Boot WinPE without dvd or partitioning

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
July 18, 2010 at 18:03:57
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium
Hi all :)
I've been strugeling with this problem for quite some time now. I am looking for a way to start WinPe (that means, load it into the ram) directly from the c: drive. In other words: I want to replace the Windows 7 bootloader with the winpe loader. From there I should then be able to format the c: drive, since winpe loads itself completely in the ram. If I make a second partition on my drive, mark it active and copy all the files inside of the iso on there, it boots perfectly. But I want it to work without partitioning. I have also noticed that this is very easy in Windows XP: Just place the install files on the root of c: and then run bootsect.exe /nt60 c: , which places the win7 bootloader on the c drive.

However, I cannot get this to work on a Windows 7 installation. When I copy the files to the root of Windows 7, overriding several files inside the "boot" folder, windows still boots normally. I tried bcdedit.exe, but can't get it to work. Can anybody help me with this please? :(


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July 19, 2010 at 13:09:40
I'd assume it would work. See this link for how to do it with a usb. Should work on any bootable partiton.

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