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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject: [TIP] Make a bootable Win 7iso under Gentoo for vbox use Reply with quote

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DISCLAIMER:
Only use media that you have bought
Do not use pirated media


- Find a pc with a DVD drive (Duh)
- Put the content on an USB (if you do not have DVD drive) on the other machine (double Duh)
- Mount the /dev/sdb1 partition (YMMV)
- copy everything to a folder named win7 (as shown in the code)

Execute following command (as root or sudo user)
Code:

mkisofs -udf -r -iso-level 4 -v -b BOOT/ETFSBOOT.COM -no-emul-boot -hide boot.bin -hide boot.catalog -o win7.iso ./win7/

rm -rf win7 #dir that contains the files you have copied over

Fire up VirtualBox and attach the newly created iso


Pieced together from various Google searches...

Previous failed because mkisofs shortened the long names :roll:
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds useful, Valerie; but the bits you skip over with "Duh" don't seem that clear to me. You mention copying files as shown in the code, but it's not there, so it's unclear what exactly is being copied, as it is why there's another machine involved.

Could you clarify, please?
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steveL wrote:
That sounds useful, Valerie; but the bits you skip over with "Duh" don't seem that clear to me. You mention copying files as shown in the code, but it's not there, so it's unclear what exactly is being copied, as it is why there's another machine involved.

Could you clarify, please?


steveL,

The thing I wanted to express:

- I have an old desktop tower, with Win10 Enterprise on it, that was upgraded from Win7 DVD. (this machine contains a DVD player), but this on the verge of collapse (it dates from 2006)
- On my new Nuc, I wanted to install this version of Win 7 as a Virtual Box machine, but new pc's and portables (laptops) do not have DVD drives anymore. (Today, it is all wireless / streaming / cloud, pick your buzzword)

So I had to copy the install DVD first to an usb disk, (from the "old" pc)
On the NUC, I created a directory named win7, in which I copied the content of the usb
I could also do :

- mkdir ./win7
- mount /dev/sdb1 win7
- Execute mkisofs content

But for "performance" reasons, (again, this should be negligible, but the usb is still USB 1.0)
I copied the content of the stick with the Win7 installation files over to the directory.

Before using mkisofs, I tried the following, to try to create a bridge between the physical medium and the virtual VBox Machine, but this failed
So, this in fact a "work-around" / "short cut"
Code:

VBoxManage --createrawimage ... usb.vmdk


vmdk is a virtual HD (for Vbox, Vmware, HyperV) (I suppose)

With "Duh!" I meant : obvious :lol:
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