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#1 .William.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 08:37 PM

Windows 7 SBB Tool 1.3

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The Windows 7 SBB Tool allows you to select any removable device and make a Windows 7 booter. Although commonly used for USB, it can be used for SD cards as well, as long as your BIOS support it! Quickly make a bootable Windows 7 USB device using this small utility.

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We already have BIOS supporting boot from removable storage device like USB drive and SD card however in order to take full advantage of this feature you must first create bootable USB drive of operating of your choice. Now here is a comparatively easy & automated way to create a bootable Windows 7 USB.

Windows 7 SBB (Serial Bus Booting) is freeware tool which allows you to select any removable device and make a Windows 7 booter. Although commonly used for USB, it can be used for SD cards as well, as long as your BIOS support it! Quickly make a bootable Windows 7 USB device using this small utility.

The only disadvantage of Windows 7 SBB Tool is it doesn’t support ISO files. You will have to extract the files to their own independent folder.

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Operating System: Windows XP 32bit & 64bit / Vista 32bit & 64bit / Windows7 32bit & 64bit

Size: 245 KB

Note: .Net Framework 4.0 is required for this to be able to work

License: Freeware

Publisher: Rango Software

Link: Rango Software blog

Link: Download page for this tool

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Hi, I stumbled upon this tool and I was wondering if any here at Boot Land know about it and if someone has any experience with it. Does it work ?
I ask mainly because there is NO help or guide for this tool. All there is is the publishers blog, and there is no more info on this tool I can find then above.
Would like to know how to use it.

I used search to see if anyone allready made a thread about it and found none.
So, here it is.

Sincerely,

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 12:33 AM

SD cards use one of the USB ports on computers. That is reason why they are treated in the same manner as a USB pendrive.

What this tools likely no different than the tutorial posted here: http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=6800

In two steps:
  • Run diskpart
  • Copy files from win7 DVD to USB drive with explorer

It's straightforward and quite fast as well.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 01:04 AM

Thanks for your reply. :D I will see if the tutorial in your link can help me make a bootable usb win7 with this tool.
Do you think a 8 GB usb flashdrive would do the trick for this ?

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:30 AM

Note: .Net Framework 4.0 is required for this to be able to work

:D

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:15 AM

Note: .Net Framework 4.0 is required for this to be able to work

eheh.. :D No comments about the constant need of .NET in our lives. Just wish they also made it available for platforms other than Windows.

Do you think a 8 GB usb flashdrive would do the trick for this ?

Yes, you should be fine. I've tried with a cheap 8Gb pendrive some months ago and worked like a charm.

Of course that this is not a scientific approach (your conditions will vary) but at least it was tried before on 8Gb.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 11:47 AM

Mono provides .NET support on platforms other than windows. Claims to support .NET 3.5 although does not support some of the key parts of 3.5 i.e. WPF, WF and limited WCF.

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:26 PM

I fully agree there should be more freedom to function without another "Bill's-method-to-get-more-billions-by-creating-more-Microsoft-dependencies" tool. :o That's why I endorse dual-booting with Linux, and if done the right way people are quite eager to try that. I found Linux when my system once crashed. It was a revelation to me. Now I dual-boot with Ubuntu Ultimate Edition.
Next fase would be making Windddd the secondary boot.
Last fase dropping it all together.
This is why I see the importance of the awesome people who make doing that more easy by writing great applications that make Linux more accessible and close the gap between more and more. :D

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:34 PM

close the gap between more and more

This is very true indeed.

Ubuntu is a good distribution to get started, but I'm biased as it my favorite.. :D I couldn't manage dual boot very well as it took too much time. Using virtual box provides a bit from both worlds and it's good for what I need.

I also use dropbox to keep my documents in sync between machines, makes life easier with no doubt.

My hopes are now on Java. Started learning mostly because apps can run on whatever platform or CPU architecture. Still fell a lot of drawbacks from this portability, but at the same time it is a good feeling of not being constrained any more.

:o

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:10 PM

Java is good for different approach indeed.
An other interesting development/different approach is ReactOS.
ReactOS is very close to Windddd (possibly closest) and binary compatible (any Windddd program should be able to run on it) but is completely open source at the same time.
The problem with ReactOS is that it won't run in NTFS yet. Hence people won't go for it until they resolve that issue, but when they do... Microsoft may have a problem, no ?

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:33 PM

The problem with ReactOS is that it won't run in NTFS yet. Hence people won't go for it until they resolve that issue, but when they do... Microsoft may have a problem, no ?

Actually, and as I see it, the problem with ReactOS is the intended development path:
http://www.boot-land...?...c=4207&st=7

Additionally, "they" seem to completely miss documenting properly the good things they do (for possible use by "us") and somehow the communications between the "PE world" and the "ReactOS" one are unfortunately :unsure: scarce and mostly occasional. :D

From time to time some good info passes through and we can "steal" something form the project, like the bootvid.dll:
http://www.boot-land...p?showtopic=360

The next thing should be FREELDR, but I seem like NOT being able to find any decent information on it :D (and usually I do find what I am looking for :D)...

:)
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:56 PM

Why are you wondering? It's a known urban myth that competent ReactOS developers will often get hired to work on Microsoft.. :D

Linux buried Unix. A minimally working ReactOS (say Win2000 alike) would be more than enough to attract some spotlight attention and repeat the same. It seems that only wine moves forward.

Heck, even menuetOS looks better than ReactOS, has implemented the full IP/TCP stack, implemented USB support, a minimally working task switcher and it's completely coded on assembler language that is only managed by one or two developers that still manage to keep all of this to fit a floppy disk:
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http://menuetos.net

It just doesn't add up. So many people working on ReactOS and progress is slow as heck, still crashes a lot and the UI on some programs like the file explorer is really ugly looking in the true sense of the word. (don't beta versions have the right to look minimally polished, how hard would it be to fix that in over 10 years of development?)


