If you are a regular viewer of the PC Perspective you know that Colleen is not the biggest fan of optical media; she goes as far as to ensure none of her boxen have an optical drive unless absolutely necessary.  One might wonder how she goes about installing Windows, or even Linux, without a DVD drive.  The answer is very simple, a bootalbe USB drive can do everything the original DVD can and more.  Ars Technica offers two different ways in which to set up a bootable USB drive that you can install Windows 7 from.

“If you’re looking for a quicker way to install Windows 7 than via DVD, try installing it from a USB drive. This guide describes two ways to make a bootable Windows 7 USB drive.”

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