Hi, my son recently built his own reasonably high-spec gaming PC - a great effort for a novice, but we're having a bit of trouble getting an operating system on to it! I thought this would be simpler than it is proving. To get him started, I downloaded a copy of Windows7 from Viglen [email protected] via my iMac, onto a USB.
Tried various BIOS/Boot setups on the PC, but it won't recognise the files on the USB (though it does recognise the USB - if that makes sense). The files on the USB are the Windows7 .IMG plus a download manager file. Not sure what i should be doing, been looking around for a while and one forum suggested changing the .IMG to .ISO - that didn't seem to make any difference. Should i have formatted the USB first - even though it has already been used?
Any help advice to get this or any OS on to a new build PC (before Christmas morning!!) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
"The files on the USB are the Windows7 .IMG ........... Not sure what i should be doing...."
.img files are disk images - simply copying them to a USB stick will never work. Here's how to burn.img file to a blank DVD in Windows 7 and 8. When you've created the installation disk, boot the PC with it and hopefully it'll be plain sailing from there on.
Many thanks to JollyJohn and Secret-Squirrel for taking the time to reply - you have both been very helpful. Will attempt installation over the weekend. Just one thing though. I only have an iMac with no DVD RW drive, and no access to a windows PC. Can I do as you suggest but to another appropriatley formatted USB stick? Thanks.