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Installing Windows 7 RC from a USB thumb drive

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This procedure also works for installing Windows Home Server, XP, Vista, Windows Server, or just as a plain old boot disk. If you just want a boot disk, you’ll still need to put some files on the prepped USB stick.

There are a lot of reasons to install from a USB stick rather than a DVD. The number one reason is speed, installing from the thumb drive is many times faster than a DVD. Another reason may be that you want to edit the cversion.ini file so you can upgrade from a previous beta.

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