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SARDU is another multiboot USB solution which you might like to try - they have a useful maintained list of downloads here (note: some ISOs marked as 'EFI' do not contain EFI boot files and so will not UEFI-boot when converted to .imgPTN files - check the ISO contents contains a \EFI folder).
The \_ISO\docs\Download URLs folder on your E2B USB drive contains many useful links - try them!
IsoBuster can often extract files from ISO files when 7Zip/WinRar and other applications cannot.
New! E2B 130-page eBook now available (complete course on making a multiboot USB drive)!
List 1a - Normal MBR booting (not UEFI)
List 1b - 'Special' ISOs (MBR booting)
List 1c - Supported non-contiguous ISO files (MBR-booting via ISOBOOT)
List 1d - Unsupported (i.e. they don't work - sorry!)
List 2a - UEFI booting (from FAT32-formatted .imgPTN image files)
List 2b - MBR\CSM booting (from FAT32 or NTFS .imgPTN image files)
List 3 - grub2 menu system (for UEFI-booting of non-UEFI ISOs)
For most ISOs (except Windows Install ISOs), just copy the ISO file to the \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.
Try to avoid spaces and special characters in file names - use _ instead of a space. If it works, then try it with spaces.
Some files may require the file extension to be changed (if so, it will be mentioned in the list below)
Some payloads may require you to add and edit a.mnu file (if so, it will be mentioned in the list below). Sample .mnu files can be found in the E2B download in the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files folder. Look also for sample .txt files.
Generally, if it works for one version of a distro, it will work with any version of the same family/type.
Turn the SCROLL LOCK LED on before selecting the ISO file to see E2B suggestions
Use the MakePartImage shortcut instead of the MPI_FAT32 shortcut if the .imgPTN file does not work correctly - this allows more options.
It is possible to add multiple, fully-installedlinux OS's (see blog) and WindowsToGo OS's (see blog)
When installing from a bootable linux installation ISO, specify /dev/sdX4 as the cdrom source device (this will be the linux ISO- e.g. mount /dev/sdb4 /cdrom or sudo mount /dev/sdb4 /mnt/cdrom), where X is the USB drive letter, e.g. /dev/sdb4. Alternatively, try converting the ISO to a .imgPTN file using MPI_FAT32 (e.g. RedHat linux installation) and no special action should be required. For Debian, you may need to specify the 'CDROM' as -t vfat /dev/sdX4.
For .ISO files that boot to DOS 7 or later - use .ISODOS01 file extension - the CD/ISO contents can then be found on DOS drive B: after booting.
Some DOS programs (e.g. BIOS updates, etc.) can be copied to the E2B drive and then run using the DOS - FreeDos menu entry to boot to DOS - drive C: will be the E2B USB drive (NTFS or FAT32 supported). See also the RMPrepUSB Tutorial #33 here on how to make bootable FreeDOS floppy disk images. See E2B DOS page here.
For Windows PE ISOs, try .ISOPE01 (mounts ISO as Y: - only works with 'Removable' E2B USB drives or E2B USB HDD + WinHelper flash drive). For E2B USB HDD drives, some WinPE ISOs (Hirens, Gandalf, Bob Ombs, etc.)may need to be converted to .imgPTN for full functionality.
For WinBuilder PE ISOs always use the .iso file extension, they do not need to be fully contiguous - see here.
For WinPE UEFI-booting, convert to FAT32 .imgPTN files.
If you get a syslinux boot: prompt instead of a menu - press the [TAB] key and type one of the boot options that will be listed.
If you want to display text files or help files - see here.
If you still having problems and it is not in this list below, search this site first and then Contact Me and I will try to help.
Make sure all files are contiguous(Windows Installer ISOs and VHDs don't need to be contiguous).
For Win 7/8/10 Install ISOs you may need to use a removable USB drive to avoid 'CD/DVD drive driver required' error (see here for workarounds). You can check what type of USB Flash drive you have (Fixed or Removable) by using RMPrepUSB. If you update to E2B v1.A8 or later a Fixed-disk E2B drive may work without needing a helper USB flash drive.
