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Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« on: May 27, 2017, 02:19:05 PM »

JCDinPGH

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I used to use BartPE to build custom ISOs/USB back in the XP days, and now I am looking to build a custom Windows 7 ISO for my Alienware 17 R3 laptop. Unfortunately windows 7 is not really supported as Dell/Alienware really wants to try and force everyone to go to Windows 10. I really don't like Windows 7 and I managed to install Windows 7 x64 after following some others guides on including the necessary drivers via integrating them via NTLITE. The custom USB I created boots up and sees all of the necessary devices and drive after adding lots of missing drivers. I tried using the same custom ISO as the source for WinBuilder but it either blue screens almost immediately on boot complains about a missing CDROM.SYS. I used RUFUS to copy the ISO built by WinBuilder which seemed to work ok without errors. I"m not really sure where to go from here as I just assumed a custom ISO from NTLITE with added patches and drivers, would work correctly with WinBuilder as the source. More details to follow with specific errors.
Two of the main drivers that I had to integrate into the customized ISO were a driver for the M7.sata drive and the USB 3 ports which can not be disabled or forced to be USB 2 ports.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2017, 02:28:12 PM »

JCDinPGH

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Can't edit original post so:
Some of the things I have tried are:
manually adding the USB 3 and m7.sata drivers with DISM.EXE into both boot.wim and install.wim.
Toggling every combination of the USB3 and driverpack plugins in Winbuilder.

I used to use BartPE to build custom ISOs/USB back in the XP days, and now I am looking to build a custom Windows 7 ISO for my Alienware 17 R3 laptop. Unfortunately windows 7 is not really supported as Dell/Alienware really wants to try and force everyone to go to Windows 10. I really don't like Windows 7 and I managed to install Windows 7 x64 after following some others guides on including the necessary drivers via integrating them via NTLITE. The custom USB I created boots up and sees all of the necessary devices and drive after adding lots of missing drivers. I tried using the same custom ISO as the source for WinBuilder but it either blue screens almost immediately on boot complains about a missing CDROM.SYS. I used RUFUS to copy the ISO built by WinBuilder which seemed to work ok without errors. I"m not really sure where to go from here as I just assumed a custom ISO from NTLITE with added patches and drivers, would work correctly with WinBuilder as the source. More details to follow with specific errors.
Two of the main drivers that I had to integrate into the customized ISO were a driver for the M7.sata drive and the USB 3 ports which can not be disabled or forced to be USB 2 ports.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2017, 02:37:26 PM »

JCDinPGH

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Sorry this is so disjointed. I just stated the whole process from scratch just in case I missed something. Is there a preferred process for copying a WinBuilder ISO to a USB stick? I've been using RUFUS.

Can't edit original post so:
Some of the things I have tried are:
manually adding the USB 3 and m7.sata drivers with DISM.EXE into both boot.wim and install.wim.
Toggling every combination of the USB3 and driverpack plugins in Winbuilder.

I used to use BartPE to build custom ISOs/USB back in the XP days, and now I am looking to build a custom Windows 7 ISO for my Alienware 17 R3 laptop. Unfortunately windows 7 is not really supported as Dell/Alienware really wants to try and force everyone to go to Windows 10. I really don't like Windows 7 and I managed to install Windows 7 x64 after following some others guides on including the necessary drivers via integrating them via NTLITE. The custom USB I created boots up and sees all of the necessary devices and drive after adding lots of missing drivers. I tried using the same custom ISO as the source for WinBuilder but it either blue screens almost immediately on boot complains about a missing CDROM.SYS. I used RUFUS to copy the ISO built by WinBuilder which seemed to work ok without errors. I"m not really sure where to go from here as I just assumed a custom ISO from NTLITE with added patches and drivers, would work correctly with WinBuilder as the source. More details to follow with specific errors.
Two of the main drivers that I had to integrate into the customized ISO were a driver for the M7.sata drive and the USB 3 ports which can not be disabled or forced to be USB 2 ports.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 06:07:32 PM »

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So after using the ISO that was created from NTLITE that had all of the necessary drivers like the USB and m.sata drivers which work fine as an installable source, I get a 0x000000f error almost immediately when booting the from the USB created by copying the ISO from winbuilder. That usually means a missing driver but I can definitely see the drivers on the USB.  I'm not quite sure where to go from here.


Sorry this is so disjointed. I just stated the whole process from scratch just in case I missed something. Is there a preferred process for copying a WinBuilder ISO to a USB stick? I've been using RUFUS.

Can't edit original post so:
Some of the things I have tried are:
manually adding the USB 3 and m7.sata drivers with DISM.EXE into both boot.wim and install.wim.
Toggling every combination of the USB3 and driverpack plugins in Winbuilder.

I used to use BartPE to build custom ISOs/USB back in the XP days, and now I am looking to build a custom Windows 7 ISO for my Alienware 17 R3 laptop. Unfortunately windows 7 is not really supported as Dell/Alienware really wants to try and force everyone to go to Windows 10. I really don't like Windows 7 and I managed to install Windows 7 x64 after following some others guides on including the necessary drivers via integrating them via NTLITE. The custom USB I created boots up and sees all of the necessary devices and drive after adding lots of missing drivers. I tried using the same custom ISO as the source for WinBuilder but it either blue screens almost immediately on boot complains about a missing CDROM.SYS. I used RUFUS to copy the ISO built by WinBuilder which seemed to work ok without errors. I"m not really sure where to go from here as I just assumed a custom ISO from NTLITE with added patches and drivers, would work correctly with WinBuilder as the source. More details to follow with specific errors.
Two of the main drivers that I had to integrate into the customized ISO were a driver for the M7.sata drive and the USB 3 ports which can not be disabled or forced to be USB 2 ports.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2017, 06:58:55 PM »

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The actual blue screen error is 0x0000007b.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 11:57:20 AM »

JCDinPGH

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Not having much luck except changing the build to use "In RAM", at least got me to a functioning (non blue screen) bootable USB. It still has several errors and only a cmd prompt after booting, I think I am getting closer.

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 05:32:10 PM »

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Not sure what you are trying to accomplish...?? :confused:

Are you trying to make a Win7x64PESE to run on your Alienware machine?

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 11:43:01 PM »

JCDinPGH

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Yes. And I finally had success. I had to change the Windows 7 x64 source ISO to one with SP1 integrated but with no additional patches like a newer version of IE. I kept getting missing DLLs (api-ms-win-downlevel-user32-l1-1-0-011) but after I changed source to en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso, every started working. Now to go back and try to get some of the important plugins and see if I can get them to work.

Not sure what you are trying to accomplish...?? :confused:

Are you trying to make a Win7x64PESE to run on your Alienware machine?

Re: Building custom Windows 7 x64 for Alienware 17 R3 laptop
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 02:07:42 PM »

JCDinPGH

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I managed to get most of the issues worked out. The main issue I am having now is with plugins that don't seem to work correctly (can't get Acronis Disk Director 12 to work no matter what!) , or that even though the proper files are copied during the build, there are no shortcuts created (GHOST L plugins for instance) regardless of the settings (desktop etc) I choose before the build. All of these are fairly minor but I will keep trying.

 

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