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14 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
Win 7 installation from OS

i keep seein tutorials showing how to make bootable iso if u downloaded RC but i have WIN 7 preinstalled n 3 recovery discs i burned when i first used my new system. What files do i need from my OS/Recovery discs to make a bootable ISO if possible.
P.S i want to dual boot XP & Windows 7 but my recovery discs only recover system which wud wipe out XP installation.
Thanks in advance GREAT SITE U HAVE HERE!!!!

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14 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


These files are the ones you need. Find the disc that has those files on it.
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14 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64

I only found boot; efi; sources folders n bootmgr file on Recovery disc n found multiple instances of the other folders n files on OS but do not know which to ones to add. Then what do I do once I have all the folders n files. Please help me to get the exact files & folders n instructions on how to burn(CD/DVD) r write(USB) files to make Windows 7 installation disc.
p.s I have UltraISO installed
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14 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try booting from your discs. Which one takes you to the installation screen? That one is the one you want.

Otherwise, you will need to come up with a copy of the ISO or get he installation files somehow. Find a friend with an installation disc or the digital download. Head to torrent as a last resort, but make sure to verify it afterwards, so you know what you're getting.

May I ask why you need it?
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14 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64

I need bootable ISO so I can be able to install Windows 7 on a partition that I make so that I can install XP then Windows 7 on another partition and dual boot. I can only recover to factory settings; partition 1 (590.6GB of 640GB) r with my current settings those are the only options I get when I use Recovery disc #1.
What I really want to know is why do I need to download Windows 7 if I have the OS on my HD? Shouldn't I be able to make an installation disc from the files I have in OS r Recovery Discs. I mean wudn't I be downloading what I already have pre-installed? I mean can't I be able to do something like make another recovery but be able to install it on the partition of my choice r use some other program r something rather than have to download?
Thanks for ur time & appreciation by the way!!!!!
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14 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64

Unfortunately not. That's like downloading Firefox, installing it, and deleting the installer, then trying to create the installer from the existing files. That would be nice, but it is not possible.

If you want, I can contact our dual-boot specialists, and we can help you install XP without reinstalling 7.
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14 Jan 2010   #7
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If you have an XP OEM license on that computer then you can use an XP OEM installer to install which will activate with that license, avoiding the need to use factory recovery which will wipe out Windows 7.

Unlike Windows 7 and Vista which use the same installer for retail or OEM, XP requires you to use an OEM installer for a factory installed OEM like you apparently have. There is a workaround to adapt a retail installer, however.

If this isn't an option for you, then you can create an image of your Windows 7 install using free Paragon 10 or Macrium Reflect which wlll reimage to the second partition you create after recovering XP, then use EasyBCD or a quick Repair Install to configure the dual boot.

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