You'll need an external CD drive for that. Connect the drive to your Netbook's USB port and turn the computer on. Go into the BIOS and set the boot order so that the CD drive is the first boot device. Save your change and exit.
Shut down the computer and put the Windows7 DVD in the drive. Start the netbook and you'll see a message telling you to press any key to continue booting to the CD drive. Press a key and the Windows 7 installer will start to run.
Make sure you back up all your data files before you start, and that you have installation disks for any installed software. Then select the option to run a clean install of Windows7.
woody , it's an upgrade for that PC. Once upgraded you can use the old retail OS on an other PC. You've already paid for the original and you can install on one PC any amount of times so long as it is on one PC. Once you upgrade the original PC to 8 then your retail 7 is available to be installed on another.
I am sorry to keep on about this but this quote was from windows blog - "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. " I can see you may sell your copy of the old OS(under certain conditions) but it looks like you would not be able (or legal?) to reinstall /use win 8.
Then this from ZNET "
After I upgrade, can I use my old Windows version on a separate partition or on another PC? Can I give it away or sell it?
No. The upgrade replaces the old license completely. The terms are written in very clear language:
The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. END quote.
I have tried to find a copy of license terms for win 8 but can not locate one.Does FE have a copy?