1. What can be added to the USB disk with WinSetupFromUSB?
2. Does it support multiple sources of the same type?
3. My internal disk is not shown during first (Text mode) part of Windows XP (2000, 2003) setup
4. There is error 0x0000007B on blue background (BSOD) at start of XP (2000, 2003) Setup
5. Program does not display my USB disk
6. Are customized Windows sources supported?
7. What do the advanced options do?
8. My system won't boot from USB
9. Is (U)EFI supported?
10. How do I add another Windows or Linux source?
11. When adding NT6 (Vista and above setup or PE based utility) ISO occupied space on the USB disk is 150-220 MB more than my source
12. Is the program free and may it be freely redistributed?
13. XP/2003/2000 Setup is very slow when copying files at Text mode phase
14. How to report bugs or problems with the program?

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  1. i downloaded the original iso for windows 7 sp1 professional X17-59885.iso.
    when i try to “add to USB disk:” WinSetupFromUSB 1.4 says
    “This doesn’t seem to be a valid source!
    Either or all of \sources\boot.wim, \bootmgr, \boot\, \boot\BCD are missing,
    or source is not supported”
    so which images do you recommend me for Windows 7 Pro 64

    • Most likely it’s a corrupted or broken download. Compare checksums of the ISO file and re-download it of necessary.
      In addition, make sure program has access to the folder where the ISO file is.

      Safest bet is to extract program in a simple path, without funny characters and spaces in it, e.g. c:\winsetupfromusb and use similar paths for your sources.

      Program uses 7-zip internally to list archives, you could also try if 7-zip opens and extracts this file.

      Just tested original X17-59885.iso, downloaded from digitalriver, works just fine.
      CRC-32: 52de4387
      MD5: 50546c36cb2d1de47c2eed058a2a067a
      SHA-1: 39d2e2924e186124ea44d2453069b34ef18ea45e

  2. first of all i am really happy to use this tool, i have recently faced a new problem which i think might be share with you… as we know that their are Uefi booting system for which Fat 32 is needed with file size limitation ,which we can use to install and use our OS, but i have recently downloaded a controlsoft iso image for eight point one, which is Aio v2.1 of X86 and X64 with a iso file size of 4.37 gb, but as our new software of WINsetupfromUSb ver. 1.4 uses whole iso for fat 32 and uefi booting, now its become a critcal situation, i just wanted to say, that COULD YOU PLEASE ADD SOME COMMAND TO USE OLDER METHOD IN WHICH SETUP COPIED IN ROOT DIRECTORY LIKE IN WINSETUPFROM USB VER 1.1 , 1.2 OR IN 1.3, … JUST ADDING A OPTION TO USE NEW METHOD OR OLD METHOD TO FORMAT AND INSTALL ISO OF 8.1 IMAGE MADE FOR UEFI BOOTING OF ISO SIZE MORE THAN 4 + g.B WOULD BE A LOT APPRECIABLE AND MADE OUR TOOL FAR BETTER THAN OTHER AGAIN… THANKS A LOT IN ADVANCE

    • If there is a good reason for such support it won’t be hard to implement it.
      My point of view:
      – XP does not support ExFAT natively, the program can’t be run on such machines unless the XP update for ExFAT support is applied. There are still quite a lot of users running XP
      – XP installer can’t run off ExFAT volume
      – NT6 support for booting from ExFAT volumes starts with Windows 8 bootmgr. If one needs to install Windows 7, he has to replace the default bootmgr with one from Windows 8. If both are added to the USB disk, program checks and uses the latest version, so this case is covered.

      What are the advantages of ExFAT in regards to USB boot, compared to the widely supported now NTFS, that you need such support?

  3. I just want to know how to make like this on WinSetupFromUSB :

    [Boot Loader]
    [Operating Systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”2. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS=”1-2. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS=”1-3. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS=”1-4. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”0-1. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS=”0-2. GUI Mode Setup Windows XP, Continue Setup + Start XP” /FASTDETECT

    C:\SETUPLDR.bs=”1. TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon”

    • Boot.ini is not needed and used in any of the 1.0 versions.
      Which version are you using and why would you need those entries in boot.ini at all?

    • There is advanced option letting you to set custom boot menu and folder name per source. For already transferred sources you’d need to edit \boot\bcd and efi\microsoft\boot\bcd stores. You could use the included BootIce, or the free VisualBCD if not familiar with bcdedit.

  4. Hi!
    Just want to report about problem with version 1.4.
    When i execute file “WinSetupFromUSB-1-4.exe” error occur:
    “Can not open file \..\WinSetupFromUSB-1-4.exe” as archive.
    With ver. 1.3 all is fine.

  5. I have a backup image using shadow protect. .spf is the extension it uses. I backed up my windows 7 and like to know if I can restore the .spf image[it's about 40gb] to a usb drive.

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