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Windows 7: Windows 10 on a USB stick

29 Dec 2014   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks, I'll have a look at it.


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04 Jan 2015   #22
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

WHS, I finally got around to this, I used your ImageX.exe as I couldn't find or figure out how to remove the Imagex.exe file from the iso for waik and I didn't have a cd or usb drive to actually install it. I seem to be having some luck,,, iam able to boot from the USB and see the windows ten splash and spinning (loading) dots but it just hangs there I waited almost an hour and no boot. I came back to w7 and scanned the thumbdrive and couldn't find the boot folder so I re-did bcdboot L:\windows /s L: and now I see the boot folder again,,,,, then tried again, same thing and again when back in win7 boot folder is missing unless I tick unhide system files in folder options then I see it.
Your tutorial says "
The first thing you will have to do is the Windows 10 normal installation." So does this mean start the install from within my win7 install?? that seems my only option so far but I don't want to accidentally install ten over my win7 os that I currently use.
Any ideas what I maybe doing wrong? I also noticed after your tutorial there are a few files such as "set up.exe,bootmgr.efi,Autorun.inif" not included on my thumb drive.
Thanks again for your help and great tutorial everything went as you said, took 5+hrs to create the usb drive but that's probably because my drive is slow but is the fastest I have.
J
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04 Jan 2015   #23
cmmtch

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JRockZ View Post
WHS, I finally got around to this, I seem to be having some luck,,, iam able to boot from the USB and see the windows ten splash and spinning (loading) dots but it just hangs there.

The first thing you will have to do is the Windows 10 normal installation." So does this mean start the install from within my win7 install?? that seems my only option so far but I don't want to accidentally install ten over my win7 os that I currently use.
Any ideas what I maybe doing wrong?

Thanks again for your help and great tutorial everything went as you said, took 5+hrs to create the usb drive but that's probably because my drive is slow but is the fastest I have.
J
JRockZ, I am having the exact same issue when booting my laptop from the USB. Since the USB already has Windows 10 on it from the BD ROM drive I wasn't sure about installing it. I thought maybe after boot up from the USB then you would install it on the USB even though you've put everything on it already from the Windows 10 iso that was downloaded.

So far a pretty cool project, thanks whs Like JRock I'm concerned about installing it over my existing Win7 install. I have backups so no problems there but it'd be a PIA to have to reimage either the desktop or laptop. From my experience my problems are caused by something I'm doing or failed to do
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04 Jan 2015   #24
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote:

JRockZ, I am having the exact same issue when booting my laptop from the USB. Since the USB already has Windows 10 on it from the BD ROM drive I wasn't sure about installing it. I thought maybe after boot up from the USB then you would install it on the USB even though you've put everything on it already from the Windows 10 iso that was downloaded.

So far a pretty cool project, thanks whs Like JRock I'm concerned about installing it over my existing Win7 install. I have backups so no problems there but it'd be a PIA to have to reimage either the desktop or laptop. From my experience my problems are caused by something I'm doing or failed to do
Im also thinking maybe it is something I did or didn't do,,, when I mount the iso in the BDrom I can get it to start the install in my win7 environment but im not sure if that's what whs means to do or not,,,, Maybe because im using WindowsTechnicalPreview-x64-EN-US.iso and not the enterprise version? and also it could be my USB drive,,, though brand new 32gb patriot slate I bought it on a whim (12bucks)then read reviews on it and that even though usb3.0 its still only giving usb2 speeds or slower, horrible reviews. Also could have something to do with my bios being set to fast boot, UEFi setting/s maybe or something else.
After reading WHS post on win ten forums he is getting a 8 or 10 sec boot from the usb in 3.0 I think he said, so I guess I screwed up. Will await the almighty whs's replies and see what he says.
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04 Jan 2015   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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So does this mean start the install from within my win7 install?? that seems my only option so far but I don't want to accidentally install ten over my win7 os that I currently use.
Of course you have to install it but from the stick and on the stick. How else will it run.
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04 Jan 2015   #26
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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So does this mean start the install from within my win7 install?? that seems my only option so far but I don't want to accidentally install ten over my win7 os that I currently use.
Of course you have to install it but from the stick and on the stick. How else will it run.
Ok well like Steve said I was just afraid it may overwrite/dual boot my system which I don't want, I just want to be able to run 10 from the usb standalone... but like steve, I created an image yesterday I can always revert back to if I have to just would be a pita that's all.
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04 Jan 2015   #27
cmmtch

Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I can't find the "setup" installer to start the installation from the stick on the stick, it is there in the BD ROM but I can't seem to locate the installer to start the process on my USB stick. Snip of BD ROM below:

Windows 10 on a USB stick-bd-rom.jpg

The USB stick doesn't show the setup, pardon my ignorance but please tell me how to start the install from the stick. Snip of USB stick below:

Windows 10 on a USB stick-usb-removable-media.jpg


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04 Jan 2015   #28
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cmmtch View Post
I can't find the "setup" installer to start the installation from the stick on the stick, it is there in the BD ROM but I can't seem to locate the installer to start the process on my USB stick. Snip of BD ROM below:

Attachment 345279

The USB stick doesn't show the setup, pardon my ignorance but please tell me how to start the install from the stick. Snip of USB stick below:

Attachment 345280
You have to boot from the USB drive is my guess but like I said with mine it just sits there on the windows splash screen with spinning dots and nothing ever happens,,, I let it go about 60 mins and got nothing, no change and no way out had to just hard power down and restart my PC.
Obviously it can be done IF WHS got it working and possibly others,, it maybe the imagex.exe possibly but im pretty sure that was just for creating the image that is on the USB drive, I didn't have any issues with that. Im just going to split up a portable drive I have and install right to it and use that I guess,,, again I just didn't want to dual boot or mix win ten with 7 at all I wanted it completely stand alone,, no big deal though.
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04 Jan 2015   #29
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

JRock is right. You have to boot with (from) the stick.
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04 Jan 2015   #30
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I think he`s still trying to create the stick.
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