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Is this possible? Without a usb stick or anything?

Can I download an ISO image and boot to the setup?

I just upgraded my motherboard/ram/cpu and I didn't realise my motherboard didn't have an IDE connection so I can't use my DVD Rom.

Thanks guys

edit: also I have windows 7
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I suppose you could make a partition on your HDD, set it as active, and make it into a bootable ISO, though I see a couple issues with your system. 1. how did you install Win 7 in the first place without any media or flash drive? 2. IF you don't have a flash drive / external HDD laying around, why don't you just pony up the $10 it cost to buy an 8GB flash drive and buy that? Or the $15 it takes to buy a SATA Dvd drive?

If you're taking the HDD from a previous system, you can just plug it in for now, boot, uninstall all the drivers, install new ones and not have to worry about trying to reformat until you get one of the above...
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I install Windows with USB stick.
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It's from my previous install.

I think I may just go the USB stick route until I can get a DVD Rom.

Thanks
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Is this possible? Without a usb stick or anything?

Can I download an ISO image and boot to the setup?

I just upgraded my motherboard/ram/cpu and I didn't realise my motherboard didn't have an IDE connection so I can't use my DVD Rom.

Thanks guys

edit: also I have windows 7

If you install Windows 7 from within an existing Windows installation, there will be no option to reformat. Basically Windows 7 will install itself over the existing Window installation and create a Windows.old folder for the old Windows installation.
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