On a computer, Netbook, Notebook or laptop with no DVD drive, you can easily install Windows 7 from a USB drive. The process is pretty easy to carry out. Download the ISO image file of Windows 7 or any other Windows version, Make a bootable USB and start installing Windows.
But what If USB ports are not working and on top of that you don’t have a USB pen drive to install Windows 7 or any of other Windows versions. I have also gone through this terrible situation When you become helpless and clueless.
But Fortunately, I managed to find a solution to this annoying problem after some research and In today’s tutorial, I’m going to share the solution with you. This method turns a hard drive partition into a bootable USB or installation DVD. And the best thing is that You have all the options you may find in a bootable USB or DVD, Such as you can create new partitions, partition other hard discs, format any preferred partition and you will not lose any data If you stick to the instructions. But the downside of this method is that You need to have already installed a Windows version such as XP, 7, Vista, 8 or Windows 10. Right now I’m doing it on Windows 7, But You can do it on any Windows version.
A bit about what to do before you start installing Windows 7?
Backup or move your important data from Drive C to any other preferred partition or external storage device.
Note down product keys of your copy of Windows and other installed programs. You may use a key finder software to find product, license, serial keys.
Make sure you have downloaded all necessary drivers specifically Ethernet and WiFi network adapter drivers for Windows 7.
There are four necessary things You need to bring to the table.
The ISO image file of Windows 7.
A free to use bootloader modification tool EasyBCD.
Any free to use file extraction software such as 7Zip, Winrar etc.
A partition with 4GB free disk space.
You may watch my tutorial on how to download Windows 7 as well as you may find the download links below to download EasyBCD and WinRar. As I like to use WinRar.
Click through the installation process of EasyBCD and WinRar.
Creating New Partition And Formatting Is Unnecessary
We now need to prepare a hard drive partition with at least 4GB free space. Although many suggest to shrink a partition and then create a new one, But I personally consider it unnecessary. I strongly recommend not to mess with your hard drive. You may lose your data even If you are an expert. I have also gone through this terrible situation multiple time while testing softwares.
I have chosen Drive D for this purpose and I am not going to format it and delete anything stored here.
Now extract Windows 7 ISO image using WinRar into your preferred partition. Do not put extracted data into a folder. Just extract it into your preferred partition.
In Portable / External Media section, Click on WinPe tab.
Click this icon and navigate to the partition where you’ve extracted the ISO image.
Double click on source folder.
Select Boot.Wim and click open.
You may give it a name as well.
Check EMS Enabled and click add entry.
Close EasyBCD and restart your PC to kick start the installation process.
Boot second option from Windows boot manager.
You can now start installing Windows 7.
Click drive options advanced If you want to format the partition where you want to install Windows 7.
Congratulations, We’ve successfully installed Windows 7 without a DVD or bootable USB. You may now install drivers, programs and make your preferred settings. As well as you now need to remove WinPe entry from the boot menu.
Click Edit boot menu and delete WinPe entry We added earlier.
Although I’ve tried my best to explain everything very well, But If you have still any question or run into any problem, Please do let me know using the comment section, I’ll try to solve your problem.