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Windows 7: USB Boot Problem


18 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
USB Boot Problem

So, I've been restoring Windows to my Netbook, and I followed the instructions found on this site to create a universal installer. I used my Windows 7 Home Premium .iso, followed the instructions to remove ei.cfg, and finally loaded the "universal" .iso onto my USB disk. However, I did not get the option to choose a version of Windows, and I now have Premium installed, unregistered. Has anyone else made this work, and if so, how?

Also, it might be worth noting that my screen resolution is squashed, and I have no option to change it.

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18 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello kosokuadam, welcome to Seven Forums!


Perhaps there was an error in the process and you should have another go, is this the method you used to add the ISO to the USB stick?

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create


How about this, is the tutorial you used, it does work; I just did the SP 1 integrated the other day.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

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18 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Those links led me to this one by Gregrocker: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

The .iso is only 3.65gb so will fit on a 4GB flash drive. I gotta try this.
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18 Feb 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Those links led me to this one by Gregrocker: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

The .iso is only 3.65gb so will fit on a 4GB flash drive. I gotta try this.


Hey mate, have a look at this, it'll fit on 4GB Post #78
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19 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I followed the directions Gregrocker provided at the link I posted and it worked perfectly. I now have a 4GB flash drive that I can install all 8 version from. Took 1 - 2 hours to do the whole thing.
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19 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Run the ei.cfg removal tool on the ISO so you don't have to recompile it.

Now install UltraISO trial version, on File tab Open the ISO, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format button, Write button. Boot under USB or HD's using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. Install your licensed version using Product Key on COA sticker.

Other tips for getting a purrfect reinstall of factory OEM: re-install windows 7
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20 Feb 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kosokuadam View Post
So, I've been restoring Windows to my Netbook, and I followed the instructions found on this site to create a universal installer. I used my Windows 7 Home Premium .iso, followed the instructions to remove ei.cfg, and finally loaded the "universal" .iso onto my USB disk. However, I did not get the option to choose a version of Windows, and I now have Premium installed, unregistered. Has anyone else made this work, and if so, how?

Also, it might be worth noting that my screen resolution is squashed, and I have no option to change it.
Which type of ISO are you using?
OEM, Retail,or manufacturer's OEM (Dell,Fujitsu,Samsung,etc)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kosokuadam View Post
So, I've been restoring Windows to my Netbook, and I followed the instructions found on this site to create a universal installer. I used my Windows 7 Home Premium .iso, followed the instructions to remove ei.cfg, and finally loaded the "universal" .iso onto my USB disk. However, I did not get the option to choose a version of Windows, and I now have Premium installed, unregistered. Has anyone else made this work, and if so, how?

Also, it might be worth noting that my screen resolution is squashed, and I have no option to change it.
Which type of ISO are you using?
OEM, Retail,or manufacturer's OEM (Dell,Fujitsu,Samsung,etc)
This would only matter in XP. Since Vista the retail installer is the same as OEM. You only need to unlock all versions if necessary.

The key determines if OEM or retail, and version.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Feb 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kosokuadam View Post
So, I've been restoring Windows to my Netbook, and I followed the instructions found on this site to create a universal installer. I used my Windows 7 Home Premium .iso, followed the instructions to remove ei.cfg, and finally loaded the "universal" .iso onto my USB disk. However, I did not get the option to choose a version of Windows, and I now have Premium installed, unregistered. Has anyone else made this work, and if so, how?

Also, it might be worth noting that my screen resolution is squashed, and I have no option to change it.
Which type of ISO are you using?
OEM, Retail,or manufacturer's OEM (Dell,Fujitsu,Samsung,etc)
This would only matter in XP. Since Vista the retail installer is the same as OEM. You only need to unlock all versions if necessary.

The key determines if OEM or retail, and version.
You can not use a manufacturer's OEM (Dell,Fujitsu,Samsung,etc) to make a Windows 7 universal ISO.
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20 Feb 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Do manufacturers still ship branded Installation DVD's?

I thought they dropped them quite awhile back, and now don't even ship Recovery CD's.

Maybe with business computers?
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