No system, no install media cd, now what?

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Recently my system got a problem and windows was not bootable.

I decided to reinstall the laptop however the installation media was in an uncertain location. My first move was to search in whatever place came into my mind. When i got resignated, i remembered that the product key was sticked in the laptop so there must be a official digital download link to get the media, right?

The direct links for windows 7 Professional (the version that i was looking for) were found in another blog (www.mydigitallife.info),  unfortunately the ISO images were only available in en-US and the key was for the pt-pt version.

Windows 7 ISO Direct Download Links
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*32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO*
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO*
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso
*32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso
*32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso
*64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO*
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

Nevertheless i decided to proceed with the ISO installation, the key wasn’t valid as expected. To recapitulate, we got a working system in trial period.
For the key to be accepted we needed to install the Portuguese (Portugal) MUI language pack and make it active.

Individual languages come in the form of an executable and can be downloaded from the official windows update site (download.windowsupdate.com), once extracted we get an lp.cab file (that’s exactly what we are looking for). Alternatively we can get an ISO from MSDN that comes with all the available languages “Microsoft Windows 7 Language Pack (English)”.

To install the pt-pt language follow the steps:

1. Open a command line with Administrator Rights
2. Write DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:d:\lp.cab


Where d:\lp.cab is the path for the desired language

3. Install the language pack, write bcdedit /set {current} locale pt-pt

4. Two steps left… bcdboot %WinDir% /l pt-pt, press Enter
5. Open the Registry Editor (Windows+R) type “regedit” and click OK.
Find the registry branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MUI\UILanguages
Remove the language that is no longer needed (en-US).

RESTART THE COMPUTER, ENTER THE PRODUCT KEY AND ENJOY

Links: http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/

How to create a Multiboot USB Drive? + Norton Ghost

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YUMI makes the creation of multiboot usb drives a piece of cake however if you were like me a crucial weapon in your IT arsenal is missing… Yes i’m talking about Norton Ghost!

To prepare Norton Ghost Rescue Image follow the steps bellow, for further details please refer to the original post.

You will need Norton Ghost 15 and Symantec Recovery Disk ISO image which can be found HERE.

1. After the download is finished, extract the image to a folder, by default the name of the folder will be the same as the name of the ISO image (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly).

2. Start Norton Ghost and open the tab Tools then click Create Custom Recovery Disk CD.

3. Follow the screens till the program asks for the Source Location “Specify the media location to an existing Symantec Recovery Disk”, in this step you should point to the folder where you have extracted the Symantec Recovery Disk ISO (NGH1501_AllWin_English_SrdOnly). Hit next.

4. Choose to save an ISO file, by default the name will be SymantecSrd.iso

5. In the next screens you may add any drivers you want, customize your time zone, change the keyboard layout and configure your networks settings. Besides that you should provide a valid key so all features on the CD will be available.

6. Once you have filled all the previous details a summary screen will appear. After you confirm it will be a matter of time till the iso is ready.

7. Now that the image is created we should add it to YUMI to do so, select the drive letter, scroll down to the option “Try an Unlisted ISO” and click Browse. Open SymantecSrd.iso click Create to finish.

8. Now that the USB drive is ready fire up Virtual Box or reboot your pc to test it. If everything goes as expected you should get a screen that resembles the following one.

How to create a Multiboot USB Drive?

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The other day i was reading some feeds and found this tip that you might find useful