Archive for July, 2013

Install Windows 7 from a partition (hard drive):

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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I use this to install windows 7 from a separte partition (no need for Windows dvd) when you start windows you will get an option to install windows and use it whenever needed this is my way of doing it I have tried it and it works.

Step 1: Go to start and search for computer management and hit enter.Once the program comes up on the left side look for Disk management under storage click on it

Step2: Righ click on C: drive go to Shrink volume and Decide the size I used 5gigs

Step3:Copy Windows files from Cd or Iso to your new partition

Step4:Download Easybcd and install (

Step5:Open Easybcd And choose add entry then goto to the bottom tab named WinPe

Step6:On the type tab choose Wim image(ramdisk)

Step7:Name your partition

Step8:On the path section locate boot.wim file of your windows files its located
under sources folder example(Drive letter you gave your new patition:\sources\boot.wim )

Step9:Leave ems enabled and Force portable entry unabled and hit Add Entry and your done.

Extra Steps:

Step10:Go to start right click computer and go to properties. On the left side click on Advanced system and settings go to the advance tab ,Startup and recovery settings,here you can change settings of your system startup . Leave default operating system to windows 7 check time to display list of operating system: and choose how many seconds you want it to take for windows to choose the default operating system on the startup I choosed 2 seconds leave everything else untouched and hit ok.

Now when you start your computer you should have to options to boot from
your regular windows 7 startup or the intallation partition you just made.

When you choose to intall windows again you will just have to choose that partition and windows will install way faster withought the need of cds just make sure you dont delete the partition you created.

P2V utilizing Windows Bare Metal Backup Restore

Friday, July 12th, 2013
  •  Utilizing Windows Backup take a Full backup including bare metal backup to a remote network location.
  • Configure a new VMware guest with similar hard drive configuration and space requirements.
  • Mount ISO for respective OS and boot into setup and choose repair this computer
  • Follow wizard to restore system image and choose the network location where you backed up the physical machine earlier
  • After successful restoration attempt to boot system it will likely fail to boot with a BSOD due to controller differences.
  • Boot into to OS setup and choose repair this computer and choose the Command Prompt option and following the remaining steps below based on your configuration. (in our VMware example utilizing the first option.

Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, File>Load Hive> [restored volume]:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM>Open>Key Name = Restored_HKLM>OK

Expand Restored_HKLM\ControlSet001\services and ensure the following are set:

If restored to a (VMWare) VM then ensure intelide>Start = 0 and LSI_SAS>Start = 0; msahci>Start = 3 and pciide>Start = 3
If restoring to a physical machine with native HDD controller then ensure msahci>Start = 0 and pciide>Start = 0; intelide>Start = 3 and LSI_SAS>Start = 3

Highlight Restored_HKLM and then File>Unload Hive.

Close windows and restart.

  • System should boot normally and after login may require additional reboot.
  • You will also want to uninstall any previous unnecessary devices, drivers and software e.g. hardware vendor (HP, Dell IBM) software.A

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