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Windows 7: How to create multi-boot flash drive

14 Apr 2012   #1
LanguidLegend

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
How to create multi-boot flash drive

Does anyone know of a way to take several different ISO's (multiple Windows ISO's, Ubuntu, Hiren's Boot CD, etc.) and put them onto a flash drive from which I can boot and select one?
I've tried several different utilities thus far - unetbootin, YUMI, XBoot - but none have allowed me to successfully add all my images.

Any input would be appreciated!


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14 Apr 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

To do it with Win7 and Vista either 32- or 64-bit or mixed, write the Win7 ISO to stick using UltraISO trial version: on File tab open ISO, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write. This extracts the files to stick. Sweep them into a folder for storage when not booting - they must be out in root to boot.

Now you can extract the other Win7 and Vista ISO's into their own folders to use the same way to boot the stick which is already bootsected with /nt60.

As for the other tools you mention, if they use nt60 to boot then you can try to get them to boot the same way placing extracted files into the root with no other bootable ISO's extracted in root at time (keep in folders). If not you may need to install GRUB or another boot manager to stick to boot them - more trouble than I'm willing to do on the 16gb tools stick I carry in my pocket which has everything I need stored alongside the ISO's.
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14 Apr 2012   #3
kado897

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you could use YUMI multiboot creator. It allows one "native" win 7 install disk plus the others you mention.YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
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14 Apr 2012   #4
LanguidLegend

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
you could use YUMI multiboot creator. It allows one "native" win 7 install disk plus the others you mention.YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
So I can install XP, Vista, and 7 using YUMI? I haven't had much luck with that in the past..
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14 Apr 2012   #5
kado897

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Perhaps not XP and Vista unless these will work as an "Unlisted ISO". Why don't you try it? It only takes a few minutes to create the USB.
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14 Apr 2012   #6
Ageeb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I set out on a similar task about a year ago. Take a look at my thread.

If memory serves, I ended up using a utility called SARDU to complete it.
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14 Apr 2012   #7
kado897

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Yes. I have tried SARDU. I never got it to work with windows install disks but I must admit I didn't really try too hard as I only had the one install disk and YUMI worked with that,
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14 Apr 2012   #8
Ageeb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Yes. I have tried SARDU. I never got it to work with windows install disks but I must admit I didn't really try too hard as I only had the one install disk and YUMI worked with that,
Just throwing out options was all. I used YUMI for another pen-drive project and, it too, worked fairly well. Personally, I found SARDU pretty painless and who doesn't like options?

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14 Apr 2012   #9
kado897

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True.
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14 Apr 2012   #10
gregrocker
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Sardu looks really good. Can you add all of those you want just by ticking multiple boxes? Do they conflict at all?
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