Many Windows Install ISOs require you to specify a Product Key or you will get a 'licence' error - even Evaluation versions which do not normally require a Product Key will give an error unless you specify the correct evaluation Product Key (tip: install it using some other method, e.g. Rufus or .imgPTNf file, and then use ProduKey to find out what key it used).
The .isoPE and .isoPE01 file extensions require a Removable E2B drive or an extra WINHELPER USB Flash drive.
If using an E2B hard disk and you have 'DVD driver' problems, convert Windows Installer Vista/7/8/10 ISO files to FAT32 .imgPTN files.
Try a USB 2.0 port if the correct USB 3.0 drivers are not contained in the ISO (Win7 and some linux ISOs may not contain correct USB controller drivers for modern chipsets).
Windows 7 does not contain modern USB drivers and so may not 'see' the USB drive once you boot to Setup.
Keep all files within the first137GB if using a large USB drive (due to a common BIOS bug)
The entries in bold type below have been tested by me personally.
List 1a - Normal MBR booting (not UEFI)
WINDOWS INSTALLER ISOs - Windows Server 2003, XP Home/Pro must be copied to the correct \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxx folder. POSReady 2009 Trial product Key 4GQ7-HG48K-7YP6R-6JM4C-33FMQ.
For XP ISOs that contain a $OEM$ folder, some ISOs may work (e.g. this updated 2013 32-bit XP Install ISO). Windows 2000 is not supported - you can however make a WinSetupFromUSB flash drive for Win2K - test it - and then convert the flash drive to a .imgPTN image for use with E2B.
For others, use WinSetupFromUSB to make a USB Flash drive and then use the MPI Tool Kit to make a partition image .imgPTN file from the Flash drive (say Yes to combine menu.lst files).
WINDOWS INSTALLER ISOs - Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2012, Multipoint Server, Server 2K8R2, Windows 10, Server 2016 - must be copied to the correct \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxx folder. For Win8/8.1/10 you may need to specify the correct Product Key or you may get a 'license' error or some other error. Place Windows Multipoint Server ISOs in SVR2K8R2 folder.
If using a Fixed-disk type of E2B USB drive, a WinHelper Flash drive is sometimes also required for Vista/7/8/10 - OR - convert to a .imgPTN file using the MPI Tool Kit. E2B v1.8A+ versions usualy work without requiring a WinHelper flash drive.
If non-standard Vista/7/8/10 ALL-IN-ONE (AIO) ISOs, monkrus ISOs, WinPE, Windows Repair and Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT) ISOs do not work correctly as a .ISO file then convert them to a .imgPTN file using the MPI Tool Kit (use FAT32 if possible for UEFI boot support).
Note: Some Windows Installer ISOs (Vista/7/8/10) that don't require a Product Key may 'just work' if place them in any 'normal' payload folder - e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU (E2B v1.8A+) - or convert them to .imgPTN files or add a 'WinHelper' USB Flash drive.
Windows 7 64-bit UEFI booting - special instructions here.
Windows 8/10 Recovery- copy the "\_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Windows\Boot_Recovery_WIM.mnu" file to \_ISO\MAINMENU and you should be able to boot to the Recovery.wim file on any Windows 8/10 system disk without even needing a wim file on your E2B drive or a recovery partition on the target drive!
Windows Server 2003Installer X13-04874.img - rename to .iso (use '2K3' in filename - e.g. Windows2K3.iso) and place in the \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP folder and treat as if installing XP. Usually will work using the DPMS2 mass storage drivers for XP.
Windows 98 Install ISO - rename to .isoDOS01 - CD files will be on B: drive. See RMPrepUSB Tutorial 117 - see blog post here. Can also make a .imgPTN file. YouTube video.
Windows ME Install ISO - rename to .isoDOS01 - CD files will be on B: drive. See RMPrepUSB Tutorial 117 - see blog post here. Can also make a .imgPTN file.
Tablet PC 2005 (XP SP2) and Media Center Installer ISO(s) - see blog post here.
