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So sad, it feels like half a decade since I was last on here in the forums. But I digress.


I found several online articles about running linux and installing windows from USB drives. So I found the Microsoft Windows USB/DVD tool (free). I tried it out once and finally got the install to work on a nice little find for my own testing/evaluation. Turned around to try it on another similar looking machine. So after one install, the USB seems fine, but a bit scrambled.


Windows Boot Manager


File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc0000000e

info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data


So, install once and then you're hosed? Has anybody done this or seen this before? Other online posting say to go into Windows recovery mode and run some commands. Does that still apply to USB flash drives? I figure it's an ISO image undisturbed, so why not just start again. Still no dice. I hope the ISO wasn't ruined by the tool. What would be the point of that?


On brite side of things, the install was rather fast.


And before I forget, the hardware I found and am trying to test are two servers each with 4GB of ram, a 3ware 9500-4lp raid controller, and six (6) sleds/trays - one with a 3.0GHz HT P4 and the other 2x 2.8GHz HT Xeons.



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You didn't mention which version of Microsoft Windows you were trying to install (the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool works with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 8.1 Update, as far as I can tell), but my initial thought is either a bad USB flash drive or corrupt ISO file.


I would suggest performing a full format of the USB flash drive (or using the "clean all" command in DiskPart to perform a full wipe of it), then downloading a fresh version of the ISO from Microsoft and trying again. You might also want to try testing the target disk for errors, in case the problem is with it and not the install media.




Aryeh Goretsky

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