We have shown you various ways to create bootable USB, install Windows 7 from USB, slipstream Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 DVD or ISO, and many other advanced methods to create bootable Windows 7 ISO and bootable USB flash drive.
When you create a bootable USB to install Windows 7 or when you slipstream SP1 into Windows 7 setup file to create a bootable ISO file, it’s always a good idea to test the ISO or USB to check if it’s bootable before actually trying it on the primary PC.
Though one can always test the bootable USB by rebooting the PC and then enabling the required BIOS setting, it’s a tough task for many novice users. Most of the free virtual machine software available today, don’t support USB booting for some strange reasons.
So, we have come up with a smart solution to test a bootable USB flash drive or bootable Windows ISO file without setting virtual machines.
MobaLiveCD is a free program that enables you to test a bootable ISO image file or bootable USB drive with a few mouse clicks. It’s a portable application and doesn’t require installation as well. The application uses an excellent emulator called “Qemu” to make it happen.
Check if Windows CD/DVD/USB is bootable
How to use MobaLiveCD to test your bootable ISO file or bootable USB drive:
Step 1: Download and run MobaLiveCD portable application with admin rights.
Step 2: On the main screen, click Run the Live USB button to test the bootable USB flash drive or click Run the LiveCD button to test the bootable ISO image file. Click the appropriate option and browse to the ISO file or USB drive.
Step 3: MobaLiveCD allows you to test ISO file or USB drive without creating a virtual disk image as well. When you are prompted with Do you want to create a hard disk image for your virtual machine prompt, click “No” button to start the emulator without the virtual disk.
Step 4: Once you are done with the ISO or USB testing, use Ctrl + Alt keys to exit the MobaLiveCD’s QEMU window. Good luck!
Note: You can also use this method to test drive Linux Live CD or USB on your Windows machine.
for those who see fails with this software,try this software as well;it has 32bit &64bit emulator:
Novicorp Bootable USB Test 1.4
Qemu was crashing for me, using Windows 10 x64.
Right click on “MobaLiveCD_v2.1.exe”.
Check “Run this in compatibility mode for”.
Select Windows 7.
Also, like Bichon said below, run it as Admin.
If you get kqemu.sys error using MobaLiveCD, run the program as administrator.
I downloaded MobaLiveCD today and tried it today. I am getting the same error like everyone here is getting:
“This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU but only detected an i686 CPU”
“Unable to boot – please use a kernel appropriate for your CPU.
My CPU is an Intel 4th generation Dual-Core i5-4300M (2013). Of course it is an x86-64 CPU.
My machine: Lenovo ThinkPad T440 (7/2014) running Window 10 Pro on Both(Legacy/UEFI)/GPT mode
My USB: Live USB Ubuntu 14.04 on FAT32/MBR. I know this Live USB works when I reboot the machine.
I think the core of the mobaliveUSB has not been updated since year 2000, 15 years? This is an ancient tool!!!
I am getting the error
“this kernel requires an x86-64 cpu but only detected an i686 cpu”
Is the problem with the bootable USB or the mobatek software?
That tool is bugged as hell, qemu crashes, permission errors, hangs, doesn’t close.
First I just wanted to check my bootable USB and now i have to check why the software to test the bootable USb does not work… great
Upset Guy says
Doesn’t work!! Saying qemu.exe – Application Error
I’m very disappointed! >:(
Thanks for this useful tip.
Do you mind writing, if this is bios or UEFI.
And is there a way to test UEFI usb’s to see how they act in UEFI environments.
I just found out from a Sander Berkouwer and WorkerBee09 that for 64-bit Machines and OS’s need another software.
Reccomended is Hyper-V or VMware Workstation which is described as hardware virtualization solutions from another vendor as I too hae the 0xc000035a error saying Attempting to Load 64bit App, but The CPU is not compatible with 64bit mode…its application’s fault not my 64bit CPU…maybe someone’s program should have first detect the cpu then attempt to install, not blame me…computer is calling me stupid again.
qemu.exe – Application Error
The exception unknown sofware exception (0x40000015) occured in the application at location 0x00408c51
Click on OK to terminate the program
error on “Run the LiveUSB”
run from Windows 7 Embedded Standart 64bit.
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