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Windows 7: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool


24 Oct 2009   #19
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

How to Get and Use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool



Introduction
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16 Nov 2009   #20
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Here's Paul Turrott's behind the scenes account of "Windows 7 Secrets" co-author Rafael Riveras discovery that MS had stolen code used in this tool! Whoops MS!

Inside Story: How Microsoft's Open Source Code Theft Was Discovered

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18 Nov 2009   #21
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Here's the old fashoined way... same end result...

A USB storage device needs to be 4 GB or larger if you want to use it as a Windows 7 installation source. This is because the x64 installation files are approximately 3.2 GB in size and the x86 installation files are approximately 2.5 GB in size. You use one architecture’s installation files only when preparing a deployment from a USB storage device. The USB storage device should use the FAT32 file system. To prepare a USB storage device as an installation source for Windows 7, perform the following steps:


1. Connect the USB storage device to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Ensure that the storage device has no data stored on it that you want to keep (or that you have moved such data to another storage device) because this procedure removes all existing data.



2. Open an elevated command prompt and type diskpart.


3. At the DISKPART> prompt, type list disk. Identify which disk connected to the



computer represents the USB storage device.

4. At the DISKPART> prompt, type select disk X where X is the letter of the disk that you have identified as the USB storage device.



5. At the DISKPART> prompt, type clean. When the disk is clean, type create partition primary.




6. At the DISKPART> prompt, type format fs=fat32 quick. When the format is completed type active and then exit.




7. After you have completed these steps, copy all the files located on the Windows 7 installation DVD to the USB storage device.


8. Configure the BIOS computer on which you want to install Windows 7 to boot from the USB storage device. Attach the USB storage device and then reboot the computer to start installation.



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21 Dec 2009   #22
MidwestDon

Vista
 
 

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Looks like MS got rid of this tool?

I was looking for it to mount the ISO into a bootable flash drive, but it looks like they took it down...

EDIT:

Found two download links for those that didn't get it.

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool user reviews and ratings - CNET Download.com

Deposit Files
The tool link was taken down because of this:

Microsoft Pulls Windows 7 Download Tool - Reviews by PC Magazine

Quote:
Microsoft has pulled a tool that is designed to help users with existing Windows XP installations on their netbooks. The Windows USB/DVD Tool was pulled "because there were several concerns brought to Microsoft's attention," a Microsoft spokesman said in an email. "They took it down to investigate the claims."
As the name suggests, the tool allows a downloaded version of Windows 7 from Microsoft's online store or its MSDN subscription service to be copied onto either a USB key or DVD. The former option is especially useful for those users that lack a DVD drive.
Blogger Rafael Rivera Jr. had provided comparisons between the Microsoft tool and the CodePlex ImageMaster tool.
"While poking through the UDF-related internals of the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, I had a weird feeling there was just wayyyyyyyyy too much code in there for such a simple tool" Rivera wrote. "A simple search of some method names and properties, gleaned from Reflector's output, revealed the source code was obviously lifted from the CodePlex-hosted (yikes) GPLv2-licensed ImageMaster project."
The Microsoft spokesman did not confirm or deny that code had been used from the CodePlex tool, which was hosted under a GPLv2 license. That license allows the source code to be distributed as an executable, either with the source code attached or an offer to provide it, if asked.
However, they should be reposting the download link as well as the source code:

Update on the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool - Port 25: The Open Source Community at Microsoft

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Update on the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool by Peter Galli on November 13, 2009 11:24AM

As you've likely read and as was originally reported here, we've been investigating a report that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, might contain GPLv2 code. The WUDT is a free tool that was offered by the Microsoft Store and which enabled customers to create bootable USB drives or DVD backup media from the electronic software (ESD) edition of Windows 7 that comes in an ISO format.
After looking at the code in question, we are now able to confirm this was indeed the case, although it was not intentional on our part. While we had contracted with a third party to create the tool, we share responsibility as we did not catch it as part of our code review process. We have furthermore conducted a review of other code provided through the Microsoft Store and this was the only incident of this sort we could find.
When it comes to our attention that a Microsoft component contains third party code, our aim is to be respectful of the terms under which that code is being shared. As a result, we will be making the source code as well as binaries for this tool available next week under the terms of the General Public License v2 as described here, and are also taking measures to apply what we have learned from this experience for future code reviews we perform.
We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this has caused.

