How-To: Build Your own Windows 7 DVD

Update: Added step to change “Sectors to Load” field in Bootable Disc tab

For those of you who have downloaded Windows 7 through the Microsoft Store and used the download option that only provides you with the contents of the DVD and not the actual ISO, here are some steps you can follow to build your own DVD, as well as save time and bandwidth.

NOTE: These steps were only tested on the 32-bit editions, as I do not have the 64-bit editions in the format that the Microsoft Store provides.

Tools Required:

Windows 7 installation files (obtained through Microsoft Store download)

– ImgBurn (available at http://www.imgburn.com)

– Windows 7 DVD boot image (available here)

DVD Creation Steps:

1. Open ImgBurn and click “Create Image from Files / Folders”

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2. Click on the Add Folder button on the Source Column and select the folder where you’ve extracted the Windows 7 installation files

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3. Click the Labels tab, and you can use your own label, or if you want your DVD to be just like the Retail DVDs, use the following labels. For 32 bit – GRMCFRE_EN_DVD | For 64 bit – GRMCxFRE_EN_DVD

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4. Click the Advanced Tab, and then click the Restrictions Tab, then check the options as shown in the below screenshot

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6. Click the Bootable Disc tab, and then check the box labeled “Make Image Bootable”

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7. Click the Browse button next to “Boot Image” and then browse to where you downloaded the BootImage.ima file, and select it

8. In the “Sectors to Load” field change the 4 to an 8

9. Select a Destination to save your Windows 7 ISO

10. Click the big Build button

11. You will see the following error message. Click NO. If you do not click NO, your DVD will not work correctly.

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12. After your ISO is created you can use ImgBurn to burn your newly created ISO.

Good luck and happy installing!

-Tom

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