Anyway To Create Bootable Windows 7 CDs?

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GuardianFlash

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My uncle's windows xp computer have CD drive but not DVD. I have backed up windows 7 files onto my computer. Anyway I can burn the files onto CDs? I want to put the CDs into my uncle's computer and be able to install windows 7.

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an I able to copy all the files onto his windows xp computer and install windows 7 from the desktop?
 

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You can't install the copy of Windows 7 from your computer to another computer. It's not legal to do so.
 

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I don't know of any way to split a Windows 7 install onto multiple CDs. If the computer is so old that it doesn't have a DVD drive, it probably doesn't meet the other minimum requirements for Windows 7.
 

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If the computer is too old to come with a DVD drive, it's not going to support booting from a USB flash drive either.
 
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That may be true, but if so, it is still possible to boot from USB even if the BIOS doesn't support it.
 
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Never heard that before.
There are some pretty amazing boot-loaders. One that I use quite often is PLoP. It actively searches for bootable partitions at boot time and presents them in a menu. USB drives can be booted with it even if BIOS does not support it (PLoP loads a rudimentary driver). There are some others that actively search, too. The PLop boot-loader is one of the "Extras" in the boot menu of the Parted Magic CD, too. That CD also has the SGD boot disk on it which also supports boot from any (bootable) device or partition, even bypassing the MBR to access the recovery on laptops, if necessary.

Admittedly, these things are not easy to use. You sometimes have to try a lot of different options and settings before you get it to boot. Personally, I don't even know what some of the options even mean. But they are far better than nothing.

Some Linux distros have a floppy or CD image on the CD that can be transferred to a bootable medium that will so a similar thing and boot machines from USB even if they don't support it (not for general use - they only start the setup to install the OS).

But how well 7 would run on that machine is another question....even if ll the drivers exist.
 
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