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Windows 7: How to generate an ISO ?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
How to generate an ISO ?

SWI2's tutorials on generating a bootable ISO on a USB stick are invaluable. The most recent version of Rufus (3.8) is extremely easy to use and does the job admirably.

I've figured out how to have my Win7 HP250 machines boot off a USB stick, so both Macrium and Aoemi BackUpper image files can be restored in times of disaster off USB boot.

For Aomei, I'm using an ISO from SWI2. I cannot tell his reference number for this now as I relabelled it "aomei all boot" some time ago - but bootmgr and bootmgr.efi are dated May 19, 2018, as is the boot.wim file.

Why is this of interest ? Because this particular ISO from SWI2 turns on the USB3 ports on boot load, in USB3 mode. I have been unable to achieve this with the Macrium ISO, only USB2 mode off USB3 ports. [Backup images are on external USB-connected discs, of course]

I have no real idea how the SWI2 ISO achieves this. I do have USB3 drivers (inf and cat) that turn on the USB3 capacity after normal boot. Adding these to the Macrium ISO means, I think, recompiling the ISO after adding them to the boot.wim in the sources folder of the initial Macrium ISO. I'll have to learn how to use DISM for this, I think.

Q: is there an ISO generator available for this ? 7-Zip, for example, will split out the files and folders from an ISO, but not as far as I can see, do the opposite.


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi ian50,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ian50 View Post
Q: is there an ISO generator available for this ? 7-Zip, for example, will split out the files and folders from an ISO, but not as far as I can see, do the opposite.
[1] If I understand you correctly, DISM++ can generate a new installation ISO.
[2] Also have a look here Update your Win 7 installation media.. His utility also creates an ISO.

I hope this helps!
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks Paul.
The issue really isn't a USB boot for an installation, but rather a USB boot for backup image recovery with Macrium. This program certainly generates an ISO for boot recovery and Rufus puts it on a bootable USB stick in less than 5 minutes.
Rather, the Macrium ISO restricts the USB3 ports to USB2 mode (so a really slow recovery process) but SWI2's Aomei ISO magically turns on the USB3 ports in USB3 mode - recovery so much faster.


I'm trying to figure out how to get the Macrium ISO to do this too.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ian50 View Post
Thanks Paul.

Rather, the Macrium ISO restricts the USB3 ports to USB2 mode (so a really slow recovery process) but SWI2's Aomei ISO magically turns on the USB3 ports in USB3 mode - recovery so much faster.


I'm trying to figure out how to get the Macrium ISO to do this too.
Nope. USB mode is a HARDWARE characteristic. It doesn't depend on what you have on the drive or even the format type.
To work as USB 3.x you must have a USB 3.x port AND a USB 3.x drive. If you attach USB 2.0 drive on a USB 3.x port or vice versa it will work as USB 2.0
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

>"to work as USB 3.x you must have a USB 3.x port AND a USB 3.x drive"


Obvious. Already there, some years now.



My point is here: the SWI2 ISO boot for Aoemi turns on the USB3 port in USB3 mode. The Macrium ISO boot, on exactly the same hardware, uses the USB3 port only in USB2 mode.



I appreciate the replies but it would be nice if that point was addressed.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

If you are booting from USB, your creation is most likely missing correct drivers.
SIW2's ISO contains an app that detects and installs drivers. Your best bet is to contact @SIW2
for details.

Bill
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I have resolved the issue now.
It was as I outlined: SWI2's Aomei boot recovery ISO turned on my USB3 external drives, while my Macrium boot recovery W7 ISO did not, it rather just used the USB2 mode. This made me think that SWI2's ISO contained USB3 drivers while my Macrium ISO did not - for some reason.
Adding these drivers to Macrium's boot.wim with DISM would probably fix that, but the learning curve was steep and long, I feared. Especially since DISM++ is now owned by a Chinese group and all the help files are in Mandarin. One could just use the command lines on DISM ...

So I experimented with Macrium's choice of basic WIM files when it formed the rescue media.
Using Win10 PE worked just fine. USB3 mode came on almost at once. The speed of exploring and recovering Macrium images is absolutely stunning.
So SWI2 used Win10 PE in generating his Aomei ISO, it seems.
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

@ian50

I think you have been using one of my win7 iso.
The only win10 I made back then was called 16299_x64.iso boot.wim date 30-03-18.

Most recent win7 iso is 17514x64v15.iso

It should be extracted to usb using rufus, or easier - usb7ice Usb7ice.zip

the usb then looks like this:
How to generate an ISO ?-17514x64v14.jpg

The idea is you can add programs inside the Uprograms folder. Some are already in there:

How to generate an ISO ?-usb-stick-uprograms.jpg


So you could create a folder in Uprograms called macrium and copy the macrium files into it. You can then run it directly from there after booting the usb stick.

You could also export your license ( if you have one) from the registry and put the .reg file in the folder called RegFiles

If you want to add a shortcut to the winpe desktop, edit the Uprogs.ini file ( use notepad - it is just a textfile) and add this line

LINK %Desktop%\Macrium,%PECMN%\Macrium\reflect.exe

How to generate an ISO ?-add-uprogs.jpg


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3 Weeks Ago   #9
ian50

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply.
The Aomei ISO I'm using (which does indeed turn USB3 mode on when booted from a USB stick) has a size of 434,110,464 bytes. This doesn't match the file sizes of your 16299_x64 ISO's (all 3 versions) so I don't know now where I found it (I renamed it aomei all boot.iso so I've lost the original nomenclature).

I tried your most recent 17514x64v15.iso but had no luck with either the usb ports (not even the mouse) or even the Aomei program. I use Rufus v3.8 at this time. Nonetheless, your excellent tutorials have been extremely helpful as I've worked my way through the issues over the last 18 months.
However, are you saying that after extracting the ISO to usb via Rufus, one can then add drivers to the sub-folder Drivers in UPrograms ? And then boot off the usb ?
At this stage I have bootable usb's for both Aomei and Macrium, and both of these light up USB3 mode. UPrograms adds considerably more firepower to recovery, of course.
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

@ian50

Quote:
The Aomei ISO I'm using (which does indeed turn USB3 mode on when booted from a USB stick) has a size of 434,110,464 bytes.
Would you be good enough to upload that for me? Can't remember which that was, or what I did. Onedrive or anywhere you prefer would be fine to upload.

Quote:
one can then add drivers to the sub-folder Drivers in UPrograms ?
Yes, you could create a folder Uprograms\Drivers copy any drivers into that ( not exe files - they need to be inf cat and sys ). It would need a line added to uprogs.ini to install them.

I made a win10 version with similar folders on the usb stick - Uprograms etc
183x64.iso
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