GXP SP3 2016 By Computer Media.iso - this is a heavily modified XP install ISO which includes drivers and POS2009 fix + hacks. Copy .ISO file to both \_ISO\MAINMENU (rename as .isomemwinv) and \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP folder (keep as .iso). Run Step 1 from the .isomemwinv file in MainMenu and after reboot run Step 2 from Windows Install menu - 'XP Step 2 >512MB'. If there is a Mass Storage Driver problem, try running both Step 1 and Step 2 from the Windows Install menu with DPMS (but some final auto-install features may not fully work and you may need to press ESC to skip a driver file copy in Step 1). See also Gold_XP_2016_Install.mnu in Sample mnu files folder.
Windows 7 Recovery CD (also try .isoPE01, see below)
Windows 7/8/10 PE - use .iso or .iso01 - for WinPE's that require acccess to the WinPE CD after it has booted, if a removable USB E2B drive use .isoPE01. If based in WinBuilder, use .iso.
Note: .isoPE/.isoPE01 requires a Removable E2B drive or a WinHelper USB Flash drive so that the ISO is loaded as a virtual drive - if you have a USB HDD E2B drive, try converting to a .imgPTN file.
Windows 7/8/10 OS WinToGo .VHD or .VHDX files- the file does not need to be contiguous and can be on another partition (v1.69+) - for instructions see blog post here and for a really easy method - see here. Quick instructions for CSM\MBR booting: use WinToUSB to make a bootable USB WinToGo drive (using a VHD) - boot from the USB drive and complete Windows Setup - copy VHD file to E2B's \_ISO\WIN folder. Also try .vhdfira and .vhdboot file extensions if VHD contains bootmgr and BCD.
POS2009 - rename .iso to \_ISO\MAINMENU\POS2009.isowinv (or copy iso file to \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP folder) and extract whole ISO to root of USB drive - see \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Windows\POS2009_ReadMe.txt for more details.
WindowsXPToGo from a .VHD file, rename to .VHDBOOT - see Tutorial 110. Also try .vhdfira file extension.
Windows 7/8/10 single-image PE3 .WIM files - e.g. Win8.1PESE boot.wim file - the file does not need to be contiguous and can be on another partition (v1.69+)
WinBuilder Win7PE-based ISOs - always use E2B v1.90+ and .iso file extension - see blog here and instructions here
ERD Commander 2005 or 2007 or MSDaRT 5.0 ISOs, Windows Recovery ISOs - use the .isoDPMS (if SCSI\RAID\SATA system), .isomemF01 or .isomemwinv file extension or use the ERD5_DPMS.mnu sample file. See blog post here and this website page here.
MSDaRT 6.0, 6.5 7.0 8.0 8.1 - Win 7 32&64-bit - rename to .isoPE or .isoPE01 file extension. See blog post here. Also try .isoDPMS file extension if target drive is SCSI\RAID\SATA internal HDD (E2B v1.A7+).
WinFE - Forensic WinPE - rename file extension as .iso01 and place in root of E2B drive - see blog here.
Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs (winflp) - try .isofiramem or .isowinvmem file extensions for the install ISO.
Windows.7.SP1.Super.Lite.x86.v2.0.iso Win7 Lite install ISO - try .isope01 extension (requires USB Removable E2B flash drive or extra WinHelper Flash drive - must see blue console Window to load ISO as virtual drive)
'Windows 7 livecd from usb.iso' - you can also extract the boot.wim file and use that with E2B. For Hirens\HBCD menu, extract the \HBCD folder to the E2B drive, or add \Hiren.iso to the root of the E2B drive (should contain \HBCD\HBCDMenu.exe and\or \HBCD\PStart.exe).
AVG Rescue USB ZIP file - avg_arl_cdi_all_120_150814a10442.iso see Sample mnu Files\linux\AVG_Rescue_USB.mnu will support updates - or drag-and-drop onto MPI_FAT32 (but requires 1GB image file). Test using a real-system and not a VM. The large arl_rootfs.ext2 file must be located on a Removable USB drive (if using an E2B HDD, move the file \arl_rootfs.ext2 onto the WinHelper Removable flash drive).
PartedMagic (pmagic) 2012_11_30, 2012_11_30.iso, 2013_05_01.iso, pmagic_2014_09_29.iso, pmagic_2016_07_12.iso Parted Magic - see blog here and sample .mnu files if Live Session save feature is wanted + language settings. Alternative: for Live Session, hold down SHIFT key before pressing ENTER key (dummy xxx.SQFS file required on USB drive in \pmagic\modules folder - must be all uppercase - same as in ISO).
