Windows 7 onto USB flash drives

Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive to allow Netbook owners to more easily upgrade their machines. The move, which is still under consideration, is one of several things Microsoft has looked at to try to make it convenient to upgrade machines that don't come with a CD or DVD drives. Although […]

Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive to allow Netbook owners to more easily upgrade their machines. The move, which is still under consideration, is one of several things Microsoft has looked at to try to make it convenient to upgrade machines that don't come with a CD or DVD drives. Although a USB flash drive could offer the simplest way to move a Netbook to Windows 7, there are other options. Buyers with an external drive could hook up that to their Netbook, while another option would be an upgrade through a service such as Best Buy's Geek Squad. Microsoft also sells a downloadable version of Windows today, so, in theory it could do the same with Windows 7, allowing buyers to put the OS on their own thumb drive, said.