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Using SARDU on Windows 7

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Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Veteran in computer systems, malware removal and ransomware topics.  I have been working in the field since 1985.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7.

Video Steps

1. Start the SARDU utility

2. Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO with differing names

3. You can download many of the ISOs simply by clicking on the name, this will put it as an entry in the downloader queue

4. Some of the ISOs, such as the windows installers, will need licenses, if you wish to include them

5. Some of the links are no longer free, but free versions are mostly still available

6. Once you have selected all the items you wish to include, you can either create an ISO, or a bootable USB

7. Note that if you find you do not have enough space on your destination device, the largest files are the Windows installer ISOs

8. You will only need to interact with the software at the beginning of the creation process. SARDU will ask if you want to update the Windows Defender Offline images (32 and 64 bit) if they have been selected. I see no reason not to update them.

9. Successfully completed items are denoted in green, items not selected in Grey and the whitish items have not yet been parsed by the program

10. Here is an example of a boot ISO I created

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by:Michael Machie
I use SARDU as my primary method of installing software from ISOs and have created custom ISO installations differing from the default menu. However, I have not been able to alter the menu option names/ wording. For instance, I want to change the menu option name for say, Vista, with the new name Win7Pro. (<- just an example). Do you know how to customize the menu in this manner?

Also, do you know how to add custom ISOs outside of the standard bundled options? For instance, I want to create an additional menu called VMWare. I know how to edit the current menus to allow ISO installs other than what is listed but what I am hoping to learn is how to expand upon what is listed in the menu by adding my own Menus and Custom install ISOs.

Thoughts?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Have you used the extras option?  Also I would guess the question is best asked on the SARDU forum site.  I get most of the help I need from that site, either by searching and finding most answers or by asking questions.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Just an aside, I discovered in doing these videos that the newest version of SARDU is replete with adware and warez, so beware.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
I forgot to mention - have you attempted opening and editing the extra.cfg file located in the extra directory?
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by:Michael Machie
I have researched on the site how to use the Extras options but for some reason I have not been able to figure it out. Not only that but the author himself states he will not assist with the Extras features for people. 'Tis ok though, with the current menus and the fact I do not use most of the embedded options, I can continue make do with the current menu and customize that for my purposes.
Thanks for the reply!
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
The forum is helpful, also check out http://members.chello.at/bobby100/ILpart1.htm for instructions on what Isolinux does and how to use it.
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by:Michael Machie
That link does help actually, thank you for directing me there.
+1 for you!
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
Glad I could be of some help.  It sounds like you are a SARDU power user already.  I have been unable to discover how to add extra tabs into the SARDU GUI.  I believe it is a software limitation, but am not sure.  I have been trying to add an installs tab, I would even be willing to put it in place of the Linux, or Windows tabs (I use both, but if I could figure this out I would try to move the necessary items to other tabs).  If you figure any of that out, I would appreciate it if you could either post back here or message me.
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by:Michael Machie
I will def share info when I figure it out. I had some luck this past weekend with adding extra ISOs but the button edits I made did not show properly. I'll figure it out eventually.
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