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Windows 7: ISO to USB flash drive, what software

13 Apr 2011   #11
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Why don't you try this? It is super simple. And you can pack your pendrive with as many bootable ISOs as you would like and boot from any. It will take just five minutes to download it and make your bootable pendrive. You can also have the Acronis Rescue CD ( latest addition in its list)
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

Also have a look here for more details.
Thanks.
Question.
Is there such a thing as a Bootable ISO/ Or is it just a ISO that once burned/extracted it can be booted from.
I'm kind of smart but some times I don;t feel like it.


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13 Apr 2011   #12
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It should be a bootable ISO. If you just make an ISO image of any non copy-protected movie DVD it is not a bootable ISO. But if you make an ISO image of any bootable CD/DVD (like Windows 7 OS media), it will be a bootable ISO just like the media from which you created it. ISO is an exact image of the media. Many compilations such as the Linux Live CDs, Ultimate Boot CD, Hiren's Boot CD etc., are bootable ISOs.

You can also make your own bootable CD/DVDs by injecting a boot image during the burning process, and from these your bootable ISOs but thats not my cup of tea.
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13 Apr 2011   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

If the Win PE has a tool similar to the bootsect.exe found in the boot folder on the Vista/7 dvd you could simply use the DiskPart tool to make up a Win PE install key. While in the elevated command prompt you first clean the flash drive once selected, format it to NTFS once a new primary is created, and change to the optical drive to run the tool.

Once made bootable using the manual method you simply copy the contents onto the flash drive. UltraISO on the other hand also features the option to create images from OS media and see them written to flash drives using the gui method.

I ended up with the full version here for other things like putting GParted onto a live stick to carry in a belt holder for flash drives as well as a second data recovery stick. At times people running older machines with XP or older versions on you don't see the repair options as seen with Vista and now 7.

It was found to be far more flexible for things over the other usb tools seen so far for any 3rd party app. First make sure you save any files found on the flash drive you intend to use however since those will be lost during the automatic reformat. Other then that simply give it a try and let us know how it works out.
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14 Apr 2011   #14
richyrichuk

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Why don't you try this? It is super simple. And you can pack your pendrive with as many bootable ISOs as you would like and boot from any. It will take just five minutes to download it and make your bootable pendrive. You can also have the Acronis Rescue CD ( latest addition in its list)
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

Also have a look here for more details.

cool will try, but u have to select your disto, ultriso is just 2 clicks
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14 Apr 2011   #15
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richyrichuk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Why don't you try this? It is super simple. And you can pack your pendrive with as many bootable ISOs as you would like and boot from any. It will take just five minutes to download it and make your bootable pendrive. You can also have the Acronis Rescue CD ( latest addition in its list)
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

Also have a look here for more details.

cool will try, but u have to select your disto, ultriso is just 2 clicks
I want to say thanks to the first quoted poster, Ponmayilal.
I looked at that a while ago but I am of the suspicious nature and did not trust what it said it can do and for the simple fact that I really have no desire to run Linux (although I have) and didn't need a program to put multiple Linux versions on a USB stick.
But since it can take multiple ISO files and combine them on one USB stick and then boot to those ISOs from a boot menu is great.
I now have Win 7 SP1, Win XP SP3, Mustang PE with Arconis True Image & Direct Director and a couple of other utility programs all on one USB stick.
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14 Apr 2011   #16
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richyrichuk View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Why don't you try this? It is super simple. And you can pack your pendrive with as many bootable ISOs as you would like and boot from any. It will take just five minutes to download it and make your bootable pendrive. You can also have the Acronis Rescue CD ( latest addition in its list)
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator (Windows) | USB Pen Drive Linux

Also have a look here for more details.

cool will try, but u have to select your disto, ultriso is just 2 clicks
Hmmmm.... a year or so ago, I also thought that this program is only for running Linux distros until I rediscovered that it also can be used to boot any bootable ISO from the pendrive. There is absolutely no need for downloading any of the Linux distros listed in it. You just show it the path to your bootable ISO - any - and click create and that is it.

