Windows 7 installs in 5 mins (4:49 actually) via USB 3.0 Key!

Windows 7 installs in 5 mins (4:49 actually) via USB 3.0 Key!

That's amazing!

Adding the Intel SATA drivers to the boot image (boot.wim) appears to have worked. Windows Setup recognized the new drive (as well as the onboard 32gb ssd).

Unfortunately adding the intel USB 3.0 drivers to the boot image does not appear to have worked. Windows Setup immediately asked me to browse to the drivers. And couldn't see the usb 3.0 key. Fortunately there was a copy of the drivers on another drive. Setup was able to use those drivers and recognized the USB 3.0 drive after I manually browsed to them. Have a question out on an internal DL - will update if a solution is found.

As an aside I can't believe an order (for the SSD) placed at 8:30pm Thursday night was delivered by 4pm the next day (friday). If ONTRAC (amazon's delivery service) is the future of delivery then I fear for the fate of brick-and-mortar electronics retailers.

Adding Intel Rapid Storage Tech drivers to usb 3.0 key for Windows 7 OS installation

So the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool is awesome. It allows you to manipulate Windows Images (.wim files) without having to boot into the image.
For Windows 7 x64 (downloaded from msdn subscription) boot.wim has 2 images. These images are at index 1 (WinPE) and index 2 (Windows Setup).
After following the steps in this article I became curious about DISM.exe. The technical reference for dism.exe is here.
My system uses Intel Rapid Storage SATA drivers that don’t ship with Win 7. So I’d like to see if dism can be used to add the SATA drivers as well (why not? they’re just another set of drivers…).
Copied the files from files\irst\drivers\x64\* to winpe\irst in keeping with the layout recommended in this article. Replaced the filenames with the corresponding .inf files. Let’s see if it works!

How to install Windows 7 from a USB 3.0 Thumb Drive (FAST installation!)

This is the best article I've found yet on how to take advantage of USB 3.0 when it's needed most - during OS installation!

Serves as a great starter tutorial on using Windows Image format (.WIM). The image (sources\boot.wim) is mounted first. Then drivers are added. then it's saved and unmounted.

Just remember to change the filenames to match the filenames for your usb 3.0 drivers. For my Fujitsu UH572 Ultrabook they are iusb3hub.inf and iusb3xhc.inf.

How to install Windows 7 from a USB 3.0 Thumb Drive (FAST installation!)

Why I still use UltraEdit when Visual Studio 2012 is such an Excellent Editor

While Visual Studio has come a long way as an editor (not to mention as an IDE) there are still a few features in UltraEdit that keep me coming back (currently on v17.20):

  1. right click the tab for any open file and you can copy it’s path into the clipboard. This is really handy when you need to type in an outrageously long path as an argument to a command.
  2. quick open (ctrl+q). Often I’ll use this to quickly open log files. The paths are long but included in troubleshooting emails.
  3. reload changed files. Visual Studio will prompt you but UltraEdit can do it automatically (with a configurable polling interval). It can also automatically scroll to the end of changed files – a great way to keep an eye on the spew.
  4. compare files. I never sprang for UltraCompare because the comparison functionality built into UltraEdit has been more than sufficient for my needs.
  5. Regular Expressions. As of Visual Studio 2012 this gap has finally been bridged but even as late as VS 2010 there was still no way to use .net/PERL (pcre) regular expression syntax in the various find dialogs. That’s ridiculous – good thing VS 2012 provides this feature.