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Windows 7: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

23 Jan 2010   #51
woebetide

WIN 7 x64
 
 

In the iso I created, all the files are there (memtest.efi not), so just copy to the folder.
But I don't think you need it (only for EFI-based computers, whatever that may be)

Diagnostic And Recovery Toolset, that's why I called it dart.wim
ERD commander in MSDart 6.5


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23 Jan 2010   #52
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by woebetide View Post
In the iso I created, all the files are there (memtest.efi not), so just copy to the folder.
But I don't think you need it (only for EFI-based computers, whatever that may be)

Diagnostic And Recovery Toolset, that's why I called it dart.wim
ERD commander in MSDart 6.5
All I know is it worked really nice!! Once I figured out what I needed to do, that is ...

Thank both Woebetide and SWI2 for your input on this project!! I intend to experiment a little more, but all is good for now! (on one repair CD!)

Cheers!
Robert
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01 Feb 2010   #53
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

There is an easy way to run Partition Wizard from your multiboot.iso

Copy the "C:\Program Files (x86)\Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2" folder that you already have installed.

Renaming the folder "Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2" to just PW, and renaming the "Partition Wizard.exe" to just PWIZ.exe makes it simpler.

Put the PW folder in the main x86 folder ( or whatever you called the folder you are going to make into the multiboot.iso ) and make a bootable .iso, as before.

Boot the dvd, select Windows Setup - when you get to the "Install Now" screen - press shift and F10 together to get to the 32bit recovery environment cmd.

Type diskpart, lis vol, get the dvd drive letter ( e.g. H:), exi from diskpart.

Then type:

H:\PW\PWIZ

PW takes a few secs to load from the dvd. That's it. Works great.

OR - as you have already made the multiboot.iso , use PowerIso, or similar to add PW folder to it.

Just pick the Multiboot.iso with PowerIso, click Add folder - add PW folder , click Save , or Save as.

Add other folders for other apps. that will run in 32 bit WinPe, as you like :

creating a 2 OS thumb drive-dd-pw-etc2010-02-01_221821.jpg


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02 Feb 2010   #54
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Freecommander is very useful. It is tiny and loads fast.

Put the FC folder in the .iso /or on the flash drive.

Run it the same way.

Boot the dvd/flash to 32 bit recovery options cmd prompt. ( Select Windows Setup - when you get to the "Install Now" screen , press shift and F10 together to get straight to cmd prompt)

Type diskpart, then lis vol - get the dvd/flash drive letter. Exi to leave diskpart.

Type your letter ( e.g. H: ) and the folder and program name - press enter.

H:\FC\freecommander

FC will load into ram quickly - use it to navigate your drives, run apps. copy, delete, rename, change attributes, etc.

FC.zip

Downloads - FreeCommander - freeware file manager


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02 Feb 2010   #55
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Nice, thank you so much for helping me with this. Let's see, has it been long enough since I repped you?
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22 Feb 2010   #56
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, thank you SIW and Woebtide.

I have successfully created a bootable thumb drive with the Windows 7 setup and Partition Wizard. I also followed the instructions to copy the dart64.wim to the sources folder, and replaced the bcd with the file provided.

However, I don't think that worked. It never shows an option what to boot. It automatically boots in the Setup, and never lets me choose to boot dart64.

Could someone instruct me how to add that to the boot menu?
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22 Feb 2010   #57
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to check the entries in the bcd store.

I assume you still have the files on the HD.

Open an elevated cmd prompt on the boot folder, type:

bcdedit /store bcd /enum

Edit bcd entries as described earlier in the thread .
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22 Feb 2010   #58
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I guess I am stuck on adding the dart64.wim to the bcd. How can I do that?
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22 Feb 2010   #59
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

bcdedit /store bcd /enum

shows the current entries

bcdedit /store bcd /copy {default} /d "MsDart x64"

Returns {YOUR NEW GUID}, so type:

bcdedit /store bcd /set {YOUR NEW GUID} DEVICE ramdisk=[boot]\sources\dart64.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}

bcdedit /store bcd /set {YOUR NEW GUID} OSDEVICE ramdisk=[boot]\sources\dart64.wim,{7619dcc8-fafe-11d9-b411-000476eba25f}



MORE HERE
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23 Feb 2010   #60
woebetide

WIN 7 x64
 
 

@Jonathan_King
Don't forget to start bcdedit in the folder where your BCD file is that you want to edit!
Follow the instruction from SIW2.
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