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Why Do Microsoft Make Installing From ISO's So Awkward?

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Factory Recovery disks I've used don't install an OS though, they just restore an image. A custom image made for that system. Doing a clean install of Windows is a totally different deal IMHO. Still, when I do that I just plug it in and follow the prompts so I'm not sure what your getting at? Unless your referring to the process of making the thumb drive? There may come a day when your store bought Windows install media comes on a premade thumb drive instead of a DVD. I'd be happy with that. They may have to make them read only though, or have that option like an SD card does. That I would like to see.
    What I was getting at, is using an ISO should be as easy to use as recovery disks.
    Factory disks or Macrium images.

    I used to make CDs with my own autostart.inf.
    Plop them in & they ran automatically without a DOS window showing up.

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  2. #12


    The East Coast
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 9926


    An iso is as easy as a recovery disc, you burn the iso file to dvd and it`s basically the same thing, you just get a clean install

    Have you never created an install dvd from an iso file ?
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  3. #13


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    An iso is as easy as a recovery disc, you burn the iso file to dvd and it`s basically the same thing, you just get a clean install
    I had just been reading posts where people said it was a difficult process.

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  4. #14


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    Only if they don`t know how to do it

    Very simple once you learn, hell I just downloaded the iso file and created a flash drive installer while typing this thread.

    I use Wintobootic.

    WiNToBootic bootable usb drive windows vista/7/8 - Bootable USB | Bootable USB
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    An iso is as easy as a recovery disc, you burn the iso file to dvd and it`s basically the same thing, you just get a clean install
    I had just been reading posts where people said it was a difficult process.

    I do believe the difficulties being expressed are with making bootable thumb drives. Specifically, those used for UEFI installs. Some PC's are fussy as to how the thumb drive is prepared. If you burn a DVD you don't run into those issues. My ASUS laptop is fine with an NTFS or FAT32 formatted thumb drive when doing a UEFI install. My Wife's ACER on the other hand, isn't. The drive needs to be FAT 32 for a UEFI install. I made three different drives before I got one that would work on the ACER.

    If your doing an upgrade install from Windows 8 you don't even have to burn a disk. You can mount the ISO and it will show up like it was actually in a drive. As far as I know its doable. I personally wouldn't do it that way but I think a few have tried it. I prefer physical media and clean installs over upgrade installs.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
    That is an excellent idea, the install files and the key but don`t hold your breath
    I have a custom install thumb drive for each of my PC's. I add a PID.txt file with the product code in it so I don't have to type it in during an install. I also add custom OEM info for that PC that shows on the system screen. An ASUS Logo and the motherboard model number etc. I'd like to go one step further with an auto answer file but all the tutorials on how to do that just confuse the hell out of me and give me a headache.
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  7. #17


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    I have read that the Windows 7 USB-DVD tool does not work on Windows 8.1 ISOs. If you right click on the ISO in 8.1 and select burn disk image, will that make it bootable DVD?
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  8. #18


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The only time I've ever had a problem is if the iso itself was corrupt.

    You don't necessarily need a 'tool' to create a bootable usb:

    How to Create Bootable USB Drive of Windows Setup without Using Any Software? - AskVG
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  9. #19


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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You don't necessarily need a 'tool' to create a bootable usb:
    I wasn't asking about a USB. I said bootable DVD.
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  10. #20


    The East Coast
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 9926


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    I have read that the Windows 7 USB-DVD tool does not work on Windows 8.1 ISOs. If you right click on the ISO in 8.1 and select burn disk image, will that make it bootable DVD?
    I`m sure it will

    I use PowerIso, and this free program works perfectly.

    Free ISO Burner
    Last edited by AddRAM; 09 Dec 2014 at 04:19.
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