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Boot Windows 7 directly from a USB drive (run Win7 from a USB drive) : Video

December 22, 2013 Jon 17 Comments

Do you have a notebook with a faulty hard disk? Maybe you want to buy an external USB hard disk and install Windows onto that so you can boot from an externa…
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  1. steve6375
    December 22, 2013 - 2:23 am

    Tutorial 47 (link in description) gives step-by-step details. Tut #47 –
    Method – Step 4 categorically says ‘4. Download and install the Microsoft
    Windows 8 WAIK files.’
    What part of that is not clear?

  2. majesticlizard
    December 22, 2013 - 3:04 am

    Kudos to the devs. Neat for the sh!ts and giggles, but this is not
    something I could ever use in a business environment. It took about 6 hours
    for the software to finish the drive preparation and installation (on a 3.4
    GHz Quad Core i7). It took another 4 to 6 hours to load windows to the
    desktop on a Quad Core Phenom Desktop. It didn’t work with any laptop I own
    (regardless of BIOS setting).

    Worse, once I finally had Windows 7 loaded on the desktop, it ran so slowly
    that it was unusable. If I opened one application, the whole OS would
    freeze. No way that I could install drivers with that kind of speed. Then,
    when I shut down the PC and turned it on the next day, the kernel was
    corrupt and it could not be booted again.

    Although I finally did get this to work, had I not been on a holiday this
    would have been impossible. Then when I got it to work, it wasn’t actually
    useful. Windows 7 was just not designed to run through USB 2 like this. You
    live and you learn. Hopefully anyone reading this that thinks they can
    actually have a working Windows 7 OS running on a USB stick that they can
    use to run Word or Excel, will realize they need to pursue other avenues,
    like Linux Ubuntu on a USB. 

  3. Nizzy Nick (This Is an Offical Account for all Nizzy Nicks Raps)
    December 22, 2013 - 4:01 am

    why is this in a playlist with snak the rippper lol 

  4. majesticlizard
    December 22, 2013 - 4:18 am

    Okay, since it was NOT CLEAR to a lot of people (including myself) in the
    guide, any OS you are putting on the drive must use the Windows 8 WAIK.
    Yes, he mentions Windows 8 WAIK, but it looked like he just performed that
    part of the guide as though he was setting up the drive for that OS. You
    also have to use RMPrepUSB with this as far as I can tell. When I just
    formatted the drive using NTFS it did not work. 

  5. majesticlizard
    December 22, 2013 - 4:38 am

    On the 1 PC that could even boot this from the flash drive, it freezes
    while installing devices at about 40 percent. It is reasonable to say that
    until these people include all of the steps that they left out (or
    erroneously think are obvious to everyone else), this guide should be
    avoided unless you have a TON of time to waste. If you look at the comments
    below, you can see that almost no one got this to work.

  6. Steve Si
    December 22, 2013 - 5:24 am

    Do you mean 450 minutes to prepare the USB drive or after 450 minutes of it
    working it now doesn’t work? If it took 450 mins to prepare the drive, I
    suggest you get a faster drive and plug it directly into the rear USB ports
    and don’t use a USB cable.

  7. KonstantinosKan
    December 22, 2013 - 5:38 am

    after 450 minutes it doesnt work.it says : invalid partition table. any
    ideas how i fix it and if it will work after all?

  8. ixxgunnerxx1
    December 22, 2013 - 5:50 am

    attempting to load a 64-bit application however this cpu is not compatible
    with 64-bit mode .. let me start with i have a sata tool that plugs in to
    hdd and turns into a usb ,, the pc i am trying to fix had xp back in the
    day cant install cd in desktop cuz cd drive dont work , usb jump drive i
    have is only 4 g lol so i am now going to try to the w-waik lmao to make it
    show up as a .wim

  9. ixxgunnerxx1
    December 22, 2013 - 6:16 am

    and stevee6375 what is the song that you have playing?

  10. ixxgunnerxx1
    December 22, 2013 - 7:10 am

    such a bad tutorial , i only needed NT6_Fast_Installer , u can create a
    partition using command prompt and i didnt even know why you have to
    download w-Aik but thank you this video did help me

  11. Maritzio81
    December 22, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Bit of a mission for every time you need to recover. But as long as it’s
    possible I’m happy. Thanks

  12. steve6375
    December 22, 2013 - 7:55 am

    remove hdd and connect to a PC.

  13. Maritzio81
    December 22, 2013 - 8:01 am

    HI. I managed to install windows 7 onto my EXT HDD. Everything worked fine
    until i decided to clean my registry using ccleaner. I think it may have
    corrupted windows boot file. It will not restore to last known working
    configuration (F8). I’ve tried to run windows install DVD, but cannot
    restore because HDD through USB is not recognized. Is there any way to
    recover? Thanks.

  14. steve6375
    December 22, 2013 - 8:29 am

    then fetch it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry. Then fetch it, dear
    Henry; dear Henry – fetch it!

  15. Daniel55556
    December 22, 2013 - 9:04 am

    imagex.exe is missing

  16. steve6375
    December 22, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Hard drive may need to spin up and become ready – try cltr-alt-del if it
    doesn’t find it. Also check boot order has not lost the USB drive (some
    BIOSes lose the USB drive in the boot order if you switch it off).

  17. steve6375
    December 22, 2013 - 10:14 am

    yes – please read Tutorial 47 as in the video description.

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