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Getting Jiggy With Windows 7 - Installing the Beta

Getting Jiggy With Windows 7 - Installing the Beta


Windows What?

Windows What?

If you haven't heard by now, maybe it's time to get out from under that rock which you've been hiding (Vista, XP, etc.) and embrace the brave new world of Windows 7. That's right, Microsoft's latest Operating System (OS) was available as a beta, and we're sure some of you have perhaps downloaded it and tried it out on your home desktop PC. Now, if you've liked what you've been playing with so far, and want to get it onto a more portable machine, then read on!

Generally speaking, the easy way out would be to burn the ISO file into an optical disc (DVD) and just boot the notebook from there. But what if you're stuck with one of those newfangled small and tiny 10-inch Intel Atom-based machines that have no optical drive and you don't have an external drive ready? Panic? Nah, don't worry, all is not lost yet as you can easily install the OS from a USB drive. You will need a drive that at least has 4GB of storage, but that should be easily obtainable these days.

Lastly, do a defrag and a chkdsk on your system to ensure that your hard disk is free from errors. You can skip this, but just in case you encounter problems later, it's safer to just do them and you'll be all set. Assuming you've downloaded the Windows 7 beta, beta serial and have a 4GB USB drive, let's get started, shall we?