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Windows 7: Installing different editions using 1 dvd

12 Feb 2010   #11
wse7en

xp pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by steve-pressman View Post
This is a free and easy program to use and is great. Download and follow instructions.

The Official ImgBurn Website
I wanted to try this method before the suggestion above yours, and I successfully made a bootable dvd. Next, I wanted to test if it works, so I inserted it into a computer that already has windows 7 running on it since I have no intention to go through with the installation. I restarted my computer and made my CD drive boot up first, but right after posting and the screen says "booting from cd", instead of going to the installation screen, my computer just boots into windows normally. Why does it do that?


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12 Feb 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

ImgBurn can download an ISO from a disk, and burn one to a disk, but cannot recompile an ISO from files that have been extracted.

You need to use Vlite 1.6 installed over version 1.2 to avoidhaving to download the huge MS WAIK.

Here is the 7Forums tutorial: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

You can burn the ISO from the same drop-down menu where the ISO is created.

Then choose your licensed version from booted All-Versions DVD, created by extracting ei.cfg from Sources folder, recompiling into ISO to burn DVD.
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12 Feb 2010   #13
SIW2

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If you are using a paid isohandler ( eg MagicISO), then just pick up the .iso , find eicfg in the sources folder - delete it, then click Save As - and give it a new name eg new.iso.
Then burn new.iso to dvd. That's all. No need to hunt for boot images.

It's tricky making a bootable .iso from scratch with windows files. You need special apps. to handle etfsboot.com.
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12 Feb 2010   #14
wse7en

xp pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
ImgBurn can download an ISO from a disk, and burn one to a disk, but cannot recompile an ISO from files that have been extracted.

You need to use Vlite 1.6 installed over version 1.2 to avoidhaving to download the huge MS WAIK.

Here is the 7Forums tutorial: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

You can burn the ISO from the same drop-down menu where the ISO is created.

Then choose your licensed version from booted All-Versions DVD, created by extracting ei.cfg from Sources folder, recompiling into ISO to burn DVD.
Before I go ahead and try this one out, can you explain why imgburn doesn't do what you said?
I used their tutorial to make a bootable xp disc as a model for windows 7. How to create a Windows XP installation disc using ImgBurn - ImgBurn Support Forum.

I ignored the first set of instructions for slipstreaming the service pack, but followed everything else after that (except I deleted ei.cfg after copying over the files from my original windows disc).

When the bootup from cd drive didn't work as I described above, I tried running the cd within Windows, and the install screen appeared. I was able to go through at least the first couple steps, and then I stopped on my own accord because it seemed to work. Does this mean the disc works? Did my boot-from-cd not work because I already have windows 7 installed? Or should it have run regardless of what OS is installed?
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12 Feb 2010   #15
SIW2

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I'm assuming you ticked the box make image bootable,selected long file names, and under the Restrictions tab- ISO9660 , ticked Don't add 1 version number? That should work if you already have a boot.img to work with.

Running setup from within windows is not the same as getting bootmgr to load setup from the boot cd.
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12 Feb 2010   #16
wse7en

xp pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you are using a paid isohandler ( eg MagicISO), then just pick up the .iso , find eicfg in the sources folder - delete it, then click Save As - and give it a new name eg new.iso.
Then burn new.iso to dvd. That's all. No need to hunt for boot images.

It's tricky making a bootable .iso from scratch with windows files. You need special apps. to handle etfsboot.com.
That's what I was planning on doing in the very beginning, just resaving the iso that I extracted from the windows disc, deleting the ei.cfg file, resaving it, and then burning it onto a disc. But for some reason I thought that doing simply that wouldn't make the disc bootable, so I looked up the instructions given by MagicISO on how to create a bootable disc. One of the instructions told me to load a bootable image file, which I didn't understand. You can refer to post #8.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I'm assuming you ticked the box make image bootable,selected long file names, and under the Restrictions tab- ISO9660 , ticked Don't add 1 version number? That should work if you already have a boot.img to work with.

Running setup from within windows is not the same as getting bootmgr to load setup from the boot cd.
I simply followed the instructions in the imgburn tutorial link I provided, minus the slipstream section and deleting the ei.cfg file.
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13 Feb 2010   #17
wse7en

xp pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
ImgBurn can download an ISO from a disk, and burn one to a disk, but cannot recompile an ISO from files that have been extracted.

You need to use Vlite 1.6 installed over version 1.2 to avoidhaving to download the huge MS WAIK.

Here is the 7Forums tutorial: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

You can burn the ISO from the same drop-down menu where the ISO is created.

Then choose your licensed version from booted All-Versions DVD, created by extracting ei.cfg from Sources folder, recompiling into ISO to burn DVD.
Is using vlite with windows 7 reliable? If I'm only going to delete the ei.cfg file, does it leave everything else exactly the way it is?

Also, I'm following the directions exactly in the tutorial you linked, but after doing step 7, the "next" button isn't functional for me. The only buttons that work are "back", "apply", and "exit". It does say that the "ISO created successfully!", but my mouse has a busy pointer when I'm hovering over vlite's screen. Can I just use imgburn to burn the iso created by vlite?
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13 Feb 2010   #18
wse7en

xp pro
 
 

I think I found out the issue. None of the discs, including the original windows disc, boots from the computer that already has windows 7 installed on it. But when I tried booting the burned disc from a different computer that has xp installed, it booted properly and I was able to see the installation steps. What's wrong here?
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13 Feb 2010   #19
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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