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Mac user needing help with Windows terms and acronyms

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Alright, I'm in the process of making a bootable DVD with my Windows .iso file, and I've come across these instructions on how to create one. But I'm a Mac user and have practically no experience with Windows, so I could really use some help with it.

1. Download Vista SP1/2008/Windows 7 x64 ISO from MSDN (Microsoft), or grab your CD
2. Create 3 folders c:\efi-iso c:\efi-exe c:\efi-dvd
3. Download oscdimg.exe from here and extract into c:\efi-exe
4. Extract iso using 7-Zip or WinRAR (Or copy the contents of the DVD) into c:\efi-dvd
5. Start up a command prompt (Start -> Run -> cmd)
6. Type: cd c:\efi-exe
7. Type: oscdimg -n -m -bc:\efi-dvd\boot\ c:\efi-dvd c:\efi-iso\windows7.iso

My main questions are for steps:
2. What does the c:\ mean? Create folders on the desktop? Where is c:\?
3. What does "extract into" mean? Unzip the file that is linked (it is a .zip file, I've downloaded it already) and place the contents into the folder?
4. Again, I don't quite understand what "extract into" means.
5. I do know how to bring up a command prompt.
6. So I type that in, and just press enter.....
7. ....and then type that in and press enter again?

Those are basically the things I need help with. If someone could just clarify everything, and let me know if I'm on the right track and make it so a 5 year old could understand it, I would really, really appreciate it.

Thank you!
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Hi C:\ is your hardrive,extract is unzip,extract to would be a folder you have made to which you can unzip the file into,your desktop is just the same as usual
Hi C:\ is your hardrive,extract is unzip,extract to would be a folder you have made to which you can unzip the file into,your desktop is just the same as usual
I still don't understand what you mean when you say "unzip the file into". Does that just mean you unzip the file, and take the contents that were zipped and put them in the folder? Or put the .zip file in the folder and then unzip it? I'm sorry for being difficult, I'm just really unclear about this.
Ohhh ok, I got it. When using 7-Zip it asks you to provide a path to extract to. I got it.

Thanks joeten, you really cleared up the C:\ thing.
If you have access to MSDN downloads, you should obtain Vista SP2 OS, not SP1.

Better yet - if you have access to MSDN, you should download Windows 7 ISO, not Vista.

Regards. . .


It is the Windows 7 .iso that I have.

I followed those instructions successfully, but I'm not sure what to do next. Not sure how to make a bootable installation DVD with the 3 folders.

Does anyone understand how I might do that? I'm pretty sure I have to burn the folders to a DVD...hmm...
Joeten, the instructions you posted say this:

"Put the downloaded oscdimg.exe into %SystemDrive%\Windows\System32 folder."

I can't find SystemDrive or Windows or System32.

Any help?

EDIT: Neeeevermind :tongue: . I Found them.
Ok, another problem. I went through the instructions Joeten posted, and it works fine up until one point. After the command prompt finishes loading, and says Done, I go to my drive but I can't find the new disk image that's supposed to have been created. I search for it with the search bar at Start, but nothing is found.

What might have I done wrong?
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