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Windows 7: How can I make a bootable DVD?

13 Jun 2011   #31

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mac0sX View Post
Well, I just want to create a back up for my windows 7 installer. Ok, therefore, what i need is the .iso file of an installer when i am going to create a bootable dvd. Is this method applicable when creating a bootable dvd for operating system?
I'm confused as to what you have in hand.

If you have a Microsoft OS installation DVD, it's copyable.

If you wish to save a copy of a DVD to a hard drive, perhaps the best way is to use a utility to save an .iso of it. The .iso is an image of the DVD, preserving all of its contents in a single file.

If you have a pre-installed version of Windows 7, the PC manufacturer probably included a utility to make system restore disks. In my opinion, that's much less useful than having a Microsoft installation DVD, but it's better than nothing.

Windows 7 includes drive imaging software. You could back up your current installation with that. (You'd need a separate partiton on the hard drive, another internal hard drive, or an external drive.)

It may be possible to reconstitute an install disk from a running Windows 7 installation, but I can't recall reading of anyone having done that.


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12 Apr 2013   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

I know exactly what he's talking about. I used to do the same with Windows XP. I had my Windows XP disc backed up as folder not an ISO. I soon realized I was not burning bootable copies. I used to use Nero to burn by Disc. Nero had an option to burn a bootable disc, but you had to also have a boot file downloaded for it as well. I'm guessing there is not simple way to do this with the built in utility with Windows 7. You'll have to use one of the applications previously mentioned.
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15 Apr 2013   #33

win7 32bit
 
 

I don't know if anyone posted this, and I don't know if it counts, but it is worth recording. It is for creating a bootable USB. I found it, tried it and it works great...

I was wondering if something like this can be turned into an .iso and burned onto CD? (let me know if you think this is possible...)

CREATING A BOOTABLE USB

1. Insert USB stick into the system.

2. Open Command Prompt. (usually found in accessories)

3. When the command prompt opens, enter the following commands:
DISKPART and hit enter.
LIST DISK and hit enter.
(Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the number of your USB drive)

4. In this step you need to enter the commands below, one by one and hit enter.
SELECT DISK 1 (Replace your disk number)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS (Formate process may take few minutes)
ASSIGN
EXIT

Now minimise the command window.


5. Insert Windows DVD into Optical Drive (DVD/CD Burner)
Note Drive letter of Optical Drive and USB media.
Here I am using "D" as Optical Drive and "H" as USB Drive letter.

6. Go back to command prompt, excute the following commands:
D: (Where "D" is your DVD drive letter)
CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: (Where "H" is your USB drive)

7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB.

You have now completed making a bootable pen drive.
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15 Apr 2013   #34

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes. There is a tutorial pretty much identical on this site.

Thanks for posting.

And no, you can't make an iso like that.

The tools are not natively included in windows.

Plenty of free 3rd party ones will copy a dvd to the HD as an iso image, then burn it.
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15 Apr 2013   #35
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@Sigma6
The sequence of commands to make a USB bootable is standard practice. I'm not sure what your step 6 is attempting to achieve. Certainly your step 7 is correct for a system repair dvd. You end up with a bootable system repair bootable USB.
More generally this can be an easier way to add ISOs to a USB flash drive.
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
I personally still use Grub4Dos.
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15 Apr 2013   #36

win7 32bit
 
 

I just want to make sure I am understanding you correctly SIW2, are you saying that it can't be done because Windows doesn't have the tools?
or that you can't use ISO software to create ISO's from bootable USBs...?

ie. Are you saying that ISO image creation software only works on bootable CD/DVDs only?
and won't work copying from a Bootable USB? you have my curiosity now, I have to look into that... (thanks)
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15 Apr 2013   #37

win7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
@Sigma6
The sequence of commands to make a USB bootable is standard practice. I'm not sure what your step 6 is attempting to achieve. Certainly your step 7 is correct for a system repair dvd. You end up with a bootable system repair bootable USB.
More generally this can be an easier way to add ISOs to a USB flash drive.
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
I personally still use Grub4Dos.

Step 6 makes the stick bootable I believe, I then copied Windows 7 files onto it and it worked fine.
I have just started playing around with 'boot' software, want to look at GrubforDOS, thanks for the heads up. What would you suggest for a Master Boot software for a dual boot Windows system. I heard there is a Grub solution for that as well. Is this the same software? (thanks)
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15 Apr 2013   #38
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I always thought Bootsect was related to NTLDR (NT Loader) and required for XP.
Here is my understanding for Windows 7

Clean ------Inserts bootcode in the MBR
Create partition primary------sets adds partition entries in the MBR
active--------sets the active 08 flag in the MBR
format------ sets the format code in the MBR (eg 07 for fs=ntfs) and adds the file system
assign------ allows a non specific letter to be added when the USB is plugged in

That makes the USB bootable from the BIOS's point of view

After that you need something to boot into which you get by copying the system repair DVD contents.
(Works for me)

You would need ntldr if multbooting a drive to include XP.

Maybe other members would care to comment.
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15 Apr 2013   #39

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

bootsect writes the partition boot code , it can be nt52 or nt60 code.

Step 6 not needed if you formatted the partition from diskpart.
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15 Apr 2013   #40
Microsoft MVP

 

The favored automated methods for writing Windows 7 installer to stick are:

Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool which is fussy and may only work with an official Windows 7 ISO.
UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive is about all I use any longer since the others can all fail but this one never does.
Universal USB Installer is Linux-based but also highly preferred. I once linked this exclusively until it caused problems with a stick of mine.
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