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Default 05-17-2009, 11:36 AM

When I tried to boot from Windows 7 USB flash drive, I followed these four steps to a tee and have had no success. When I attempt to boot from this USB flash drive that is created, my Mini attempts to PXE boot - even when I press 0 and tell it to boot from the USB drive.
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Default 05-17-2009, 01:05 PM

Then you did not successfully create a bootable USB drive.


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Default 05-17-2009, 01:54 PM

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When I tried to boot from Windows 7 USB flash drive, I followed these four steps to a tee and have had no success. When I attempt to boot from this USB flash drive that is created, my Mini attempts to PXE boot - even when I press 0 and tell it to boot from the USB drive.
Try renaming the NTLDR file back to bootmgr.

Worked for me.

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Default 05-17-2009, 02:26 PM

I tried renaming the NTLDR file back to bootmgr and it is still attempting a PXE boot. What else can I try?
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Default 05-17-2009, 03:52 PM

I think I'm going to just bite the bullet, go to Best Buy and suck up the $90 to get an external drive.
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Default 05-17-2009, 05:04 PM

Sorry, this worked on mini10 as well.

but as pointed in an earlier post, we have to use the earlier version of this program.
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Default 05-18-2009, 02:19 AM

how come this isn't working for me? at first i used the hp tool and got a pxe rom error. now i used the cmd method i getting a "remove disks or other media" error. what am i doing wrong? im using a 2gb sandisk cruzer with a 1.5gb vlite windows 7 (this only boots when i plug in the usb drive AFTER windows xp has been loaded), anyone have any ideas? cause i'm stuck.
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Default 05-18-2009, 02:26 AM

nvm guys i got it to work. turns out that i just changed the file back to BOOTMGR and it ran without a problem, im installling it right now, ill post what happens later.
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Default 05-18-2009, 03:36 AM

All,

I updated the link to the HP tool shown in my original post. (See the original post for the link.)

I am going through the motions again as I write this to install the Windows 7 RC.

As for those getting the "PXE" message, that simply means the Mini is trying to boot off your network card BEFORE a USB device. Change the boot order in the BIOS or press "0" (zero) during the Dell splash screen for Boot Options then select "+USB Storage". If that doesn't then your USB Flash Drive isn't bootable.


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Default 05-20-2009, 02:05 AM

Thanks for the great rundown. Currently typing this on my "big" laptop while watching Windows 7 finish the "Expanding Windows files" step. Can't wait until it's done. I spent the last couple of weeks fighting the unaligned XP partition thing after upgrading to a 32G SSD. Figured if I'm going to probably reinstall everything anyway, might as well check out Win7.
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