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Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory
Update: Dec 15, 2014. The Microsoft published tool mentioned below has been updated so it works with more file types. It has also been renamed to just the "Windows USB Download Tool".
As notebooks, netbooks and slates get thinner, smaller, and more power-conscious, optical drives that can read and write to a bootable DVD have now become a peripheral device rather than a built-in. This makes it difficult to install software from a DVD for devices that do not have an optical drive, and even more problematic when you want to wipe the device and install a new OS. For these devices, installing software that you download as a compressed .iso file from a SD card or USB flash memory device is fast and cheap and a great alternative to buying an external optical reader. This is particularly useful to developers since most (if not all) of the software available via MSDN and DreamSpark is only available for download in the .iso format. Unfortunately there are not a lot of turn-key tools out there for burning from an .iso to a USB memory device.
Microsoft has created the Windows USB Download Tool which is really nice if your .iso is a Windows operating system, but it fails when you try to use it with any other .iso. While searching for a work-around, I found this great blog post by Rafael Rivera with an explanation for why the Windows USB Download tool won’t work with every .iso file:
It appears there are two (possibly more) “navigation buoys” within UDF-formatted ISOs that point to important chunks of the image called Anchor Volume Descriptor Pointers (AVDPs). The first AVDP is somewhere near the top of the image. The last AVDP is located in what appears to be the last logical block of the image. (My guess is this is to support bi-directional reading.)
So assuming each logical block of the image is 2048 bytes large, one could also assume the last logical block is –2048 from the end of the file, right? Well, that’s what the tool assumes. It checks for the last AVDP at the start of the last logical block, doesn’t find it, and bombs out.
Rafael wrote a tiny downloadable utility program that will “fix” any .iso file where the last logical block does not have the AVDP so that the Windows 7 USB Download tool will work. Basically, you download the .zipped utility program and extract it. Then copy the .exe file to the same directory as your iso file, then run the utility in command mode pointing to the .iso file. In a second or so, your .iso file will be “fixed” so that the last logical block is the same size as the rest and the Windows 7 Download Tool will work. I tested it with the Windows 8 Developer Preview .iso I had downloaded and it worked like a charm.
Once you have the utility unpacked and in the same directory as your .iso file, launch a command prompt and change the directory to the folder where your files are, and then run the utility pointing to the .iso file:
In a few seconds your .iso file will be fixed! Then launch the Windows 7 USB Download Tool pointing to your .iso file and your USB memory device will be formatted and your .iso file unpacked so it will act just like a DVD. If installing an application, just navigate to the setup file and double click. If you are installing an OS, then first you have to make sure your boot priority setting in your BIOS lists the USB device first, then DVD and finally your hard drive. Then restart your computing device and it should start booting from the USB device. As an added bonus, installing programs from flash memory devices, particularly USB devices goes MUCH faster than from DVDs.
also read this www.verboon.info/.../using-the-windows-7-usbdvd-download-tool-with-custom-iso-files
Very helpful. Thanks Randy :)
when I run "c:\user\sufia\downloads\isoavdpcopy.exe Windows_7_Ultimate_64.iso" in "admin" cmd
it gives me error that 'isoavdpcopy.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
tried isoavdpcopy with and without ".exe", but the result is same
Both file are in same folder
can you tell what am I doing wrong?
vista ultimate SP2
I am running vista ultimate SP2
And it works but i move all of my files to c:\isoavdpcopy.exe Windows_7_Ultimate_64.iso
i dis as said. But when i click the utility program it just flashes and goes back tell me what am i doing wrong ......PLease Help
I got an Error after "successful" Fix of the ISO-File with the last "Windows7-USB-DVD-tool" with Error-Message "The selected File is not a valid ISO-File"
Update: Windows 8 will now mount an .ISO file directly by right mouse clicking on the file, and then clicking "mount". You can then run the setup file directly from the OS without "burning" the .iso to a DVD or USB memory device. Win!
I am getting ERROR: Specified ISO is read-only.
Can you right-mouse click on the file and change the property? Try unchecking the box in the Properties windows that says "Read-Only".
hi! i tryed and ERROR: Specified ISO is read-only.
Attempted to use on a couple of different iso's without success. Process says "copy successful" but the Win 7 USB says not a valid iso. One of the iso's I used this on is for Win XP Pro. Too bad, would have been a very nice tool/fix if it worked.
Looks like either the utility or some other part of the process has changed. Since I didn't invent the utility, I can't "fix" it or comment on why it doesn't work. The good news is that Windows 8 at least lets you mount iso files directly, and you can run most installs now from the OS, including upgrades.
Worked like a charm here, on a heavy modified .iso of windows vista business with sp2 and a 8gb corsair usb drive.
My question is why you would need a program for this in the first place. I have installed operating systems, from Windows 2000 through 8 (and all kinds of Linux), without using a single program. All that you need to do is extract the .iso to a removable disk, reboot, and boot from the disk. Why do you need a program?