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 Win 7 Install.wim 
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Joined: 12 Sep 2009, 23:39
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So, I dont have a Disk drive available. I am trying to get by with an ISO and virtual drives. What I have been doing is using a program called MagicISO to create a virtual DVD drive out of the ISO. From there I can use Wintoflash to copy the fake disk drive to my Sandisk 8GB flash drive.
boot goes fine until
"Windows could ot collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [install.wim] does not exist."
I reboot to vista to try formatting the drive differently... no real reason, just thought I would try it.
You can run the setup for windows 7 from the DVD, if I run it from the MagicISO drive it works and asks me to update the install files. If I run it from the Flash drive, it crashes every time, So the ISO is fine.
I have tried formatting the drive 3 times now, any advice?





12 Sep 2009, 23:48
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May be:
1. Your ISO image is corrupt - get other one
2. DVD emulation program contain bugs - use 7zip or WinRAR to extract files from ISO
3. USB drive have "bad" sectors - get other one

Use only FAT32 CHS/LBA because FAT16 is too small for Vista (only 2Gb, Vista needs 3+)


13 Sep 2009, 07:08
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I doubt there is an issue with the ISO file. I have an official Win7 DVD and am getting the same error. I was hoping someone here had a solution already.


25 Sep 2009, 02:25
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Try this:

Format USB drive with WinToFlash to make it bootable.
Manually copy all files from DVD to USB drive.


25 Sep 2009, 06:24
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Hello,

I was having a problem similar to bevansadrs. In my case the only format that my machine would boot to is FAT16 LBA. Other formats would leave me sitting at the blinking cursor black screen, or display a message saying something to the effect of "remove all media and reboot". Since I wanted to install Windows 7, this is a problem due to the 2GB limit. Fortunately, however, I found a link elsewhere to Microsoft's own Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - and that worked fine. Their tool formatted the drive as NTFS.

Cheers,
EnigmaticSoul


16 Jun 2010, 07:16
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