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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 installation partition bootable


09 Oct 2011   #1

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Make Windows 7 installation partition bootable

Hello everyone I have copied the contents of a windows 7 x64 installation DVD onto a hard disk partition. This is so I can launch installation and recovery's from disk without the need for a DVD or DVD-drive. Can anybody tell me how to make this partition bootable ?

Thanks in advance
Chris

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09 Oct 2011   #2

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

Just use easybcd to add a boot menu entry for that partition. If you dont know what I'm talking about, follow this tut.

Recovery Partition - Create
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09 Oct 2011   #3

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thanks
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09 Oct 2011   #4

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You need to mark the partition active.
Partition - Mark as Active
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09 Oct 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You need to mark the partition active.
Partition - Mark as Active
No, you dont. Easybcd will take care of it.
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09 Oct 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You need to mark the partition active.
Partition - Mark as Active
No, you dont. Easybcd will take care of it.
EasyBCD not need.
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09 Oct 2011   #7

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

Ray, my friend....one can use easybcd or not. If one uses easybcd, one gets a boot menu entry that can be selected to boot into the required partition. Its very convenient and takes away the hassle of having to mark partitions active/inactive. Thats the way I advised the OP and also the way used in that tut. If you'd like to tell the OP how to go about it without easybcd, please explain to him how to mark partitions active/inactive. Between the 2 methods, I'd always advise using easybcd.
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09 Oct 2011   #8

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Bill, if use method two of
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
but use partition, & install to the next partition Windows setup will make a boot menu.
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09 Oct 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Bill, if use method two of
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
but use partition, & install to the next partition Windows setup will make a boot menu.
You'll still need to mark the partition you want to boot to active. Its not possible to have both partitions active simultaneously.
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09 Oct 2011   #10

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Yes, you would mark the Recovery partition active, than install.
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