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Windows 7: Update your Win 7 installation media.

25 Apr 2019   #301
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

SIW2,
to have a USB Win7 installation disk that boots as Legacy and/or UEFI:
- Copy the Win7 installation iso to a Fat32 and add EFI\Boot folder (with bootx64.efi)
As my computer is UEFI, I have to boot a Win 7 installation DVD as Legacy and use WinPe repair CMD to use the command F:\Boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 F: (F: is the USB Win7 installation disk).

Is there a way to transfer F:\Boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 F: (F: is the USB Win7 installation disk) from a UEFI windows computer using a cmd file?
I can use BOOTICE_v1.3.4.0 (bootice [device] /mbr /instal /type=nt60) or Usb7ice.exe but I prefer to learn from you using cmd.


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26 Apr 2019   #302
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure what you are asking.

You can also download it using gwt.exe -win7

That will download WAIK_3 tools including bootsect.

You probably don't need to use it. Usually the pbr is written by the format process.
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26 Apr 2019   #303
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

To make a USB flash disk UEFI boot able you just copy the Win 7 x64 Installation files (with efi\boot) to a the USB flash disk Fat32 formatted. But it won't boot as legacy.
What is the best way to make it also legacy boot able using a UEFI computer?


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26 Apr 2019   #304
SIW2

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What did you use to format the stick? Most tools nowadays will write the boot code during format.

You can check. Format using any modern partition manager, or diskpart. Then check the boot code using bootice. It will tell you what the mbr and pbr is and if there is an Active partition..

Some usb sticks that come from the manufacturer already formatted may not have that.

Code:
diskpart
lis dis
sel dis [your usb stick]
clean
cre par pri
act
format FS=FAT32 LABEL="whatever" QUICK
exi

If you don't want to reformat using diskpart, or similar, then use bootice commands.
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01 May 2019   #305
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

SIW2, I wanted to do it on a cmd script.
- Bootice cmd ins't working (bootice [device] /mbr /instal /type=nt60) It opens the normal window.
- Win 7 bootsect.exe can set the MBR on the flash disk but it doesn't work on a EFI computer.
- Win 10 bootsect.exe does work on a EFI computer but can't set the MBR on the flash disk (only on internal disk).
- I've tried Diskpart . The problem is that it will launch Diskpart but won't accept the next commands on the script.

Any ideas how to format a disk and set it active on a cmd script?
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01 May 2019   #306
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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Bootice cmd ins't working
How are you doing it? Maybe try using v1.3.3 BootIce.zip


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launch Diskpart but won't accept the next commands on the script
put the commands in a text file.
DISKPART /s something.txt

You will have to be careful. Operate on the wrong disk and you could be in a mess.


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04 May 2019   #307
Basil

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

I have done something silly I think and have the last f the creating an iso hanging. I downloaded from MS the current Win 7 64 bit pro image, dumped its files in a folder called Win7-64bit and ran your lovely app to load the m.2 Intel drivers and also downloaded the current updates. All seemed to go well and the Win7-64bit folder shows today's date files in its midst. But when i try to create an iso image on a USB stick I see the following screen. I think I am missing something obvious. I pointed the installation media site at Win7-64bit folder, with your updater in a different folder. I THINK it's in that area I am missing thee point Does the attached screen shot suggest where my stupidity lies please, and many thanks for your work on this app!


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04 May 2019   #308
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

My mistake. I must have included an earlier version of the CREATE-ISO.cmd .

Easy to fix. Just copy the two files from bin\wimlibx86 into the bin folder.

Alternatively, replace CREATE-ISO.cmd with this version: CREATE-ISO.zip


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to create an iso image on a USB stick
If you trying to create a bootable usb stick, you don't really need to create an iso first.

You can create an iso, if you like, then use something like Rufus to prep the stick and extract the contents from the iso onto the usb stick.

Rufus

That is probably simplest for those who don't know how to do it themselves.


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04 May 2019   #309
Basil

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Thank you very much for the fast reply, I replaced the CREATE-ISO.cmd file and it appears to have worked now although I had to write the iso to the hard drive first as it said there was insufficient space on a 32gB USB stick, and when it had written the bootable iso the hard drive it again wouldn't copy to the stick until I formatted it NTFS. Is that OK and would it have written the original iso to the stick direct had I pre formatted the stick NTFS?



Is there a quick sanity check to see if I have actually managed to insert all the Win 7 updates before trying to use the iso in anger? The iso file size is 4,818,681,856 bytes.


Sorry for all the questions but a friend and I can see ourselves finding this ability to pack a bootable disc with various drivers and pre update Windows 7 extremely useful. Again, many thanks :)
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04 May 2019   #310
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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Is there a quick sanity check to see if I have actually managed to insert all the Win 7 updates
The service build will tell you.

If you let it name the iso, the service build should be part of the iso name.

The idea is that if you create another in a couple of months, it will contain more updates and the build number will be higher so you know which is which.

The original service build (SPBUILD) for win7 with SP1 was 17514.

If you run CREATE-ISO.cmd the iso name would be BUILD_SPBUILD_LANGUAGE_ARCHITECTURE.iso

Therefore 7601_24408_en-US_x64.iso has been updated to a higher service build.



A simple way to get the service build from the wim using a UI is Gimagex.

GImageX v2.2.0 Released - AutoIt Consulting




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If you want to make another in a couple of months, you will need to download the most recent version of 7updater. Simplix needs to use fresh installation media - it won't run against an image that already contains pending cumulative updates.


Probably not worth doing it too often. If you install 7601_24408 in a month or two, windows update will pick up the few additional updates since then.


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