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Windows 7: 32-Bit BootSect

22 May 2014   #21


Thanks I have benefited a lot

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22 Nov 2014   #22

Windows XP Home SP3 (32 bit)
Bootsect needs to be in the same folder as Windows Download Tool

Follow these instructions for getting around the bootsect error:

1) Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool program as indicated on the Microsoft Store web site.

2) Download a working 32-bit version of bootsect.exe . Below is a link to 32 bit bootsect.exe:

3) Once downloaded, copy the BootSect.exe file to the same folder that includes the installed Windows7-USB-DVD-Download-Tool.exe file. The default install directory of that file in Windows Vista is C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Apps\Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool\ (you'll need to look for it in XP)

4) Run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool application as indicated on the Microsoft Store web site. The end result will give you a bootable USB flash drive that contains everything you need to install the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
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08 Jan 2015   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I'm wanting to install Windows 7 on a windows 8.1 machine. My laptop with win 7 is toast so I can't make a boot device from it. How do I make a boot USB using the download tool? I am running into the same problem with the bootsect.exe but I cannot find the Windows 7 Download tool folder to put it in.
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08 Jan 2015   #24


If this is a Win8 PC then you'll need to turn off Secure Boot in BIOS setup, enable UEFI with CSM or Legacy BIOS, then boot the installation media as a UEFI device. Create the flash installer only using Option One UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows then boot it as a UEFI flash stick.

If you don't have UEFI or want to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 then you can use the same tool above to write the stick as shown in tutorial for non-UEFI installs.
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12 Jun 2015   #25

Windows 7 ULtimate 32

I see the link to a 32bit bootsect. I need 64 bit. Can someone offer a link?
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