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[Troubleshooting] Windows XP/Vista/7 to USB

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June 18, 2012 11:41:04 AM

Hello, Tom's Hardware.

Recently i tried something i had never tried before, making a bootable usb to install windows. I am a trainee technician(Hardware Based.) in the SW of the UK, so i thought this would be an easy task to undertake. NOPE.

I used multiple tools, Win2Flash, USB_MULTIBOOT, YUMI, DOS DiskPart, RMPrepUSB, PowerISO and Windows USB/DVD Tool.

same thing everytime, Find ISO(Tried one from Microsoft store etc..) Find USB, Format, Copy and Wallah! its done. Except it's not, because when i go to install windows xp/vis/7 something always goes wrong. When i try to install windows 7/vista i get the same errors "Files are missing" "bootcd\boot\ntfs.sys is missing", the first time i tried to install 7 using Windows USB tool resulted in a BSOD when the 4 orbs come together and make the windows logo in the setup stage.

And everytime i try to install XP, i get to the copying of files stage and then "XYZ.sys or .dll is missing. [Skip - Esc] [Exit Setup - F3]"

I am currently running Ubuntu because this is a family computer and the kids need access to the Internet for reasons. I can virtual machine the ISO's i use and they work fine but i think something is happening in the copying of the files to USB.
I would really like to get an answer and figure this out as it has been 3 days i have spent on this little side project. And like i said above, i am a trainee IT Technician so i have above average IT Knowledge so use all the jargon you want.

Ram DDR3 1333mhz Kingston 2 x 2GB- Tested using memtest 8+ hours no problems
HDD's - Tried using Raid, IDE, and AHCI condifuration, both HDD's are 32bit Transfer enabled.
Processor - AMD Athlon II x2 260 3.2Ghz x86/x64 compatible.

Possible problems:
- Are the programs copying the Files in the wrong way?
- Are the files being copied too quickly?
- Do any Windows to USB programs work?(just a question)
a b $ Windows 7
June 18, 2012 1:02:06 PM

Hi polizei144a


Windows 7 to bootable USB memory should be easy because Microsoft provide a tool to move files from DVD to USB
(+ make bootable etc).

It can also be done for XP making a WinPE based on XP files (such as BartPE/ubcd4win).
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20632

Are you using retail Windows disks ?
or OEM customised Windows disks ?
or recovery disks. (which may be non standard or crippled to only work on intended hardware)

Retail or Enterprise or Microsoft OEM (with Hologram) disks should all work.
(provided nothing other than a MS service pack is slipstreamed into Windows on optical disk
eg copy XP sp1 to hard disk then slipstream SP3 then re create XP SP3 CD )

regards

Mike Barnes
June 18, 2012 1:20:43 PM

mbarnes86 said:
Hi polizei144a


Windows 7 to bootable USB memory should be easy because Microsoft provide a tool to move files from DVD to USB
(+ make bootable etc).

It can also be done for XP making a WinPE based on XP files (such as BartPE/ubcd4win).
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20632

Are you using retail Windows disks ?
or OEM customised Windows disks ?
or recovery disks. (which may be non standard or crippled to only work on intended hardware)

Retail or Enterprise or Microsoft OEM (with Hologram) disks should all work.
(provided nothing other than a MS service pack is slipstreamed into Windows on optical disk
eg copy XP sp1 to hard disk then slipstream SP3 then re create XP SP3 CD )

regards


Mike Barnes


i am using the ISO files form microsoft store and my own windows xp dvd. the Microsoft tool doesn't work as previously stated in my OP.
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