Oct 23, 2009
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How to Create and Make Bootable Windows 7 ISO from EXE Plus Setup1.Box and Setup2.Box Files

For many people who order Windows 7 through online store such as Digital River, the download of Windows 7 ESD installation files (or 64bit Windows download links) is not in a single ISO image format, but as electronic digital distribution files. Instead, users will download and get an executable (.EXE) which name differs depending on the edition of Windows 7 ordered, plus Setup1.Box and Setup2.Box.

For example, the 3 files may be as follow:

Windows 7-HP-Retail-en-us-x86.exe or Windows 7-HP-Retail-en-us-x64.exe or Windows 7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe or Windows 7-P-Retail-en-us-x64.exe
setup1.box
setup2.box

For people who wants the ISO images (Windows 7 ISO can also be downloaded directly) instead, just follow the easy instructions below to create and make a bootable ISO image out of the downloaded files, which can be burned to a DVD disc for a bootable Windows 7 DVD disc.

  1. Put all 3 downloaded files (the .exe, setup1.box and setup2.box) in the same folder (for this tutorial, let’s assume the files are put on C:\ else you need to modify the path accordingly).
  2. Right click on each of three files, select Properties, and then click on Unblock button to prevent files from unable to be accessed. Click OK when done.

    Unblock Protected Files

  3. Run the .exe executable as administrator. It starts to unload the box (extract and unpack the installation content), and will create a new folder called expandedSetup, and will populate the folder with all necessary Windows 7 setup files, as shown in figure below.

    Content in ExpandedSetup Folder

  4. Exit from Install Windows wizard dialog.
  5. Download Oscdimg CD/DVD Premastering Utility: oscdimg.exe

    Put the downloaded oscdimg.exe into %SystemDrive%\Windows\System32 folder.

    Note: oscdimg is included in Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) as part of WinPE. So if you have that installed, there is no need to download the file again.

  6. Open an elevated command prompt as administrator, and run the following command:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:\expandedSetup\boot\etfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:\expandedSetup\ C:\Win7.iso

    Make Windows 7 Bootable ISO

    Above command assumes that expandedSetup folder is located at C:\ root directory. If it’s not, change accordingly. The -llabelname (note: it’s a small L, not 1) specify volume label, which can be changed, so do the output ISO file. Also remember that if the path contains space, use quotation mark (“) to enclose the full path.

  7. A bootable Windows 7 DVD ISO image in UDF format will be created as Win7.iso in C:\ or any folder you specified above. Burn the newly created ISO with a CD/DVD burning software such as Nero, Ashampoo Burning Studio or Alcohol 120%. In Windows 7, burn the ISO direct from Windows 7 Explorer without third-party software. It’s also possible to create bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive with Windows 7 DVD/USB ISO Tool.

The created ISO is identical to official Windows 7 ISO for both full and retail version, and can be used to clean install Windows 7 with a upgrade license.

Update: Digital River is now also offering direct download of Windows 7 ISO.

  • Notafoolanymore

    DIGITAL RIVER DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE . I WISH THE 99% of you digital river semi techs would maybe update??? But 1st remove this dinosaur tutorial that is impossible with out the freeware and try not to jump into “oh you can usb download to a jump drive OS iso image when you get an icon and a batch of files loaded to your usb missing the discimage by doing 10 simple steps and go to the authors favorite download site which as digital river—99% of the authors favorite download sites immediately stop FREEWARE soon as they find out your sending thousands of frustrated customers to their sites and they aren’t making any money off the specific download you youtubers are referring and placing press releases in their place so we can read about some new distraction useless to us instead of getting a simple OS disk that should have come with our purchase in the first place with the bloated costs to the consumer for their product markup less the products main curriculum.

  • anto

    Thanks you! this was so helpful…

  • DVE

    Could any one tell me how to make a pre-activated from original Xp disc and by pass the connectivity screen. Please let me know. here is my e-mail: magicsounds1@yahoo.com

  • Satya

    Scanning source tree
    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory “C:\USERS\SATYA\ûBC:\EXPANDEDSETUP
    \BOOT\ETFSBOOT.COM\”
    Error 123: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    • EaglePK

      you must use same bit version of windows as version being compiled..

      meanz if you are making ISO of Windows 7 x64 then you must be doing this in x64 (64 bit) Windows. and likewise for x86 you need windows of x86 (32 bit).

      hope it helps you out…

    • Matthias

      Hi,

      i also struggled with the error denied in my vm-ware where i want to create the image. from the syntax i replaced all “-” with real minus. and then it worked. make sure when you copy and paste you remove all – and replace them with real minus.

      good luck!

  • Suka

    Thanks a ton mate! I’ve been banging my head for days now and finally a solution. Was trying to install on VMware.

  • ZACOO

    nstead, users will download and get an executable (.EXE) which name differs depending on the edition of Windows 7 ordered, plus Setup1.Box and Setup2.Box.

