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Createing a Windows 7 RecoveryDisk USB
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 10:53    Post_subject:  Createing a Windows 7 RecoveryDisk USB
Sub_title: Friend F****d up his netbook and can't use a standard recovery disk

I have a .ISO recovery file (me thinks that all that needs to be done is to fix the master boot record on his machine) and am following this tutorial:


however I am having trouble installing multibootISO - cant seem to run the .sh file in console (the instructions say to use Terminal)

Any help would be appreciated Smile

Ps: Running Lucid Puppy 525 on a netbook - am away from home and don't have access to my main machine (so cant use my ubuntu or windows partitions - puppy only Very Happy)
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Location: portugal

PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 16:43    Post_subject: Createing a Windows 7 RecoveryDisk USB  

Hi dude
you need to burn the iso to disk then down load wintoflash http://wintoflash.com/ easy hope this helps

Dale Smile
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PostPosted: Sun 29 May 2011, 20:26    Post_subject:  

Use the Falcon on USB.

MS DaRT / ERD Commander
4 Vista Win7 is on the main boot of Falcon.
Mini Windows ERD is 4 XP.


All the links are here....3rd last post.
The tiny Hirens Formatter
the whole box and dice.




" Based on Hiren's BootCD 13.0 Rebuild by DLC,
minus some unnecessary clutter.

MiniXP gutted and rebuilt with new, flexible on-disc scripting,
for easy mods.
Active File Recovery 7.5.1
CCleaner 3.04
CPU-Z 1.57
HWMonitor 1.17
Kon-Boot 1.1 x86/x64 (the new, REAL 1.1 with 64-bit support)

MS DaRT 5 / ERD Commander 2005 utilities

HD Tune Pro 4.60
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8
MyDefrag 4.3.1 with FullOptimize script
NirSoft collection 3/1/2011, now with 90% fewer antivirus false alarms
SoftPerfect Network Scanner 5.1.2
TreeSize Personal 5.4.4
Firefox Portable 3.6.14
SpinRite 6.0 (under DOS -> Hard Disk Tools)
Shiny graphics that make the room smell nicer

And of course, a slew of utilities from Hiren's disc, some updated, including:
EzPcFix, Acronis Disk Director, ATF Cleaner, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware updated
3/7/2011, Bulk Rename Utility, Combofix updated 3/2/2011, Defraggler, Speccy,
Content Advisor Password Remover, Recuva, Diskview, Filemon, Regmon, Procmon,
DriveImageXML, GetDataBack, Recover My Files, Ghost32 11.5.1, ISOBuster,
GImageX (ImageX GUI), SUPERAntiSpyware, IrfanView, NTPWEdit, Partition Magic,
TeraCopy, TightVNC Server/Viewer, Unstoppable Copier, Victoria, MHDD, WinRAR,
and 7-Zip
... among others.


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PostPosted: Mon 30 May 2011, 01:52    Post_subject: Thanks allot :-)
Sub_title: Have since found another method :-)

Hey thanks allot for that guys /or gals/ Smile By time I had posted it was very late here (or to be precise early) but this morning I found another method before i saw your post:

1) format the USB
- Open a terminal and type sudo su
- Type fdisk -l (and note which device is your USB Drive)
- Type fdisk /dev/sdx (replacing x with your actual usb device)
- Type d (to delete the existing partition)
- Type n (to create a new partition)
- Type p (for primary partition)
- Type 1 (to create the first partition)
- Press Enter (to use the first cylinder)
- Press Enter again (to use the default value as the last cylinder)
- Type a (for active)
- Type 1 (to mark the first partition active "bootable")
- Type w (to write the changes and close fdisk)

2) Change Partition to FAT32
- There were other instructions but I just used Pdisk (under system)

3) Use Grub4dos bootloader config to make USB bootable OR (if in ubuntu)

- Type mkdir /media/MULTIBOOT (to create a directory for the mountpoint)
- Type mount /dev/sdx1 /media/MULTIBOOT (to mount the USB)
- Type grub-install --force --no-floppy --root-directory=/media /MULTIBOOT /dev/sdx (to install Grub2)
- Type cd /media/MULTIBOOT/boot/grub (to change directory)
- Type wget pendrivelinux.com/downloads/multibootlinux/grub.cfg (to get the grub.cfg file)

4) Copy .ISO file to USB

5) open "menu.lst" with text editor of your choice (eg Notepad++)
Add this at the bottom of the document:

title Windows 7 System Repair Disc
find --set-root /w7repairdisc.iso
map /w7repairdisc.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)

Bingo, your ready to go Smile

I got the .iso from here: http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/
and renamed it "w7repairdisc" so it would work with the above script Smile This is a cobbled together version of a couple of tutorials and I thought I might as well put it up in case anyone else needs it Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 30 May 2011, 06:56    Post_subject:  

Ah good, did it halp you get the friends computer going? Would be good to know my neighbor talked about his Ms windows some time ago and would be cool to be able to help.
I use Google Search on Puppy Forum
not an ideal solution though
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PostPosted: Mon 30 May 2011, 07:29    Post_subject: Shazam!
Sub_title: Its a go!

Hey guys, just thought I would post this update:

My friends computer is up and running Very Happy On the down side he lost all his non factory installed programs, on the upside no data whatsoever was lost Smile

Moral of the story: Puppy wins again Wink
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PostPosted: Mon 30 May 2011, 07:42    Post_subject:  

Do you know what the Win7 Repair Disk did to his system? It is my understanding that it doesn't actually reinstall Windows.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 May 2011, 12:19    Post_subject: Reset windows  

Hi Smile what it did to his system (I was there, he is one of my housemates) is reset windows to it's factory settings, to how it is when you first buy your computer. It gave the option of either completely resetting all data and programs, or keeping your data. So not something you want to do if you have expensive programs (luckily he is a uni student to so therefore does not have money for expensive programs Very Happy)
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