EaseUS Partition Master Pro boot iso (tip: Use .isoBF to prevent the 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD' prompt.)
Darik's Boot And Nuke2.2.7, 2.3.0Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN)ISO here - dban_auto_wipe.mnu in Sample mnu files\other folder - DBAN will wipe USB drives so remove E2B drive as DBAN starts to boot. DBAN v2.3.0 should not autowipe USB drives.
Ophcrack XP Live CD 3.4.0 ophcrack-notables-livecd-3.6.0.isoOphcrack sourceforgeISO here .mnu file available in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Windows Password folder - if using ISO file must extract top-level \tables folder to USB:\tables folder on USB drive. Extra instructions here
Ophcrack Vista/7 Live CD 3.4.0 Ophcrack sourceforgeISO here .mnu file available in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Windows Password folder - if using ISO file must extract top-level \tables folder to USB:\tables folder on USB drive. No USB 3.0 drivers in 2014 versions - use USB 2.0 ports. No exFAT (FAT32/NTFS is OK) Extra instructions here
KonBoot 2/1.1 Piotrbania Kon-Boot[1.1 FreeISO here] (requires .mnu file FD0-konboot-v1.1-2in1.mnu from \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Windows Password folder). See blogfor details and video. For a KonBoot floppy disk image, try the extension .imgfdhd01. You can also make a FAT32 .imgPTN directly from a KonBoot flash drive (for UEFI-booting, make sure you also copy the whole \EFI folder too).
Ubuntu 12.10, 13.04 Ubuntu & CanonicalISOs here - use .mnu file to run with persistence. For Install use 'mount /dev/sdb4 /cdrom' in shell then exit and detect CD-ROM. Use the .isopersist file extension for persistence. Note: USB boot bug with some 64-bit Ubuntu-based distros and some Gigabyte boards - see FAQ list for details.
WebConverger 16.0 Boots to a web browser - has linux parameter bootfrom=removable so only works on removable USB unless you edit the command line menu item to remove that parameter. See WebConverger.mnu for booting ISO from USB HDD and blog post.
Puppy Linux Precise ISO precise-5.4.3.iso Lucid Puppy Linux 5.1 - try .isopup file extension for variety of different systems (for Save/persistence on USB Flash Drive you need the Puppy_Precise_USB_Flash_Persistence.mnu file, for USB HDD you need Puppy_Precise_USB_HDD_Persistence .mnu).
For Legacy OS 2.1, you need to make a FAT32 .imgPTN file from the ISO, then edit the new \syslinux.cfg file inside the image to use PMEDIA=usbflash instead of PMEDIA=idehd. It will then boot from a USB drive. Note: To boot under a VM, you need to delete the PMEDIA=usbflash or, if that doesn't work, use PMEDIA=satahd or PMEDIA=idehd depending on what controller you have configured the USB drive under. You may find it usefull to increase the size of the .imgPTN to allow puppy to save files to the partition. Install Puppy to HDD - before start install - in Terminal type mkdir /cdrom mount /dev/sdb4 /cdrom (where sdb is the USB drive). This mounts the ISO as the cdrom so it can be found by the installer. Do not create a Save file and copy .sfs from CDROM when requested on shutdown.
Knoppix V7.05 KNOPPIX_V7.0.5CD-2012-12-21-EN.iso, KNOPPIX_V7.2.0DVD-2013-06-16-EN.iso - To add Persistence - see here
SeaTools Seagate HDD DOS ISO SeaToolsDOS223ALL.ISO (Press I for Ignore if using an emulator) (will test non-Seagate disks too).
Acronis Backup 11 - if WinPE-based, use .isoPE01 and a Removable E2B drive, else use .imgPTN file.
Tails For a USB 'Removable' Flash drive just use the .ISO file(persistence is not allowed on the boot volume) (http://tails.boum.org/) - Note: If booting from an E2B USB HDD you MUST use the Tails_for_USB_HDD_Persistent.mnu file in the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu file folder. This .mnu file also allows you to have a persistent storage volume in which you can store files (no persistence for Tails v2 or later though) - true persistence is not supported by Tails. The .mnu file will work on both USB Flash and USB HDD drives. For VM testing, the .mnu file is also required. See also here and blog post here.