  • nebiro

    i did all the tutorial, but its tells me the oscdimg.exe is not valid (it cannot recognize is exe for what i understand).

    ive downloaded it from the link twice. :s

  • mat

    I followed the tutorial and was able to successfully burn the Win7.iso file. However, when I go to my C: drive, I am not able to see it there! I had around 4.7 GB space on my C: drive before I created the iso file. Now, it shows that I have only around 1.2 GB left, which means the iso file is on the C: drive!

    So, the question is how can I find the final Win7.iso file on my C: drive, or remove it. Here is the command I used to burn the iso file.

    C:WindowsSystem32>oscdimg.exe -bD:Windows7bootetfsboot.com -u2 -h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD D:Windows7 c:Win7.iso

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • f00li5h

      Never let your windows drive get below 6GB or 15% free, it tell you not too for a reason. It starts going retarded trying to swap stuff. If you had 4.x free and wanted to create a 4.7GB dvd image, that absolutely can’t work. That is like trying to pour a gallon of milk in a quart container. Use your head.

  • pengchiaz

    Digitallife team rox! fully admire u all ! i think i found my another source of information of software 😀 tq o. veri details and useful too me 😀

  • Gilles

    Man you are a lifesaver… THANKS!!!!

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  • michael

    this is my code:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:win7ootetfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -l"win7" C:win7 C:Win7.iso

    if you replace the "-"s after pasting, this code works if you have the expanded setup, which i renamed to "win7," on the C:. you want a simple name, fewer mistakes. and it creates the iso on the C: too.

  • michael

    It works great, JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU !!HAVE!! TO REPLACE the "-"s once you rightclick/paste the code in the CMD. Just delete them and retype them, not all of the "special characters" can copy from windows into "DOS," this is why it doesn't work sometimes.

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  • Pedro

    Congratulations, i have a DVD but never i can boot wich hin, after read this topic i can extract DVD content in my computer and execute theses steps.

    tanks a lot.

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  • ak

    Hey GMC nice post… could you upload the oscdimg.exe to megaupload or uploading.com and post the link in these comments? I cant seem to download from depositfiles…

    Any effort would be highly appreciated

    Thank You

  • Me

    GMC – YOU ROCK!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Jim

    Thanks for the post. I got Error 123 when I ran the command. I had copy/pasted it from here. When I typed it in manually it worked. As GMC said in post 158, just retype the "-" signs and it should run.

  • Jolly

    Thanks a lot !!!! .. Worked like a charm ..

    For those of you who had a little trouble in making the elevated command prompt work :

    1. Its not "-1" (number 1) its "-l" (small L)..

    2. There is a space between "C:expandedsetup" and "C:win7.iso".

    Hope it works for u too … Cheers

  • vikash

    I have contents as BOOT,EFI etc in another folder i put them in a folder name expandedsetup in H (my system drive) then insert following command in command prompt run as administrator

    oscdimg.exe –bH:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD H:expandedSetup H:Win7.iso

    it says error 123 andfailure in enumariting file ……..

    please write commands for me

  • John

    I am getting the message:

    ERROR: Invalid flag "-1"

    Any idea how to get around this?

  • Ameensalam

    Great tip,very much helpful-Thank you

  • Imacellist

    Thank you gmc for that post. I was having a problem running that file and its working now perfectly when I did what you said. Look at post 158 if you are having problems.

  • concord

    Thanks for this great article man. after searching for so long and wasting a lot of time, I came across your article.I thank you for the helpful and easy to follow article. keep up the good work

  • gmc

    If you copy and paste the command lines into the command window, beware that the minus signs for argument delimiting may get corrupted. You may then get an error message "Failure enumerating filed in dirctory …" and there will be a u character with a cirumflex accent over it in the displayed path. To fix, just delete the minus signs in the command line and retype each one.

  • Tony

    Thankyou for the post. and thankyou commentor #106 ^^

  • Deno

    Great tutorial ! worked like magic…. great website

    Thanks once again

    everything worked to perfection… just 1 q

    does this work with win7 upgrade disc

    Im sure it does hahahha

  • HK

    thank you ….good tutorial…was very helpful

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  • sjw

    Thanks you! this was so helpful…

  • Todd

    ps =- You need quotes around the path names for your oscdimg command to work

    Also, if you are trying to upgrade from 32bit to 64 , you will get an error at the end of unpacking. Ignore it and procede with these instructions : you should have all the files.

  • conrad

    well done… great tutorial… keep up.. God bless you all.

  • Muid DeCaprio

    thanks a lot

  • Rick

    This post is just what I was looking for. Do you know what parameters I would use for Windows XP 64 that is from Microsofts Eopen site? WXP64 isn’t available as an ISO just an EXE file.

    Thanks, Rick

  • Andy

    Be aware that when you copy text out of a browser page and then paste it into a command line (or even Notepad) … Windows has a nasty habit of changing hyphens (minus signs) into dashes. In this case I am referring to the hyphens in the command line:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    Those people who get the error "ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory …" are experiencing this Windows quirk. To solve it paste the command into Notepad and overwrite all minus (hyphens) using your keyboard … then copy/paste the command into the Dos window

  • Dylan

    Helpme….

