Creating a Windows 7 Repair USB in XP!

MJW

New Member
#1
Hello All,

I bought the download for the Windows 7 32 Bit Recovery Disc from NEosmart to fix a netbook with a corrupted file.

The only computer I have to create the bootable usb on has only XP on it. EasyBCD will not work on it. Any other software i try to use tells me that the iso file I downloaded from neosmart is invalid.

Am I doing something simple wrong? What should I be trying. If I only unzip the Neosmart file and copy over the BOOT and SOURCES folders and BOOTMGR to the USB I get a "NTLDR is missing Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart" message on the netbook.

I've wasted a few hours already on what I thought would be an easy-ish task. Please help and thank you in advance!

MJ
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Our USB instructions require Windows Vista+.
 

MJW

New Member
#3
Will Boot from USB but not from PC

Hello,

I posted yesterday (Creating a Windows 7 Repair USB in XP!) and found a Windows 7 computer at work to proceed. I missed the big "does not work for XP" warning.

I created the Bootable USB drive using EasyBCD. I ran the automatic mode system repair, it completed and the netbook asked me to restart.

It will now boot up into Windows 7 if the USB is attached. The Windows Boot Manager comes up with two options

Windows 7 32-Bit Recovery
Windows 7 Home Premium (recovered)

It automatically chooses the second and Windows opens.

If I try to open without the USB I return to the original non-booting problem leading to a self-repair attempt leading to a failure due to a corrupt file.

How to I get the working "recovered" information off of the USB and onto the netbook so that I can boot up without it?

Thank you for your time.

MJ
 

Ex_Brit

If you're going through hell, keep going.
Staff member
#5
Threads merged for clarity.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#6
Check the BIOS boot sequence to make sure that the correct HDD is top of the HDD sequence.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#7
Boot into. Windows with the usb, then use easybcd to set the boot drive and repair any boot loader issues.