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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 to a thumb drive bootable or iso file system

19 Dec 2018   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Install Windows 7 to a thumb drive bootable or iso file system

I'm confused about the difference in install modes of Windows 7 to the Novicorp Win2Flash installer or the Rufus program. I have the Portable.

The difference appears to be Novicorp installs a Windows to the device in Fat32 file system.
With Rufus yiu can build the file system in NTFS and move a Win7 ISO onto it for installation
to an SSD or HD.

I have the guide for Rufus. I'm doing a practice install with Win2Flash since it came to hand first.

With the info above which should I settle on? Windows7 in Fat32 seems of little use but these details I've forgotten over time.


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19 Dec 2018   #2
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Novicorp installed but it gave the standard boot failure error.
I think file format must have been the problem since the wiped HDD I had just used
Admin tools to put on NTFS to prep for an install.


Hopefully Rufus can wipe this little thumb drive.
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19 Dec 2018   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If you have an iso file most dvd writting software will write the file for you. What gave the boot error the hd or usb?
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19 Dec 2018   #4
Paul Black

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

Hi loninappleton,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
Novicorp installed but it gave the standard boot failure error.
I think file format must have been the problem since the wiped HDD I had just used
Admin tools to put on NTFS to prep for an install.

Hopefully Rufus can wipe this little thumb drive.
Most people here use Rufus as it does the lot. It formats [either FAT32 or NTFS] the USB and creates a bootable USB for installation.

I hope this helps!
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19 Dec 2018   #5
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yes, I'm moving on to rufus next.


From above, Tryingt o select the USB to boot after inspecting the BIOS order gave the
problem. That may be related to selecting AHCI which for this very old Biostar board is not
a selection. I think ages ago I tried to install AHCI from a floppy but never got anywhere--and
that was under XP where you have think fact to select the source of the AHCI file. I never got it right.


Thank to both for answering.


I have the rufus guide. Will follow that and report any success. It's just that I see

those on the Youtube who are doing builds for benchmarls do this all the time.
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20 Dec 2018   #6
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I started with Rufus.


Here is a pic of Rufus showing what is greyed out and incomplete and the log file next to
it. Logfile shows it found that Fat32 created by the other program.


What to do? This is the latest version and the guide I had shows a different layout
which I can't follow.


As to fornatting I thought Rufus just overwrote everything to NTFS is that was selected.


A previous error it gave was about having a drive door on Disk A open which seemed from
another century.


That's what I have so far and why this has been slow going for me.


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20 Dec 2018   #7
Paul Black

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

Hi loninappleton,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
Here is a pic of Rufus showing what is greyed out and incomplete and the log file next to it. Logfile shows it found that Fat32 created by the other program.

As to fornatting I thought Rufus just overwrote everything to NTFS is that was selected.
In the Boot Selection, under Drive Properties, you need to select the ISO. Click the Select button and browse to the ISO.

Rufus does overwrite everything on the USB.

I hope this helps!
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20 Dec 2018   #8
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I'm cross-checking with another PC I have-- an MSI rather than Biostar (which is the oldest I have.)
The MSI BIOS shows the option for AHCI. Nothing on AHCI that I could find in the Biostar RAID setup
which is all part of what I read earlier.


It may be the Biostar BIOS just never will be able to run Rufus. The machine and upgrades are long-since discontinued. I ran the last BIOS routine for it ages ago.


I'll run it on MSI and make a log of that.
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20 Dec 2018   #9
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi loninappleton,



In the Boot Selection, under Drive Properties, you need to select the ISO. Click the Select button and browse to the ISO.

Rufus does overwrite everything on the USB.

I hope this helps!

I made some mistakes in seeing what was needed. I'm making a new transfer of the .ISO where
I hope Rufus sees it. I''l put it on the desktop. The error I think as the cause was tryig to select the
dvd drive where my Win7 normally autoloads for an install as the iso source.


Well, onward/
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20 Dec 2018   #10
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Rufus is running. I added a bad blocks check for the old 4gb thumb drive I have. ISO file showed 3.09 GB
so it should fit.


I'll wait to see all processes finish.


One thing I noticed is when Rufus lights up the green Ready bar. That doesn't happen so far. Maybe
it signals ready for another job. It's just puzzling since the pics show the Ready bar green.
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