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#1 Kromgol

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 09:58 AM

Hello,

As i wait for the RTM, i wonder if Windows 7 can be made bootable through USB with Unetbootin? Anyone that have tried?

Thanks.

#2 B1t Hunt3r

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 10:03 AM

I installed both Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC1 with UNetBootin (with a little tweak). I was successful to boot WinPE 2, WinPE 2.1 and WinRE 3 RC1 with UnetBootin. I would guess Windows 7 RTM will have no problem either.

Instructions (Installing from ISO):
  • Download UNetBootin
  • Download Win7 Syslinux Hack Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
  • Use UNetBootin to copy files from Win7 ISO
  • Extract zip to the root of your USB, overwrite syslinux.cfg

Instructions (Installing from DVD):
  • Download UNetBootin
  • Download Win7 Syslinux Hack Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
  • Use UNetBootin make a Live instance of FreeDOS
  • Copy all the files from DVD to USB root
  • Extract nt60.0 from zip to the root of your USB
  • Insert these line in the end of syslinux.cfg
    label insWin7rc1
    
    menu label Install Micrsoft Windows 7 Ultimate RC1
    
    kernel /nt60.0

Now boot your PC with USB, and choose "Install Windows 7...".

Although the process i liked was:
  • Copy all the files from DVD to USB root
  • Open a command prompt windows (Administrator Mode)
  • Goto X:\Boot (where x: is your USB drive)
  • Run
    bootsect /nt60 x:
    (again where x: is your USB drive)

When yoo boot your PC from USB, it will start loading Windows 7 Installation.

#3 Kromgol

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 10:41 AM

Ah, thank you! Will try it when it's released, but think it will work, or i will just get a DVD :lol:

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 12:13 PM

I have a Asus Eee Box B202 and a Asus Eee Pc 901, and both (without DVD drive) of them could beet with all three methods without any problems.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:33 AM

hey , the win7 syslinux hack file is not extracting anything , i got some kind of an error in winrar.

any1 can upload it somewhere else ?

2nd question , is there some kind of another hack that i can install windows xp using this method ?

thnx alot

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:14 PM

hey , the win7 syslinux hack file is not extracting anything , i got some kind of an error in winrar.

any1 can upload it somewhere else ?

Worked fine in 7-Zip and WinZip (also works fine under Windows XP Zip Utility). Uploaded a self extracting exe file. Also uploaded MD5, SHA1 and CRC32 sums.

2nd question , is there some kind of another hack that i can install windows xp using this method ?

no, try Unetbootin and XP iso

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 01:55 PM

hey thnx for reuploading the file.

but i have a problem i got windows 7 7264 , and i did the first method using unetbootin and overwritten the syslinux.cfg , the thing is its not booting , i have an error :

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

thnx again

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 04:37 PM

I've installed Windows 7 on Acer One simply using diskpart from Vista machine, no need for additional steps unless you wat to combine multiple OS on a single USB pendisk.

The process is described here:
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=6800

:lol:

#9 B1t Hunt3r

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 07:54 PM

hey thnx for reuploading the file.

but i have a problem i got windows 7 7264 , and i did the first method using unetbootin and overwritten the syslinux.cfg , the thing is its not booting , i have an error :

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

inswin7rc
boot

thnx again

Try with the last method, if it doesn't work, nothing will. Not even diskpart.

I've installed Windows 7 on Acer One simply using diskpart from Vista machine, no need for additional steps unless you wat to combine multiple OS on a single USB pendisk.

The process is described here:
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=6800

:lol:

Diskpart is just a longer way to do same thing as the third method, with 20% hit and miss.

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 11:46 AM

Thnx for replying B1t Hunt3r.
i tried the last method as u said .

but when i boot the USB , i get a screen like DOS with only one letter ( J )
no options , nothing , just a ( J ) .


can u advise me what to do ?

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:25 PM

If I understand correctly this is for installing Win 7 (Beta, RC)? Are there any instructions on how to make a Unetbootin WinPE 3.0 RC USB. I already have a WinPE 3.0 USB that boots up and works just fine (I naturally have the .wim as well as the .iso).

If I just use Unetbootin point to the .iso, boot of the USB it doesn't do a thing. What am I doing wrong? Hope this is related to this post and I'm not just hijacking it.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 06:33 PM

Thnx for replying B1t Hunt3r.
i tried the last method as u said .

but when i boot the USB , i get a screen like DOS with only one letter ( J )
no options , nothing , just a ( J ) .


can u advise me what to do ?


That is a problem with the bootability of the USB device.

Usually it is connected to the bootsector and more specifically to the FAT32 bootsector, but it may happen on other filesystems too.

Not connected to Unetbootin.

What did you use to partition/format the device?

