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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 from External HDD

03 Aug 2011   #51
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

I'm trying to do this from this guide: Install Windows 7 Or Windows 8 From USB Drive/Pen Drive is this ok?

Slasher


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03 Aug 2011   #52
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Alright, I found the problem. It says:

"This version of E:\boot\bootsect.exe is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher."

Sigh, this is really annoying... What can I do about it? I don't have any other 64 bit computers...

Slasher
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03 Aug 2011   #53
gregrocker

 

Tips for getting a perfect clean reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7

Note that there is no reason to do a stressful secure erase except for security reasons to make data irretrieveable, or if installation problems crop up due to boot sector corruption - for which the Diskpart "Clean" command is sufficient.
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03 Aug 2011   #54
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Alright I'll just skip that and just install Windows... Oh wait I can't lol. My DVD drive is bust and stopped working, the current installation of Windows 7 says Bootmgr is missing, I can't create a bootable USB because I don't have any 64 bit computers... What are my options here?

Would it be possible to use Ubuntu to fix the bootmgr problem?
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03 Aug 2011   #55
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Alright I'll just skip that and just install Windows... Oh wait I can't lol. My DVD drive is bust and stopped working, the current installation of Windows 7 says Bootmgr is missing, I can't create a bootable USB because I don't have any 64 bit computers... What are my options here?

Would it be possible to use Ubuntu to fix the bootmgr problem?
Have a look at these,

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Bootmgr is missing - Fix
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03 Aug 2011   #56
gregrocker

 

You can write 64 bit ISO to flash stick using either tool from a 32 bit OS. The Universal tool doesn't even need to be installed.
Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3
Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool
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04 Aug 2011   #57
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

@derekimo - Irrelevant, those options are ruled out, won't work.

@gregrocker - The Windows 7 USB tool won't work for making a 64 bit Windows 7 USB on a 32 bit OS. Isn't the Universal USB Installer for Linux? Hmmm it has a Windows 7 option, let me try it...
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04 Aug 2011   #58
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
@derekimo - Irrelevant, those options are ruled out, won't work.
You're welcome.
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04 Aug 2011   #59
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
You could use this tutorial:
Recovery Partition - Create
If do make sure you backup ext drive.
Using the base of the tutorial above.
1) make a partition at the end of the drive.
2) mark ACTIVE.
3) make letter Z:
4) Copy & Paste, DVD to the partition.
5) Install Windows 7
6) When Windows is installed, delete partition, When you have your replacement DVD Drive.
Attachment 168223

Attachment 168224
Part two

6) When Windows is installed, delete partition.When you have your replacement DVD Drive.
7) mark Windows 7 drive ACTIVE.

Installing Windows 7 from External HDD-rp-delete001.png

Boot up using the Startup disk CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.

8) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

Installing Windows 7 from External HDD-rp-delete002.png

9) Run Startup Repair
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Installing Windows 7 from External HDD-rp-delete003.png


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04 Aug 2011   #60
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

@derekimo, theog, gregrocker, Bare Foot Kid and anyone else that helped me... Thank you all. The solution that worked for me, was using the Universal USB Installer to put Windows 7 64 bit onto the USB on my other 32 bit computer... Linux bootloader saved the day I guess? Anyways, I've repped all of you guys, so thank you very much for committing time to help me. I am typing this now from my laptop, thanks to you guys!

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