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post #121 of 167
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Originally Posted by almostinsane View Post

Do you not have the original drive available that came with the Tivo?

No I formated it clean and it's long gone... years ago.

I bought a 2TB that came with a new TIVO OS installed on it. Now I just want that drive for PC storage.
post #122 of 167
You could try and find an identical working model on CraigsList or ebay and then make a backup of the drive. Restore the backup image to the same size drive and replace the 2TB drive in the Tivo. You could then sell both Tivos on ebay and get your money back and be able to keep the 2TB drive. You might also be able to find an image via torrent sites. If you know someone with the same model Tivo perhaps they'd be kind enough to let you make a backup of their drive. If you do happen to get an image from a different Tivo, be sure to perform a Clear & Delete Everything after making sure the Tivo boots with the new drive. Otherwise, you'll get a hardware error that will prevent the Tivo from working properly.
post #123 of 167
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I might just scrap the TiVo or sell it without a drive.
post #124 of 167
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Now I'm wondering if I should sell it with the drive and just use cash on a 3TB Seagate or WD red?
post #125 of 167
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Now I'm wondering if I should sell it with the drive and just use cash on a 3TB Seagate or WD red?

I PULLED IT. Installed it. Formatted it. used it for media storage. Did nothing to back up the TIVO image. It's gone.

And- The TIVO HD is in basement without a drive in it. I'm gonna junk it.

I just got lazy and did not feel like putting effort into selling it or saving the TIVO OS image.... oh well.

I am sure if I cared I could always obtain later....
post #126 of 167
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What I still have yet to do is use an SSD as a bootable USB device... and install from .

I would like to have various copies of windows and all my typical programs ready to go on a single USB3.0 device that is fast and has great space.
post #127 of 167
Take a look here. There's a link to download a utility to make one copy of Win7 able to be installed in any fashion you wish so you can still keep it on a small USB flash drive. I have not tried this yet but was just researching it the other day.
post #128 of 167
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That no different than just deleting the file ...

There was a link and instructions earlier in this thread.

Yes- You can delete a file in the installation which allows you to choose any version to install.

meaning you can install ultimate from a home disc... or home from a pro disc... etc...

I use the ISO and the USB install tool almost all the time now versus a disc.
post #129 of 167
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Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso
Windows 7 Professional 32Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
Windows 7 Professional 64Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit:
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso

I use one of these with the USB tool...

I just load the one I want. I have downloaded them already. I have product keys for all three. But you can only use your product key on a limited amount of PCs. I bought the OEM of the PRO version... which is what I use on my desktop. It's limited to that machine because its only good for certain hardware. That kinda sucks.

The retail versions I bought are good on any hardware.
post #130 of 167
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

That no different than just deleting the file ...

There was a link and instructions earlier in this thread.

Yes- You can delete a file in the installation which allows you to choose any version to install.

meaning you can install ultimate from a home disc... or home from a pro disc... etc...

I use the ISO and the USB install tool almost all the time now versus a disc.

Oh, where's this information? I haven't followed this whole thread because I have Win7 on a USB thumbdrive already.
post #131 of 167
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You can google it and it comes up ten places.. including lifehacker.

basically you just use method to delete the file that chooses the version. Then windows installer just asks you which version you want to install. (HOME/PRO/ULTIMATE)

It's pretty simple.

I have done it.

Very much like the hack you use to install WHS2011 to a smaller than 160GB drive.



It's simple enough: if you have an .ISO file use an appropriate .ISO imaging program to delete the file from it, then save the image and burn it. If you have the DVD you can use the same program to rip the DVD to an .ISO image, then delete the file, and reburn it.

Or delete and install from USB works fine too.

To restart the clock,
Click Start, All Programs, Accessories. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run As Administrator. If necessary, enter your administrator password.
Type "slmgr -rearm" and press the Enter key.

Note we are talking about the same thing.. but there is many ways to do it.
post #132 of 167
Restart the clock? You mean the time you have to actually activate? You can only do that three times or something, right?
post #133 of 167
Nah, I've done it about 15 times on my HTPC without a problem!
post #134 of 167
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Originally Posted by ncarty97 View Post

Nah, I've done it about 15 times on my HTPC without a problem!

You've done it 15 times and have never activated Windows? You are running it in trial mode forever?
post #135 of 167
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Originally Posted by ncarty97 View Post

Nah, I've done it about 15 times on my HTPC without a problem!

I have never done it more than a few.... Did not realize you could do that.

For the win... biggrin.gif
post #136 of 167
I think when they first release their OS's (and Office packages) they clamp down on it pretty good to make sure people aren't just using the same license over and over, but after a year or so, they ease up.
post #137 of 167
I'd rather activate than have to go through that every month.
post #138 of 167
Yeah, agreed. I don't mind paying for a software I use every single day.
post #139 of 167
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SAME HERE. I own and purchased a legit copy of all three windows versions. I think going without an OS is just silly....

