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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device

13 Jan 2012   #90
BrutalElite

win 7 32bit
 
 
I understand that part

Im trying to put it on my extra internal HDD its only 40gigs and i want to put this on it my 32 bit is on my 60gig hdd but i cant get the instalazition to start bc cmd is being a pos to me.


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13 Jan 2012   #91
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrutalElite View Post
Im trying to put it on my extra internal HDD its only 40gigs and i want to put this on it my 32 bit is on my 60gig hdd but i cant get the instalazition to start bc cmd is being a pos to me.


I am still not understanding. If you dont have a dvd or flash drive where would you be installing from?
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07 Oct 2012   #92
arneo

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the post about pre installing windows with imagex.exe,
my current experiences with installing it on a fresh new drive are below.
(I won't put the output here to keep it short ;P)

The other thing I tried was to mount(Junction) C:\Users to another physical drive, and it worked :]].

Code:
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> list volume

DISKPART> select disk 2
DISKPART> create partition primary size=100
DISKPART> create partition primary 
DISKPART> for fs=ntfs quick label="7new"
DISKPART> assign
DISKPART> active

DISKPART> list volume
  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     O                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1         System Rese  NTFS   Partition    100 MB  Healthy
  Volume 2     C   W7current    NTFS   Partition     59 GB  Healthy    System
  Volume 3     E   Users        NTFS   Partition    500 GB  Healthy    
  Volume 4         System Rese  NTFS   Partition    100 MB  Healthy
* Volume 5     D   7new         NTFS   Partition    120 GB  Healthy


DISKPART> exit
You could also use the graphical program diskmgmt.msc :]
When I rebooted I got bootmgr is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart (of course a feature).
After installing you might (always) need to boot from DVD and
go to "Repair your computer" (at the bottom), select "Repair and restart" (and reboot,
again from DVD), select "Use recovery .... click [Next]" and
start "Start-up Repair" (at the top).
This worked for me in multiple times (I disconnected my old system drives).

The imagex installation number ?!
As there are different ISO's (install.wim) types the index number is not always the same that you want.
If you run "imagex.exe /info O:\sources\install.wim" you get a bunch of xml code,
in here is index number an what installation of windows that goes with it.
The starting tag is: <IMAGE INDEX="1"> (The index number we need) and yust above
is the closing tag </IMAGE> is the <DISPLAYDESCRIPTION>Windows 7 Home Basic...
I guess that's an easy one

Mounting the C:\Users to another drive
Before starting the "imagex" process I've mounted another drive to the D:\ (7New) drive
and changed the security-rights on the folder "D:\Users" and drive-user-drive (E:\).
I looked up the folder rights (C:\Users) on the currently active windows
and changed the "D:\Users" folder and "E:\" drive security-rights accordingly.
And mounted it to the folder D:\Users (use mountvol.exe or the GUI diskmgmt.msc tool).
After this I started the "imagex" process, surprisingly it work for pre installation of the windows.
After reboot the post installation of windows started and completed successfully
I can't say what it will do in the long run, I've also tried it with "C:\Programdata",
"Program Files.." these gave errors, properly because of junctions
that are required to be on the same drive.

Thx all, and good luck installing.
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29 Jan 2013   #93
Zynpol

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

How do I know how much to shrink by?
I have two partitions, Volume 1 with windows on is 415 GB
and the second with nothing on is 516 GB?
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06 May 2013   #94
stupot65

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

So if I delete my old windows 7 partition, will my new one still work? Because if I want a fresh install of windows 7 I could use this but I would then want to delete my old installation. Would that work?
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06 May 2013   #95
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stupot65 View Post
So if I delete my old windows 7 partition, will my new one still work? Because if I want a fresh install of windows 7 I could use this but I would then want to delete my old installation. Would that work?
Hello Stupot,

If this is for your Toshiba Satellite listed in your system specs, then you would want to do a factory recovery to reinstall your Windows instead. The link below from Toshiba can help show you how to if needed.

How to recover a Toshiba notebook with the HDD recovery procedure

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 May 2013   #96
stupot65

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Uhh, no it's for a computer without a built in recovery tool
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06 May 2013   #97
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

In that case, you could but it probably be easier to just do a normal clean install.

Clean Install Windows 7
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20 Jun 2013   #98
trembuzz

Windows 7 Home Premium x64/Windows Vista Home Premium x64
 
 

This looks interesting. I'd like to create a dual boot with Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 capable of accessing files on an external HDD from both OS's. The original files (video of various formats) were created with Vista. I can take ownership within Windows 7 but this will mean ownership issues every time I switch OS's. I'm not a "novice" but can't think of a work around for this to work sans the ownership issues.

Any thoughts on this subject would be appreciated.
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20 Jun 2013   #99
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Didn't knew that this was possible at all, nice trick, thanks!
Quick question, is it possible to use this method to install a second instance of Windows within the same partition as the existing one? Or when deploying the image it overwrites everything previously on the target drive? Otherwise, I would have to continue doing so with the normal installer.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trembuzz View Post
This looks interesting. I'd like to create a dual boot with Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 capable of accessing files on an external HDD from both OS's. The original files (video of various formats) were created with Vista. I can take ownership within Windows 7 but this will mean ownership issues every time I switch OS's. I'm not a "novice" but can't think of a work around for this to work sans the ownership issues.

Any thoughts on this subject would be appreciated.
You may give ownership and permissions to a built-in security entity, like the administrators group or the "everyone" group. Those have standard, predefined SIDs shared among every Windows instance and will be recognized right away, without needing both systems steal permissions from each other every time.
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