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Windows 7: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

09 Aug 2010   #1
xceebeex

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Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

So anyone used this tool? I have an ISO file that I purchased/downloaded from Digital River and I am trying to make a bootable USB drive. I have a brand new 16GB drive that I am trying to use so it has PLENTY of space on it. Anyway, I go to run to tool and it gets to the part where it says formatting and then it says something like "we are unable to copy your files, check the USB drive and the ISO and try again."

Anyone run in to that issue? I tried to google it but can't seem to find an easy fix. Any thoughts?


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09 Aug 2010   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you get the box files or the ISO file?

For awhile Digital River was giving out box files which have to be compiled into an ISO using these steps: Make bootable iso from student d/l

Then MS forced them to release an ISO and made good to millions of purchasers here: Microsoft Fixes Windows 7 Student Edition Upgrade Problems
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09 Aug 2010   #3
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I have 4 files in total that I downloaded. One being an iso file, one being an exe file and then two box files. I tried using the tool with the iso file.
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09 Aug 2010   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the size of the ISO file? If it's around 2.34gb then try burning it with ImgBurn at 4x speed.

Otherwise, make an ISO using the tutorial on the box files, or download the ISO MS provides.
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09 Aug 2010   #5
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I believe that the ISO is 3GB or so. I would like to have it on a bootable USB rather than a DVD. Can I download the ISO that MS provides even though I did not purchase through them directly? If so, can I just get it off their website?
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09 Aug 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You may need to try more than one method to successfully write the ISO to flash stick:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
How to: install Windows (any version from XP to Win7) from a USB/flash drive | Featured | dotTech

The one that always works for me is loading ISO into UltraISO trial version, then on Bootable tab: Write disk image file, use format button first.

To boot stick use one-time BIOS boot menu, sometimes listed under HD's.
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10 Aug 2010   #7
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Interesting, maybe I will look at giving one of the other methods a try.
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10 Aug 2010   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

How is your flash drive formatted?
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10 Aug 2010   #9
xceebeex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
How is your flash drive formatted?
I think it came preformatted in NTFS.
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11 Aug 2010   #10
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I vaguely remember that it had to be formatted as FAT or FAT32 in order to work. I might be wrong on this, but check it out.
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