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Windows 7: Cannot create USB bootable ISO - won't add files

12 Oct 2013   #1

windows 7 home premium 32bit
Cannot create USB bootable ISO - won't add files

Ready to put the computer through the window here!

I need to do a clean reinstall of W7 HP 32. I discovered the disk sent with the PC when I bought it is the 64bit disk, so completely useless.

So I am trying to create a USB bootable disk after downloading the ISO file.

When I run the Windows 7 USB/DVD creation tool it fails after formatting saying cannot copy files.

I have searched the net and tried the solution which is to format the USB drive using DISKPART and formated it fine (using exFAT as FAT32 won't work).

But it hasn't solved the problem, files are still not copied.

What else can I do?


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12 Oct 2013   #2

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Win 10 Pro x64

Welcome to the forum,

See if using option two of this tutorial helps,

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

From Step 11,

11. In the elevated command prompt, type in the command below to format the USB as NTFS or FAT32, and press Enter.
exFAT is not an option.
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12 Oct 2013   #3

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I need to do a clean reinstall of Windows 7 HP 32. I discovered the disk sent with the PC when I bought it is the 64bit disk, so completely useless.
Is this a Toshiba?
As Toshiba only send x64 in the box as a option, the x32 is made with the Recovery Media Creator app.
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13 Oct 2013   #4


Everything needed is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Steps are the same for retail

If you're not using the official MS downloads in Step 1 then the MS tool can be picky. Either use the latest official ISO or use the method which will always work UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive
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