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Windows 7: Need help with a boot disc

04 Sep 2009   #1

Need help with a boot disc

Sorry if this question has been answered before but I downloaded Win 7 x86 from my school website and saved it on a clear partition. I am trying to burn a disc but I am new to this. I read I might need power iso to extract files? I burned a disc but I guess i did not specify boot and it did not work. I have a 2gig file ( Win 7) downloaded on my hard drive and I am lost. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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04 Sep 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Is the downloaded file an .iso file ? Use Free program ImgBurn to burn the .iso to a DVD at 4x speed. Then set bios to boot from DVD drive to install.

" Doc "
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04 Sep 2009   #3


Buddy, I've been having the same problem tonight...we downloaded an ISO from MSDN!

I'm seriously kicking myself. I thought it was just a 7zip archive and I've been spending all this time (after extracting the files) looking for the best way to make those files into a disk.
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04 Sep 2009   #4
Orbital Shark


They're just ISO files which can be burnt to disk, as-is, using tools like PowerISO, ImgBurn and others as you are not limited to burn size/speed with trail software.

The software will open up the ISO and show a directory structure just like explorer, this is how the disk will be burnt. You just then need to click 'burn' as the ISO is already bootable.

Hope this helps

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04 Sep 2009   #5

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Is the downloaded file an .iso file ? Use Free program ImgBurn to burn the .iso to a DVD at 4x speed. Then set bios to boot from DVD drive to install.
" Doc "
I'm with Doc, regarding ImgBurn: DL at: The Official ImgBurn Website

This link might help, with burning the iso:

What Write Speed do I use to burn W7?

Good luck.
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04 Sep 2009   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

When burning, be sure you select "Burn as Disc Image" and you will be good to go...
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04 Sep 2009   #7

need help with boot disk

Thank you so much for your prompt replies. I will give it a try.
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04 Sep 2009   #8

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

I think if you have 7 zip or similar installed it will put it's icon on .iso files - giving the impression it needs extracting.

If it is an .iso ( go to folder options and make sure file extensions are showing) - use any burning program to "Burn as image" , as Tews pointed out.

Burning it as data doesn't retain retain the necessary file structure for it to remain bootable.

You could use this - the only thing it does is burn .iso images:

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