Windows 7 install from USB Flash
The other interesting thing about the Windows 7 beta install on the netbook is that it does not have a DVD drive. So instead I installed it from a USB flash drive which was a surprisingly simple exercise:
1. Write the ISO file to DVD or mount the image.
2. Format the flash drive FAT32 on a Vista machine using the GUI or diskpart.exe
I chose to run diskpart.exe:
Type “List Disk” to show you the available disks, my flash was disk 1
Type “Select Disk 1” to choose the disk to format, be sure not to get this wrong.
Type “Clean” to overwrite the partition table.
Type “Create Partition Primary” to create a new partition
Type “Select Partition 1” to select the partition you just created
Type “Active” to mark the partition active, without this the partition wont boot
Type “Format FS=FAT32 Quick” to quick format the partition using a FAT32 FS
Type “Assign LETTER=X” to optionally assign a drive letter, I chose X:
Type “Exit” to quit diskpart.exe
3. Copy all the files from the Windows 7 ISO image to the now empty flash drive.
And you are done, besides of course removing the flash drive and booting your target machine with it.