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Windows 7: Update your Win 7 installation media

4 Weeks Ago   #621
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Well, there's something wrong with how the forum is accepting and serving images uploaded as attachments I guess.

I post my pictures on ImageShack, which is an external image hosting site. I then imbed my pictures in-line using "start image" and "end image" delimiters, with the external URL from the hosting site in between. That works perfectly.

Your pictures appear to have been uploaded to the SevenForums attach database. I don't do that so I don't know how you then request them to be displayed in-line in your posts. But it's not working for me. We should probably get Brink to look at this, and investigage.

I'm using Firefox. What browser are you using? Note that the rendering of those pictures in your browser as documented by your latest screenshots is NOT HOW IT LOOKS FOR ME. Note that only the first image you posted (in the sequence of the "recipe" instructions) displayed properly, in-line and with no extra text. But all the rest of your pictures either (a) displayed your file name followed by the image, or (b) only displayed your file name with no image.

For example:





If I right-click on the "file name" text I get a popup from Firefox that allows me to "copy image location", and if I click on that the SevenForums attach database URL is copied to the clipboard. If I then open a new tab and paste in the URL and press ENTER, I am presented with a forum login screen!! Note the URL address in the following screenshot, which is correctly the URL of your picture's file name in the SevenForums attachment database.



So for some reason attempting to display the picture in a separate tab fails, and instead presents the login screen. And if I then push the log in button that works, and I'm re-logged in(?) (although of course I'm already obviously logged in so this shouldn't be necessary), but the image doesn't ever get presented. Instead I am re-presented with this same login screen yet again. And this loop is perpetual.

So, there is obviously something incompatible with how you've posted and imbedded your pictures through the forum attachments process which is not working properly... at least not with Firefox. I have no such issue posting many many pictures using the external URL method.

I will report this to Brink.


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4 Weeks Ago   #622
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

But now back to on-topic.

I have now run your command, but INSTALL.WIM ended up being about 4.8GB which is larger than the max FAT32 file size. I used an ISO to start from MS which had all four versions of Windows x64 SP1. I assumed that because I'd requested "*" to the index number that INSTALL.WIM was thus too large after applying all the SIMPLIX updates (their downloaded file is from 1/17/2020, which presumably includes the very final Windows Updates provided by MS, aside from MSE updates which continue to be pushed out at least as of today).

NOTE: the Windows Update server is still functioning, as just yesterday I did a Win7 Ultimate install using an old ISO and then a few more hours completing all Windows Updates. So they haven't really shut it down yet.

Anyway, not really needing the HomeBasic version I re-ran your command this time only specifying index 2, expecting either to be prompted after it finished if I wanted to do any additional versions, or perhaps just stopping with one version. Whichever, the INSTALL.WIM was now 4.4GB, which was still too big for FAT32.

I assume the FAT32 max size affects things only if you want to create a bootable FAT32 USB drive, but not if you use the ISO itself to install from (e.g. inside a Win7-VM).

But the command advises of the size problem, and suggests running the SPLIT-WIM command, which I did. That results in two smaller files with a SWM extension. What am I supposed to do with them, in order to make them usable?

If I have to split things under any choice of 1 or 4 versions, I'd like to split the original 4-version INSTALL.WIM. But I still have no idea how to make use of this on a bootable USB? Where are instructions on how to deal with this ultra-large WIM by slipstreaming all Windows Updates?
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4 Weeks Ago   #623
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Well, thanks to an earlier post on this thread by @Megaherz07:

When you split the install.wim it will give you Install.swm and install1.swm
Then you delete install.wim and keep Install.swm and install1.swm


So that's what I shall do. I will delete the too-large original install.wim and replace it by the two fractional .swm files.
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4 Weeks Ago   #624
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Update your Win 7 installation media-split-wim.jpg


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4 Weeks Ago   #625
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I saw the command there (and was pointed to it by the advisory message at the end of the process). And I executed it. And I got two fractional pieces.

But I didn't know what to do next since you'd made no mention of that possibility in your recipe instructions. Perhaps you should?

Anyway, when this re-run finishes I will delete the original install.wim and replace it with the two fractional .swm pieces out of the split-wim command. I am operating under the belief that this is what I should do.

I've now gone back and am re-running the original 4-version update, since the split of that 4-version install.wim solves the problem and still lets me have a 4-version FAT32 usable installer.

P.S. - I have PM'd Brink with info about this imbedded picture attachment problem, at least using Firefox.
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4 Weeks Ago   #626
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
when this re-run finishes I will delete the original install.wim and replace it with the two fractional .swm pieces out of the split-wim command
Yes. You could select the installation media\sources folder as the destination for the split wims and when finished, delete the sources\install.wim file. Or move install.wim somewhere in case you want to keep it.
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4 Weeks Ago   #627
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi @SIW2

not used it myself, but does it hold superceeded updates, im after KB3022345

Roy
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4 Weeks Ago   #628
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't know where you could get KB3022345 now. It isn't in the current updatepack.
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4 Weeks Ago   #629
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

I have been unsuccessful in getting a new ISO file created from the resulting folder that I end up with at the end of the process, which then is usable as an ISO file attached to a Win7-VM as CD/DVD in VMWare Workstation Player. The complaint seems to be "no operating system", like there is no MBR to start the boot process from. Probably due to how I've been trying to generate a "bootable ISO" from the finished folder.

In contrast, the original MS Win7 all-versions ISO that I expanded to produce the starting folder going into the command works perfectly just as-is when attached as an ISO file as CD/DVD in VMWare. So obviously this is a "bootable ISO" whereas the ones I've tried to create for the updated folder is not.

The ISO from MS is the CD/DVD one, so that theoretically you could burn a CD/DVD from the ISO and it would produce a bootable CD/DVD. And I have done that years ago, and it certainly works. I've also used RUFUS to produce a bootable USB from this ISO, and again it works. And again it boots perfectly when the ISO file is attached as CD/DVD for VMWare.

So that's what I'm looking for, namely the technique to recreate a perfectly usable bootable CD/DVD ISO from the finished product folder out of the SIMPLIX update process. I just want to now create a new ISO from this fully updated folder, identical in usability to the original non-updated ISO from MS. I want to be able to burn a bootable CD/DVD, or create a bootable USB, or use the ISO directly into VMWare and have it boot properly... all as done problem-free when using the original non-updated MS ISO.

So... what tool(s) or technique(s) do you use to "re-package" the now fully updated folder back into a bootable usable ISO file? I've tried combinations of IMGBurn and RUFUS but so far the ISO file I end up with cannot be booted to by VMWare when attached as CD/DVD.

I have tried with both a 4-version update process, as well as just a 1-version (Win7 Pro) version. Doesn't make any difference, and I still fail. Obviously I'm doing something wrong, or not doing what I should be doing.

How do I do this correctly?
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4 Weeks Ago   #630
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you try the CREATE-ISO.cmd ?

The bootsector binaries are expected to be installation_media\boot\etfsboot.com and installation_media\efi\Microsoft\boot\efisys.bin

Otherwise, you could use gburner ( fully functional free trial for 30 days) and add the boot file
On second thought the bifx is probably more widely useful ( for efi and bios boot win7)
win7x64-bifx.zip



The .bifx file might also work with imgburn, not sure because I don't use imgburn.

gBurner - A powerful CD, DVD and BD burning software


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