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Windows 7: Make bootable iso from student d/l

24 Oct 2009   #420
Matt4

Windows 7
 
 

After movign the downloaded peices out of the windows.old folder and into the corresponding locations in windows 7, the instruction on the first page (using the syntax edits on the second page) allowed me to make a boot cd adn do a clean install, thanks for all the effort!


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24 Oct 2009   #421
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You're welcome Matt - glad it worked for you.

Have Fun.
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24 Oct 2009   #422
SIW2

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You can still move the ei.cfg file out of the "sources" folder - it's in the expandedsetup - if you like - just move it somewher else for safekeeping ( tho . i can't imagine you would ever need it again)before making the .iso.

Then the installation is not locked to any particular Edition - whichever product key you put in will work fine.

I was going to put that in the tut - but some people are having trouble just downloading oscdimg and typing one command - so I didn't want to make it any longer.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Treads4heads View Post
I'm posting from my work machine. I am locked out of my machine as I installed windows 7 using a friends CD, but my key does not work on it (dumb, I know) and cannot get passed the screen in which it asks for a key.

Ok, I understand now. I was not sure what oscdimg.exe did, and thought for it to work, it needed to be in the system files of the machine that is being updated. I will use it on my other machine and post later tonight if everything worked.

Again, SIW2, we all thank you for your support and patience.
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24 Oct 2009   #423
Pip

Windows 7
 
 
Invalid Key Sorted

I've joined this forum to pass on my experience of installing Windows 7 which might help give some answers to some people having difficulties. First though - thanks to all who have posted - it's been really useful. I had Vista x32 and bought 7 Pro x32 from Digital River and I was worried about the posts re. invalid key when doing a format during the installation. I was determined to do a 'real' clean install.

I made an ISO disk using the instructions from the first post, just changed the code as per a subsequent comment. All worked fine - no errors. Burned image to DVD with Nero (not my favourite but it usually does the trick for ISOs). First installed W7 in virtual machine to test. Formatted during installation and got the invalid key message. Left blank and went into Windows. Didn't try to activate as I'm unsure how many attempts you can make.

On main PC today, tried to boot with DVD but got BIOS error 'insert bootable media'. Changed the priority of boot of my optical drives and made sure the DVD drive was before CD drive (a bit nineties I know but I'm attached to it) - sorted. Booted into setup, advanced disk options and bit the bullet and formatted. When prompted for key, I left it blank and continued into windows.

Went to control panel>system and activated. No problem. I was fully expecting to have to start from scratch and install vista and then 7 on top but not for me. Had no problems with software or hardware except missing sound card driver which I will find when I can be bothered. Using onboard sound at the moment.

Thanks again guys for the help with the ISO - spot on.
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24 Oct 2009   #424
SIW2

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Thanks Pip,

Which command syntax did you end up and using - and why?

Anybody else finding they get invalid key if they insert it during installation an a blank drive ?
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24 Oct 2009   #425
Pip

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Thanks Pip,

Which command syntax did you end up and using - and why?

Anybody else finding they get invalid key if they insert it during installation an a blank drive ?
I used:
oscdimg -bC:\Users\Pip\Desktop\expandedSetup\boot\etfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:\Users\Pip\Desktop\expandedSetup\ C:\7.iso

It used it because (with my relatively limited knowledge) it looked right and it worked first time.

I have ordered the Windows 7 disk which was an option with Digital River. I haven't received it yet but I would be interested if anyone has and if it's bootable.
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24 Oct 2009   #426
glamracket

vista
 
 

Hey all

I haven't tried to install yet as my intention was to burn the bootable disc immediately.

Consequently i don't have the expandedsetup folder.

Is there any way to burn without this? Or to activate the expandedsetup folder without installing 7?

I don't want to install yet as I'm waiting a few days so I can move my files and programmes and perform a format.
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24 Oct 2009   #427
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Thanks Pip

You wanted to add a label?

You can use the other optional switches - I used the minimum required in the tut to make it easier.

BTW: no need for -m in your command.
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24 Oct 2009   #428
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

I don't understand the question - how did you make the bootable .iso without having the expandedsetup folder?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glamracket View Post
Hey all

I haven't tried to install yet as my intention was to burn the bootable disc immediately.

Consequently i don't have the expandedsetup folder.

Is there any way to burn without this? Or to activate the expandedsetup folder without installing 7?

I don't want to install yet as I'm waiting a few days so I can move my files and programmes and perform a format.
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24 Oct 2009   #429
glamracket

vista
 
 

Sorry - this had me up all night and I'm a bit hazy.

I've downloaded the files from Digitalriver

What I have now are the two 'setup' files and an exe file.

From what I've read, the expandedsetup folder only appears once customers have tried to install (by activating the exe file)- it isn't sent by DR.

I don't want to install just yet - is there a way of activating the expandedsetup without doing so?
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