    Go To C:>extendedSetup>boot, press the ALT key, click Tools, in the drop down box select Folder Options…>View

    Look for a check box saying "Hide extensions for known file types, deselect it, click apply, and enjoy your .ISO

  • Grateful

    TO Anymous

    May 30th, 2010 00:15

    Thank you!! Got me working.

  • Ihsan

    Thank you.Awesome article..

  • Matthew

    Great! I spent hours on the phone with microsoft customer service and they failed to solve the problem. Even after doing remote access and talking with tons of different people. Thanks so much!!!

  • Miwa

    Scanning source tree

    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory "?C:$Recycle.BinS-1-5-21-1940745645-171504736-3995674486-1003"

    Error 5

    That's excactly what it says after run the command, I don't know why.

  • PCTREND

    Hi! I LIKE THIS INSTRUCTIONS AND I LIKE WINDOWS 7.

    THE TIP OF THE MONTH:TO TRANSFER FILES FROM /VISTA/XP JUST EASILY USE WIDOWS EASY FILE TRANSFER. CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM http://WWW.MICROSOFT.COM

  • Prabu

    Please help me..

    I have received following error while trying this command,

    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory "C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32ûBF:EXPANDED

    SETUPBOOTETFSBOOT.COM"

    I cant understand why it is. I have downloaded the ETFSBOOT.COM file from the link which is given by our friends above. But still same error message i'm getting. Anybody please help me..

    Thank u

  • Prabu

    Hi Helpme,

    U hav tried to execute the command from /user/robert directory. But actually the oscdimg.exe file is available inside c:windowssystem32 So u must execute your command inside system32 directory.

    First execute these

    C:UsersRobert>cd/

    Then,

    cd windows

    cd system32

    Now try

    oscdimg.exe -bD:win7expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -u2 -h -m

    -lWIN_EN_DVD D:win7expandedSetup D:win7Win7.iso

    It will work.

  • Phaneendra

    Thanks Dude……….

    It worked great for me….. thank u… I will also make these kind of tips available for all my users.. thank u

  • wondo

    after I have run the error message "invalid flags -1" how do I overcome. Please enlightenment?

  • ben

    It worked! thanks so much!

  • Anymous

    oscdimg -u2 -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    try this after placing the ETFSBOOT.COM file in the boot directory which is inside the expanded setup

    http://www.mediafire.com/?zmku5mzwzzy
    ^^^download the ETFSBOOT.COM file here

    enjoy

  • ariel rabbani

    Hello!

    to all people who get the error 123:

    Error 123: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    just add quatation marks so the command should look like this:

    oscdimg.exe -u2 -b"C:ExpandedSetupootetfsboot.com" -h "C:ExpandedSetup" C:WIN7.ISO

    and if you still get the error, you probably don't have the :"etfsboot.com" int the boot directory.

    download it from here:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?zmku5mzwzzy

    extract it, and put the etfsboot.com file int the ExpandedSetupoot Directory.

    Works great for me.

    Good luck!

  • Sylvia

    Can you improve your English so that people don't waste their time trying to figure out what the hell you're talking about?

  • charbel
  • charbel

    hi you need to download the windows again and burn it to a DVD-R

    obs:DVD-R

    mail me

  • sirius

    thank you.

  • madd

    just find a copy of the windows 7 installation disc (anything will do (beta/RC)) copy the etfsboot.com file into boot folder and seems to solve the etfsboot.com missing message.

  • Helpme

    I have one question. I have all the files extracted to D:win7 folder that I created. I followed your instructions by changing he drive letters and paths and this is the error I got:

    ERROR: Could not open boot sector file "D:win7expandedSetupootetfsboot.com"

    Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified.

    This is exactly what I typed in:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]

    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:UsersRobert>oscdimg.exe -bD:win7expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -u2 -h -m

    -lWIN_EN_DVD D:win7expandedSetup D:win7Win7.iso

    I guess the part where I'm stuck is where you said "Above command assumes that expandedSetup folder is located at C: root directory." I don't see an "expandedSetup" folder, or am I misunderstanding something?

    Please help me.

    Thanks

  • finally

    For windows 7 ultimate

    1 Had to download the oscdimg from a link in a windows 7 forum

    2 kept getting 123 error until i copied Rich R. from Feb 20th script into cmd…worked perfectly.

  • lordkev

    pls i cannot fine unblock, meaning i cannot even extract the file

  • reallydumbnewbie

    Just wanted to say thanks for this and all the comments. Im new at this but with all the info here I got it. It took me a couple runs at it but I got it. Thanks again.

  • eldo

    I have found the reason for the following error:

    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory …ûBC:…

    The reason is that in the HTML code for you to copy and paste, two of the "-" characters are not the regular "-" character at all.

    All of the other ones use the byte 2D for the character. The "-" at -b and -u2 are actually the bytes EFBFBD

    This causes a problem with the command line.

    The "/" solution works, as well as replacing the two offending "-" with the correct dash.

