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can not install widows 8 with bootable pendrive

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by engtianxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RobWest View Post
    Had the same problem, I used Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, worked like a charm.
    You will later need to set your bios to boot from USB.
    Link > Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
    Don't use that program... just extract with your ZIP software (for example: WinZip, WinRAR), and copy ALL the contents to your flash drive of burn these installation files to your DVD. I also have the same problem too. Then how can I create it? I create it using the instruction I give you above.
    After create, you will see the logo has been changed to the installation logo. that's it.

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  2. #12


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi all

    You DO need to create the boot sector / boot MBR stuff in addition to copying the files otherwise it won't work.

    Please re-read my post -- you won't have ANY trouble booting and installing W8 (or W7 for that matter) from a pendrive / usb drive.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #13


    I used the same Windows 7 USB tool and the USB it created would not install. It kept erroring out.

    When I created an actual DVD from the same ISO file, it worked fine.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    I used the same Windows 7 USB tool and the USB it created would not install. It kept erroring out.

    When I created an actual DVD from the same ISO file, it worked fine.
    DO NOT use the Windows 7 usb download tool to create a bootable usb or dvd. Please see my post on this thread and follow the steps to extract and create it.
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  5. #15


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    Dual boot windows 7 and 8


    is someone able to explain why you wouldnt use the FREE windows 7 usb tool ?
    it is my utility of choice when i am able to boot from usb !!!!
    it works well , it is extremely simple to use and effective
    really what more do you want , someone else has done all the work for you
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  6. #16


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    hi there
    Two resons

    1) If the size of the ISO is > 4.7GB you'll have trouble burning a standard iso DVD -- you'll have to use a BD device or UDF which won't boot properly.

    2) The free windows tool is OK IF you can get it to work -- a lot of people (including me) couldn't make it work so hence the "First Principles" approach using the Command line, extracting the boot sector and then copying the files from the iso to the pendrive / usb stick.

    To extract the files from the iso in the first place you need something like Daemon tools to mount the original iso as a Virtual DVD -- although W8 I believe has a built in tool for mounting iso files as virtual drives too.

    Note that when MS created the iso in the first place they used proper authoring (and expensive) DVD software which isn't in the realm of "normal users" like us.

    So the fact that you can download an iso bigger than 4.7GB doesn't mean you can actually BURN one to a DVD.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #17


    Posts : 6
    Dual boot windows 7 and 8


    Dude i hate to be the one to tell you this but when you use this tool its for USB not dvd so the actual size of the file is irrelevant ( total iso is over 4.7gb's but no individual file within the iso is over 4.7gb) , and when windows 8 is released it will not be 4,7gb's for the average user!!! ntfs file systems do not have the same limitations as a fat32 file system does

    the tool is essentially the same as winrar , its designed to extract all files to your usb device ( including boot ) and there are plenty of others that will do just the same job , eg magic iso / power iso ect.....

    given the chance people will make mistakes , take away user error and your job is much easier!!!!!!

    if it didnt work for you i suggest you made a mistake somewhere or your machine ( or usb device) isnt capable of what you think it is

    this tool has never failed to perform its required task for me ( now that ive said that it'll fail next time i use it lol )

    basic principle of nearly everything is KISS , ( keep it simple stupid ) dont make things harder than they need to be


    and one more thing , the op asked about booting from a pendrive , not a dvd !!!! so references to dvd's are useless in this case ( just sayin is all )

    also out of curiosity what has m$ authoring got to do with anything , your just creating a bootable drive from an iso?
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by engtianxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by engtianxi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RobWest View Post
    Had the same problem, I used Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, worked like a charm.
    You will later need to set your bios to boot from USB.
    Link > Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
    Don't use that program... just extract with your ZIP software (for example: WinZip, WinRAR), and copy ALL the contents to your flash drive of burn these installation files to your DVD. I also have the same problem too. Then how can I create it? I create it using the instruction I give you above.
    After create, you will see the logo has been changed to the installation logo. that's it.
    I already said a lot of times... don't use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download Tool if you have the creating bootable usb problem. Follow above instruction that I wrote.
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