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  1.    24 Jun 2017 #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolly1959 View Post
    I tried an 8GB USB drive and I got a message about it not being large enough.

    Will try what you have suggested. Thanks.
    I forgot a command in there. Between clean and format fs=fat32 quick you need to run create part pri. Just a second, I'll post an example for you.

    Running in a Command Prompt (Admin), this is what it looks like:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.15063]
    (c) 2017 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\Windows\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.15063.0
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: JOHN-LAPTOP
    
    DISKPART> list disk
    
      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          447 GB      0 B        *
      Disk 1    Online          931 GB  1024 KB        *
      Disk 2    No Media           0 B      0 B
      Disk 3    Online         7496 MB      0 B
    
    DISKPART> select disk 3
    
    Disk 3 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> clean
    
    DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.
    
    DISKPART> create part pri
    
    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.
    
    DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick
    
      100 percent completed
    
    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.
    
    DISKPART> active
    
    DiskPart marked the current partition as active.
    
    DISKPART> assign
    
    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    C:\Windows\system32>exit
    Mount the ISO file:

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    Copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive:

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    Delete \sources\ei.cfg from the USB flash drive.
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  2.    24 Jun 2017 #22
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    NavyLCDR, I ended up creating what I believe is a bootable USB but did it a different way than your example.
    However, I have ended up with hard disk corruption again. Trying to fix that at present.
    Let you know how I get on.
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  3.    25 Jun 2017 #23
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    NavyLCDR, Have created two USB Drives using your ammended procedure and both give a problem I have seen before. See first attached image.

    From what I understand this message is misleading and what is beieng looked for is a SATA Driver. Using the Motherboard DVD, I have attempted to load a SATA Driver but it fails to load.

    When I attempt to boot from the USB Drive, I have to tap F8. This gives me a Boot Menu. See second attachment.

    There appears to be two choices. If selected, the first choice (UEFI) simply causes a normal boot into Windows 10.
    If the second choice is selected, then I get the 'Missing Driver' problem.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails missing_driver.jpg   boot_selection.jpg  
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  4.    25 Jun 2017 #24

    Quote Originally Posted by Nolly1959 View Post
    @NavyLCDR, I joined the Royal Navy in January 1959 and left by the end of October 1972. I was an REA1(Air) for almost the last 5 years of my service. REA1 == Radio Electrical Artificer 1st Class or Chief Petty Officer. Air == Fleet Air Arm
    Wow! that was before I was even born... PC's must have been quite cool back then... ?
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  5.    25 Jun 2017 #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Wow! that was before I was even born... PC's must have been quite cool back then... ?
    No PC's then but plenty of Electrical & Electronic kit. Started with an Atari in the 80's I believe; that is 1980's
    My first PC was in the 90's running Windows 95 Used PCs for my role as a Hardware Support Engineer in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the late 80's. The first one had a whole 100MB Hard Drive
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  6.    25 Jun 2017 #26
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    Ok - how about a change of tack.

    Why are you trying to install Windows 7?

    If it is to run a specific application, you might simply find it easier to install windows 7 into a virtual machine. This is very easy to do and you can run windows 7 and windows 10 at the same time.
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  7.    25 Jun 2017 #27
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    @Nolly1959,

    In an earlier post, I eluded to using DISM to apply the Windows 7 image to a partition. This is how you do that. Create an NTFS partition on the hard drive to hold the Windows 7. You can use any partitioning tool you want to. Make sure the NTFS partition is assigned a drive letter - let's assume it gets F: drive.

    In Windows 10, mount the Windows 7 ISO file. Let's assume the mounted Windows 7 ISO file gets drive letter G:. You will need to open a Command Prompt (Admin), or I believe a Powershell (Admin) will work too. To see what Windows 7 images are available, you will run the same command I did in post #17 on the mounted Windows 7 ISO file:
    dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:G:\sources\install.wim

    The drive letter in red will be to the mounted Windows 7 ISO file.

    Now to apply the Windows 7 image to the F: drive partition. The F: drive should be empty before you start. You will run the command:
    dism /apply-image /imagefile:G:\sources\install.wim /index:2 /ApplyDir:F:\

    G:\ above will be the drive letter to the mounted Windows 7 ISO file
    F:\ above will be to the empty NTFS partition you created to hold Windows 7
    Index:2, change the index number to the version of the Windows 7 you want obtained from the dism /get-wiminfo command.

    After the image is applied, you will need to add it to the boot menu. Do that by running the following command:
    bcdboot F:\Windows /d /addlast

    The F:\Windows will point to the new Windows folder that is created on the NTFS partition after applying the image to it.
    You can adjust the boot menu a little bit by running MSCONFIG and changing the parameters on the boot tab.
    Reboot the computer, good luck!
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 25 Jun 2017 at 11:25.
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  8.    25 Jun 2017 #28
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    Hi NavyLCDR
    The command dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:G:\sources\insall.wim has a typo. Insall.wim should be install.wim.

    The rest of the procedure went without any issues. Upon reboot I chose Windows 7 it stopped at the Windows 7 splash screen without any error message. Left it there for five minutes and it never went any further. I still think that Windows 7 must be installed first and then Windows 10 added later.
    Last edited by tracit99; 25 Jun 2017 at 11:13.
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  9.    25 Jun 2017 #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by tracit99 View Post
    Hi NavyLCDR
    The command dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:G:\sources\insall.wim has a typo. Insall.wim should be install.wim.

    The rest of the procedure went without any issues. Upon reboot I chose Windows 7 it stopped at the Windows 7 splash screen without any error message. Left it there for five minutes and it never went any further. I still think that Windows 7 must be installed first and then Windows 10 added later.
    I just tried it on my system. Shrunk my Windows 10 partition by 60GB, created a new 60GB NTFS partition. Applied the Windows 7 Home Premium image to the empty NTFS partition. Ran BCDBOOT. It screwed up my boot priorities in UEFI for some reason, but once I reset boot priorities in UEFI I got the Windows 7/Windows 10 black and white text boot menu. I selected Windows 7 and it went right into the setup routine. A few minutes and 1 reboot later and I was in the screens to create a user account and enter a product key.

    Did you apply the image from an ISO file with SP1 included?
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  10.    25 Jun 2017 #30
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    I used the English version of Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium from the heidoc.net site. I made sure it was 64bit. I disabled Secure Boot in BIOS. I also deleted the ei.cfg file, but I don't think that would matter in this scenario. I went for index 4 (Ultimate) It gets right there ready to show Setup and it freezes.

    EDIT: Having failed with using index 4 I tried the procedure again using index 2. It installed successfully.

    EDIT: I went back and tried index 4. It failed once again. However when booting into Windows 10 Check Disk scanned and repaired errors on disk G:\ my Windows 7 drive. I rebooted again and this time I chose Windows 7. It installed successfully.

    @Nolly1959
    It can be done using @NavyLCDR DISM procedure (Post #27). Windows 7 does not have to be the first installed OS.
    Last edited by tracit99; 25 Jun 2017 at 16:23.
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