Reinstalling Microsoft® Windows® without a CD
What are the different methods to reinstall Microsoft Windows without using a Windows CD and what is the method to create the image for Windows CD?
There can be many issues with Microsoft Windows, some of which include slow performance, freeze and unexpected shut down. In such situations you have to reinstall Microsoft Windows. However, there are chances that your system manufactures had not give the Windows CD. Some of the manufacturers would not include the Windows Operating System CD whenever they buy a new system. In such a situation the installation files would in the hard drive, which needs to be configured for the re-installation.
The details mentioned below give details regarding Windows reinstallation without CD and tips to form ISO image for Windows CD:
- Using setup on hard drive
- Using external drive
- Create an image for Windows CD
Using setup on hard drive
Firstly you need to back up all the important data including passwords, photos, documents etc. You have to obtain the product key for that Windows OS either from label of computer or from registry. If you do not get try to contact the manufacturers. There would be a copy of Windows installation files in the hard drive. You would go to My Computer and open the folder. From that you would open the i386 named folder. Then you have to look for folder called winnt32.exe. This is for Windows XP. In the case of Operating Systems below the Windows 2000 or Me, you have to look folder winnt.exe instead of winnt32.exe. By using this installation folder you could reinstall the OS. You need to agree the license, select the location, create partition etc and you would also insert the product key. Try to restart and then reinstall personal data.
Using external drive
You need to arrange the external drive having the Windows installation files. Then you would connect the external driver to the system. You would then create a folder on any drive other than the root drive. Then you would transfer the files from the portable device to that folder. After that, you could launch the Windows installation from that local copy with very ease.
You have to firstly download and then install the ISO Recorder software. After that you need to place a Windows DVD or a CD to the drive present in system. You would then open the My Computer. Then you have to right click the Windows DVD or the CD. From that you would select the option Create Image from CD. Then you would type the name and also the place in order to locate that ISO image. Then you would click OK.
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