Microsoft is trying to get Windows 7 out to as many users as possible. For Netbook users without a DVD drive, their Microsoft Store has a download and burn solution to a USB drive. The user only needs to change the BIOS to boot from the USB drive in order to install the new operating system.
The Microsoft blog also states:
One question I get quite a bit is from people is about how they can move to Windows 7 without a DVD drive. Some PCs including most netbooks don’t come with one. We have a solution we think will work great for more technical users who want to upgrade their Windows XP machines. When people purchase Windows 7 through our online Microsoft Store, they are given 2 options:
- Have the copy of Windows 7 packaged retail product (boxed product) shipped to them.
- Download a digital copy as an ISO image.
The Microsoft Store will be providing a tool called the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (rolls right off the tongue doesn’t it?) – or WUDT for short. For netbook users without DVD drives, the WUDT will take an ISO image and create a bootable USB device that can be used to install Windows 7. The WUDT can also create a Windows 7 installation DVD from the ISO file as well.
So there you have it. Another option to get Windows 7 installed on a Netbook with a direct download from Microsoft.