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Windows 7: How to generate an ISO ?

1 Week Ago   #11
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

>"Would you be good enough to upload that for me?"


Love to but I have no MS account for OneDrive and (eg) MailBigFile needs an email address for the recipient.


The ISO is too large just to attach here, of course. I've looked at its' boot.wim - it's based on WindowsRE, not WindowsPE, and dated May 19, 2018


If you have an upload venue to suggest, please do


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1 Week Ago   #12
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I may have realised the answer to the question on why some recovery ISO's light up the USB3 port on boot while others simply default to USB2 mode.


I generated a recovery ISO in Aomei Backupper Pro 5.3 (my current version) and saw that the generating process used Win10PE by default. Win10PE has USB3 drivers already. I found the same bootmgr and bootmgr.efi files in this new ISO as in the SWI2 ISO from May 2018, so perhaps that is the reason the older ISO boots in USB3 mode.


Macrium offers choice of WinPE versions when generating its' recovery ISO. Choose Win10PE and the USB3 mode will light up on boot.


There is no necessity for the boot media recovery kernel to be the same as the disc image to be recovered. So using a Win10PE-based ISO to recover a Win7 disc works just fine and includes the drivers that make life easier.



Thank you for the help and interest.
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1 Week Ago   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, we know. The thing that doesn't work across different OS are the MS system recovery options.
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1 Week Ago   #14
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
@ian50

I think you have been using one of my win7 iso.

It should be extracted to usb using rufus, or easier - usb7ice

The idea is you can add programs inside the Uprograms folder.
I'm coming into this late in the game, but I have been following your excellent posts for quite a while on this general topic across a number of threads. So let me know if your Win7.ISO is suitable for what I would like to acquire.

Here are my objectives:

(1) I would like to have a latest and greatest ISO, i.e. with all final service pack and all final Windows Updates slipstreamed in so that the disappearance of MS Win7 support and Windows Updates for Win7 is of no concern. This ISO should be suitable for burning to optical DVD, and thus for use installing Win7 from scratch on a brand new physical machine of Skylake CPU or older which contains an optical drive.

It should reflect at least the "retail" version of Win7 x64 Pro, and thus it assumes I have available unused Win7 retail license keys in order to activate that installed Win7 once it is installed, should this ever be needed.

Actually I'm unsure as to whether MS will in fact ever be supporting such Win7 installs from scratch after January 2020, in order to "activate" them? If no Windows Updates are going to be issued is it really necessary to have a "genuine" (i.e. "activated" by their license server) copy of Win7? How will this actually work after January 2020, if you did do a from-scratch install of Win7?

Anyway, I want an up-to-date ISO that can be a genuine DVD image, burnable to real physical DVD and usable for a "retail install" with my provided valid license key. I want to end up with a physical Win7 machine with all the latest Windows Updates already applied and installed in the operating Windows.

(2) This same ISO for optical DVD can thus be used directly into VMWare running on Win10, "mounted" into a brand new Win7 VM so that it could be used to do a from-scratch Win7 retail install for that Win7 VM, exactly as if it were a physical machine capable of running Win7 (which is exactly what VMWare provides). Again, my provided valid license key.

So again, I want end up with a fully functioning and "genuine" and "activated" Win7 VM that has all of the latest Windows Updates already applied and installed in the operating Windows.

(3) For convenience, speed, etc., I would also like to be able to create a bootable USB drive that contains the identical ISO contents. So once again, I could do a from-scratch install but booting from USB, of the latest fully updated version of Win7 to a physical machine Skylake or older.

And once again I want to end up with a newly installed from scratch fully operating Win7 with all latest Windows Updates pre-installed, that is "genuine" and "activated" on that hardware.

Though I'm not familiar with it, I can use USB7ICE to create this bootable USB from your very same one-and-only primary optical DVD ISO that could be burned to actual DVD or used directly as an ISO into VMWare. And it would be usable on physical machines with legacy BIOS or UEFI. Or use RUFUS.


I understand your Uprograms folder concept. Certainly useful to have the personal collection of 3rd-party product installers (plus license key TXT files, etc.) available directly as a folder located on the very same Win7 installer media itself.

I have my own collection of 3rd-party product installers, which could be placed here. Normally I use my own USB drive containing this (in a parent folder named "\BBS Starter", with dozens of sub-folders in for all the products, customization instructions, etc. which I either run the installers from directly, or simply copy fully onto the hard drive of the newly created Win7 machine so that I can later get around to executing the product installers from hard drive as I complete the new Win7 build-out.

