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cannot make bootable usb Win 8 install with MS tool as in the tutorial

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    cannot make bootable usb Win 8 install with MS tool as in the tutorial

    Hi all
    Having used W8 satisfactorially for a while now on a VM I'm trying to install it on a real PHYSICAL machine.
    To save the hassle of burning DVD's I decided I would like to install from a USB drive however when trying to create a bootable USB stick using the usb tool from the tutorial it always fail with "Cannot copy the files".

    I've tried on 3 different USB sticks from different manufacturers so it's almost outside the possibility that all 3 USB sticks are defective. I'm trying to run this on W7 X64.

    Screenshot enc

    Any links to an alternative tool that will do this

    jimboClick image for larger version

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    thanks for the tip !!

    I found the blog from another site

    I think the problem with the MS version is that the DVD is bigger than the standard dvd -- I mounted with a "Virtual Drive" which perhaps the MS tool doesn't like

    However using DISKPART and Bootsect I got the W8 installation on to a bootable usb drive -- installing W8 now on a pc.

    Here's the instructions I used -- same as the link EXCEPT I ran the BOOTSECT command to make the USB bootable which the other link doesn't seem to do.

    1. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the
    data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable.

    2. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do this, type in CMD in Start menu search
    field and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Alternatively, navigate to Start > All
    programs >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as

    3. When the Command Prompt opens, enter the following command:

    DISKPART and hit enter.

    LIST DISK and hit enter.

    Once you enter the LIST DISK command, it will show the disk number of your
    USB drive. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1.

    4. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit
    enter. As these commands are self explanatory, you can easily guess what these
    commands do.

    SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number)






    (Format process may take few seconds)


    Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the
    next step. Just minimize it.

    5. Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive
    letter of the optical drive and USB media. Here I use “D” as my optical (DVD)
    drive letter and “G” as my USB drive letter.

    6. Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands:

    6.1. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect
    cd d:\boot

    6.2. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a
    Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\
    by the computer:
    bootsect /nt60 g:

    (Where “G” is your USB drive letter)
    7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB

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    Pretty old post I know ...
    but hopefully somebody will see and help me ??
    I'm trying to make a 8g USB stick bootable on a W7/32 with a W8/64 DVD.

    That's the message I get :

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    The system cannot find the drive specified.
    E:\>cd \boot
    E:\boot> bootsect /nt60 s:
    This version of E:\boot\bootsect.exe is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running.
    Check your computer's system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher. E:\boot>
    Last edited by AlainCh; 12 Feb 2013 at 18:41. Reason: FORMAT
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    OK, A little more in the pic

    I'm using a 2009 portable pc with W7/32 . My old 2004 Portable crashed the HD and the Dvd is out of order from long ago.

    I've got a W8/64 OEM from the pc shop (the last one they had) and a USB disk.

    The 2004 will be used just as server for scanner and printer.
    The only way to install something is to use an USB stick to install on the USB disk. No uefi ....

    Now from where I sit, the only way is to find a trick to make the stick while running a "32" ...

    PS: I'm comming from seven forum :-(0
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Follow the tutorial above.
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    w 7

    What I did before coming here>> I followed you here:
    Creating 64bit install USB from 32bit W7 OS - Windows 7 Support Forums

    Then I got the message I posted --

    But as said I don't have a EUFI bios . As stated if you post now.. I cannot follow a EUFI tutorial..

    Or... I've not understood your meaning ! !
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    The USB Pendrive made in the tutorial above,will install on a BIOS or UEFI PC.
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    w 7

    aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

    Thx now I get it ! ! !!

    MAny Thanks again Theog ! ! !
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