Windows 10: Windows 10 from external DVD Drive?

  1.    07 Mar 2016 #1

    Windows 10 from external DVD Drive?

    Can I install Windows 10 using an external DVD Drive on a new PC build?
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  2.    07 Mar 2016 #2

    Yep. Probably be about the slowest way imaginable to do it, but as long as the computer can boot from it, it will work.
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  3.    07 Mar 2016 #3

    So something like, Rufus and the Win 10 ISO (with Windows 7 key) would be the best option then?
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  4.    07 Mar 2016 #4

    therh said: View Post
    So something like, Rufus and the Win 10 ISO (with Windows 7 key) would be the best option then?
    I'm guessing you have a Windows 7 DVD with a product key. Has the Windows 7 been installed previously on an old computer? There are instances where a Windows 7 product key will be blocked by Microsoft from automatic online activation and will have to be installed and activated by phone first. So, you have two choices:

    1. You can clean install the latest version of Windows 10 from a USB flash drive. Then you can attempt to activate it with the Windows 7 product key. Advantages: cleaner, faster install of Windows 10. Disadvantage: if the key is blocked, then you are going to have to install Windows 7, activate that over the phone - then you can activate Windows 10 on that computer.

    2. You can just install Windows 7 first and activate it. Then upgrade that to Windows 10. Advantage: no chance of not being able to activate Windows 10 because the Windows 7 product key is blocked. Disadvantage: probably about 4 hours getting Windows 7 installed from external DVD drive.

    If you end up having or choosing to install Windows 7, then I would highly recommend you save the genuineticket.xml file using this method:
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First - Windows 10 Forums
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