without an optical drive, perhaps with a USB memory and the license code on the Windows sticker?

  • Similar to what Paul suggests, but I just saw that you don't seem to have an installation file as well?
    – slhck
    Nov 5, 2011 at 14:38

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Use the .iso file sold from the Windows website. If you take this route, it may cost a few bucks, but you can use WUDT to create a bootable USB drive, and then you are solid if you ever need to do it again.

Just be careful to modify your boot order in BIOS.

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