32-Bit BootSect

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  1. Posts : 3
    Windows Vista Ultimate

    32-Bit BootSect

    Good Morning Everyone.

    I am trying to install a copy of the 64-bit Windows 7 I bought from Digital River, but the laptop will not start from the DVD. I can open the ISO using PowerArchiver or Nero, as well as mounting the ISO using PowerArchiver or DaemonTools, so I know the archive checks out.

    I am running the 32-bit version of Vista and am trying to put together the USB setup disk, but I can not find a 32-bit version of BootSect. I've spent several days searching the Internet trying to find a copy, to no success. Is anyone willing to eMail me a copy?

    Alternately, I saw the thread about BCDEdit, but I do not find that on my Vista system. Is it on the market version of the CD/DVD or is it part of the actual OS? I have a pre-built system from HP, so I only have their semi-retarded "Recovery Disks."

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I know a ton of people have had this problem with Digital River. I wish I had have know beforehand, especially since they have been less than helpful.

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  2. Posts : 13,354
    Windows 7 Professional x64

    Welcome to SF!

    Did you follow this tutorial for creating a bootable DVD?

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  3. Posts : 16,190
    7 X64

    Here you go - rt click the .zip >Properties>Unblock>Apply>OK.


    Rt click the .zip -Extract All - then copy bootsect.exe into Windows\System32 on your Vista system .

    You won't need to change directory to it in cmd as it opens at System32 by default.

    You already have bcdedit in Vista - look in the same place Windows\System32 folder

    Have fun.
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows Vista Ultimate
    Thread Starter

    I did not attempt the Student D/L tutorial, as I received the actual ISO, not a "box" file.

    Thank you SIW2. Hopefully that file will get me up and running. This has been a real pain trying to get this working.

    Take care.
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  5. Posts : 16,190
    7 X64

    If you want to run the installer from usb stick - there are free programs that will transfer from an .iso to usb for you , like this one:Click here to download usb/dvd tool

    Microsoft Store: How to use usb/dvd tool

    Or if you already have the installation dvd - transfer from dvd to bootable usb with this: WinToFlash0.5.0013 beta

    WinToFlash : Video Make a Bootable USB Installer with WinToFlash

    WinToFlash - Install Windows from usb - Home page
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  6. Posts : 3
    Windows Vista Ultimate
    Thread Starter

    I appreciate all the help. With the file from SIW2, it was a very quick and simple. I appreciate it.

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  7. Posts : 16,190
    7 X64

    You're welcome.
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  8. Posts : 15

    how did you add the bootsec to your USB?

    Hi, can you explain how you were able to add the 32-bit bootsec to your USB? I'm having trouble doing it and the programs that were suggested don't work.
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  9. Posts : 13,354
    Windows 7 Professional x64
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  10. Posts : 15

    Jonathan_King said:
    thx i'll try it
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