Which kind of device is it (Hard Disk/Stick/Fixed/Removable)?
Start reading here:
http://www.msfn.org/...howtopic=115027

Try these tools:
http://www.msfn.org/...o...87993&st=17

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 12:33 PM

If I understand correctly this is for installing Win 7 (Beta, RC)? Are there any instructions on how to make a Unetbootin WinPE 3.0 RC USB. I already have a WinPE 3.0 USB that boots up and works just fine (I naturally have the .wim as well as the .iso).

If I just use Unetbootin point to the .iso, boot of the USB it doesn't do a thing. What am I doing wrong? Hope this is related to this post and I'm not just hijacking it.

From Windows NT 6.0+ (Vista and up), the Windows is installed via a WinPE, doesn't matter what media you install from DVD/USB/PXE. All you need to do is replace WinPE 3.0 wim with WinPE 3.0 RC wim, and vice versa. UNetBootin isn't designed for making Windows USB Install Media, that is why you need to modify a little.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:02 PM

B1t Hunt3r, thank you for your reply.

Since I have a working WinPE 3.0 RC already I'm just wondering if it's possible to use Unetbootin so I have a single USB drive, where I have WinPE, Puppy Linux,... Creating a multiboot (Linux only) one isn't all that hard, but I don't know what if any switches are needed so I'd be able to select, so it boots into WinPE...instead of for example Puppy Linux.

Does anyone have any experience in creating a multi OS choice USB drive that includes WinPE?

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 06:18 AM

B1t Hunt3r, thank you for your reply.

Since I have a working WinPE 3.0 RC already I'm just wondering if it's possible to use Unetbootin so I have a single USB drive, where I have WinPE, Puppy Linux,... Creating a multiboot (Linux only) one isn't all that hard, but I don't know what if any switches are needed so I'd be able to select, so it boots into WinPE...instead of for example Puppy Linux.

Does anyone have any experience in creating a multi OS choice USB drive that includes WinPE?

As far as WinPE goes, you can use bcedit to modify nt6 bootloader (BCD file). If you are using grub or syslinux, you will be chaining bootmgr anyway, so you should be able to have multiple WinPE along with multiple Windows NT6+ (Vista and Up) installation on a single USB storage device.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 07:45 AM

Slightly off topic, but have anybody found a way to vhd-boot win7pe off usb?

Joakim

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:21 AM

Slightly off topic, but have anybody found a way to vhd-boot win7pe off usb?

Joakim

I should be able to test it by the end of the week (if someone doesn't beat me to it). You can follow the progress on http://ishan.jain.se...ng_VHD_from_USB

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 08:40 AM

I should be able to test it by the end of the week (if someone doesn't beat me to it).

Apparently it is not supported, and all my attempts have failed. Properly created stick which boots other stuff, but crashes with vhd-boot. May require some workaround or hack to get it working. Mine was actually on a microsd card 2gb inside a tiny usb card reader, and chainloaded with grub4dos from a cd/floppy. Good luck with the testing.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

Posted some info and conclusion on VHD USB boot on http://ishan.jain.se...ng_VHD_from_USB.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 03:06 PM

It is very possible that you need the same (or similar) tweaks needed for Vista to boot from USB:
On NTFS:
http://www.911cd.net...mp;#entry118931

On FAT32 (additional to the above):
http://www.911cd.net...mp;#entry119093

:lol:

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 07:32 PM

have anybody found a way to vhd-boot win7pe off usb?

Only a hint, back then I booted Windows7 from USB VHD.
http://www.911cd.net...o...st&p=153861

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:11 AM

Only a hint, back then I booted Windows7 from USB VHD.
http://www.911cd.net...o...st&p=153861

Thanks. I'll try out when I have my equipment back.

Joakim

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 05:10 AM

I installed both Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC1 with UNetBootin (with a little tweak). I was successful to boot WinPE 2, WinPE 2.1 and WinRE 3 RC1 with UnetBootin. I would guess Windows 7 RTM will have no problem either.

Sorry for bumping a somewhat old topic... but this doesn't work for me with Win 7 RTM. I just get a blinking cursor after the UNetbootin menu. Any ideas?

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 07:45 AM

Sorry for bumping a somewhat old topic... but this doesn't work for me with Win 7 RTM. I just get a blinking cursor after the UNetbootin menu. Any ideas?

It worked for me without problems. Did you follow instructions to the point...

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 04:18 PM

It worked for me without problems. Did you follow instructions to the point...

I used UNetbootin to extract the ISO (Windows 7 build 7600.16385) and its bootloader to my flash drive (FAT32, ~3.6 gigabytes), then downloaded the patch you posted and extracted both nt60.0 and syslinux.cfg to the drive's root, overwriting the old syslinux.cfg. After booting to it, it would always just give me a blinking cursor in the top-left corner of the screen. I also tried pressing ESC at the boot menu and entering nt60.0 from the CLI, but I had the same result.




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