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Windows 7 USB Drive Netbook Install

April 1, 2012 Leave a comment

here are plenty of guides out there to install Windows 7 from a USB drive, but found there were quite a few caveats.

The step-by-step:

1. Get a usb drive that has no important data on it (it’s about to be destroyed) and connect it to a Vista or Windows 7 computer.

2. Fire up the command prompt (with admin rights!) and run DISKPART.

First type DISKPART and hit enter to see the below message.

Bootable USB Drive

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.

Bootable USB Drive

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista 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:

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Where “H” is your USB drive letter. Once you enter the above command you will see the below message.

8. Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the USB flash drive.

9. Your USB drive is ready to boot and install Windows 7/Vista. 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.

Categories: Windows 7

“You don’t have permission to modify files in this network location” error on Windows 7 x64

November 5, 2009 5 comments

I noticed a reproducible error on both my work and personal Windows 7 x64 machines.

If you create a new document or file and try to save it to a library location, you are prompted with the error below:

You don't have permission to modify files in this network location

You don't have permission to modify files in this network location

 

The problem appears to be caused by Eset NOD32 AntiVirus software. The fix is simple.

Read more…

Categories: AntiVirus, Windows 7

STOP Error 0x0000007B or Setup Hangs or Freezes during Windows 7 Install

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Had an odd problem with one of my home machines while trying to install Windows 7.

I almost always do a clean install, and since I was upgrading from Windows XP Professional, this was no exception. I backed up my files, and restarted, booting from the Windows 7 Setup Disc.

At the point that Setup shows you the nice Windows 7 desktop wallpaper and turns your cursor into that “waiting circle”, setup just hung there and froze. I could still move the mouse around but there was no hard drive activity and nothing changed on my screen for about 15 minutes.

I tried disconnecting everything I could and tried it again – same thing.

This time I booted into Windows XP and started setup from there. I got as far as I could in setup before having to reboot – upon reboot my machine started the Windows 7 setup and BAM – BSOD. I got one of those generic 0x0000007B stop errors.

After some troubleshooting, I ended up doing a BIOS update along with clearing the CMOS. As soon as I did that and restarted setup from a cold boot – the installation of Windows 7 was smooth. Hope that helps someone out there that has a similar problem.

Categories: Windows 7

Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

May 1, 2009 Leave a comment

I was looking around for the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) in Windows 7 RC, but found nothing.

Turns out you need to download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 first.

After the install:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
  2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
  4. Select the remote management tools that you want to install. Click OK.
  5. Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut.
    • Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
    • On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
    • In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK. Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.

Now I can run “gpmc.msc” from the Run prompt as well. I’m happy again.

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Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

April 27, 2009 15 comments

I was installing Windows 7 (build 7100) on my workstation to check it out today. At the drive selection screen during install, I tried to select the 2nd primary partition on my hard drive, but received an error:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

The solution was easy; just disconnect all other hard disks in the system and restart setup. I sure hope MS fixes that before RTM.

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Pandora Sidebar Gadget on Windows 7 x64

April 27, 2009 1 comment

Brad Greco has a great Pandora Sidebar Gadget for Vista/Windows 7. There is a problem running this gadget on the x64 flavors though; Pandora requires Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flash is currently 32-bit only…at least until Adobe Flash 10 is released.

The fix: Run the 32-bit version of sidebar.exe instead.

The x64 version of sidebar.exe is stored in C:Program FilesWindows Sidebar and the x86 version is stored in C:Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar

Fire up regedit and drill down to HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun. Right click “Sidebar” and choose “Modify”. Change the value data to “C:Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebarsidebar.exe” (no quotes).

Next time you reboot, the 32-bit version of sidebar will run at startup and the Pandora Gadget will run.

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