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Windows 7: Say "No" to burning bootable CDs, DVDs from ISOs

10 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Say "No" to burning bootable CDs, DVDs from ISOs

Download and burn to CD the HD maker's diag/repair CD, boot and run full scan and you will have your answer: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
-- and so said our friend gregrocker elsewhere in this forum, a day ago.

Nothing wrong and we have been habitually burning bootable CDs and DVDs from ISO images supplied by various vendors and software authors. A month ago even me would have done it - in fact I did burn the Seatools DOS a month back. But not any longer - not after I came to know the power of EasyBCD.

And so here we take-off. Fasten your seat belts.

Download and install EasyBCD 2.0.2 from here .

Create a folder in any convenient location on your HDD and move all the bootable ISOs into that folder.

Here I have them on my H Drive.


Now run EasyBCD.

1. Click on the "Add New Entry" tab on the left.

2. Select the "ISO Boot" Tab.

3. Give a name in the "Name" field.

4. In the "Mode" field select "Load from Memory"

5. Show it the path to the stored ISO which you would like to run on boot.

6. Click on "Add Entry"

You are done.


To check,

7. Click on "Edit Boot Menu" and you will find the bootable ISO name there.


If you want to rename or change the menu-show-time, do it and then click on "Save Settings". Close EasyBCD.

Next time you boot you will be presented with an option to boot into Windows or the bootable ISO.

Say goodbye to CD, DVD burning.

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10 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

This is old stuff. Martin (severedsolo) made a tut for this way back.

Boot from ISO without Burning to Disk

But then again, theres comfort in cd/dvd because if the boot manager is corrupted etc., this method wont work.
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10 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thanks for pointing out the existence of the tutorial on the subject by severedsolo.

I did do a search for "EasyBCD" but could not find anything to suggest it or I was too impatient to do a thorough search and so went on with it.

Of course, the system should be bootable and that is a basic requirement for using this method. But then how many times do we see people telling "download this bootable ISO and burn it to a a CD and carry on this test'' even when the system is bootable? I should have perhaps titled it " Say "NO" to burning bootable CDs and DVDs from ISOs when you need not.Try this first." .

I have now gone through the tutorial by severedsolo. IMO, tutorials of this nature need to be updated constantly using the current stable version instead of beta versions and I think my write-up fills that gap today. Even if I had encountered it, I would have gone through this write-up after referencing it to severedsolo and stating that this uses the current stable version.

Finally, I am not an expert but an ordinary user. I write from the user's perspective and from what I have learnt. The inspiration to use EasyBCD came after I read through the review on it in PC Magazine and then tried it, then started imaging my systems from the stored ISO.(My mini-PCs do not have optical drives) Seagate website tells burn the SeatoolsDOS ISO to a CD and I did it. Now I feel anguished. Experts tell burn it to a CD even when it need not be. I feel anguished. My write-up is a direct result of this anguish.
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10 Oct 2010   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

sometimes a bootable cd is handy, for those occasions when your pc won't boot.
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10 Oct 2010   #5

W7 Professional x64

I do enjoy having a copy of bootable material on a readily bootable media that is compatible with probably 99% of computers that I might encounter that I would need to boot from a disc.
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10 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Of course the nature of the beast usually requires you to run those bootable disks on somehow damaged Systems. The next best thing would be several ISOs on a DVD which boots into a menu first like a Swiss Army Knife for your friendly neighborhood technician.

options are always good.
I like options

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

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10 Oct 2010   #7

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W10 laptop, W8.1 tablet

I can see where it might be useful to boot from an ISO stored on your HDD but for tools and other utilities that I may only use once in a great while, I'd still burn them to a CD. CD's are cheap, transportable and easyily stored so no big advantage to booting from the ISO.
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10 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

My simple question/s to all.

Why not a bootable pen drive? I did install Windows 7 using a pen drive. I did flash the bios using a bootable pen drive. ( of course after scrounging the net for hours on end )

I still haven't put my heart into creating a bootable Paragon recovery pendrive and Shadow Protect recovery pendrive from their respective ISOs. It should be possible to create a bootable pendrive with any bootable ISO. True or false?

If true, then why not bootable pen drives? Aren't they more handy than CDs and DVDs? Should we be still burning CDs, DVDs and BDs and stack them up like we did with floppies?

I would like to be enlightened for I am not a geek.
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10 Oct 2010   #9

W7 Professional x64

Peronally, I can't find a flash drive case that holds more than six.
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11 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
.......But then again, theres comfort in cd/dvd because if the boot manager is corrupted etc., this method wont work.
Today I put my heart into it and as usual started scrounging on the net but then I suddenly remembered that I should have something on my PC itself. Months ago when I was grooming my Zotac Zbox and Zmag mini-PCs - which do not have optical drives -I have noted down anything connected with doing everything with the USB drive - and sure it was there. The Word document wherein I had cut and pasted something from some website read like this.

You need two utilities, the first is the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. The latest version of this utility is v2.1.8 - I downloaded a copy from here. If you know that your USB pen drive is bootable then you don't need this utility. [Note: Two out of the three USB sticks I tried failed to boot before I used this tool - now all three boot just fine.] If your PC fails to boot from your USB stick even when the BIOS is set to boot from 'USB-Zip' then format the stick as FAT / FAT32 using this HP utility.

The second utility you need is UltraISO - the trial version of UltraISO can be downloaded from here. Simply open your bootable ISO image file in UltraISO and then from the menu select Bootable -> Write Disk Image... Make sure that your USB pen drive is selected as the 'Disk Drive:' and that the 'Write Method:' is set to USB-ZIP. Then just click on Write and in a few seconds you will have a bootable USB pen drive.

Voila - it really is that simple!

So what I did is here pictorially.(both the above utilities should be run as administrator)




The only hitch I faced was that when I selected the write method as USB Zip, the pendrive would not boot when USB zip was selected in the boot menu. So I wrote the bootable ISO again using USB HDD+.Selected USB HDD in the boot menu and voila my Paragon WinPE based recovery CD booted in full glory.
No more worries. Even if my hard disk bootsector is eaten away by any virus, I can boot from my USB pendrive and restore the system.

No more CD burning.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Peronally, I can't find a flash drive case that holds more than six.
Six is one too many (for me)

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