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  • Rich R

    Ok.. I tried this over and over before I realized I made several mistakes along the way. First, be sure you run the command prompt as administrator otherwise you won't be able to create the win7.iso file. Secondly, the script that is listed is a little off when used through Win 7 Ultimate RC. What worked for me is:

    oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso

  • john

    Hi, I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate OS. I have a Windows 7 Ultimate Installation files in my computer which I used to upgrade my OS and i want to make convert it to a bootable iso so that I can clean install it to other computers 'coz what i'm doing right now is always upgrading.. the steps you've given is not working.. it converts successfully and when i tried to burn it into the dvd, i got only the same files and folders and it's not bootable iso. i still need to click the setup.exe…..please help me

  • oozzzii

    Went through the steps, tested the iso through a VM and works!! This saved me quiet a bit of time..thanks for sharing!!!

  • Very cool, came in very handy tonight.

    I had to make a new partition and set up the OS, just for fun haha

  • Dhruva

    This worked for me

    oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso

    This didnt

    oscdimg.exe /bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com /u2 /h /m /lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

  • maineehack

    On XP Pro, this command worked:

    oscdimg -u2 -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    Thanks!

  • Instructions on how to convert your downloaded copy of Windows 7 Pro (upgrade) were explicit and easy to follow. Worked perfectly! Thanks!

  • Paul

    Post #106 is useful if you have errors enumerating files. Thanks fella!

    The correct code to try is:

    oscdimg.exe /bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com /u2 /h /m /lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

  • Thank you so much for this nice post, its very great.

    thank you again for usual co-operations.

    Best regards for all staff.

  • bang jampang

    first i want to say thanks for this nice post, its very great. but if any one of you want to make bootable dvd i recommend you to use imgburn. i have try this amazing software and it work very good without problems and its very easy to use, 100% working. see how to??? with imgburn here i hope this will be help thanks

  • Pat Lamarche

    XP users commands are:

    Code:

    cd /d C:windowssystem32

    Code:

    oscdimg -u2 -b"C:Documents and SettingsUSERDesktopexpandedSetupootetfsboot.com" -h "C:Documents and SettingsUSERDesktopexpandedSetup" C:7.iso

    Hope it helps

  • JJ

    Thank you so much "someone" for your post (post #106) This solved my issues with that error. OP please update your guide to include this fix. Thanks

  • Legend

    error access is denied

    pleassse help

  • Gabs

    Thank you ever so much! I needed to save the new ISO file elsewere as for some reason, even though I am the administrator, I was not able to save it on c:

  • carlos

    thanks a lot!

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  • striker_rage

    This is so fantastic, i was searching for this technique, i got it from this site and when i applied it….bang! it hit right on the nail.

    Very detailed, very informative and if done exactly as shown and said, surely works!

  • someone

    for Error like this:

    Scanning source tree

    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory “C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32ûBC:USERSusernameDESKTOPWIN7EXPANDEDSETUPBOOTETFSBOOT.COM”

    Error 123: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    try use / than – for option

    exam:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    use:

    oscdimg.exe /bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com /u2 /h /m /lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

  • Arun

    Hi.. Thank you very much for this nice post.

    But when I try to make the ISO image the command prompt says the location is incorrect. But actually I have pointed the correct location.

    Can you help me… I am using a windows vista 32 bit os. But my system is 64 bit compatible. So please help me to solve this problem.

    Thanks…

  • Jay

    oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso

    This is correct for now…

  • Ben

    Thank FREAKING god somebody posted something of use online about this. I've made 2 coasters and spent 2 hours trying to install Win7. Why the hell would they not make the installation files in ISO format from the get-go?! Frick!

    I finally have a pretty pretty installation screen. SWEET!

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  • annoyedbythisarticle

    Am I missing something, or could your entire article have been condensed to the last sentence, assuming you're not trying to tweak the image?

  • Joe

    Got any tips for how to do this from a Linux/Ubuntu system? Not that I'm switching to MS Windows 7 myself. I just do technical support for other people and don't have a MS Windows system to make the CD on. Microsoft makes it difficult for some of my customers to move away from the non-free software ecosystem. So… I continue to support it short of infecting my own system with MS software.

  • Atif Raees

    hi

    i have deleted etfsboot.com and also the win7 setup.

    can any body share the etfsboot.com file for me

    Thanks

    Atif

  • Marco

    Thanks for the tutorial, it works really well!!!

    Hey remember TYPE OUT the command!

    Good Luck!

  • Saty

    Dis bootable disc doesnot work in other's comp.

    I dont hav DVD writer so I made & burnt on my friend's comp.

    DVD worked well on my friend's comp but in my comp when I run SETUP it shows "send error report"

    Pls u all masterminds HELP ME PLEASE…….

    PLEASE…..HELP

  • Monash

    Can not find "etfsboot.com" in boot directory.

  • I just did this process and everything seems to have worked out fine. One note:

    Make sure you are starting out with JUST C: at the command prompt and not something like C:Userset all…

    To get back to C: at the command prompt, type:

    cd C:

    "cd" stands for "Change Directory". This may help if you are having issues creating the ISO.