Some things you should just pay for. An OS is one of those things.
post #140 of 167
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What is the cheapest way to obtain a legit W7 key ???
post #141 of 167
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

What is the cheapest way to obtain a legit W7 key ???

Buy a system builder disc or get a TechNet subscription, which gives you multiple OS licenses. MS doesn't really sell Win 7 licenses directly anymore because they want people to buy WIndows 8.
post #142 of 167
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Anyone have a WHS ISO link ?

Possible to install WHS from USB ?
post #143 of 167
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What is the cheapest way to obtain a legit W7 key ???
Upgrade...3 user, is cheapest in the long run...just over a hundred. (and can do a full install.)
EDIT: sorry, that's bad info. It was 109 when I got it a couple years ago...seems MS got wise. 238 on AMAZON right now.

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Anyone have a WHS ISO link ?

Possible to install WHS from USB ?

No idea on the ISO

USB install definitely works...same as W7, anything that will do via bootdisk. I am working on my third install of WHS 2011 on my server via usb. 1st, was flawless. 2nd (due to original drive with bad sectors...RMA'd by HP...) has issues with drawing CPU usage in the 100 percent range. So I am working to do a reinstall.
Edited by kevin g. - 4/9/13 at 4:53pm
post #144 of 167
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So how do you get whs onto flash drive ?
post #145 of 167
I will search the tutorial when I get home (at work now, I have it saved.) It's not hard, with someone of your skill level. You have to make the usb "bootable' first, then just drag and drop the disc to the drive.


EDIT:Here ya go.....
Edited by kevin g. - 4/10/13 at 8:15pm
post #146 of 167
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Thanks !
post #147 of 167
It looks like nobody mentioned this simple method that works with:

- The 64-bit version of any of Windows 7, WHS2011, WS2008, Windows 8, WS2012, and WS2012E
- SSD or HDD, whatever size up to 4TB (or larger in future), formatted (with MBR or GPT) or unformatted. During the installation process GPT will be created automatically instead of out-of-date MBR. If MBR is already there, it will be deleted and taken place by GPT.
- A UEFI motherboard (every latest motherboard is of this type)

Requirement of a USB flash drive

- A 4GB (or larger) USB 2.0/3.0 flash drive for Windows 7, WS2008, Windows 8 and WS2012.
- A 8GB (or larger) USB 2.0/3.0 flash drive for WHS2011 and WS2012E.

Preparing the USB flash drive

1. Format the USB flash drive with FAT32 in any existing Windows (32-bit or 64-bit) system. NTFS does not support EFI boot.
2. Right-click the Windows installation ISO file, select "7-Zip", then "Extract files" to the USB drive. Or mount the ISO and copy all the contents of the virtual drive to the USB drive. If you have an installation DVD, then copy all the contents of the DVD to the USB drive.

That's it. eek.gifsmile.gif There is no need to make the USB flash drive "bootable" nor launch "diskpart" ulitlity to do something strange. EXCEPT FOR Windows 7 (see below).

Installing OS

1. Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port of the system. Note that

- Windows 7 / WHS2011 / WS2008 does not support USB 3.0 natively, so you'd better avoid a USB 3.0 port (otherwise you may be required to install USB 3.0 driver during the installation).
- Windows 8 / WS2012 / WS2012E supports USB 3.0 natively, so you can use a USB 3.0 port with no problem.

2. Start the system. During the POST screen press the key

- F8 for some ASUS mb
- F9 for BIOSTAR
- F11 for ASUS / ASRock / ECS / MSI
- F12 for GIGABYTE / Intel

to launch the boot menu, select UEFI USB flash drive (or a similar entry), then press Enter key. Selecting the entry with the name "UEFI" and "USB" is critical. Installation process will begin immediately.

Windows 7 specific

Actually an extra step is necessary to create an installation USB flash drive for Windows 7:

1. Select the file D:\sources\install.wim ("D" is the drive letter of the USB flash drive). This is a compressed file. Right click it, select "7-Zip", then "Open archive".
2. Go to the directory D:\sources\install.wim\1\Windows\Boot\EFI\ inside 7-Zip File Manager.
3. Copy the file bootmgfw.efi there to the directory D:\efi\boot\ (you have to create it). Rename it to bootx64.efi

The point is, somehow the file D:\efi\boot\bootx64.efi is missing in Windows 7 installation disc (without which you can't boot into the installation process) so that you have to create it manually. No other OS (even WHS2011) suffers from this problem.
Edited by renethx - 8/3/13 at 12:28am
post #148 of 167
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Achievement unlocked: HTPC Wizard^
post #149 of 167
Renethx, i just wanted to complement you on your above post/guide. I just ordered a pimped Sager 9170 sans OS and now am fully confident I will be get up and running quickly. +1 REP
post #150 of 167
i will be using that tip with the new machine i hope to build. current rigs dont have uefi frown.gif
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