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Windows 7: Boot from .wim?


01 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Boot from .wim?

How can i boot from .wim, so i can install windows, as I do not currently have access to a DVD or USB.

I want to boot from the .wim which i extracted to W:\sources\boot.wim

along with the rest of the install DVD in the W drive.


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01 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You can just run the setup.exe file from Windows, found in the installation files.
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01 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

yea but i also want to use the recovery tools in the windows pe image after I install.
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01 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Depending on what you want to do, maybe you could create a repair CD: System Repair Disc - Create
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01 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

No i cant do that, becuase im merging the Windows 7 PE, with my norton recovery CD from ghost, so it will be a single Wim, I just need to find out how to boot from it.
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02 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi cclloyd9785,

Given that you have no usb or DVD, is it an option for you to install windows as Jonathon suggested above and then change the windows recovery options to point to your new *.wim? If so this might help How to replace default Windows 7 Recovery Environment in Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset TechPlat.com.

Otherwise, I guess it's theoretically possible to alter your installation media to boot from the *.wim; but you'd need to reconfigure the Windows 7 Boot options to work in a similar way to that of the USB installations and that of an installed Windows boot Loader, have a look here for the latter Windows 7, "Repair your computer" F8 boot option not working (SOLVED) | Forums. This is not my favourite solution but if you go with this I'd be interested to see your working model. Good luck.
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02 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

See this thread: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

Maybe that will be of some help.
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02 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

That didnt seem like much help.

But this post in that topic has an attachment, where it is set to boot from the .wim

creating a 2 OS thumb drive

How can I set to the boot from the .wim. If possible can I do it with EasyBCD?
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02 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I don't think EasyBCD can operate off the store.

I believe your best bet is to follow those instructions, substituting the .wim file or your choice.
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02 Mar 2010   #10

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Use the WinPe setting in EasyBCD.

Use EasyBCD 2.0.

EasyBCD 2.0 Beta Builds - The NeoSmart Forums


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