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Can't download Windows 7 Home ISO file on a USB?

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October 18, 2012 8:05:52 PM

Because you can't do that. You need a disc.
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October 18, 2012 9:56:05 PM

You need the windows disk? I asked in another thread about whether I need one and somebody gave me a link to download the ISO files for it O_o. Are you telling me it was a fake?

I saw that link before dodger, but I don't get it; isn't it saying I can download the file from the download manager onto a usb? Another poster said that I only need the access key and didn't need to make the purchase online to download the file.

I'm so confused >.<
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a b $ Windows 7
October 18, 2012 10:17:06 PM

You have to make the usb bootable which is what the tool is for.
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October 18, 2012 10:44:53 PM

Well I got the correct version of windows from the site but it only gives me the option to burn a DVD.
I don't understand, do I actually have to burn windows?
Sorry for the stupid questions, I'm a complete idiot :p .
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a b $ Windows 7
October 18, 2012 11:16:05 PM

Just use the link aaab gave you, and run the software. Find the ISO you downloaded (Should be in Downloads) then where it says ISO Browse find your ISO and make sure your USB device has been found and the correct letter eg F is displayed. Check 'Bootable' and then Burn
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October 18, 2012 11:48:08 PM

Ok, I downloaded the windows isotousb program and the ISO, however after the half hour and of it putting windows on the USB it says it's not bootable?
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October 18, 2012 11:58:18 PM

Taken from: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vist...

No tools required works with official downloads or possibly less offical ones.

1. Plug-in your USB flash drive to USB port and move all the contents from USB drive to a safe location on your system.
2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights. Use any of the below methods to open Command Prompt with admin rights.
*Type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter.
Or
*Go to Start menu > All programs > Accessories, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
3. You need to know about the USB drive a little bit. Type in the following commands in the command prompt:
First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your USB flash drive. In the below screenshot my Flash Drive Disk no is Disk 1.
4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 1”.If you have Disk 2 as your USB flash drive then use Disk 2.Refer the above step to confirm it.
So below are the commands you need to type and execute one by one:
SELECT DISK 1
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS
(Format process may take few seconds)
ASSIGN
EXIT
Don’t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step. Just minimize it.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Windows 8 DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this guide I will assume that your DVD drive letter is “D” and USB drive letter is “H” (open my computer to know about it).
6. Maximize the minimized Command Prompt in the 4th step.Type the following command now:
D: CD BOOT and hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.
CD BOOT and hit enter to see the below message.
7. Type another command given below to update the USB drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.
BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:

Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.
8. Copy your Windows 7 or Windows 8 DVD contents to the USB flash drive.
9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7 or Windows 8. Only thing you need to change the boot priority at the BIOS to USB from the HDD or CD ROM drive. I won’t explain it as it’s just the matter the changing the boot priority or enabling the USB boot option in the BIOS.
Note: If you are not able to boot after following this guide means you haven’t set the BIOS priority to USB. If you got any problem in following this guide feel free to ask questions by leaving comment.
Update on Jan 11, 2012: If you find this guide difficult to follow, please use the easy-to-use guide to create a bootable USB to install Windows 7 or Windows 8 using official tool.
This guide works 100% for Windows 8 as well. Make sure you follow all steps correctly and launch the Command Prompt with admin rights (as given in the guide) to avoid errors. Good luck!


For Step 5 to 8. If you only have an ISO or IMG file of the Windows Disc then use http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html to mount the ISO and copy the contents from the virtual CD drive over to the USB stick. Or you can grab 7zip (7zip.org) and just extract the ISO.
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October 19, 2012 3:19:25 AM

^ Uh....wait, what?

O_o

Do I have to do all that just to make the ISO bootable from the USB?
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October 19, 2012 3:33:22 AM

Well I just downloaded the ISOtoUSB freeware and now my flash drive isn't working at all >.<
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a b $ Windows 7
October 19, 2012 4:16:31 AM

Not the software's fault I guess, at 1st I thought mebbe you'd downloaded from a dodgy site, but it's the same software from CNET. Just your luck the drive failed...
EDIT... Oh dear, read the CNET reviews
http://download.cnet.com/ISO-to-USB/3000-2094_4-1217830...
Link to EaseUs in case you need it
http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Home-E...
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Partition-Recovery/3000...

