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Old 05-09-11, 08:52
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Default WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

Just want to ask if its possible to create a bootable USB holding WinXP and Win7 installers. Any help, advice, idea would be appreciated.
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Old 05-09-11, 09:01
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I don't think what you're trying to do is possible.
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

What if I could divide a USB drive to two different partitions and make them both bootable? Or is this impossible too?
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I've never partitioned a USB flash drive into two partitions. I guess in theory it could work.
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Old 05-09-11, 09:25
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How about 2 USB sticks? They're most certainly cheap enough, and small enough. It'd be much easier than trying to put both on one.
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

I have not used this for multiple iso's but you might want to give this a try.

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-mu...t-usb-creator/
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Grub4DOS will boot multiple ISOs straight off a flash or hard drive. I use it as my boot manager and have a choice of ISOs at boot time, in addition to the installed OSs. Very easy to set up and configure. Excellent guide HERE. No boot manager will succeed in booting every ISO though, so it may or may not work with the XP and Win 7 ISOs.
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

Thanks for the tips guys.

While looking at Grub4DOS, I encountered this nifty program (WinSetupFromUSB) and I successfully created the multi-OS installer boot easily.
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Some computers (older ones mainly) don't like having multiple partitions on a USB drive. Just something to think about.
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

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Some computers (older ones mainly) don't like having multiple partitions on a USB drive. Just something to think about.
You don't have to have multiple partitions for multiple ISOs.
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You don't have to have multiple partitions for multiple ISOs.
Yes, but ISOs are not bootable unless extracted or mounted.
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Yes, but ISOs are not bootable unless extracted or mounted.
See my earlier post about Grub4DOS. I have five bootable ISOs on my start menu, plus Win 7 and XP as installed OSs.
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Hi guys....I have created a bootable menu using grub....but except windows vista and windows 7 everything is loading...I dont know why...Please help...


splashimage /bgimage/yourimage.xpm.gz
color blue/black yellow/blue
timeout 120

title Ultimate Boot CD For Windows
map (hd0,0)/U_B_C_D_4_WIN.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title XP home
map (hd0,0)/Install_XP_home_SP2.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title Vista
map (hd0,0)/InstallVista.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title Win 7
map (hd0,0)/Win764bit.iso (hd64)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title spinrite
map (hd0,0)/SpinRite.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title Vista Recovery
map (hd0,0)/Windows 7 64-bit Repair Disc.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title Xp Recovery
map (hd0,0)/rc.iso (hd32)
map --hook
chainloader (hd32)
boot

title
kernal
initrd

title Restart The Computer
reboot

Whenever I try to boot Windows 7...it says error 13 .... file cannot be extracted etc etc....Please help me guys..I thought after using grub4 dos...and putting iso images, it would boot......but windows 7 image doesnt booting at all. Any ideas geeks
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Old 05-25-11, 14:20
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

You need to add a line after timeout to tell it what to do when it times out.

Try default 0, where 0 is the first item in the list. So if you want XP as default it's default 1. During the timeout you can use the up/down arrows to select an alternate boot.
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

Wow...thank you for quick reply....... but problem I have is not with time out ..... I can boot other options... except windows 7 and vista.....why is that...any suggestions would be helpful...thank you
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Old 05-25-11, 15:08
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

Sorry - misunderstood your problem. You cannot run either 7 or Vista from an iso, they have to be installed to a hard disk. Also your entries, if they worked, would only install 7 or Vista, not run them, so not very useful. You can run Linux from an iso, but not Windows.
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@earthling.....so shud I extract them and make file bootable??
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Old 05-25-11, 15:33
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Default Re: WinXP and Win7 installer on one USB

If these files are ISOs of original Windows disks then I believe it may be possible to extract them to a different disk or partition and perform what is called a 'flat install' to a different disk or partition. Or simply burnt as an ISO to DVD, i.e not just copied. For that you could use Imgburn or any good burner. Don't see how you can usefully use them in Grub though.
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