Mepis 11.0.12 SimplyMEPIS-1.5G_11.0.12_32.iso (SimplyMEPIS-1.5G_11.9.86_32.iso MEPIS 12 BETA requires a menu file to add 'fromhd' parameter - e.g. \ISO\docs\Sample mnu files folder as SimplyMEPIS-1.5G_11.9.86_32.mnu). Note: antiX MX-15 x64 does not seem to detect UASP USB HDD devices at boot time - works OK from a Removable flash drive or non-UASP HDD. Persistence .mnu available. Use F4 and F5 to make a persistence file (allow it to change E2B volume label to MX-Persist if you will use it a lot).
Ylmf OS - Start OS(press F2 for English when main menu displays)
Linux Mint14 Nadia linuxmint-14.1-cinnamon-dvd-32bit.iso - for persistence use the .mnu file in the Samples folder. 17 Qiana Mate LiveCD, 17.1 Mint Rebecca 64-bit, lmde-2-201503-mate-32bit_Persistent.mnu. Use the .isopersist file extension for persistence.
Zorin zorin-os-6.2-core-32.iso, does not boot from a VM!!! - must use real system! (persistent .mnu files available). zorin-os-9.1-core-64.iso will boot from VM and real system on E2B. zorin-11 (for full install to E2B drive - see blog). Use the .isopersist file extension for persistence.
openSUSE-12.3-GNOME-Live-i686.iso, openSUSE-13.1-Rescue-CD-i686.iso, 13.2-KDE-Live-x86_64.iso. The LiveDVD ISOs require a .mnu file or a .imgPTN file (they do not just work!) e.g. openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e.x86_64-42.1.1.iso - see blog post. TumbleWeed Install and LiveCD ISOs just work as .ISO (boot issues fixed!).
Fedora Fedora-18-i686-Live-LXDE.iso (to boot from Fedora 18 LXDE ISO with persistence, download the Fedora_Persistent.mnu file in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files folder - FAT32 only)
Boot-Repair boot-repair-disk.iso boot repair disk 64bit.iso - tip: to avoid it 'repairing' the MBR on the E2B USB drive, disconnect the E2B USB drive as soon as you reach the Desktop. To fix a non-bootable E2B USB drive, use RMPrepUSB - Install grub4dos - Yes=MBR.
Kali kali-linux-1.0.2-i386.iso (with persistence if use .mnu file).
To Install to a disk from the ISO, if the 'CD-ROM' source is not detected try unplugging and re-connecting the USB drive - OR - choose 'No' 'No' , then pick the Shell menu option and type ls /dev/ to find the USB 4th partition sdx4 (usually sdb4) and then type mount -t iso9660 -o ro /dev/sdb4 /cdrom and check if successful using mount command - then type exit and proceed with install using /dev/cdrom device. For Kali v2 Install - Load CD-ROM drivers=NO, Manually select CD-ROM - YES, Module needed for accessing CD-ROM - none - then specify \dev\sdb4 (depending on USB drive letter). For Kali v1.0.7 with LUKS encrypted persistence, use the .mnu file (see blog). Kali can be fully installed to a .imgPTN file - see here.
Note: You can boot Kali from a write-protected E2B drive (uses ISOBOOT feature).
Windows Defender Offline ISO (download the latest mpam-fe.exe update and place in the root of the USB drive)
HP Vision Diagnostic ISO - E2B fixed or Removable drive - copy all folders except \BOOT and \SOURCES to the root of the E2B USB drive and boot from ISO. For a Removable E2B drive just use .isoPE for WinPE diagnostic only. Can also try .isoPECD. HP Vision Diagnostics 3-in-1 ISO sp78883, sp81373.
LSoft ActiveBootDisk.iso[email protected] Boot Disk 11 - Must make the ISO using the utility. Use .iso or .isodefault extension. Extract the BOOTDISK.KEY, _bootDisk.ini files from the ISO and put them in the root of the E2B USB drive or will get Serial Key prompt. If licensed version, you may need other files too - e.g. bootcat.ini.
