LEGAL Windows 7 Download Links (Just like Vista before!!!)

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  1. idiot101

    idiot101 Down and Broken

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    I had the same problem trying to download a Chinese version of Windows. But Microsoft has made them available only on the mainland. So another friend of mine used Thunder to have the OS downloaded from his university in China. We could find no other way other than finding the rare torrents which I don't trust.

    I tried putting the traditional Chinese OS on the laptop before I went through the circus mentioned above. She was not comfortable even though many things were similar. She wanted to shrug it off but I didn't let her. Her facial expressions were not pleasant. Removed the whole thing and restarted the process.

    Rebuilding the image after removing the ei.cfg file hasn't worked for me in quite a while. Don't really know what I was doing wrong but I use the Professional version only, so no troubleshooting on my part.

    Not much help but wanted to put it out there.
     
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    Fat Dragon Just this guy, you know?

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    Actually, that's quite helpful - I followed your lead and downloaded Thunder to nab a copy of Win 7 HP x64 in simplified Chinese. Now I'm banging my head against the bootable USB drive issue. Microsoft's Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool mounts the ISO onto the USB drive, but it can't make it bootable. It advises me to look in to bootsect.exe, but all I can find on that is advice on making a bootable x64 installer from an x86 PC, and I'm running Win 8.1 x64 on the computer I'm using to create the USB.

    Anyone have any advice on making this bootable, or should I just install out of the Windows installation? The problem I'm running into is that installing from Windows doesn't allow me to format the drive before installation, so instead of a nice clean installation and drive, I end up with a bunch of the old mess from the hard drive still intact, so I'd much rather format the drive and install from boot.
     
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    Kinda harder to make a W7 USB-bootable under W8 if I remember correctly. bootsect will throw a missing file error.

    Work around for me was to install W7 as a virtual virtual machine, copy the bootsect folder out.
    Execute bootsect under the W7 VM on the the USB.


    Alternative, you can try boot from Network if your laptop supports it (PXE Boot). - There is a workaround if it doesn't.

    Use Serva for Windows. Very easy to setup.
    http://www.vercot.com/~serva/
     
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    How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive | Ars Technica
    The manual method (mentioned in the octiceps post) would be the one I would use to make sure everything is in order. It is painful but works with no issues. Please see if the bonus part of the article (I have linked to) works if you have the time. I have never tried that before.
     
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    Yes, that works as well. It is basically the same as octiceps posted except it is purely in cli and without uefi.

    It didn't occur to me about about the difference with bootsect with fat32/ntfs.:eek:
     
  7. Fat Dragon

    Fat Dragon Just this guy, you know?

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    This put me on the right track. I used the Envy 14's temporary Win 7 Pro installation to create the boot drive and it worked a treat. Started it up five minutes ago and finally saw that beautiful option to format the installation partition before installing.

    I used a tool "eicfg removal utility" to remove ei.cfg, but it's halfway through the second step of installation and the only language or version options I've seen are the same language and keyboard options you can change in Control Panel at any time after installation.
     
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    As far as I can remember, the original ei.cfg removal tool worked only on pre-sp1 media.
    I think I saw an updated version of the tool in the MDL forums but I didn't look further yet.
     
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