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Installing Win 7 32 bit

By Christos21 ยท 8 replies
Dec 21, 2014
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  1. Hi there. I have an old desktop that I decided to format and Install win 7 32 bit. Problem is that I dont have a cd drive. So this is what I tried so far:
    Step 1). I created a bootable USB. I couldnt install it that way no matter what I tried through the BIOS settings.
    Step 2). I dismantled a new cd driver from a new desktop with connections similar like a sata 3 HDD and connect it to the old pc. Inserted the windows cd and still nothing.
    Step 3). I removed the HDD from the old pc I connected it to the new desktop installed there with WIN 7 32 bit version and putted back again to the old pc the HDD and fails on startip during the WIN 7 Logo.

    Any help?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Step 3 is 90% success!! you need the motherboard drivers for the system into which the HD was connected.
  3. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +242

    I think that you'll need to install Windows 7 from an external usb CD/DVD drive. It's highly unlikely that installing Windows on a second computer and then putting the hard drive back into another one is going to work out.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    The BIG risk is unlike architectures; eg AMD vs Intel, 32bit vs 64bit.
    Keep consistent and this approach does work.
  5. Christos21

    Christos21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Of course not, install on the old PC - that's where they are needed after all......

    The procedure is to download the correct motherboard and other device drivers from the (old) m/b manufacturer and other devices from their manufacturers. You place these in some accessible place on the HDD. Then your next problem is to boot the old PC somehow. That will usually be via safe mode F8 at boot time. From that point, you can run the driver installs.

    There are other, more complicated ways of installing on an old PC when you cannot get the install CD to boot. The bare bones are, starting from a new PC, add the OLD HDD as a second drive, and copy to a folder all the entries on the Win 7 install CD, plus the motherboard drivers for the OLD PC as previously described. Finally, and still on the new PC, make that 2nd HDD bootable. For this, you typically need a copy of MS DOS and can go SYS D: and create an autoexec.bat.

    Move the HDD back into the OLD PC and it should then boot happily to DOS, from where you can run SETUP.EXE in the folder you copied Win 7 install to.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014
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  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    You are gonna run into problems that way.

    Revisit Step 1. You did it wrong. You can boot that board from USB, get the Windows 7 USB Tool and use that: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool Create it on old computer.

    Step 2 should also work. Seems like you are dealing with a Windows 7 DVD that you straight up copied the files over and didn't make it the correct way (so therefore, not bootable - this is also what I suspect happened with your 'bootable' usb).
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  8. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,540   +242

    Microsoft discs are heavily protected and pretty near impossible to copy so if you haven't an original disc it's necessary to download an ISO or digital image of the installation disc. Digital River run the download site. This is all legal and the image can then be burnt to a disc or used on a usb stick with the Microsoft installation tool.
    SNGX1275 likes this.
  9. Christos21

    Christos21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its ok guys I managed to install it through a CD driver, thanks all for replying!!!

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