Creating Bootable Windows 7 slash Vista

I have been building new and rebuilding existing computers for a very long time. The tricks involved can be fun. Usually I send all my work over to Problem Solved Computer Repair due to their expertise and of course my lack of time.

I don’t miss the windows 95 / 98 tricks of moving the 386 folder onto the drive and installing from there or the fun tricks you can do with windows xp and hacking registry hives to make home more like pro.

Today I am talking about installing windows 7 (any Version) Yes cause Microsoft needs a way to make more money on licenses.

So like in the past you could install your fresh copy of windows 7 using a dvd. Of course that works for 80 percent of computers. However what happens when you have a netbook or a laptop that decides you don’t need a optical drive(DVD, CD-ROM)?

Well the times they are a changing. We want speed we want futuristic installs. We want it easier. So lets install from flash memory. In fact Microsoft surprisingly decided to finally back this type of format with a cool little app.

Of course if you follow me much you know the easy way is often the not so fun way. So lets make it harder by making our thumb drive windows 7 bootable via command line and such.

So here goes the way get your usb thumbdrive ready:

1. Plug-in your USB flash drive to USB port and move all the contents from USB drive to a safe location on your system.

2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights. Use any of the below methods to open Command Prompt with admin rights.

*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.

Or

*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

3. You need to know about the USB drive a little bit. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:

First type DISKPART and hit enter.

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.

4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.

So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:

SELECT DISK 1

CLEAN

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY

SELECT PARTITION 1

ACTIVE

FORMAT FS=NTFS

(Format process may take few seconds)

ASSIGN

EXIT

Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).

6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type  the following command now:

D: CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.

CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.

7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.

BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:

Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7/Vista. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.

Note: If you are not able to boot after following this guide means you haven’t set the BIOS priority to USB.

Now you can boot your Windows 7 USB drive.

If you would like the media have a look at these links. (good as of published date):

32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

Windows 7 Professional x64 (64-bit)

English: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso
German: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65813/X15-65813.iso
French: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65811/X15-65811.iso
Spanish: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65843/X15-65843.iso

Windows 7 Professional x86 (32-bit)

English: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso
German: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65812/X15-65812.iso
French: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65810/X15-65810.iso
Spanish: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65842/X15-65842.iso

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit)

English: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso
German: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65741/X15-65741.iso
French: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65738/X15-65739.iso
Spanish: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65771/X15-65771.iso

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 (32-bit)

English: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso
German: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65740/X15-65740.iso
French: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65738/X15-65738.iso
Spanish: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65770/X15-65770.iso

Windows 7 Enterprise [English 60 Days Trial] – Source]

32-bit (x86): 7600.16385.090713-1255_x86fre_enterprise_en-us_EVAL_Eval_Enterprise-GRMCENEVAL_EN_DVD.iso
64-bit (x64): 7600.16385.090713-1255_x64fre_enterprise_en-us_EVAL_Eval_Enterprise-GRMCENXEVAL_EN_DVD.iso

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (64-bit)

[Unofficial] English: http://91.121.99.184/paolo/win7-64bit.iso

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (32-bit)

[Unofficial] English: http://91.121.99.184/paolo/win7.iso

Windows 7 N Version Direct Download Links [Windows 7 N English for Europe – No Windows Media Player (WMP12)]

Windows 7 Home Premium N x86 (32-bit): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X16-13457/X16-13457.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium N x64 (64-bit): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X16-13459/X16-13459.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x86 (32-bit): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X16-13548/X16-13548.iso
Windows 7 Professional N x64 (64-bit): http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X16-13550/X16-13550.iso

Note: Use download manager to ensure proper download as the file size is bigger than 2GB. All ISOs above contains Windows 7 RTM build version 6.1.7600.16385.

Tip 1: To convert an installed Windows 7 to another language, download Windows 7 language packs and install.

Tip 2: To enable selection of Windows 7 edition to install during setup, uses ei.cfg Removal Utility.

Tip 3: Use Windows 7 ISO Image Edition Switcher to change edition of a Windows 7 ISO.

This does not mean you should pirate and if you have a genuine key then here is the media. Just the media.

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