Well, you have here > Say "No" to burning bootable CDs, DVDs from ISOs three ways of booting the bootable ISOs.


1. Using EasyBCD to boot the bootable ISOs stored in your system. Disadvantage: will not work if your HDD fails.

2. Using UltraISO for creating your bootable pendrive. Disadvantage: You need one pendrive exclusively for each bootable ISO.

3. Using this program to pack as many bootable ISOs as you would like in the pendrive and selecting /running one from the menu. Especially useful for those with netbooks that do not have an optical drive/for laptop/desktop users with compromised optical drives - which is not very uncommon.

So read the complete thread and pick your choice as per your requirement.
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14 Apr 2011   #17
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Well I tried out the multi boot to do a repair install of a XP PC.
Multiboot loaded fine but the XP install didn't. I then brought it to win 7 and tried to boot to the Win 7 ISO on multiboot. Basically the same thing. Came up with errors wouldn't boot.

I'll use it for utilities but as far as puttiing a OS install on it, other then Linux it's a NO GO.
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14 Apr 2011   #18
Ponmayilal

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Your ISOs should be clean and not corrupted in anyway. Use your genuine Windows 7/XP media to make the ISOs using the simple and straight-forward ISORecorder.( Google and you should find it).

Another thing the author suggests when the ISOs do not boot is to defragment the ISO in the pendrive.

So try these and then report.

( I have not installed the OS from the multiboot pendrive so far though I have used it for imaging and restoring. I had used the Microsoft tool and the OS ISO created from my licensed media on the two machines long back prior to hitting on this program. Since you have reported some problems with OS install/repair, I shall now do it from the multiboot pendrive and then report but that is going to be only after 15 July 2011 when I get back to India and my work desk.)
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14 Apr 2011   #19
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shootist View Post
Well I tried out the multi boot to do a repair install of a XP PC.
Multiboot loaded fine but the XP install didn't. I then brought it to win 7 and tried to boot to the Win 7 ISO on multiboot. Basically the same thing. Came up with errors wouldn't boot.

I'll use it for utilities but as far as puttiing a OS install on it, other then Linux it's a NO GO.
It was intended for Linux to be able to load various distros or installers for various programs. Windows installers on the other hand are a bit more fussy and tend to be stabd alone type installers to start with.

And one other thing to add is that when giving this a look here with several iso images not one is visible browsing to the folder locations for both Linux and a slipstreamed 7 iso. When GParted was selected I went to a folder holding several releases and none were seen. Not a reliable tool it seems.( see attached)

The only mention of Windows is the XP, Vista, and 7 is requirement to use Windows to create a multi distro stick not to multiply Windows installers. The "other OSs" references refers to the various distros and other UNIX based OSs.

It also depends on what you are going to be using the flash drive for which was only for Win PE. If your flash has already been made bootable another option is simply placing the contents onto the flash drive and boot live from it.

For a fast write of an iso and seeing the drive made bootable in one shot UltraISO has been working fine for a variety of projects so far.


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14 Apr 2011   #20
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ponmayilal View Post
Your ISOs should be clean and not corrupted in anyway. Use your genuine Windows 7/XP media to make the ISOs using the simple and straight-forward ISORecorder.( Google and you should find it).

Another thing the author suggests when the ISOs do not boot is to defragment the ISO in the pendrive.

So try these and then report.

( I have not installed the OS from the multiboot pendrive so far though I have used it for imaging and restoring. I had used the Microsoft tool and the OS ISO created from my licensed media on the two machines long back prior to hitting on this program. Since you have reported some problems with OS install/repair, I shall now do it from the multiboot pendrive and then report but that is going to be only after 15 July 2011 when I get back to India and my work desk.)
ISO is perfectly clean. Used REAL XP, Win 7 CD/DVD. Used the MS tool to load both Win 7 on this same thumb drive and Win 7+SP1 Slipstreamed on another thumb drive. Both booted and loaded files just fine. Don't remember the errors. I'll still use it to make utility thumb.
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