0 - create 3 folders c:\server2008iso c:\server2008exe c:\server2008dvd
1 - download this .exe file and put into c:\server2008exe
2 - put .iso you downloaded from ms into c:\server2008iso and unzip it
3 - move .iso file out of c:\server2008iso
4 - open a dos prompt in c:\server2008exe and type:
oscdimg -n -m -bc:\server2008iso\boot\etfsboot.com c:\server2008iso c:\server2008dvd\server2008dvd.iso
The server2008dvd.iso is the file you gonna burn onto a new DVD
For more tips in windows: http://www.mcflymethod.com
This also works for windows 7 build 7000 64 bit edition when installing on to macbook 2.1
You can unzip with 7-zip (open source) but it isn't always accurate. A better way for this tool, if you have already burned the disc and discovered the hard way that it doesn't work, is to do the following - assuming that D:\ is your DVD drive:
oscdimg.exe -n -m -bd:\boot\etfsboot.com d:\ c:\windows7x64.iso
As you can see, my example above was for Windows 7 x64, since I'm trying to get that installed on a Mac Mini, but you can call the iso file whatever you like. (It's the output, not the input. The input is a folder, or in this case, a DVD-ROM disc.) Note that you have to change the -bc: to -bd:, since the drive letter changes.
(Also note that I haven't yet tested this disc in my Mac Mini, but results should be identical to monkeying with the ISO and significantly easier than using ImgBurn as other guides suggest.)
Just tested my above ISO and it worked perfectly! Yay, no more "Select CD-ROM Boot Type" error messages. I'll do the same thing next on my Vista SP1 disc. Silly UEFI ...
Thanks so much for that command, worked great!
This also works for the newly released Windows 7 RTM. I just created a Windows 7 image using this method with the image I downloaded from MSDN.
I would also note for those of you trying, that the switch -b does not need a space after it. So if you copy it exactly as posted, it will work fine. I assumed there need to be a space between the -b and the path, but this will give you a Could not open boot sector file "" error.
Works great, thanks a lot
I would say just follow the guide step by step and you can't make a mistake.
BIG thanks for these instructions. They also work great on the Windows7 x64 Retail disc.
Used it to install it on a Dec 2007 iMac.
This also works for windows 7 build 7000 64 bit edition when installing on to macbook 2.1chaussures puma
does it work for windows server 2003 too...i cant find any directory named boot in my windows server 2003 cd.
Also worked a treat on a Windows 7 32 bit, upgrade disk - later installed onto a macbook pro. Thanks for a great and simple to understand guide!
This also works for windows 7 build 7000 6
I am also trying to do this as well. I'm a bit confused about unzipping the .iso file.
I wasn't aware that yo ucould unzip an .iso file, or are you saying the file was zipped when downloaded so you needed to unzip to expose the .iso file? Thanks for you help.
Any more detailed instruction would be greatly beneficial. I have tried the instructions here: http://jowie.com/blog/post/2008/02/24/Select-CD-ROM-Boot-Type-prompt-while-trying-to-boot-from-Vista-x64-DVD-burnt-from-iso-file.aspx
But when I tried to boot from the DVD I got the following error:error 5, the disk is not bootable.
Now I am trying it your way.
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm attempting the create folder part but windows XP is complaining about the colon in the folder name... it won't let me create c:\ or even c:. How can I proceed
:C is the directory you create the folder 'server2008dvd'
I'm new to all of this and I have what I think is a dumb question.
After I make the disk, how do I install Windows 7 on my mac?
Do I still use Boot Camp or is there some other way?
Any help would save my life.
worked like a charm!
**Reply to James**
I just finshed doing this!
start bootcamp and create a partition the size you can afford then you can put the dvd in the drive then either install through bootcamp or restart your computer with the dvd in and press and hold alt/option key as soon as you hear the start up sound or see the lite blue screen till you see your boot options, then select your dvd, when prompted quickly press any key to boot from dvd then follow installation instructions... good luck!
I have been trying to install windows 7 on my mac and encountered this error. I have discovered that if you use parallels or vmware instead of bootcamp, windows7 installs just fine.
yep, worked for me, although the windows cd didn't show up in rEFIt the first time -- I had to restart once more, then all went smoothly
Thanks for the oscdimg.exe command line, Louis. Years later and still helpful via Google-Fu!
You're a genius! thank you very much!
Thanks for posting, it seems to have helped a lot of people so far. I'm having trouble naming my folders in the same way though. My Mac keeps telling me that it won't allow punctuation, so I'm guessing it's the ":"
How have you all been getting around this?
Also, would I be using Terminal to input that command?
I am a Windows System Engineer and have been working with Windows for going on almost 20-years. I have worked with Macs since my first Apple Classic.
This is the most useful post I have found in quite some time!!!
Thank you very much.
Yep, this worked for me too... on installing Windows 7 x64 on Lion Macbook pro...
@Keepy - You need to be doing this work on a Windows computer. The " : " is on Windows what goes between a drive letter and the folders.
Also, works with the Windows 8 Developer Build. The ISO from the MSDN site also comes up with the same problem. Thanks!
I have a different problem. Have th disk made no problem.
Windows start up click install and get unable to load device driver
Thank you so much DUDE :D
While it's a pain having to install Virtualbox and create a VM to do this, that is no fault of yours. Thanks for the easy to use guide. For many of us a DOS prompt might as well be an alien language.
Does this work for an OEM version of Win7 64bit?
So I have a late 08 MBP, an ISO of Windows 7 and I keep getting the code 5 msg every time I try to install. I have no means of running windows on my MBP at the moment.
I still dont get how Loui's command is to be used:(
I have to enter it at some working windows computer and then re-burn? Coz he said "if you have already burned the disc...."
This was excellent. Worked great for Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit on a Macbook 2,1.
i have purchase new laptop Dell vostro 1550 with ubuntu 11.04 OS. While try to install Windows 7 Ultimate through DVD it alerts " Unable to boot from CD Error-code: 5", I am Googled quite bit. however i didn't find any simple way to resolve the issue. finally i read the Microsoft forum there one man address this blog..
Its very simple and work for me.. now i am install Windows 7 utimate what i like.. once again thanks for ur effort..
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That also works with Windows 10 64bit-Version on my 2007 MacBook. Thank you!
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ERROR: Could not open boot sector file "c:\server2008iso\boot\etfsboot.com"
Why cannont open?? hmm
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Also worked for our 2007 MacBook 3,1 to get Windows 10 (Creators Update) up and running! Fantastic MacBook is still alive and kicking (while being obsolete from Apple)
After using drivers from Apple BootCamp 4 and 5 also the Trackpad, Display and Sound worked fine.
Worked with Windows 10 (1709) on a Mac Mini 2,1! Thanks!
Thank you so much. Another person on a Mac who was helped by this! Thanks again :)
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