So what I'm really anxious to obtain and which I believe your ISO solves, is to get a latest-and-greatest fully slipstreamed final Win7 "retail installation" ISO, usable either for burning to DVD, creating a bootable USB, or reading directly as ISO into VMWare to create a usable Win7 VM.

Is that what you've provided?

Many thanks for your efforts.


P.S. - I am not discussing Macrium Reflect or similar image backups of production operating Win7 environments on existing machines. I already do that. I am concerned about the possiblity of one day in the future wanting to do a brand new from-scratch retail license key Win7 install on a brand new Skylake or older machine, and being able to do that.
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1 Week Ago   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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I would like to have a latest and greatest ISO, i.e. with all final service pack and all final Windows Updates slipstreamed in

Is that what you've provided?
As close as possible, yes.

1. Updated installation media

Updates are integrated using Simplix pack, which is updated every month - presumably the final one will be Jan2020. Net Framework 4.8 and vc runtimes can also be integrated by placing the .wa packs next to the 7updater.cmd

The wim comes out at over 4gb so to fit on fat32 usb stick can be split. It will be a bit too big for single layer dvd.

Win7 will need activating after installation by using product key in the exactly the same way as you do now.

Or you could back up the activation and restore ( same edition same machine) using dism++

Update your Win 7 installation media.


2. The winpe bootable "repair media" is a separate project. It can of course be included on the same usb stick as the updated installation media. A bcd entry can be created so there is amenu to boot either windows setup, or the winpe bootable wim with all the extra programs in the Uprograms folder from the same usb stick. That is straightforward.
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1 Week Ago   #16
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
As close as possible, yes.

Updates are integrated using Simplix pack, which is updated every month - presumably the final one will be Jan2020. Net Framework 4.8 and vc runtimes can also be integrated by placing the .wa packs next to the 7updater.cmd
But I want to be sure I understand. I don't want to have to do anything else myself. I want your ISO to reflect all of the complex recipe steps needed to slipstream anything into the resulting installer folders and thus into the ISO which is the packaging.

I just want to be able to download your final ISO in January and that's it. Ideally I could then use it for any of my three intents... (1) burn to physical DVD (may be an issue if it exceeds single-layer, but if I can still burn to double-layer DVD and it will be usable for install then that's ok, (2) create bootable USB, and (3) read ISO directly into VMWare.

I'm hoping your final posted ISO will have everything already slipstreamed for my potential eventual use, in one of these three situations.


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The wim comes out at over 4gb so to fit on fat32 usb stick can be split. It will be a bit too big for single layer dvd.
So can it be burned to double-layer DVD, and still be usable to install from?


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Win7 will need activating after installation by using product key in the exactly the same way as you do now.
So MS is planning on keeping their Win7 license server still running in support of post-January new installs? I didn't know that but it's good. And my supply of unused Win7 license keys should then work.


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The winpe is a separate project, though it can of course be included on the same usb stick and a bcd entry can be created to boot either windows setup ( the regular boot.wim that is used for installation), or the winpe bootable wim with all the extra programs in the Uprograms folder from the same usb stick. That is straightforward.
I don't understand what this topic refers to. WinPE for what use? What would I then do with the running WinPE environment?

I'm really not concerned about build-out steps. I'm only concerned about being able to INSTALL Win7 from scratch on a new Skylake-or-older physical machine (via DVD or USB) sometime in the future, and have the resulting Win7 be "genuine" and "activated" with my valid retail license key. And I also want to be able to create a 100% usable Win7 VM under VMWare operating on Win10. And all of these should have latest-and-greatest Windows Updates already pre-installed in the resulting Win7, from scratch, via the ISO contents and all its slipstreamed components.

Sounds selfish I know, but I don't want to do anythingl I want to simply capitalize on what you've built, which I'm sure will be 100% complete and usable for my objectives (which really are everybody's).
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1 Week Ago   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The updater I linked to is intended so you can use it to create the updated installation media on your own hard drive - then copy to usb.


Wkeller has a project with the same aim Integrate7 script automatically download and slipstream all updates!


For obvious reasons, I am not disposed to create updated installation media for 4 x64 editions, 5x86 editions multiplied by about 30 languages and then upload hundreds of gbs of iso files.
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1 Week Ago   #18
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit
 
 

Aw come on. You can do it!
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1 Week Ago   #19
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
For obvious reasons, I am not disposed to create updated installation media for 4 x64 editions, 5x86 editions multiplied by about 30 languages and then upload hundreds of gbs of iso files.
That's understandable. Of course my own needs only require Win7 Pro x64.

But, then what is contained in your own "latest ISO": Most recent win7 iso is 17514x64v15.iso

Is that not one already fully complete and updated particular x64 or x86 edition?
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