Mandriva mandriva-linux-PWP-2011-i586.iso - use as .iso - I got the 'No CDROM device found' message - but if you continue you can load the ISO....OK, Which driver should I try to gain MEDIA access? ---> Cancel, Please choose installation method. ---> Hard disk, Please select the disk containing the copy of the Mandriva linux Distribution ---> sdb, Please select partition ---> sdb4, Please enter directory ---> / . Alternatively use the mandriva-linux-PWP-2011-i586.mnu file in \_ISO\docs folder.
OpenMandriva v3 - OpenMandrivaLx.3.0-PLASMA.x86_64.iso - use OpenMandriva_3.mnu sample menu file - see blog post here.
Bob Omb's Win10PESE x64 iso - version 2 is designed to be run from a flat-file USB drive, so you must convert to .imgPTN. Version 3 will run as .iso or can convert to FAT32 .imgPTN file for UEFI and persistence.
DLCD - see Hirens page here - for DLC Boot 2016 3.2 - use .iso or .isodef file extension (but only use one DLC ISO per E2B drive).
Hirens UBCD , Ultimate Boot CD 5.1.1, 5.2.3,5.2.2/5.2.8/5.2.9 UBCD537.isoUltimate Boot CDISO here - (may get SQFS error under a VM unless set for linux OS - use REAL SYSTEM for testing Parted Magic - may get SQFS not found error under VM if CPU VT turned on)
WinPE-Yol.iso - this is a WinBulder ISO, always use .iso file extension - see here for details.
Gandalf's WinPE ISOs - Gandalfs Win8.1U1SE_x86 updateable final.ISO, Gandalfs Win8.1U1SE_x64 updateable final.ISO - Use E2B v1.90+. These are based on WinBuilder. Recent versions of Win10PE are intended to be extracted to a USB drive and not run as a DVD or ISO file, so convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file, however most apps will work if you keep the extension as .ISO (.isodefault will not work) - see WinBuilder page. Can also UEFI-boot if you make a .imgPTN file from them - see blog post. Note: Gandalf PEs require lots of RAM (2GB+). Tip: If booting as .iso, run as .isoBF first to remove 'Press a key to boot from CD or DVD' prompt.
Medicat MediCat DVD ISO contains MSDaRT and WinBuilder WinPEs - use .iso file extension. If some systems that give a BSOD 0x000000A5 ACPI error, repeatedly press the F7 function key when it prompts you to press F6 as it boots to XP PE. Medicat.4.23.2016.iso.To run Chrome and some other programs in MiniWindows 10, convert the ISO file to a .imgPTN file (use syslinux v6 or v4 or v5 - do not use v3 or will not boot to Medicat menu). Medicat.17.04.01.iso. Medicat 2018 requires conversion to FA32 .imgPTN (syslinux v6 - see here). Medicat USB comes with windows 10 + Linux environment + portable tools. Extract files using .imgPTN Medicat USB naked comes with just windows 10 and Linux with no portable tools. Extract files using .imgPTN Windows 10 version comes with the mini windows 10 and the portable tools Windows 10 naked comes just with windows 10 and nothing else.
GeexBoxGeexBox-3.0-i386.iso - required rootfs file to be extracted from the ISO and placed in root of the USB drive. .mnu available for persistence
GeekSquadGS MRI 5.7.2.iso - for MRI PE: use 7Zip to extract 8 folders: \Compression utilities, \Diagnostics, \Disk Management, \Malware, \Web Browsers, \Windows tools , \MRI , \sources and the \mri.exe file to root of E2B drive. Use Daemon Tools Pro or similar utility to delete the first 7 folders from the 1.2GB ISO and re-save the ISO to reduce it to 184MB. For MRI_5_10_2.ISO use .isoPE01CD file extension (v1.81+) or the MRI_5_10_2_Geek_Squad.mnu sample mnu file if Removable USB drive or convert to .imgPTN file if Fixed Disk USB drive.