Perhaps it would be safer to use M'soft Download tool after all...
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October 19, 2012 4:22:21 AM

Dangit...
This whole making your own computer thing has been quite an experience for me...guess its off to best buy tomorrow for another flash drive.
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October 19, 2012 4:24:16 AM

On a side note, it seems as if the space on the flash drive is still recognized in disk manager. On top of that, the flash drive does light up when plugged in. Am I getting my hopes up or are these good signs?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 19, 2012 4:30:02 AM

Sounds retrievable, perhaps even from Disk Manager , try rt click to see if it can be assigned a letter...formatted even
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a b $ Windows 7
October 19, 2012 4:32:14 AM

Considering burning the ISO to a DVD yet? On someone else's machine pehaps? Save a lot of hassle...
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a b $ Windows 7
October 19, 2012 5:36:21 PM

When I installed w7 from my flash drive (I have no dvd drive) I just formatted it to ntfs and unpacked the iso onto it.
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October 19, 2012 6:50:24 PM

I have no dvd drive and nobody I know has one as well >.<.

Gonna try that stuff you mentioned with disk manager now...

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October 19, 2012 6:54:28 PM

Ok well apparently the flash drive is still F: and it recognizes how much space is on it. It asks me to format it for it to work but it just won't format. I tried ntfs and FAT and exFAT. I see no option to format for FAT32 (not sure if that's possible, but the isotousb program default format was FAT32).
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October 19, 2012 9:35:11 PM

Problem again...the windows tool requires a purchase to make the USB file bootable.

Not sure what to do :c

Oh nvm, it says I have to run the bootsect.exe file...can't figure out how to do that :p .
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October 19, 2012 11:04:54 PM

Open CMD prompt as admin

Enter D: CD BOOT and hit enter. Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.
Enter CD BOOT and hit enter
Enter BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H: Where "H" is your USB Drive Letter
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October 19, 2012 11:22:29 PM

Updated + Pictures.


This is done with the Virtual Cd-Rom as Drive K: and the USB Drive as Drive L:

Pregame:

Install http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html

Begin !

Right click your ISO or IMG file and mount in virtual CD-ROM see pic below




Open Command Prompt as admin and do as follows. When doing Select Disk don't just use disk 5 because I did choose your USB drive.




Copy the contents of drive K: to drive L:



Insert into machine that needs OS and boot from USB, be sure you have set your BIOS to boot from the USB drive.
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October 20, 2012 12:33:48 AM

^ Wow! XD thanks for that, I didn't expect anything as awesome as that :D !

But I have one question, you said virtual cd-rom drive? Do you mean the dvd drive or...am I missing something important >.<?

I'll start dl'ing that slysoft link, thanks again for the help!
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October 20, 2012 1:36:17 AM

Slysoft creates the virtual Cd rom device it lets you mount the ISO like you have it in a CD-rom to copy the bootsect over to the USB drive. So I used Slysoft's program to mount the w7.iso I used in my K drive which is the drive letter assigned to the virtual CD-rom
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October 20, 2012 2:28:28 AM

EDIT nvm XD
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October 20, 2012 2:39:35 AM

NVM again XD, everything is going exactly like the diagram, thanks again!
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October 20, 2012 2:45:09 AM

Oh....Just hit a problem. Once I type in bootsect.exe etc...
It gives me the error message that bootsect is not a valid win32 application.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 20, 2012 4:50:13 AM

avatarair said:
Problem again...the windows tool requires a purchase to make the USB file bootable.

Not sure what to do :c

Oh nvm, it says I have to run the bootsect.exe file...can't figure out how to do that :p .


