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Windows 7: Bootable USB w/Multiple Programs

15 Jun 2013   #1
Homer712

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Bootable USB w/Multiple Programs

I have created a number of CD/DVD's with programs such as Active@KillDisk, Macrium Reflect, Aomei Backupper and Partition Assistant, etc., etc., etc. Seems to me that these all run in the WinPE environment that's created on the CD.

So, rather than having multiple CD/DVD's for every program, I was thinking of creating a bootable USB (Macrium Reflect creates this perfectly) and adding the other programs to that USB. Now, no matter what the issue, boot from one USB and have access to all the backup/restore/partition applications that I have.

Easy or not? Is there a "tutorial" here (I looked but couldn't find any)?

Thanks.


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15 Jun 2013   #2
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

If you have the ISO files of the programs, YUMI from Pendrive Linux can do it for most programs.
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16 Jun 2013   #3
Homer712

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks, but after some late night online research (don't we all tend to stay up way too late when we're searching for answers) I found a program called XBoot. It takes as many ISO files as you can generate with various applications and loads them onto a USB and then puts their names (which are whatever you choose to name the ISO files) into a boot menu that comes up on computer startup. You "select" which program you want to run, hit "Enter" and the program starts up just as though you were running it off either the USB or CD/DVD that the actual applications would create from its ISO file.

So far I've got Active@Boot Disk, Active@Kill Disk, Aomei Backupper, Aomei Partition Assistant and Macrium Reflect loaded. I can now boot off of a single USB (and it's only a 2GB!) and run any of the five programs.
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16 Jun 2013   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

For long, I have been using YUMI and I don't know why Xboot did not catch my attention - seriously. I had tried SARDU also and gave up for reasons that I cannot remember now.

One should remember that all these programs have some limitation or other when it comes to taking some ISOs. So I think one's final choice will be governed by whether it fulfills his requirements.

We would be happy to hear your experience with Xboot.

Try adding Windows 7 ISO and let us know whether you can boot it.
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16 Jun 2013   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Homer712 View Post
Thanks, but after some late night online research (don't we all tend to stay up way too late when we're searching for answers)...
Been there, done that, someone owes me one heckuvalotta tee shirts.
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17 Jun 2013   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Homer712 View Post
Thanks, but after some late night online research (don't we all tend to stay up way too late when we're searching for answers)...
Been there, done that, someone owes me one heckuvalotta tee shirts.
Who is that someone who owes me millions of dollars for having done that a million and odd times? Anyone?
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