so guys whats the problem with this tool ? is it safe to use ? Or is the technology stolen from someone else ?
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31 Dec 2009   #23
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Originally, Microsoft illegally used open source code in the creation of this tool, they were caught and had to take it down.

Read more here: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...urce-code.aspx

You can download it now here:
Microsoft Store: Download Manager Help
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31 Dec 2009   #24
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Originally, Microsoft illegally used open source code in the creation of this tool, they were caught and had to take it down.

Read more here: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...urce-code.aspx

You can download it now here:
Microsoft Store: Download Manager Help
Darryl! You're back!
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31 Dec 2009   #25
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Originally, Microsoft illegally used open source code in the creation of this tool, they were caught and had to take it down.

Read more here: http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...urce-code.aspx

You can download it now here:
Microsoft Store: Download Manager Help
Darryl! You're back!
Yep... it was a busy Holiday season for me! Check my post in Guru Lounge for more...
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03 Jan 2010   #26
detailer

Win7 Ultimate Enterprise 64bit
 
 
Need Guidance Please

So I bought one of those Windows 7 Ultimate keys off Ebay for $15-(insert uncontrollable laughter here)-I'm downloading the 32bit as we speak.Thinking of downloading the 64bit as well,and the question is: will the key code I've purchased (assuming it's legit) be incorporated in the ISO file,or is it entered during the installation process.If so,I won't bother with the 64bit download.I'm just playing with 15 bucks and the cost of a DVD to see if I can perform a clean install on another PC-just haven't decided if I want to go with 32 or 64bit.Also,I see mixed recommendations on using Iamge Burn and the Microsoft tool for the burn-anybody help an old guy out here-this is my first ever attempt at an ISO burn to DVD-I believe I've read every related thread/post on this,and damn,some of you guys are sharp!!.I'll cross the installation bridge when I decide on the PC(victim) Thanks for the read,and Happy New Year!!
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03 Jan 2010   #27
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by detailer View Post
So I bought one of those Windows 7 Ultimate keys off Ebay for $15-(insert uncontrollable laughter here)-I'm downloading the 32bit as we speak.Thinking of downloading the 64bit as well,and the question is: will the key code I've purchased (assuming it's legit) be incorporated in the ISO file,or is it entered during the installation process.If so,I won't bother with the 64bit download.I'm just playing with 15 bucks and the cost of a DVD to see if I can perform a clean install on another PC-just haven't decided if I want to go with 32 or 64bit.Also,I see mixed recommendations on using Iamge Burn and the Microsoft tool for the burn-anybody help an old guy out here-this is my first ever attempt at an ISO burn to DVD-I believe I've read every related thread/post on this,and damn,some of you guys are sharp!!.I'll cross the installation bridge when I decide on the PC(victim) Thanks for the read,and Happy New Year!!
You will be prompted for the key during installation.
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03 Jan 2010   #28
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

GOOD LUCK on a $15 copy of Windows 7 working! And we cant help or support you since your copy isnt Genuine MS copy... where are you downloading from... torrent?
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03 Jan 2010   #29
detailer

Win7 Ultimate Enterprise 64bit
 
 
Thanks

Yeah I know it's a risk-but what the hell-I've already got my paid copies installed (M$ got my $$ already) and wanted to experiment.Got two older rigs sitting around.The seller is on Ebay (thedigitalretailer)-the offer is still up with 99.5% positive feedback-has been for quite some time-would think Ebay would have booted it by now if not legit-who knows -lack of support is understood and was not expected-Happy New Year guys
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