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#1 Alexander Ceed

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Posted A week ago

Hello! I'm trying to boot a windows install image via grub4dos. The error displayed is:

A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.

 

I understand that I must use either firadisk or winvblock to make it work but I'd like a solution that does not involve editing the images. And I'd also like to NOT use easy2boot for this.

What other options are there to solve this, using the requirements above?

 

The version of grub4dos I'm using is 0.4.5c-2015-05-18 but I will update if required.

 

Thank you!



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Posted A week ago

You can use the same method that E2B uses, ImDisk + AutoUnattend.xml?

http://www.rmprepusb...ials/firawiniso

 

Note that I had problems with firadisk and later versions of Windows 8/10, so I dropped it in favour of ImDisk.


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#3 alacran

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Posted A week ago

Easier way is use a small WinPE (you can run it from grub4dos or Windows bootmanager) and WinNTSetup and your Iso's, but you do not need the full Iso, only install.wim or install.esd, etc,

 

If you want you can rename the install file as let's say 10x64.wim or 8.1x64.esd, this allows you to save space and also put several installers togeter on the root of your USB device or on a folder if you prefer.

 

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#4 Alexander Ceed

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Posted 6 days ago

@alacran

I already use WinNTSetup in WinPE. Have a dedicated disc that runs it automatically.

 

 

@steve6375

I would just need to create an autounattend.xml, and install imdisk from there? And once imdisk is installed in WinPE, are there any other operations that need to be done?



#5 Alexander Ceed

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Posted 6 days ago

I've created the autounattend.xml and script to setup imdisk in winpe. However, i am stuck at this:

write /logs/image_selection.txt iso\\en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332_eicfg_simplix.iso

If the file /logs/image_selection.txt is empty then it outputs the error Cannot write resident/small file! And using the command like above does not overwrite the file.



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Posted 6 days ago

I don't recognise that code. Is it grub4dos?

Are you using latest version of grub4dos (which fixes problem with small/resident files).

 

If you have a file of less than approx 900 bytes on an NTFS system, it will use the resident attribute block and not a data block. Older versions of grub4dos could not write to the resident block, so you had to make sure the NTFS file was over 1K in size so that the file data was kept on data clusters. This shortcoming was fixed in later versions of grub4dos. The current 0.4.6a 2017-05-15 is good.

 

P.S. Why not look at the way Easy2Boot does it? It uses a similar technique but uses ImDisk.

The grub4dos batch file can be found in \_ISO\e2b\grub\RunWin8.g4b and the files in \_ISO\e2b\firadisk.


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#7 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 6 days ago

If you have a file of less than approx 900 bytes on an NTFS system, it will use the resident attribute block and not a data block. 

Please read 900 as "around 744 bytes". :whistling:

 

It is not about being picky (which I am BTW), but what the heck :argue: , experiments were made, exact or almost exact results were found and provided:

 

https://www.forensic...wtopic/t=10403/

http://reboot.pro/to...testers-wanted/

we should stop using old and incorrect info.

 

And FYI/for the record on 4 Kb sectored disks, the limit is 3776 bytes:
https://www.forensic...wtopic/t=10403/

https://www.forensic...587693/#6587693

 

:duff:

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#8 Alexander Ceed

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Posted 5 days ago

Thank you so much! It works as expected but I'm a bit dissapointed of the fact that Windows 8/8.1/10 requires a productkey in xml in order to work. I've decided to run the install script of imdisk manually though, instead of using autounattend.xml.






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