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Windows 7: GPT Windows 7

24 May 2016   #1
bingloverld

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
GPT Windows 7

Hi,

I must install Windows 7 Enterprise with imagex. Until now I have always installed with MBR partitions. But now my boss said that we must install with GPT. Unfortunately this don't work.

Here are the steps which I make:
diskpart
select disk 0
clean
convert gpt
create partition primary size=300
format fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
assign letter="T"
create partition efi size=100
format fs=fat32 label="System"
assign letter="S"
create partition msr size=128
create partition primary
format fs=ntfs label="Windows"
assign letter="W"

than:
imagex /apply ?:\Install-Images\Path\wim_file.wim 1 W:

where ? ist Source Medium with *.wim file

Now I have tried all methods with bcdboot for example

W:\Windows\SysWOW64\bcdboot W:\Windows /s S:

But this don't work (say the boot files are successfully copied but windows boot not)

On Laptop I have Legacy. I don't know if GPT works with Legacy or only with UEFI.

I must install this with this routine (diskpart, imagex, bcdboot).

Thank you for your help


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24 May 2016   #2
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Sounds like you have a PHB. :/

Officially you can only install to GPT on a UEFI system. I believe there are hacks and workarounds but I have no experience with them.
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24 May 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I hope your boss knows this.

Ask him what his reasoning is for doing this.
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24 May 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Most likely an insistence to use bitlocker
About the only perk of uefi installs that I'm aware of.
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24 May 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You don`t have to install to GPT to use bitlocker.

Bitlocker is part of the OS
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27 May 2016   #6
bingloverld

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 
Ok

I have found a solution.

I make normal clean install Windows 7 but with GPT partitions.
Than I created *.wim image and now I can use imagex and gpt partitions.
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27 May 2016   #7
TrustMe

 
 

I would like to try this. I know how to create a .win file and apply the image, but could be a little more clear on the steps you took. Did you clean install Windows 7 to a MBR partition, create the .wim, and then apply it to the GPT partition?
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