I'm also a fan of the mixed approach. Forget 100% free implementation from scratch and give us a minimally working version right now that we will eventually fill the gaps.. Guess this type of opinion wouldn't fair popularly on their forums.

:D

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:07 PM

... and the UI on some programs like the file explorer is really ugly looking in the true sense of the word. (don't beta versions have the right to look minimally polished, how hard would it be to fix that in over 10 years of development?)




This is where our opinions are different, I would prefer something with NO frills, NO GUI, that fits in very small space and that runs fast as a rocket.

The bloat and the "bells and whistles" can be added later.....

A minimally working ReactOS (say Win2000 alike) would be more than enough to attract some spotlight attention and repeat the same.

You joking?
A NT 4.00 -like functionality would be enough!

Another thing that I am waiting for :D is a replacement for minlogon, the ReactOS guys (at least last time I checked) have no Authorizations/multi-user provisions, but their booting process is not compatible with the 2K/XP one.....:P

For the record remember the "standard definition" (by yours truly) :):

2K is a bettered NT 4.00
XP is a bettered Win2k, only worse
Vista :D is a worsened XP, only much worse than you can imagine
7 is a bettered Vista :D has no real innovation, takes a hell of a lot of space, but at least works



:unsure:
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:52 PM

his is where our opinions are different, I would prefer something with NO frills, NO GUI, that fits in very small space and that runs fast as a rocket.

The bloat and the "bells and whistles" can be added later.....

For that kind of use I'd pick ubuntu server or run apps with HXDOS under FreeDOS.. :D

http://www.japheth.de/HX.html

Give me a reactOS where I can use a minimally functional file explorer without crashing and I'd be a happy camper.. (you know I like big round buttons..)

:D

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 07:38 PM

The next thing should be FREELDR, but I seem like NOT being able to find any decent information on it :D (and usually I do find what I am looking for :D)...

I don't know what you are/where looking for, but your best chances are probably the source code comments:
http://doxygen.react..._8c_source.html

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 12:46 AM

Pffft you guys know how to shred systems to pieces, or at least their programmers. :)
I try to look from the end users point of view, because you need there to be many of them to make any system a success. And if you look just at how these different systems present themselfs, you should realize that, take the MenuetOS site as example, allmost no end user will be confident to install a system based on that limited amount of info as presented. I for one can't find a clear statement for an end user to understand which kind of operating system it actually is!

MenuetOS is an Operating System in development for the PC written entirely in 32/64 bit assembly language

:D ???

Menuet's application structure isn't specifically reserved for asm programming since the header can be produced with practically any other language.

:D

Features
- Pre-emptive multitasking with 1000hz scheduler

:unsure:
With language like that you will only attract incroud. And they most likely already know to find their way to them if they like it.
Or maybe they think putting some nice screenshots on their site is enough to convince anyone these days.
And this goes for ReactOS as well. The site looks like crap. Unorganized. Not professional at all.
This all goes too for many or even the vast majority of Linux family websites. There is so much choice but no good way to find the OS best suiting your specific needs and desires. A friend of mine asked me if I knew which Linux distro was the best for Gamers. I found no real serious candidates beyond Ultimate Edition Gaming edition. Not that there were no others but none of them made a truly reliable impression on me to be honest. I found one that managed to put a double layer dvd size OS of games out there, but it nowhere mentioned which of the games on it were open source, freeware of demos/trials. I had to figure it all out by investigating the titles mentioned. And a double layer dvd filling amount of games is quite a list to explore. Now a day people don't have time for that. They have to work work work, it's still an economic crisis out there for many. And I believe that especially those who are struggling with finances right now are ripe for the picking for an open source (free of cost) operating system. I notice how easy I can convince people these days to start multi-booting with Ubuntu or some other Linux derivative. But having to find a suitable one is a pain, Distro-Watch and similar sites are just not made to convince people. Or in my opinion do a bad job at it.
I have found my way to the Linux family not because one day I decided I had enough of my Windddd, but because my system crashed and I needed a sulution, which Microsoft doesn't provide, or at least not one I could afford. My rescue came wrapped within a Linux, and made me think: "If this is just an elementary Linux for a rescue CD, there may be more out there I like".
And perusing that thought was wise decision I now know.

(Did I just go on a rampage or what?) :P :D

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 01:40 AM

(Did I just go on a rampage or what?)

Nahh.. you're just letting the steam out.. :D

Now you're surely part of Boot Land.

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Agree with your perspective. Although not easy, effort still has to be put in a good and simple presentation for prospective users.

:D

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:35 AM

I don't know what you are/where looking for, but your best chances are probably the source code comments:
http://doxygen.react..._8c_source.html

I was thinking on "real" information NOT (mostly machine generated by doxigen) lousy code comments.
Try searching on it for the word "server" or "2003":
http://doxygen.react..._8c_source.html

There is info that FREELDR has been used/is suitable to boot server 2003:
http://www.reactos.o...sletter_37.html
that was 2008!
then our (ex :P) resident wannabee super-multi-booter Panarchy was replied (in may 2009):
http://www.reactos.c....php?f=4&t=6889

From a purely logical standpoint a project that aims to reach compatibility with the Windows NT family of OS and makes something that is supposedly capable of working with 2003 (AND NOT NT/2K/XP) does not make ANY sense.


(Did I just go on a rampage or what?) :dubbio: :D

YES, but that's OK. :D

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