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Windows 7: Windows system image on my ssd

29 Apr 2012   #31

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

What is "it"??

Are you referring to an ISO downloaded from

Most people would burn that ISO to a disk and install from that.

If you want to use a USB drive, look here:

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Disconnect any drives other than the SSD to which you are installing.

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30 Apr 2012   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Sure hope you are downloading from a legit site.

Any way, I assume you are downloading an iso file.

That iso file can be burned to a DVD (you'll need 4GB size) which most are.

Or better yet. put the ISO on a usb stick.

Myself, I prepare a usb stick and then use 7-Zip to extract the iso to the usb stick which must be at least 4GB and 4 GB is ideal.

Here is how to prepare a USB stick.

Run CMD.EXE as administrator

Type following commands and hit ENTER key after each command.
DISKPART starts the DiskPart program
LIST DISK shows numeral assigned to disks
note the numeral assigned to your usb stick
The numeral 2 will be used in this example
DETAIL DISK the info shown will confirm the correctness of your selection
CLEAN ALL the entire usb stick will be overwritten with zeros
This can take awhile if usb stick has large capacity.
Keep the faith-the DiskPart prompt will eventually return.
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY create a primary partition on the USB stick
FORMAT FS=NTFS format the partition
ACTIVE the partition can contain operating system startup files
ASSIGN the next available letter is assigned to the USB stick
EXIT exit from the DISKPART program
EXIT exit from the command shell

If your usb stick balks, then you know now that the stick is bad.

You can tell 7-Zip (which is free) to extract an ISO to the USB drive.

I followed your instructions and prepared my USB. Then I extracted the OS I downloaded usin 7zip but when I boot it up using the USB it says
BOOTMGR is missing
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30 Apr 2012   #33

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Then you did not boot from the USB.

How are you booting from a USB, that is, please tell us the procedure.

You do realize that you must EXTRACT the iso to the usb stick.
You do not simply copy the iso file to the usb stick.

EXTRACT will uncompress and expand all of the files in the ISO to the USB.
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30 Apr 2012   #34

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

After I extracted the OS to my USB, I shut down my computer and then unplugged the HDD. I then turn on the computer and hit F12 to go to the boot menu. Then I have tried every different kind of USB option in the boot menu and nothing works. Even in the HDD section it list my PNY USB and that doesn't work either
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30 Apr 2012   #35

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Am not sure what you are doing to have this problem.

will ask others. Perhaps some also have a gigabyte board and are familiar with the screens you should see.
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30 Apr 2012   #36

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Upon seeing Post Screen strike the "delete" key(you will enter the BIOS)
Select "Standard CMOS Features"
Change your USB drive to primary.
Strike "F10"
Strike "Y"
Strike "Enter"
System will reboot
If you have uploaded the file correctly to the USB, it will boot into setup
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30 Apr 2012   #37

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Your BIOS probably has one or more settings that will assist or prevent booting from a USB disk.

The settings vary, depending on the motherboard.

Go to the BIOS and look for ANYTHING that sounds like it might be related. Make note of your current settings so you can return to them if needed.

Then start juggling the settings and hope you hit the right combination.
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30 Apr 2012   #38
Microsoft MVP


Write the ISO you downloaded to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool. Then boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen at boot, or enter BIOS setup to set DVD drive to boot first. Stick should be listed under USB, Removable or HD's.

Then follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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