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Windows 7: Windows Boot Mgr Error w/ .wim -> .iso Disc

27 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Windows Boot Mgr Error w/ .wim -> .iso Disc

Hey there guys.

I've been working on this for days, but haven't come up with an answer

Recently got some new Dell XPS 13 laptops. They're great, minus the absence of a NIC for easy network booting.

After many different attempts to get the thing booting an ISO image burned to a bootable USB drive, I went out and bought an external USB CD drive. I performed the following steps to transform one of my .wim images for 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise into an ISO: How to Convert a WIM File to an ISO File |

I can begin booting from the CD. However, when it gets just past the "Windows is loading files" screen (I don't get to any part of the initial Windows 7 setup), I get the good old "Windows failed to start" message:

Windows failed to start. A Recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your langugae settings, and then click next
3. Click "repair your computer."

Status: 0xc0000000d

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I'm wondering if this would work: How to Resolve Boot Configuration Data Error 0xc000000d in Windows 7 ?

However, I've tried it and haven't had any success. Oddly enough, there are FOUR partitions on my SSD (two OEM-based, two not). So I don't even know if I'm performing the task on the correct hard drive.

It boils down to two questions:

1) Am I doing this the hard way? Is there an easier way to get a non-NIC computer to boot to a network? I'm still pretty new at this, but we currently use integrated NIC to boot to a server hosting our Windows Deployment Services.

2) Ideas for getting past this error? Is it the disk? The partitions? :\

Thank you very much!

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27 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

Is it truly a CD drive or is it a DVD drive?

How did you create the bootable USB flash drive? The easiest way I've seen is Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux

Just click on the drop down box and select Windows 7 (near the bottom of the list).
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27 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Install Windows 7 to one of the PC's, set it up as you wish without activating, then save a Windows 7 backup image externally. You can then apply that same image to each of the other machines in about 20 minutes, since they're the same hardware. If they weren't you could SysPrep to move HD/image to another computer.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
Macrium - Image your system

If they have WD or Seagate HD's you can use Acronis premium imaging/cloning app from their Downloads page. Manual is there and easy to understand.
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