How to Create A Bootable Windows 7 Installation USB from Linux

Thanks to Gunthers at serverfault, I was able to create a USB and start the Startup Repair tool from there to repair my Windows 7 boot.

Probably the only thing you need to know is how to make the USB bootable as I assume you know that you need an NTFS partition on the USB including the installation files (copied over from a DVD or a backup ISO file).

Well, after all that pretty regular stuff, you need to grab ms-sys from here and install it to be able to write Microsoft compatible boot records. (It could also exist in your repositories, so do a check first if you want with your favorite package management tool. (e.g. apt-get, aptitude, yum etc.)

To write a Windows 7 MBR onto the USB device; just do a

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How to backup/restore a Wubi installation

About a week ago, I decided to format the whole harddisk and start anew.

Of course, this meant losing the triple-boot configuration and Wubi along with it. I was fine with losing the windows, but didn’t want to lose the Wubi Ubuntu installation.

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Strange problem on Windows and How I solved it

2 days ago; I have encountered a very strange problem. Out of nowhere, Windows started to report errors while writing to the disk and told me to run chkdsk.

Well, I did. It said that it solved some problems associated with the file system. After a while, it started popping up errors in the file system again.. Since I haven’t restarted the system in a while (I always use it in standby mode, even my desktop :p) I thought a restart could solve some problems.

After I restarted, the file system was gone.. It turned into a RAW file system. I discovered this after I inserted my Bart’s PE live cd. I actually intended to use the live cd to backup my files to my external hard drive, but I could not access my boot partition.

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