I'm using magicISO to make a multiboot DVD with Windows7 Ultimate SP1 (x64) + some utilities for my Dell notebook.
In particular, I'm attempting to put into one DVD the following disks:
1) Windows7 Ultimate SP1 (x64) ISO
2) Dell MediaDirect 3.3 ISO
3) Dell 32 bit Diagnostics Utility Partition ISO
About the n#2, it's a CD-ROM that allow to recreate the original partitions layout made by Dell. When I boot from this disk, the utility create 3 partitions, the first one is reserved for diagnostics utilities that will be installed later, the second one is for the OS, the third one is reserved to the Dell MediaDirect application which will be installed after OS setup under windows environment.
After that, the user must swap the CD-ROM with the disk referred at n#3 and boot from this one; it's a DVD-ROM. This disk is needed to install the diagnostics utilities in the partition that the previous disk has created at the beginning. At this point, the user can swap the DVD-ROM with the OS disk [n#1], boot from this one and proceed to install Windows as normal.
After Windows setup is completed, after the OS startup, the user must insert the first disk (the CD-ROM at n#2) and complete the MediaDirect installation (in the third partition) under windows environment.
Sorry for the long explanation, but I wanted to make clear what these disks are meant for and what they do for those of you which don't know about Dell software. They are bootable disks containing dos utilities for partitioning the hard drive and they run in autoplay (autorun.inf) under windows environment since they contain windows applications.
Now, I want to create a multi-boot DVD using the ISO image of these disks (Windows7, MediaDirect and Diagnostics) in order to not have to swap the disk every time.
This is what I tried with magicISO so far:
1) Opened magicISO - Tools/Make Multi-Boot Image
2) Add/Boot from bootable image files
3) Next -> Exported from bootable CD/DVD image file
4) Selected and opened the ISO, for istance "it_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618540.iso"
5) Next -> Put the description, for example " Windows7 Ultimate SP1 (x64) Setup" - Hot Key assigned: 1 -> Finish
6) Repeated passages from 2 to 5 for the MediaDirect image file called "MediaDirect_Restore.iso" - Hot Key assigned: 2 -> Finish
7) Repeated passages from 2 to 5 for the Diagnostics image file called "RESOURCE_CD.iso" - Hot Key assigned: 3 -> Finish
8) The menu appeared as follow:
Multi-boot CD Main Menu http://www.magiciso.com
 Windows7 Ultimate SP1 (x64) Setup
 Dell MediaDirect
 Dell Diagnostics
9) Then I saved the mbi file as test.mbi
10) I applied the multi-boot image into the current opened image; so the current image became "bootable"
11) Then I dragged and droppep into the current image file the entire folder content in which I previously extracted the whole content of the three ISO images (Windows7, MediaDirect and Diagnostics)
12) Then I saved the ISO image file as test.iso
13) I mastered the ISO on DVD
14) Finally I inserted the DVD into my notebook and booted the system from optical drive
15) Here is where the problem came to. The magicISO boot menu appear, I press "1" to select the option for installing Windows7, the boot starts but after the prompt asks me to "press a key to boot from the DVD..." I get this error screen: Windows Boot manager - Windows failed to start...
I tried the entire procedure an hundred of times but every time I stuck at the error screen.
I tried to extract the boot image file of the disks as .bif file and then use them directly as bootable image source instead of bootable CD/DVD image file at passage n°4.
I tried to extract the boot image file of the disks with ISObuster (as *.cat + *.img) but this didn't help me
I tried to make a multi-boot disk using Windows7 and WindowsXp ISO images just for trying. In this case both operating systems start their respective installations as usual when I boot from the DVD. But when I go back to create the multi-boot DVD for my notebook, Windows7 refuses to start the setup correctly and I get the error screen above.
Today I made some further tests. To make a long story short, I found that there must be some kind of correlation between the error I am getting and the amount of data AND/OR directories/subdirectories files layout that I am trying to put into the ISO. I noticed that the error seems to be file/directory independent; it doesn't matter what are the name of files and directories involved, but from a certain point onwards if the ISO is big enough I get the error. I can't exclude that it could have to do not only with the ISO size but also with the directories/subdirectories structure, number of files and so on....I really don't know.
Someone has any idea about the correlation between the BCD and the ISO size/structure?
Thanks in advance
This post has been edited by goriath: 11 March 2013 - 12:36 PM