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I'm upgrading my computer. I have Win7 Upgrade on disk but it rrequires Win XP which thanks to old age is a pita for me to install (i have to swap 2 disks over and over again). I will also be installing to an SSD so I would rather it not have to install then wipe. I have MSDN so I'd I will instal Ultimate from the downloaded ISO. Now, onto my issue.

I have no blank DVD's or USB drives bigger than 2 GB unless I can somehow use my Nexus S 4G but I don't think that will work. What I do have is lots of HDD's. So, onto my question. Can I put the ISO onto a HDD and set that up like a USB drive install that I boot through the SATA port?

Before you ask, no. I'm not just going to buy a USB drive or blank DVD's for $10. It's snowing outside (few inches already) so that would be a pain and this idea intrigues me so I want to know about it anyways.

Edit: Another option is booting into my current install after hooking it to the new mobo (Z77 Pro3 with a 3570k) then attempting to install to the SDD from there. I'd try Win8 but it doesn't seem to have anything that interests me and will likely have more compatability issues.
Edited by Kirmie - 2/2/13 at 9:00am
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Does the computer have an OS on it now?
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Does the computer have an OS on it now?

That's what I meant by the edit. My current PC does. The new mobo, CPU, RAM, and SSD are still in their boxes.
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Yes, you can. I've done it before. Installs ridiculously fast too.
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Use EaseyBCD to create a boot entry which mount and loads the windows iso from disk, reboot, and let windows setup do its magic.
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