    Thanks MDL for the How-to. Cheers!

  • Olly

    As doing a simple upgrade from vista to seven resulted in many problems (computer running slow, inability to install updates from Windows Update, I want to do a repair install by booting from my newly created boot dvd (done following the method above).

    Yet I need to be sure that all my programs as well as my files (photos, films, iTunes music folder, random documents…) will still be there when I'm over and done with the repair install. On both C: and D: drives…

    I read in a forum dedicated to Seven that all my drivers will need to be reinstalled, can you please explain? For instance, graphic card, sound, lan connection and video drivers might disappear, is that it?

    I have also read that I will have to reinstall of my applications, does that include MS Office 2007? I do not have the install DVD so that might be a problem…

    I would also like to add that I have already validated my copy of Seven even though it was not working well (I thought that would enable me to use windows update)

    Could that be a problem once I have my Win 7 reinstalled? Will I have to revalidate it?

    Cheers !

  • Aniruddh Adkar

    The given command does not works — FAILS tried on 3 pcs

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com –u2 –h -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    i modified command & used

    oscdimg -n -m -bI:Win7expandedSetupootetfsboot.com I:Win7expandedSetup C:Win7x64.iso

    (My source was I drive with C as destination)

    it created about 3.4 GB DVD iso (bootable) of MS Win 7 , from ur command it was creating 5.91 GB dual layer ISO. My method worked and installed Win7 from this ISO.

  • biggins1870

    @rkrockz

    You need to enter a Serial Key. This article assumes you purchased the $30 Student upgrade which would have provided you with a Serial Key.

  • rkrockz

    hi i have downloaded 3 files and made an iso using the hint above and burnt it on to a DVD successfully now the problem it is asking for activation with in 30 days …. wat is that now i have to do any one help out plzzz

  • Avijit_KG

    Create Bootable Windows 7 ISO from Setup1.Box and Setup2.Box Files

    the actial commandline-

    C:IBMAdmin>oscdimg -n -m -bd:setupootetfsboot.com d:setup d:Win7x86.iso

    the working accuracy 100%, trasted & Virus free.

  • Avijit_KG

    Create Bootable Windows 7 ISO from Setup1.Box and Setup2.Box Files

    the actial commandline-

    C:IBMAdmin>oscdimg -n -m -bd:setupootetfsboot.com d:setup d:Vistax86.iso

    the working accuracy 100%, trasted & Virus free.

  • Kev

    Please Note, This is not my comment, I just found it, and it worked wonders for me…

    I recently performed this custom install and also had problems with the command prompt method. One the other hand I am typing this with Win 7 Pro 64 installed. So here is the method I used, which is functionally the same thing as above, however, I used MagicISO.

    Perform the same steps as in this article, except do not go to command prompt. Open/Download MagicISO (must have full version, get it here http://www.mediafire.com/?1y2wxmxgypm).

    Then place the contents of the C:expandedSetup folder into the white box on the middle right, which are the files to be added into the .iso file.

    At this time the button bar will say “Non-Bootable.” In order to make this a bootable disk click “Load boot image…” (This is all the way on the left, two buttons below the “File” menu.

    This will open a window. Select the third option “From Bootable Image File” For the path type in (or browse for) C:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com

    Then the the Status will change to “Bootable” and you can save the session as a .ISO.

    Then burn the .iso to a dvd by clicking the “Burn CD/DVD with ISO…” button (just below the “About” menu).

    Then whenever you’re ready (and your computer is thoroughly backed-up) boot from the disk, and you’re on your way to Windows 7 64 bit in no time!

    The reason I know this works is because yesterday I was viewing this site in Vista 32 and now I’m typing this from Windows 7 64.

    I was actually very surprised that it worked and was certain that something would be missing or go wrong. However everything is in order and all my drivers work.

    Note: Once you have windows installed. Go to your device manager and update all of your drivers. Windows did a fantastic job of finding these and installing them from the web. I didn’t need to download any drivers from device vendors.

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  • everything worked great, but this is PROFFESSINAL Edition, not ULTIMATE edition. Thanks !

  • JK

    The simple and error free method is as described in comment 37. All other shows some errors when creating ISO image or installing WIN7 (driver file missing, etc) after creating the bootable OS .

  • john

    try the tutorial on using vlite tool it is the best and the easiest method to make bootable dvd of win7

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  • Jav

    for Windows 7 home premium student edition:

    correct syntax:

    oscdimg.exe -bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe -u2 -h -m -lWIN7 C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    Cheers

  • Angel

    Update:

    Right after I posted my comment I found the solution on

    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/26/windows-

    Tested & Confirmed.

    Thanks!

  • Angel

    Followed instructions, read all comments before hand, iso created fine.

    Burnt it to disk using Nero, once as a normal data disk then again as a bootable disk. I'm getting the same situation as some others in that it doesn't seem to actually be bootable. I only get the blinking cursor.

    The boot order is correct.

    Thanks

  • evilbandit

    Yes it works just make sure not to copy and paste.