Truly can't understand why the Windows 7 download tool didn't work for you, I found it simplicity itself! Anyway, as long as the end result is a bootable USB... and thanks to netwalker, the Windows tool only seems to work for Windows ISOs, anything else generates a 'not a valid ISO' error...
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October 20, 2012 6:35:14 AM

The windows tool will only work with Microsoft released ISO's (in most cases) if you make a copy of a CD even to an image you can get a Anchor Volume Descriptor Pointers (AVDPs) error that makes it not pass the ISO check within the Windows tool. This can be corrected by using a program called isoavdpcopy.exe to correct the pointers in the ISO file. I have used this to fix some images for use with the windows tool but at this point I honestly find it faster to just do it all via CMD to make the installer vs trying to get the windows tool to work. isoavdpcopy is not a 100% solution I remember having an Enterprise Win7 ISO that it didn't like.


isoavdpcopy.exe DL link : http://www.withinwindows.com/files/uploads/2009/11/isoa...
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October 20, 2012 7:27:40 PM

Ok, I downloaded it, copied it to C:, but when I type in cd bootsect, it says that the specified path is not found.
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October 20, 2012 7:34:06 PM

dodger, apparently the problem is I am trying to do this on a 32 bit system. I recently found out that I have no access to any 64 bit systems so I have to find a way around it, hopefully :p .
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October 20, 2012 7:35:06 PM

I'd try using that tool, but when you had the other windows ISO File that it didn't like, did it break the flash drive or just not work?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 20, 2012 7:46:52 PM

Just told me that the ISO was not acceptable, or words to that effect. Try it, it should work as long as the ISO is legit...all you're doing is downloading a picee of software to do all the work for you!
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October 20, 2012 7:53:05 PM

avatarair said:
Ok, I downloaded it, copied it to C:, but when I type in cd bootsect, it says that the specified path is not found.



Did your cmd prompt say C:\ before you entered cd bootsect? If you weren't at the base of the C drive it isn't going to see the folder to change directory (cd) to.

When you first open Cmd prompt it's going to be somewhere like

C:\Users\Administrators>

You do a

cd \

To get it to C:\

Then do the

cd bootsect

To tell it you want to open the bootsect directory in the directory you are already in ( C: )

Alternatively if you did that then you named the folder wrong or misspelled something.
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October 20, 2012 8:27:59 PM

the file in C: is called bootsect, should it be named cd bootsect?
And it is at C: and it's still telling me the specified path in invalid =\.

I can add pictures if you want, would those help >.<?



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October 20, 2012 10:10:39 PM

Alright well I just typed in bootsect>bootsect.exe /nt60 E:
And it tells me access is denied >.<

This is an administrator account as well, so it can't be that.
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October 20, 2012 10:23:47 PM

Did you run CMD prompt as an admin ? Right click CMD and run as admin.
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October 20, 2012 10:24:53 PM

Yes a picture would help, at the C:\ do a dir then hit enter and show me.
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October 20, 2012 11:19:22 PM

Ok, thanks for that, I didn't run it as an admin, I thought you just had to be logged into an admin account, my bad.

But now when I try it it says that "the process cannot access this file because it is being used by another process". I'm not sure why as I closed everything else, but I'll restart my computer or something >.<

Here's the picture you asked for (I'm not sure exactly what dir is but I assumed this is what it meant)

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October 20, 2012 11:34:46 PM

Ah yea you moved the bootsect.exe into the C:\ instead of the whole folder so no need for the cd bootsect, you can just bootsect.exe /nt60 L: as you found out.

Let me know what happens after the reboot.

And Dir lists everything in the current directory.

You can do dir /p to browse through a large directory with it pausing every time the page fills.
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October 21, 2012 12:19:23 AM

Weird...it stills tells me that the file is being used by another process.

Should I try this in safe mode or something?
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October 21, 2012 1:10:18 AM

Try extracting the file again, looking in my bootsect folder the bootsect.exe file is 103,312 bytes where yours is 0 from the screenshot.
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October 21, 2012 1:28:07 AM

Ok well I extracted it again, it's now 101 kb, but I still get the same message >.<
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October 21, 2012 3:09:44 AM

Can you give me the exact message it gives you or a screenshot of it.
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October 21, 2012 4:13:17 AM

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October 21, 2012 3:43:52 PM

So....anything >.<?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 21, 2012 4:20:29 PM

I take it the M'soft Download tool was an abject failure as well??
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