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Windows 7: Make bootable iso from student d/l

26 Oct 2009   #520
windoughs

Vista 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hollow Man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windoughs View Post
hello all

must an image be made for those that plan on performing the in-place upgrades? i'm trying to understand what the actual problem is i.e. what students all around the globe are having so much trouble achieving
If you only have a 32-bit system and you downloaded 64-bit Win7 you must make a bootable DVD since the installer will not run within XP's 32-bit environment.
and i'm guessing the same applies to trying that in Vista 32-bit yea? so is this why people are asking for refunds?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
There are a lot of resons why people want a bootable .iso - to get a bootable dvd/flash drive.

You have a bootable copy, safe and away from your pc. If you can't get into windows and need to reinstall - you can use that (as long as you keep your product key safe). If you just have the files on your HD and you can't get in - what do you do? Also, you can boot it to system recovery options and effect repairs - you don't get that option when you run setup from the files - assuming you can get in at all.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windoughs View Post
hello all

must an image be made for those that plan on performing the in-place upgrades? i'm trying to understand what the actual problem is i.e. what students all around the globe are having so much trouble achieving
i see. so your method of creating an ISO out of the files in the expandedSetup folder, did you get that from digital river? they don't mention any of this anywhere, do they? and is it true that when they were distributing the Windows 7 RCs (not sure if there was just one), they pre-packed it into a simple ISO for users to download and burn?


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26 Oct 2009   #521
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, I didn't get it from Digital River - I figured it out. I hope a lot of people have found it useful.

Yes the RC was in .iso form.

MS must have their reasons for providing it as installation files.

I can't understand why people are asking for refunds - they only paid $30 was it?

Are they going to get 7 elsewhere at the same price?

Sure it takes a few minutes to make the .iso , but it's worth it.
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26 Oct 2009   #522
SlideRulz

Win7
 
 

Most ppl don't take the time to research fourms like this one for a fix to a problem. If it doesn't work simple right out of the box, they are confused and at a stand still.
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26 Oct 2009   #523
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Great tutorial SIW2, extremely useful to all involved in the student down load.

I've added it to the Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7 in the Installation & Setup forum.
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26 Oct 2009   #524
ApolloX

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Sure it takes a few minutes to make the .iso , but it's worth it.
A few minutes? Try 3 hours. The first burned DVD did not work, the second did. Huge pain in the ass if you ask me. I'd get my money back if I hadn't been able to make it work. Besides, the first night there were doubts any of this 'hacky' solution actually worked.

Any situation where you're making your own installation CD out of a cutup folder isn't 'simple' and I imagine far less technically advanced students will have issues... or are you forgetting the 20-30 pages of this thread full of people who copied and pasted the oscd string wrong?
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26 Oct 2009   #525
ApolloX

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlideRulz View Post
If it doesn't work simple right out of the box, they are confused and at a stand still.
I take issue with this. If Windows 7 was so great, it should work right out of the box. People shouldn't have to hack a solution together as early as install time. It doesn't set a good tone for using the rest of the application. How would you like it if you bought a car that needed its oil changed or battery replaced the first day you had it?
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26 Oct 2009   #526
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ApolloX View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Sure it takes a few minutes to make the .iso , but it's worth it.
A few minutes? Try 3 hours. The first burned DVD did not work, the second did. Huge pain in the ass if you ask me. I'd get my money back if I hadn't been able to make it work. Besides, the first night there were doubts any of this 'hacky' solution actually worked.

Any situation where you're making your own installation CD out of a cutup folder isn't 'simple' and I imagine far less technically advanced students will have issues... or are you forgetting the 20-30 pages of this thread full of people who copied and pasted the oscd string wrong?
3... I mean 3 HOURS???? Sufferin Succotash!

There was an issue with the oscd string, but SIW2 fixed that days ago!

Remember that as an early adopter, we sometimes discover these issues for others! I remember spending days "fixing" Vista in the early "nothing worked right or was supported" days... It is the price we pay! And you only paid $30 USD for a product others are paying in the neighborhood of $130-$200!

Now you have found a forum that tells you exactely how to convert your student DL into an iso, how to burn your iso to a DVD, not to mention how to do a clean install with that $30 "Upgrade" DVD!

I do agree that DR needs to rememdy the DL format and make the DL an iso image... however there are still many novices that have no idea what an iso file is...many of them college students not in IT/CIS. So maybe DR thought this .exe formatted DL would make things easier...???
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26 Oct 2009   #527
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Thanks Dave,

Good idea.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Great tutorial SIW2, extremely useful to all involved in the student down load.

I've added it to the Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7 in the Installation & Setup forum.
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26 Oct 2009   #528
caz32

Windows 7
 
 

hi

nice guide but i have a problem, im on xp pro 32 bit and burnt the iso using windows usb/dvd program, however upon rebooting xp the disc doesnt work when restarting normal and booting from the disc drive

any help?

regards
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26 Oct 2009   #529
thegladiatoor

xp pro
 
 
error

hello genlmen
i downloaded the 3 files
Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
setup1.box
setup2.box

and i have xp sp3 32bit

when i try to make the iso
i am getteng the folloing error

http://ipwner.net/ipwner/wp-content/...ws-7-error.jpg

please help me
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