    Had a tech from Microsoft try this but he copied and pasted and it did not work, then told me he couldn't do it.

    I sat down and read all the comments, which I thank you all btw, and found the mistake.

    TYVM!

  • bunty

    i installed AKI, but i am not able create of expandedSetup.please help me

  • Roni

    If you copy/paste the code in Step #6 the '-' [dash] copies as ndash & causes an error from command prompt.

    Replace them with '-' minus sign. Re:

    oscdimg.exe -bC:….

    hope it saves someone time.

  • Jason

    So these steps were successful for the Digital River x64-bit files? from what i have read it looks like it works. Although i was getting some syntax errors from another site. I will use the ones mentioned here and give it another shot tonight.

    Correct Syntax below:

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe –u2 –h -m C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

  • Nor

    for me this code worked for me

    C:WINDOWSsystem32oscdimg.exe -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN

    _EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:7.iso

    i changed the > with a

  • benutzerF

    Hey Matt, you are not an expert but you are "the man". That's work for me too.. thank

  • Iscari

    Do I need a key for all this? Do I need a key if I upgrade it from XP in boot, and or do I need a key if I did a fresh install. Or will it just auto install and be fine.

  • computer tech

    Man this saved me Thanks alot for the info. I had to search for the oscdimg.exe file but it was worth it. A hint though make sure you do not have any extra files in your folder when you create the dvd.iso or it will add them to the .iso as well

  • Silas

    Does it say that it's a non-bootable image for everyone or is it just me?

  • Frank

    Hey Can anyone confirm,

    Is it is a WIN7 Ultimate or Jus the Basic version.

    And can we use the cracks from torrents for this to Activate………….

    Please, someone answer

  • I didn’t find the unblock tab in my right click on properties of the three elements as you said.I used windows xp sp2.thank you for all

    could any one help me.

    thanks

    • admin

      john20, if you don't see it just skip it.

  • Frank

    Hey,Thankyou for the links,

    By the way is this is WIn7 Ultimate,

    Please confirm…………….

  • dr_cadbury

    Thanks a lot man… ur simply the best

  • George

    I burned a DVD with .iso file I created with the steps above, but when I select to boot from my DVD drive to do a clean install all I get is a blinking command prompt. Does anyone else have this problem?

  • where can i get a valid key for this version please ?

  • Silas

    I have successfully completed the process, but PowerISO says that the ISO is a non-bootable image, what gives?

  • John

    So, I read the previous comments and found the following issues applied to me (Running XP SP3):

    1.)The 'oscdimg.exe' file had been blocked. Ensure that this file is also unblocked.

    2.)TYPE OUT the command. I found that simply copying and pasting the command would delete the 'etfsboot.com' file – thus giving the 123 error, everytime.

    3.)If you DO happen to find that the 'etfsboot.com' file has been deleted, don't fret. Simply run the setup file, again, and it will overwrite the '%expandedSetup' files. You DO NOT need to delete the '%expandedSetup' folder to run the setup program, again.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN

    _EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:7.iso

    OSCDIMG 2.45 CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Premastering Utility

    Copyright (C) Microsoft, 1993-2000. All rights reserved.

    For Microsoft internal use only.

    Scanning source tree complete (874 files in 201 directories)

    Computing directory information complete

    Image file is 2520809472 bytes

    Writing 874 files in 201 directories to C:7.iso

    100% complete

    Final image file is 2523011072 bytes

    WARNING: This image contains UDF file system structures.

    Done.

    C:WINDOWSsystem32>

  • STeve

    Error 123 with "funny" characters ûBC: appended to your path.

    I was getting this over and over and I was pasting from notpad. I was using the "Deployment tools command prompt" from the AIK. I opened a new command prompt with admin rights, switched to system32 directory, ran the same command and the 123 error went away.

    Good Luck!

    -Steve

  • toni

    I didn't find the unblock tab in my right click on properties of the three elements as you said.I used windows xp sp2.thank you for all

    could any one help me.

    thanks

  • theloserkid

    I get a popup stating the the file, dirctory bla bla syntax is incorrect.

  • Thanx Michael(Oct 24th), for clearing up the 123 error!! EEEEEEGGZELLENT!

  • mark

    Successful for me using Michael's syntax (#35) and burning the resulting .iso using ImgBurn.

    Two issues along the way that weren't show stoppers.

    1) Error message at the end of expanding the contents. Said something about not owning the files or directory. I disregarded the error and it didn't matter. FYI, I'm using Vista 32 and trying to create Win7 64-bit (in case that makes any difference).

    2) Couldn't copy oscdimg to System32 for some retarded reason. Or even to C:, even though unblocked it, am admin, and have full control. So ended up just giving its location in Michael's syntax (i.e cusersmedesktoposcdimg -bc (blah blah blah).

    Thanks everyone!

  • Chockalingam

    Thank you very much… it is an awesome article.. followed the steps as stated and worked fine. once again thank you.

  • SR

    Followed all the steps and everything vent just fine.

  • twel

    Nevermind. Fixed it by unpacking the boxes again. I must have deleted etfsboot.com by inputting the commandline incorrectly.

