Help for a newbie

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Sportsmen, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. Sportsmen

    Sportsmen MDL Novice

    Jul 11, 2014

    Sorry new guy here, and I am going to try my best to not ask any stupid questions. I have been reading the forum for a few hours, but hoped you guys could help me out.

    I had windows 7 x 64 cd that broke.

    I wanted to download windows 7 x64 (Also 8.1 x64 if it was possible) and put it on USB drive so I can re install windows if need be.

    1 of my computer came with Windows 7 then other 2 are older (XP and vista).

    1. Which version of Windows 7 x64 should I download would be easy to activate on all the computers regardless of what came with them originally?

    2. Also the same question but with Windows 8.1...

    3. Can I put 8.1 and 7 on a USB drive and then choose which one I want to try out. (I assume the answer is yes.) Assuming that answer is yes do I need any special program in the stick, or just the iso files?

    4. How big would the USB drive have to be to have both 8.1 and 7, would 8 GB do it?

    Thank you again for all the help. I appreciate it.
  2. keyhole

    keyhole MDL Novice

    Jun 9, 2014
    #2 keyhole, Jul 12, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2014
    Sportmen, I have a solution that it will help you.

    You need to be an administrator in order to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.

    Also, you have two (2) choices.

    1) You can use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool but it takes forever to create setup files on the USB flash drive.

    2) You can use Universal USB Installer to install Windows 7 setup files on the USB flash drive because it is faster than using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.

    I cannot post URL links in this thread message unless I have 20 posts or greater so I attached the image file with the links in it.


    You need least 8GB USB flash drive and you need OEM Certificates and OEM product key to activate Windows 7 offline without calling Microsoft.
  3. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

    Dec 21, 2012
    #3 Carlos Detweiller, Jul 12, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2014
    Also, if you worry about activation, Windows 7 Professional would be the best choice. Pro can be activated by Retail, OEM and Volume channels.
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  4. naxal

    naxal MDL Junior Member

    May 15, 2014
    I dont think 8GB would big enough to install Windows 7 or even Windows 8..

    You can use 8GB pen drive to copy your Windows installation files and make this 8GB pen drive as bootable to run the installation from there...

    This pen drive would act as alternate of you Windows instillation DVD..

    To install either of the Windows, at-least 30GB partition is needed..