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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God Mode in Windows

Open a command line and write this: “godmode on”. Ah, ok, not that easy.

First things first, what is this “god mode”? Well, it is basically a handy way to access all Windows settings without opening up folders or options in Control Panel.

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Windows 7 Public Beta Released

Well, as you probably know the Windows 7 Public Beta is released yesterday. I downloaded both 32-bit and 64-bit images and will try them when I get the chance.

You can get it here by the way:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx

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