    Anyway, thanks for the walkthrough!

  • twel

    When I tried this it says it can't find "C:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com" Any idea where that might be or what might have happened to it? Should I try running the installer again to see of it will unpack the boxes and replace it?

  • Joe

    I have Windows XP installed. I want to install Windows 7 on another partition.

    I tried this:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe –u2 –h C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    But the burned DVD won't boot.

    It just hangs after startup.

    Just a blinking |.

    I tried a second time using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool (http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool) to burn the image but got the same problem.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

  • Patcher32

    Voila! It worked!

    Downloaded setup1.box, setup2.box, Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe. And did what Brian has suggested. Tested by installing. Works like charm. Thanks to everyone for all the info and feedback.

  • Someone please help me! Ive spent my whole saturday since 10am trying to fix this and ive been getting errors 123 and 5's! 🙁 Someone please get back to me asap. Thanks 🙂

  • nick

    made the iso but it's only 181 mb's. is this right?

  • stygian

    it works, tks a lot 😀

  • BondEternal

    While extracting the 64-bit version of Win 7, I ran into the infamous "Unloading the Box" problem. The expandedSetup folder was still created though. Is the extraction really complete or are some parts missing?

  • SR

    @admin: Thank you! It's working now.

  • rabbit16

    Hey!

    Tnx for this, BUT!

    When I put syntax into command prompt it loading the image, BUT there WAS NO image… So I tried to change directory, instead C:win7.iso I've put D:win7pro.iso and then it worked! So if someone has the problem, try this… Cheers

    P.S. Sorry for my bad english…

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  • I followed all the steps, creating the image worked, i burnt it

    now when i go to boot from cd it just sits there and never boots

  • SR

    @admin: Can you upload again oscdimg.exe, because above link doesn't work?

  • eben

    hey,

    i get this error at 99% of extracting:

    http://www.imagenerd.com/uploads/err-dIwnF.jpg

    i followed the syeps exactly one by one…

  • Tim

    I recently performed this custom install and also had problems with the command prompt method. One the other hand I am typing this with Win 7 Pro 64 installed. So here is the method I used, which is functionally the same thing as above, however, I used MagicISO.

    Perform the same steps as in this article, except do not go to command prompt. Open/Download MagicISO (must have full version, get it here http://www.mediafire.com/?1y2wxmxgypm).

    Then place the contents of the C:expandedSetup folder into the white box on the middle right, which are the files to be added into the .iso file.

    At this time the button bar will say "Non-Bootable." In order to make this a bootable disk click "Load boot image…" (This is all the way on the left, two buttons below the "File" menu.

    This will open a window. Select the third option "From Bootable Image File" For the path type in (or browse for) C:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com

    Then the the Status will change to "Bootable" and you can save the session as a .ISO.

    Then burn the .iso to a dvd by clicking the "Burn CD/DVD with ISO…" button (just below the "About" menu).

    Then whenever you're ready (and your computer is thoroughly backed-up) boot from the disk, and you're on your way to Windows 7 64 bit in no time!

    The reason I know this works is because yesterday I was viewing this site in Vista 32 and now I'm typing this from Windows 7 64.

    I was actually very surprised that it worked and was certain that something would be missing or go wrong. However everything is in order and all my drivers work.

    Note: Once you have windows installed. Go to your device manager and update all of your drivers. Windows did a fantastic job of finding these and installing them from the web. I didn't need to download any drivers from device vendors.

  • Matt

    For those of you getting "Error 123" you should notice a "ûBC:" before the directory path that the ISO is being created (I mean you'll see it in the command prompt). The û is a text character that is most likely copied from your browser. Copy and paste the command prompt input into an unformated txt file or type it out manually.

    I'm no expert but this worked for me.

  • Michael

    "To ALL,

    Here is the CORRECT SYNTAX:

    oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso "

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH BRIAN M. !! It worked just fine.

  • sonny

    error 123

  • http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool

    You can also burn the ISO with the above USB / DVD Downloader tool.

    J

  • t

    confirmation that cdimage worked for me

    thanx to thantrax

  • Dan

    I'm guessing that you need to let the exe file expand all setup1 and setup2 files before you create the iso file?

    also, is the command line the same for both 32-bit an 64-bit versions?

  • Steve

    I have xp 32 bit and when I type that command into the prompt, nothing happens. please help! I have the oscdimg.exe file in my system32 and everything.

  • cobhc

    error 123 after taping command in cmd

  • PUT OSCDIMG.EXE IN WINDOWS>SYSTEM 32 😉

  • Ok lads i'll show you step by step

    1.First download OSCDIMG.EXE FROM http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B4OJJACG

    2. PUT IN WINDOWS>SYSTEM32

    3.Copy expandedSetup to C: disk make sure your folder is called expandedSetup

    4.Open command prompt and run as administrator

    5. PUT THIS COMMAND

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe –u2 –h -m C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso MAKE SURE USE GAPS

    6.OPEN ISO WITH NERO 7 CHOOSE 2X SPEED

    7.RESTART YOUR PC

    8.BOOT YOUR WIN 7 PRO 😉

  • .:: cronoxan ::.

