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Windows 7 boot from USB

Discussion in 'Software' started by shadowwebs, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Can anyone recommend the best utility for where I can make my USB stick as an installation source to put Windows 7 on a new Hard Drive which has never contained any OS previously.
     
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  2. Boffy

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    I do it via command prompt....quick google has the followin guide: Maximum PC | How To: Install Windows 7 from a USB Key! - Page 1

    (not used the guide, sure it will be fine though)
     
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  3. BB88

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    I use a combination of diskpart and xcopy
     
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  4. SimonD

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  5. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    thanks guys, I used the link that Boffy provided, I came across this link yesterday but didn't have my USB device on me at the time so have created and tested today as working.
     
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  6. UncleBeard

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    I use this: YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux, which allows me to have a bootable USB drive which contains our Hiren's iso (with a legal Ghost pack added) and any number of other bootable images including the Offline Password reset tool etc.

    I find Hiren's to be the thing I use it for most.

    But I have added Win7 to it and used it to install in the past. It copies the install files, so you can't have multiple Win7 version iso images on the same key :(
     
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  7. Simonvm

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    UncleBeard, you can modify the EI.CFG file in your /sources/ folder to switch between all Windows editions + Retail/OEM

    Google EI.CFG and you should find the Technet references
     
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  8. UncleBeard

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    Superb, looks like my USB toolkit just got even handier! :D

    Thanks so much. Now I have some testing to do today, glad I have a day off and peace and quiet at home to do it :biggrin
     
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  9. jvanassen

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    I only knew the CMD way that Boffy described due to finding out through studying the Microsoft 70-680 study book, interesting to know theres also programs that will do it for you.
     
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  10. Gav

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    I was so happy when I found this not so long ago. I remember being able to select in Vista, so was pretty surprised when it wasn't standard on Windows 7. I think if you delete the ei.cfg, you get the option to install any version.
     

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