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Windows 7: Make bootable iso from student d/l

22 Oct 2009   #90


I did a clean install of my xp laptop with the downloaded digital river xp pro upgrade and the installation accepted the product key.

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22 Oct 2009   #91
Dean C

Windows XP 32bit PRO

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spiffman View Post
I can confirm that this method works with the digitalriver download when upgrading from windows xp 32 to windows 7.

Just to be clear on a few points:

1. I had a legitimate copy of Windows XP installed;
2. I purchased the student upgrade version of Windows 7 and downloaded it from DigitalRiver;
3. Extracting gave me the "We are unable to create ..." error. The folder that it expanded to contained 874 files in 199 folders with a size of 3,239,836,668.
4. I created the iso using the method in this thread (ignoring the fact I got the error message);
5. Burned ISO with imgburn;
6. Rebooted and installed giving it my upgrade cd.

Now I'm in Windows 7 - thanks so much to the posters in this thread!
Did you upgrade to 64bit or 32bit Win7?
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22 Oct 2009   #92

windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zrtom View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patdman View Post
I'm wondering what happens if your system disk dies, and you need to reinstall everything from scratch (happened to me a few months back)
Do you need to install XP/Vista, then go with the 'upgrade'?
Sounds like a massive PITA, at least it was only $30, I think I may just end up buying the real thing.
Yup. That's what MS told me. Posted here:
STILL confused about "Upgrade" installation process.

Says upgrade clean installs are possible, but you have to reinstall XP/Vista first.
Any official answers from Microsoft? We all know how long vista can take, I don't even want to touch that crappy OS anymore. Also is there an official way to get the ISO without having to run through this little bypass?
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22 Oct 2009   #93

Windows 7

I'll update my original post to reflect it as well but I upgraded to the 64 bit version of windows 7. I'm pretty sure if you were upgrading to the 32 bit version you wouldn't get the error message on unpacking because it would be able to run the executable.
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22 Oct 2009   #94

windows 7

I had errors with the instructions in the first post of this thread, so I used this instead:
Windows 7 Upgrade Emerging Problem: "We are unable to create or save new files...
Thank you, puppetworx, for the links. Even with the above mentioned error, I was able to create an ISO, burn it, and install it. I am posting this from within Win 7 Professional, fully activated. To shorten things for you all, here are the exact steps I followed and the circumstances surrounding my install:

1. From within XP 32-bit, I downloaded the 64-bit version of Win7 Professional upgrade.
2. Used the installer to extract the files, but received above mentioned error.
3. Checked the file size of the folder "extendedSetup" and noticed that it was 3.01 GB.
4. Moved extendedSetup folder to root (C:\)
5. Downloaded this file and placed it into C:\WINDOWS\System32:
6. Bought up command prompt and typed the following:
oscdimg -bC:\expandedSetup\boot\ -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:\expandedSetup\ C:\win7.iso

7. Burned ISO with ImgBurn (freeware)
8. Booted, installed, and activated

There could very well be something wrong with my install, but everything looks to be in working order. I've been using the beta for a while now and it feels the same. Hopefully this little bit helps some of you out there. :) I'll be up for another hour or so and will gladly help in any way possible.
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22 Oct 2009   #95

windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by donnyb313 View Post
Used the OP's method to make a bootable iso and burned it to a dvd. Thanks for all the info, great thread.

Booted from the dvd and did a custom install. So far the bootable disc has worked. Went from 32 bit vista home premium to 64 bit windows 7 professional almost successfully.

Got to the point where the installer is asking for my windows product key, (which I purchased from digital river) and it's saying my product key is invalid. I've re typed and double checked it at least 10 times. I also tried my vista key.

Any idea's?

I posted the question in MS forums:
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22 Oct 2009   #96

Vista 32bit

Vista is refusing to let me remove Read-only properties. Any suggestions?
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22 Oct 2009   #97

windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andumas View Post
Vista is refusing to let me remove Read-only properties. Any suggestions?
Be a little more specific? How is it refusing? Error message?
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22 Oct 2009   #98


Isn't it possible to achieve a clean install without booting from the DVD? i.e., just running the setup.exe from within Vista after the files are expanded?
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22 Oct 2009   #99

Vista 32bit

Well I take the folder off read only, then go to create the disc image. This error message keeps showing up:

ERROR: Unable to create file "C:\7.iso" of 3242131456 bytes
Error 5: Access is denied.

And when I go back to the properties of the folder, Read-only is still checked. Every time after I uncheck it and hit apply, after the dialog box closes it automatically makes the folder read only again.
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