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Installing Windows 7 on HP mini 1000

Fulfilling my geek quota for a month or two, I installed Windows 7 on K’s new HP mini 1000. We had the Win7 beta DVD but of course the mini has no dvd drive or ethernet port, ruling out the two most obvious install options.

It does have USB ports but I couldn’t set the BIOS to boot from USB so it was looking a bit ropey. The mini comes with XP installed so I tried copying the contents of the DVD (about 3GB) onto the mini’s C: drive and presto – setup ran from within XP and it installed perfectly!

If in doubt, go with the simplest option first :-)

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