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Windows 7: Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Using Grub4Dos



Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Using Grub4Dos

How to Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Pen Drive or External Hard Disk Using Grub4Dos
Published by mjb
18 Jun 2010
Default Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Using Grub4Dos

How to Boot Windows 7 System Repair Disc from USB Pen Drive/Hard Disk Using Grub4Dos


Requirements:

1. MultibootISO > Install Grub4Dos easily into USB Flash Drive/External Hard Disk
Get it here: Boot Multiple ISO from USB (MultiBoot USB) | USB Pen Drive Linux
or here: YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
2. Windows 7 System Repair Disc - How to Create Windows 7 System Repair Disc
3. Notepad++ > To edit menu.lst
Get it here:Notepad++ | Download Notepad++ software for free at SourceForge.net
or here: Download Notepad++ 5.6.8 - FileHippo.com



Lets Start

Step 1: Follow this tutorial to create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc.

Step 2: Convert the Repair Disc into an ISO file. To avoid confuse later, we rename the file as w7repairdisc.iso in this tutorial. There are many ways to convert a CD into ISO file, Google it "Convert CD to ISO". Alternatively, you can use Format Factory.

Step 3: Run MultibootISO, install MultibootISO into your USB Storage Device(ie.pendrive, External Hard Disk). This will install Grub4dos in USB Storage.

Step 4: Copy w7repairdisc.iso into your USB Storage.

Step 5: Look for the file menu.lst in your pendrive/External Hard Disk, edit it with Notepad++.
Add in the below command line:
Code:
title Windows 7 System Repair Disc
find --set-root /w7repairdisc.iso
map /w7repairdisc.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)
If you have no idea where to insert the above command line, just insert it at the end of the file.

Done. The pendrive is ready to boot & run Windows 7 System Repair Disc.

If you are confused and don't know how to edit menu.lst, then, open it with Notepad++, delete all the command lines and replace by the following command lines. Save the file and exit.

Code:
timeout 30
root=(hd0,0)
color NORMAL HIGHLIGHT HELPTEXT HEADING
splashimage=(hd0,0)/splash.xpm.gz
foreground=FFFFFF
background=0066FF 
 
title Windows 7 System Repair Disc
find --set-root /w7repairdisc.iso
map /w7repairdisc.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)

Note   Note
There are 2 types of Windows 7 Repair Disc - 32 bit & 64 bit. Windows 7 32 bit can only create 32 bit Repair Disc and too can only be used to restore 32 bit system image. This same with 64 bit System Repair Disc.



Boot from Pendrive
Restart the computer. Configure BIOS to boot from Pendrive/External Hard Disk.
A boot menu will appear. You will be able to see the boot option Windows 7 System Repair Disc.
Use arrow key on keyboard to select Windows 7 System Repair Disc and press enter.


About Menu.lst
Menu.lst is a boot menu of Grub4Dos. After install MultibootISO into pendrive/External Hard Disk, it support for booting many OS or programs. There are many entries ready made by default after installing MultibootISO. You may delete any of the entries if you don't need them.

For more info about MultiBootISO, please visit: Boot Multiple ISO from USB (MultiBoot USB) | USB Pen Drive Linux


Advantages of using Grub4Dos
By using Grub4Dos, many other bootable OS or Softwares (ie, Linux, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Partition Wizard...) are supported in one single pendrive/External Hard Disk. To view the list of supported software, you may refer the official site of MultiBootISO. If the bootable software you owned is not listed, doesn't mean it is not supported.

For example, you can install Windows 7 within the same USB Pen Drive or External Hard Disk too (Read here). With Grub4Dos, you can make your USB become a Super System Maintenace & Emergency Rescue Tools. (i.e, recover/copy files when Windows cannot startup/lost partition/formated partition, reset or recover system/windows password, testing tools)

Below are some of the highly recommended bootable software for System Maintenance & Emergency Rescue Tools:

1. Partition Wizard - Site - Download
2. Hiren's Boot CD - Site1 - Site2 - Download
3. Ultimate Boot CD - Site - Download (scroll down at link to download from within "Mirror Sites" list)
4. AntiVirus Rescue Disk (ie, AVG, Bitdefender, Avira) - Link
5. Windows 7 Installation DVD - Tutorial








Published by
15 Sep 2010   #1
Anomaly

Windows 7
 
 

This worked great for me.

It would be great if you could provide the info to use the Macrium Reflect Linux Recovery CD. I could multi boot it or the Windows 7 Recovery CD from the same thumb drive. All I need is the command line info to add to the menu list.


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18 Jul 2011   #2
peterpallesen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

MultibootISO is no longer available from pendrivelinux. Alternatives require you to select a specific cd to copy to the pendrive. Howto probably needs to be updated accordingly.
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31 Jul 2011   #3
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I couldnt get the previous version of YUMI to multiboot but will try again with this new version.I already have the Windows 7 installer on a USB so can access the repair console from there.

Danny
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14 Aug 2011   #4
mjb

Windows 7 & XP
 
 

This tutorial is written for MultibootISO.exe series, which is based on Grub 1.
And MultiBootISO.exe is not supported anymore by the author.

Newer Version of Grub 2 (YUMI) is replacing MultiBootISO.exe.

If you do like to use (Grub1) MultiBootISO.exe 1.4.8 (the version describe in this tutorial), you can download it here:
MultiBootISOs-v1.4.8.exe

Additional related notes of this tutorial has been expanded in another similar (tutorial). Please visit:
Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive Using Grub4Dos
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Mar 2012   #5
JackOfAllTrades

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
I'm stuck on step 5

Here's my situation, my laptop has crashed and i want to use the usb recovery method. Problem is I first need to create one, I have the recovery ISO at work but cant burn it on a CD, my only option is usb. I have tried the method stated above but I'm stuck on step 5 cause the bootle usb didnt create a menu.lst file. So I'm not sure what to do next and I'm not sure what folder to place the ISO file? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2012   #6
mjb

Windows 7 & XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JackOfAllTrades View Post
Here's my situation, my laptop has crashed and i want to use the usb recovery method. Problem is I first need to create one, I have the recovery ISO at work but cant burn it on a CD, my only option is usb. I have tried the method stated above but I'm stuck on step 5 cause the bootle usb didnt create a menu.lst file. So I'm not sure what to do next and I'm not sure what folder to place the ISO file? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
Try YUMI
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux
After running YUMI, at step 2 inside the program of YUMI,
choose the last option:
Try an Unlisted ISO
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2013   #7
yax

Windows 7 64 Home,Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Excellent tutorial, i have gone through all the steps, booted up on my flash, but am getting a "file not found" error message.I am on win 64.tnx for any advice
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18 Jan 2013   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello yax, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Try now.
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29 Apr 2013   #9
majabuu360

windows 7
 
 

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...st2381791(this has more details on my problem)
so im stuck the multi or the yummi I both installed. Now that may be my first problem i used them to install window installer onto the usb. Was there something else I was suppose to install? I have the same computer issue with not being able to load my computer. So I have yummi on the usb and connect it to the damaged computer. And go thorugh the option of windows installer. Which takes me to the startup reapir area. in one of these pictures i can get to the system restore area but nothing works. And then get asked for a dvd or final dvd. I just want to use my computer i dont care about the files please help


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