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Windows 7: Can I put other installation files in the Win 7 USB boot drive?


26 Feb 2013   #1

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Can I put other installation files in the Win 7 USB boot drive?

I have a 16 gb USB drive and the Win 7 64-bit ISO is about 3 GB. There as a 13 GB wastage there. What else can I put on the USB drive to maximise the space used?

I have 2 computers, one using a Windows 7 HP, and the other using Windows 7 Pro. Can I place both Windows 7 bootable drives on the same USB stick? So, with 3GB each iso file, that is still 10 GB free. Do I need to make a partition with that? Is it possible to put the SP1 or other Windows update on the USB? Faster than downloading the whole think.

Take Office 2010 installation file (purchased in downloadable form) and that is about 700 mb, my photoshop iso file is about 5.85 gb. So there is still another 3 GB+ not in used. I don't need these to be in bootable form, so I can use some mount tool to just install it like previously. It would be great if there was a software which could auto compile all the iso and installation files and install it immediately. Something like ninite but for offline files.

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26 Feb 2013   #2

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Windows 7 HP, and the other using Windows 7 Pro. Are they bot same language and both 64 bits (or both 32 bits). If so they are 99.9% the same! Just delete file ei.cfg from usb stick and you install HP,PRO, ULTIMATE (if you have a valid license). How to Select Any Edition or Version (SKU) of Windows 7 to Install From Single Edition DVD Disc Media or ISO My Digital Life

just put the office2010.iso and photoshop.iso on usb stick as well. Or shrink the Windows 7 usb partition and create a new partition and put the iso files in new partition. ISO's can be mounted using daemon tools for example.
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26 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
 
 

Thanks.

Both 64 bit. I see. I have valid licenses for both. I can use any Windows 7 ISO installer for that or do I need to get the Pro version?

The office was never in iso format to begin with. Bought it direct download from software4students. Came as an exe file. I was thinking of that too. Copying it directly as an ISO file. Is it possible for me to get the SP updates in the USB flash drive as well? Or it is not possible yet. There are still some space available on the drive.
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26 Feb 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
Thanks.

Both 64 bit. I see. I have valid licenses for both. I can use any Windows 7 ISO installer for that or do I need to get the Pro version?
You made an bootable usb stick already? If so just delete file ei.cfg from usb stick.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
The office was never in iso format to begin with. Bought it direct download from software4students. Came as an exe file. I was thinking of that too. Copying it directly as an ISO file. Is it possible for me to get the SP updates in the USB flash drive as well? Or it is not possible yet. There are still some space available on the drive.
SP updates isn't possible. Why do you want SP's as well? Why do you want the ISO's on stick? Software and SP's are already installed I think. You only need that stuff in case of reinstall. Why not simply make good backups?
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26 Feb 2013   #5
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You can store anything else you want on the flash stick once its made bootable and holds the extracted Windows 7 installer files in its root - I keep mine in a folder which I spill into the root when I need to boot it. Also on the stick are all of my tools, Office, Works, Vista installer extracted in a folder which can also be placed in root to boot, etc.

The easiest method to write OS ISO to stick is Universal USB Installer.
If that fails I use UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive which always works.
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28 Feb 2013   #6

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
Thanks.

Both 64 bit. I see. I have valid licenses for both. I can use any Windows 7 ISO installer for that or do I need to get the Pro version?
You made an bootable usb stick already? If so just delete file ei.cfg from usb stick.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mystvearn View Post
The office was never in iso format to begin with. Bought it direct download from software4students. Came as an exe file. I was thinking of that too. Copying it directly as an ISO file. Is it possible for me to get the SP updates in the USB flash drive as well? Or it is not possible yet. There are still some space available on the drive.
SP updates isn't possible. Why do you want SP's as well? Why do you want the ISO's on stick? Software and SP's are already installed I think. You only need that stuff in case of reinstall. Why not simply make good backups?
I have not made the boot USB yet.

So that I can get windows up to date faster? Also, ultrabooks no longer come with optical drive. Aside from restarting few times. Also, there are parts of the world without fast internet connection.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can store anything else you want on the flash stick once its made bootable and holds the extracted Windows 7 installer files in its root - I keep mine in a folder which I spill into the root when I need to boot it. Also on the stick are all of my tools, Office, Works, Vista installer extracted in a folder which can also be placed in root to boot, etc.

The easiest method to write OS ISO to stick is Universal USB Installer.
If that fails I use UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive which always works.
Thanks for the recommendations.
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