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Windows 7: Creating Lenovo Laptop Recovery media from DVDs. Laptop wont let me do

08 Jan 2013   #11

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

I used UltraISO to create .iso's of the DVDs i made from my laptop.

Can i make these bootable, or do i need a proper Windows 7 DVD to do this?

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08 Jan 2013   #12
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
I used UltraISO to create .iso's of the DVDs i made from my laptop.

Can i make these bootable, or do i need a proper Windows 7 DVD to do this?
I don't understand why you had the imgburn problem. I'll look into for my own satisfaction.

Re the question above. You can use a number of tools (YUMI being popular) to boot a single ISO made from a bootable CD/DVD. But the factory restore process has multiple ISOs. You need to use them to burn DVDs and boot from the DVDs. In the restore process it asks you to insert the next DVD as part of the process.
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08 Jan 2013   #13

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

I found this which seems to show how to make a USB drive bootable: How to make a bootable flash drive - YouTube Which seemed easier to understand. Not sure whether it works or not.

I followed that & copied over the .iso's i made from the DVDs. Time to see if it works.
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08 Jan 2013   #14

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Seems the YouTube method doesn't work after all

Inserted USB stick - get the error message "BOOTMGR is missing. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart".


EDIT: So i followed the DOS command as shown here http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/ where it mentions BOOTSECT.EXE etc. Followed the instructions as it says & exited.
Inserted USB stick into laptop, turned on ..... get the same error message i just mentioned "BOOTMGR is missing"
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08 Jan 2013   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

This explains the MBR boot process.
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The you tube link in a sense preps the USB for booting and is standard practice.
Clean - wipes partition (not fully) and inserts bootcode in the USB MBR
Create partition primary - adds a partition table entry to the MBR
Active - set the MBR 08 flag which tells the BIOS to consider this a bootable device
Format - sets the format code ID in the MBR and adds a file system to the USB

If this is all you do you then you proceed part way though the boot process. The Partition boot record then goes looking for a boot manager. If it doesn't find one then you get the "BOOTMGR is missing" message.
Now if you copy all the files from a system repair DVD then the USB will boot like a System Repair DVD because it contains the other elements to boot something meaningful. What you have added is a Winre environment (Repair). By adding a Winpe (preinstall) environment you can run a number of Windows executables - *.exe which can be added to the USB. You may want to read up on this.

To be able to boot multiple applications YUMI is often used.
I've gone into some detail here because I think others ask the same question as yourself.
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09 Jan 2013   #16

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

I used the YUMI program just now, but clearly i don't know what i'm doing.

It booted, but when i did it, it just said:

Booting-
boot

& then did nothing.

Looks like i'm resigned to sticking with the DVDs as going the USB route clearly isn't going to work for me as i don't understand what i'm doing.
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09 Jan 2013   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Who ever knows what they are doing to start with? The beauty of a flash drive is you can play around with it for as long as you have the time.
A quick google search came up with YouTube - he says his grandma could do it
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10 Jan 2013   #18

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

I did actually follow those steps, but it didn't work. I'll go through step by step what i did...

The files i turned into .iso's were on the USB stick when i started this process - that's the boot DVD & the 3 data DVDs.
Insert USB stick (Drive M)
Select drive M
Step2: scroll towards the bottom to find something resembling Windows 7 .... i chose "Ophcrack Vista/7 (Password Finder)"
Step3: Selected browse & then selected what was the .iso created from the boot DVD as part of the recovery set of disks.

I guess i'm not as clever as his granny as this clearly hasn't worked for me. I must've done something wrong.
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10 Jan 2013   #19

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
Step2: scroll towards the bottom to find something resembling Windows 7 .... i chose "Ophcrack Vista/7 (Password Finder)"
Why Ophcrack?

Choose the "Unlisted ISO" at the very bottom - make sure the ISO has NO spaces in the name or it will NOT boot.
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10 Jan 2013   #20

Win7 Pro 64bit & WinXP Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff View Post
Step2: scroll towards the bottom to find something resembling Windows 7 .... i chose "Ophcrack Vista/7 (Password Finder)"
Why Ophcrack?
Because i don't know what i'm doing. I saw "Windows 7", figured as i'm using Windows 7 then that's what i need to select. That was my logic behind it.

Quote:
Choose the "Unlisted ISO" at the very bottom - make sure the ISO has NO spaces in the name or it will NOT boot.
Thanks. Will try this & post back with the results.
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