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Windows 7: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

15 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Where could I find that program? A Google search turns up too many results.

I think I will give it a try. It's free, right?


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15 Jan 2010   #12

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What program ?
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15 Jan 2010   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

I am interested in this also...

If I make a multi-boot DVD and then stick those installation files on the USB flash drive...would that pull the recovery options for both?

Also...is it a fact that x64 repair options will not fix an x86 image? (never tried before)
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15 Jan 2010   #14

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The x64 repair options will tell you they can't repair x86 o/s. There should be stuff you can still do from the command line - Diskpart springs to mind.

I think the other way round may give more command options - bootsect and bcdboot should work from x86 winre - even when directed at x64 system. TBH I haven't tried it.

It depends what you mean by multiboot .iso - the one we made earlier in this thread will allow you to install any x86 or x64 edition.

You could use another .iso containing x64 winre - that you can select from a menu for what you have in mind.
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15 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How can I select it from the menu? If I can get that far, I will be happy, because my end goal is to have many bootable images on 1 drive, and be able to select which one to boot from a menu.

I meant what program did Paragon send you?
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15 Jan 2010   #16

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That is the trick- creating a menu which loads first - from which you can then select an.iso you want to boot.

If you find an easy way of doing that - please let me know.

They sent me something they created for their own in house use - it is a bit industrial looking. Based on Grub , as it uses menu.lst to select from. I assume it saves them lugging mutiple dvd/usb's around. In any case, I can't get it work - except by booting it from the HD.

If you find another way that doesn't involve getting another dvd drive - I would pleased to hear it.
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15 Jan 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Will do. Thanks for the help!
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18 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just an update: I am still working on the idea. I believe I need to install GRUB to the drive, and add all the Linix-based OS's there, and add the final line to direct to a Windows boot loader.

My issue is now how to add the Repair Disc files to the BCD, which will be saved on the thumb drive. Any ideas?
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18 Jan 2010   #19

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure what you are asking - the 7 recovery media an .iso ?
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19 Jan 2010   #20

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How can I put BCD on a thumb drive?
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