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Windows 7: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

24 Oct 2009   #39
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



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25 Mar 2010   #40
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

I'm trying to use this tool to install an OEM OS on a Notebook using my flash drive and I am also getting the "The Selected file not a valid ISO file". Will try the suggestion in post #4 to get around the fact that Microsoft made this tool to read only "perfect" ISO images and not adulterated ones such as those put out by PC makers.

I currently have Windows 7 Ultimate on my Dell 1010 Mini NB and am wishing I'd left XP SP3 on it as it is now sooooo slow. It isn't that fat to start with and I guess this was just too much for the poor thing.

The alternate and sensible course would be to buy an external USB CD/DVD drive but I am trying to save money here.

Thankfully my NB is merely a standin for my actual PC if that ever fails for whatever reason.

If anyone has any quick solutions to that invalid ISO error I'd love to hear it.

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25 Mar 2010   #41
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You can actually just drag-n-drop all the files from the mounted ISO (use MagicDisc or a similar program) to a USB drive. See method #2: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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25 Mar 2010   #42
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

I'm sorry to sound totally thick here. This area is where I fail the test miserably...LOL, I've never been good at disk images and bootable-anything.

By "all the files" - all what files? An ISO image is just that...I can't see any files therein.

If I simply dragged and dropped the contents of the OEM CD to my USB drive, is that what you mean? The Notebook itself can be booted from a USB drive - I just tell it to during bootup by clicking F12 and selecting that option. But I guess the secret is making the darn thing bootable in the first place.

I already downloaded MagicISO and the MSFT Tool can't read the ISO it makes either. (I usually use ImgBurn).

So I should use what method? Sorry but I'm a bit confused.
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25 Mar 2010   #43
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Ignore...it looks like the diskpart method is working.......LOL. I was just hoping that there was an easy way of getting that Microsoft tool to recognize OEM and other tailored OS images.
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25 Mar 2010   #44
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yeah, I haven't had good luck with that tool either. Since RTM, I haven't burned any DVDs, but I always use the manual method of creating a bootable thumb drive.
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25 Mar 2010   #45
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

The Microsoft tool works fine if it's an unadulterated CD/DVD such as an OS one has downloaded from Technet or any Microsoft-made CD/DVD, but the minute anything such as Dell or HP or whatever is included then it fails saying it's not a valid ISO image.
Pity.
I did see a way to persuade it to work on the web but it failed for me so I'm using method 2 in the link you provided and it seems to be working OK albeit taking several hours. (I just love Vista/Win 7's high-speed file transfer system although I could probably blame the USB drive in this case).

Thanks so much for your help.

P.S. The 3 hours 22 minutes it originally said it would take has shot down to 1 hour 10 minutes, so there's hope yet that it'll be done in my lifetime.
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25 Mar 2010   #46
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Well, I don't know. Although I have set USB as 1st boot in the notebook it isn't booting from it.....looks like I'm stuck with the status quo.
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25 Mar 2010   #47
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Can you manually boot from the USB drive using the popup boot menu?

Make sure the USB drive is clean (use the clean command), and active.
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25 Mar 2010   #48
Ex_Brit

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

I did all that during the diskpart process. Should it be FAT32 or NTFS? ATM it's FAT32.

I can't manually boot from it either.
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25 Mar 2010   #49
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have always used NTFS, but I don't know if it matters.

Try using method 1 of the tutorial: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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