bootsect.exe issue


Apparently, if you download a 64bit iso to a 32bit OS and try to 'burn' the USB (or DVD?) boot image. it will fail. The 'fix' according the MS Store sight is to download a copy of bootsect.exe from within your account at the store and save it to the folder where the tool resides. The problem is that you must have purchased Win7 from the Store to get the file.
If you downloaded it from any other source (e.g., TechNetPlus) the file is unavailable to you.
It is possible to find it in at least one location on the Web. It ought to be available on Codeplex and/or TechNetPlus (at least).


KennySpade wrote Sep 3, 2011 at 5:00 AM

bootsect.exe is included inside of the Windows 7 ISO, so you could grab it from there. It's not an ideal solution, but if you have downloaded from TechNetPlus or MSDN, you should have the ability to download the 32-bit version as well, then use something like 7-Zip to open the iso and pull bootsect.exe out of the boot directory.

cbratteli wrote Jul 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM


This doesn't work. I was able to pull bootsect.exe from the .iso just as you said. I put bootsect.exe in the same directory as the Windows DVD/USB tool. But I get the same bootsect.exe cannot be run error at the end of the process to create the bootable USB windows drive.

My general problem is to simply replace my laptop HD with an SSD, when the only registered Windows copy I have is what the OEM installed on the laptop HD. Everything fails. Cloning the HD fails with every program I've tried (including the registered Norton Ghost that came with my SSD). Creating bootable Windows drives fails however I try it.

This appears to be yet another case of DRM costing a legitimate paying customer days of time and frustration. I don't mind how Windows works normally, but every time they put me through this kind of DRM torture, I try harder and harder to move toward open source software.

Danny_40 wrote Mar 30 at 8:28 AM

The computer you run bootsect from also be 64-bit.