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when you install windows, why is it so complicated?

When you install windows, aren't you just putting some files onto a blank hard drive? Why isn't is just a case of copying some files onto a blank hard drive? And if you install windows on a hard drive, and you copy all those files (including invisible files) onto another hard drive, wouldn't you have a perfectly workable copy of windows on both drives then? People seem to be saying it's to do with different computers having different hardware. If that's the case, how come you can install linux-based systems on a usb or live cd to work with any computer?

Asked By: neil m - 8/5/2012
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Windows 7 installation is almost foolproof. As long as you have an active internet connection, the install process downloads all drivers for you. You may have to install drivers later for very old hardware but this is very rare. I have installed it my dozens of times without any problems... More
Answered By: bobman - 8/5/2012
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Imaging is something done by volume licensees all the time. For the average individual though, there's hardware differences that do matter. But I wouldn't call it complicated, no.
Answered By: Whatevers - 8/5/2012
 
first off no. its much more then that. harddrive are not bootable unless told too by code. iso file are cd image files. so iso have the windows installation media. windows has its own program to install it. because you easily clone the drive and get free windows, thats why you cant just copy it.
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Answered By: Alex - 8/5/2012
 
My son is an IT software manager and has installed Windows 7 for me. A month later it is still playing up. He has been here 6 times to make it work. What can I say, if he cannot do it then there must be something wrong. UK BOB He has put it onto an old hard drive == very old. I should have bought a new computer.
Answered By: Kernow Lady - 8/5/2012
 
1) no you aint just putting files on the drive... More
Answered By: Who - 8/5/2012
 
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