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Windows 7: Install multiple iso to one jump drive.

14 Aug 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Cursed One View Post
I did some more research and from what I read on other forums is that it not going to happen. They say that windows had to have files on the root of the drive. So if you put more than one iso on the drive it would have to have files on the root of the drive for each os, and when you do this windows doesn't know what file to use or reads the wrong file.

I'm not giving up on this that easy. There has to be a way to get every os on one drive.
Did you even read my post above?

I explained how to put the extracted folders away into their own OS Files folder until needed when you spill them into the root of the stick.

This way you can keep both Win7 and Vista on the same stick in their own folders until needed, along with any other tools you want.

This is possible because they both use the same bootsect /nt60 which is coded onto the stick to make it bootable by UltraISO, the Universal USB Installer, or manually if you want to spend all that time.



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14 Aug 2011   #12
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It is said recently here that these flash installers cannot be used for Repairs because their boot sector will be read as Win7 boot, however I have never experienced this and would like to hear from others about this.
If you mean a system repair flash drive, they work perfectly well. One way to make them would be to dump the contents of a system repair disk to a bootable ufd. The other way that I use is to copy off various files from C:\windows\boot folder to the primary partition of the ufd, then copy off boot.sdi and winre.wim from recovery locations on the hard disk to the ufd partition, and mark the ufd partition active.
You can not use a USB Pendrive to do a startup Repair, as startup repair will find the MBR on the Pendrive & not the HD.
Therefore will not detect a problem.

Self tested & MS kb934540.
Windows Vista or Windows 7 no longer starts, and the Startup Repair tool does not fix the problem
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14 Aug 2011   #13
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Well, my repair UFD finds the hard drive windows install just fine.

And regarding that article Ray, it just fixes startup repair error because of a usb drive inserted, it doesnt talk about running startup repair from a usb drive.
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14 Aug 2011   #14
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Well, my repair UFD finds the hard drive windows install just fine.

And regarding that article Ray, it just fixes startup repair error because of a usb drive inserted, it doesnt talk about running startup repair from a usb drive.
If you have a Startup Repair USB Drive inserted, than you have a USB Drive inserted.
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14 Aug 2011   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have multiple ISOs on a pendrive/YUMI/Grub4Dos USB.
I simply use the ISO of the system repair disk for that function but it does like first position in the menu list.

What you may be talking about is both a 32 bit AND a 64 bit system repair function on the same USB. I think this may be more difficult.
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15 Aug 2011   #16
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
What you may be talking about is both a 32 bit AND a 64 bit system repair function on the same USB. I think this may be more difficult.
Actually not so difficult. You just need to grab the 32 bit and the 64 bit winre.wim files from the respective install disks (or hard drive or make them in waik), rename them a bit so you dont mix up and copy them to the ufd, then use easybcd to create a bcd store on the ufd and create winpe type boot menu entries for both the wims. Easybcd does the rest, when you boot from the ufd you should have 2 entries, use the x86 one with a 32 bit system and the x64 one with a 64 bit one.
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15 Aug 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
What you may be talking about is both a 32 bit AND a 64 bit system repair function on the same USB. I think this may be more difficult.
Actually not so difficult. You just need to grab the 32 bit and the 64 bit winre.wim files from the respective install disks (or hard drive or make them in waik), rename them a bit so you dont mix up and copy them to the ufd, then use easybcd to create a bcd store on the ufd and create winpe type boot menu entries for both the wims. Easybcd does the rest, when you boot from the ufd you should have 2 entries, use the x86 one with a 32 bit system and the x64 one with a 64 bit one.
Yes that's reasonable. Good tips.
"Difficult" is a relative term I guess.
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