Hirens ISOs

Multiboot, multifunction ISOs are difficult to add to a multibot USB drive because they are usually designed to be extracted onto a USB drive when booting from USB. For this reason, it is difficult to have all the functions working just by booting directly from an ISO file.
I recommend converting Multiboot ISOs such as DLC, Hirens, HBCD, etc. to .imgPTN files for best (99-100%) functionality and compatibility!

Suggested ISO file extensions (may not give full functionality)
  • Hirens - .isowinvh or .isowinvhe0  (if you get a black screen on XP boot) -  Hiren's MiniXP and linux only (not DOS utils)
  • DLC\DLCD - .isoHW (Removable Flash drive only) - for DLC Boot 2016 3.2 use .ISODEF
  • Strelec - .isofira01
  • If you are not sure, use .isoask and choose from the list!
  • For 100% functionality of most multifunction HBCD ISOs, try Option 3 below.

If you have pre-2016 DLC or DLCD, to boot XP and Win7/8, try the .isoHW file extension (for Mini Win7/8/10 this only works fully with E2B Removable USB flash/thumb drives or add a WinHelper flash drive). 

There is a blog entry here about adding multiple Hirens and Falcon F4, etc. to E2B.

Note: Hirens ISOs do not yet support UEFI-booting. If there is no \EFI\boot folder inside the ISO then it cannot UEFI-boot. XP and DOS cannot be UEFI-booted. Read here for more info.

Option 1 - Extracted files - use if you have just one Hirens ISO

If you only have one Hirens iso and if you want all functions to work, you can extract all the files from the ISO and use a FAT32 formatted E2B USB drive. 

  1. Extract the contents of the Hirens iso to the root of the E2B drive using 7Zip. 
    Note: Some files/folders like [BOOT], livecd, liveusb, *.cfg, autorun.inf, *.doc, grldr.mbr, *.cmd can be omitted.
  2. Copy the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\HirensBootCD_Extracted.mnu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU (or any E2B folder just below \_ISO).
    There is a different .mnu file for DLCD versions - e.g. DLCD_ISO_Extracted.mnu

If you use different versions of Hirens (e.g. DLC), you may be able to extract more than one ISO without the files overwriting each other.

Some versions of HBCD/DLCD have bugs e.g. DLC1 version 2 - see here for details.

Booting Hirens ISO files from an NTFS E2B USB drive

If booting from an NTFS E2B USB drive, some DOS utilities will not work unless you choose the NTFS Driver instead of Auto for the DOS driver (when prompted as shown in the screenshot below).

  Choose the NTFS entry if running from an NTFS USB drive.

Note: To fix this without needing to select the NTFS driver, boot to Hirens miniXP. Find and run the \HBCD\Dos\dosimg.cmd file - follow the instructions to make a new Dos .img file. This file will then be used for DOS apps when you reboot. 

The NTFS driver uses a lot of memory and some DOS drivers may not have enough room to load into memory - therefore some DOS programs may not run if the NTFS driver is loaded.

Some versions of HBCD/DLCD have bugs e.g. DLC1 version 2 - see here for details.

Option 2 - Multiple Hirens ISO files

Most of the Hirens menu items will work just by renaming the .iso file to .isowinvh but the DOS Utilities require the \HBCD\Dos folder to be extracted onto the E2B drive (or DLCD or DLC1, etc.).

If your ISO contains Windows Mini7/8/10, use the .isoHW file extension.
If MiniXP has problems on some systems (e.g. hanging or no USB access), try .isomemfira.

Note: .isoHW - if booting from an E2B hard disk (and not using a Helper E2B Flash drive), Mini7/8/10 will not load the ISO as a virtual drive. In this case, boot to the Windows Desktop and then run \_ISO\e2b\firadisk\LOADISOPE.CMD from the E2B USB drive. You can then run the menu app (e.g. Y:\DLC1Menu.exe and Y:\DLC1\DLC2Menu.exe) from the mounted virtual CD (Y:).

Kon-Boot won't work if booting from a Hiren's ISO because hd0 will be the USB boot drive and not the internal HDD - use the HirensISO.mnu file in the \_ISO\docs folder for KonBoot ISO booting.

If you have trouble getting the HBCD Menu program in MiniXP working (it should work if you use .isowinvh), browse to the Hirens ISO on the E2B USB drive in MiniXP - right-click and choose Mount as ImDisk Virtual Disk, then run \HBCDMenu.cmd from the mounted ISO.


Option 3 - Multiple Hirens (recommended)

This method works on FAT32, exFAT and NTFS E2B drives and most (if not all) Hirens menu entries should work correctly (including the DOS programs).

Use MakePartImage to make a FAT32 .imgPTN file from each Hirens ISO. Usually you just drag-and-drop the ISO onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut (after installing the MPI Tool Kit).

The E2B CSM menu.lst file will automatically detect and run the following Hirens grub4dos menu.lst files:

  • /HBCD/menu.lst 
  • /DLCD/menu.lst
  • /DLC1/menu.lst
  • /DLC1/menu/menu.lst

If your Hirens version uses a menu.lst file that is in a different folder, you will need to change one of these entries in the \menu.lst file inside the image.

For more details, read my blog entry here about adding multiple Hirens to E2B in this way.

Some versions of HBCD/DLCD have bugs e.g. DLC1 version 2 - see here for details.


Falcon F4 (F4UBCD-4.6.iso)

MiniXP will work if just use extension .isowinvH or .isoHW - but to get all working use the F4UBCD.mnu in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files\Falcon 4.6 and follow the instructions 


convert to a .imgPTN file - see my blog post here

To use MiniXP with a RAID system, copy ISO to \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP folder and use E2B+DPMS.