    Yes!!! … it worked …

    I found the error

  • Dave

    It Worked!! Thanks to everyone with instructions, updates to instructions, hosting missing files, etc, etc….

  • Patcher32

    Okay I am downloading but, why the links have "msvista" in them?
    <a href="http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe” target=”_blank”>http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/Win7-P-Retail-en-us-x86.exe <a href="http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/setup1.box” target=”_blank”>http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-79643/setup1.box

    Is someone there who downloaded and verified them to be genuine Windows 7?

  • .:: cronoxan ::.

    Help …

    ERROR: Could not open boot sector file "C:expandedSetupootootsect.exe"

    Error 3

    I try all syntaxis … same error for all.

  • Pat

    For those having issues (particularly when already running Win7), make sure that the command you are copying and pasting has only plain text. To do that, open Notepad and paste – you will see rectangles where there are weird characters (which the dashes seem to be). Replace any of those dashes with just a plain text dash (-) and try again. It worked for me on Win 7 Ultimate Eval. Below is the output:

    C:Usersme>oscdimg.exe -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -u2 -h -m -lWIN7 C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

    OSCDIMG 2.54 CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Premastering Utility

    Copyright (C) Microsoft, 1993-2007. All rights reserved.

    Licensed only for producing Microsoft authorized content.

    Scanning source tree (500 files in 48 directories)

    Scanning source tree complete (874 files in 201 directories)

    Computing directory information complete

    Image file is 2520809472 bytes

    Writing 874 files in 201 directories to C:Win7.iso

    100% complete

    Final image file is 2523011072 bytes

    Done.

    C:Usersme>

  • Brian

    Here's the syntax I used: oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso

    but changed etfsboot.com to bootsect.exe and it worked. Loaded up the ISO into daemon tools and it boots.

  • Thanks

    Worked awesome for my Win741 student email purchase. Really saved me like $17 from having to buy from Microsoft.

  • Nitin

    are these windows 7 links working or just fake

  • Joe

    For those who are requesting the oscdimg.exe file, download link below:

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XG1G9J79

  • Kevin

    The procedure documented in this post (as of the evening of 10/22 PST) worked perfectly for me. I did this from the Win7 Beta (build 7100). Thanks!

  • Patcher32

    The link to OSCDImage.exe is broken. Please upload it again.

  • thantrax

    Hi,

    do not use "oscdimg.exe" but "cdimage.exe" instead (version 2.52). The second works better. I use it as follow:

    cdimage -lWIN7P_EN_DVD -m -u2 -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com c:expandedSetup c:win7pro-x86.iso

    Hope it help.

    P.S.

    Sorry for my baaaaad english.

  • Tim

    Once you have the expanded files, would it not be possible to use something like ImgBurn and create a bootable DVD direct from the files (rather than creating an ISO using oscdimg)?

  • trolley

    Hi, unfortunately, the oscdimg.exe file is not reachable by the link above.Could smb give a nrew one? And also, what about the crack/activator?

    Thank you in a advance.

  • Andrew

    I did all that but nothing happens, it just start a new command line. and no iso file is created. I could not run under admin cuz I never setup an admin password and it would not let me run under admin without one.

    Thanks

  • Brandon

    Thanks, Brian! That got it to work. This has been the most frustrating ordeal.

  • Bill

    If you just buy from Microsoft Store directly (http://store.microsoft.com) they offer ISOs as a download option. No ridiculous hoops to jump through… they even have a tool to create bootable DVD or USB Keys from the ISO.

  • Brian M

    To ALL,

    Here is the CORRECT SYNTAX:

    oscdimg -bC:expandedSetupootetfsboot.com -h -u2 -m -lWIN_EN_DVD C:expandedSetup C:win7.iso

    The following page may also be of interest:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/

  • Mogster

    The oscdimg instructions seem to be lying – it only works for me when I put the options AFTER the source and destination. I also had to add the "-m" option and move the "-u2" option to the end.

  • cdub

    im getting this error message

    Scanning source tree

    ERROR: Failure enumerating files in directory "C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32ûBC:USERSusernameDESKTOPWIN7EXPANDEDSETUPBOOTETFSBOOT.COM"

    Error 123: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.

    i did it just like above but didnt copy it to c: but i changed the places in the command line appropriately

    please help

  • bassexpander

    I don't even get a choice to unblock the file in my version of XP. I wish someone would just put up a link to the finished ISO.

  • jrwatsio

    What worked for me:

    oscdimg.exe –bC:expandedSetupootootsect.exe –u2 –h C:expandedSetup C:Win7.iso

  • jrwatsio

    That command line did not work for me with Windows 7 64bit. The etfsboot.com file is not present so I replaced it with what was – bootsect.exe and it worked. I have not tried booting on my new ISO but when I open it in UltraISO it does say 'Bootable UDF'.

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  • Cuko

    What build version is this Win7 Final? Is it the same as RTM or not?

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