SpinRite - .iso or if .exe then add to a DOS floppy image .ima file (e.g. extract .ima file from \_ISO\DOS\MNU\Freedos288.IMA.gz, mount FreeDos_Full.ima using ImDisk, add in SpinRite.exe, unmount drive) - OR - copy SpinRite.exe to root of E2B USB drive and boot to DOS Menu - FreeDos and run C:\SpinRite.exe.
Debian 7 (NetInstall, Small/Tiny, Live) KDE, Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, Standard, Rescue) - debian-7.1.0-i386-netinst.iso - when prompted for CD-ROM, select 'none' and enter in path of \dev\sdb4 (if USB is 2nd drive in system). Debian 8 Jessie CD ISO.
To INSTALL, say 'No' to the 'Load CD-ROM drivers' question and 'Yes' to 'Manually select a CD-ROM module and device' - choose 'cdrom' and change the device path to /dev/sdX4 where X is the letter for the USB drive (e.g. /dev/sdb4 for a single-HDD PC). See here for more details.
To install from DVD1 ISO debian-8.4.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso, see blog post here.
Debian Live ISOs - for persistence, use the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files\Linux\debian-live-8.1.0-amd64-mate-desktop_Persistent.mnu file (instructions inside). Blog post here.
RIPLinux 13.7 (tiny x86 and x64)
Endless OS - LiveCD eos-eos3.5-amd64-amd64.181116-185419.base.iso
PassPass - grub4dos batch file which can patch a Windows DLL so that any user password will be accepted (by Holmes.Sherlock and co. at reboot.pro) - See \_ISO\docs\PassPass folder on E2B drive or click here for payload and .mnu file (XP->Win10 E2B v1.87+). See blog here for more details. PEPassPass.exe for WinPE environment is available from Alternate Download Area.
Mageia 3 http://www.mageia.org/en/3/Mageia-4.1-LiveCD-KDE4-en-i586-CD.iso Live boot OK and can install from Desktop icon OK. See below for Mageia 3 install workaround. Mageia-5.1-LiveDVD-KDE4-x86_64-DVD.iso
Slax - slax-English-UK-7.0.8-x86_64.iso (use a .mnu file provided and extracted ISO contents if you require persistence - FAT32 only)
CentOS ISOs - use the .isoforce file extension if it is an old ISO. CentOS-6.4-i386-LiveCD.iso and CentOS-6.4-x86_64-netinstall.iso works, CentOS-6.4-x86_64-bin-DVD1.iso boots but install doesn't work even if choose \dev\sdb4 for install source. CentOS-6.5-i386-LiveCD.iso,CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1511.iso - LiveCD and install 'just work' as .iso file (FAT32&NTFS).
G Data AntiVirus BootMedium 2014 from here. Login required for operation.
WiFiSlax wifislax-4-7-2-final.iso wifislax64-1.1.iso (tested from an NTFS E2B Flash drive) NOTE: Wifislax seems to ignore USB HDDs - you can only boot from a Removable drive such as a CD\DVD or USB Flash drive.
Avast! rescue-disk.iso - Must use a removable flash drive (or you will get Drive A: error on boot). Extract \rescue folder from .iso file and copy to \rescue on E2B drive. Copy rescue-disk.iso file to \_ISO\MAINMENU folder. Blog post here
ManjaroISOs http://downloads.sourceforge.net/manjarolinux/manjaro-openbox-0.8.10-i686.iso, Manjaro manjaro-xfce-17.0.1-stable-x86_64.iso - use 'From CD/DVD/ISO' or 'From USB' option in Manjaro menu
CrunchBang crunchbang-11-20130506-i686 ISO Live boot works fine - use 'mount /dev/sdb4 /cdrom' if installing from the ISO to another disk - see Kali instructions above for more details. Use the crunchbang-11-20130506-i686.txt in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files folder for a suitable .txt file for the ISO. Blog post here
XiaopanOSlightweight wireless security pentesting. 0.4.6.1 0.4.7.2 ISOs tested. (see Tutorial 99 for persistence - must use FAT32 E2B drive. Use Ctrl-panel - Backup Settings to change from sdb4 to sdb1). See also .mnu file for persistence with an NTFS E2B USB drive (not required if FAT32) and blog entry here.
Pentoo- pentoo-i686-2013.0_RC1.9.iso pentoo-amd64-default-2015.0_RC5.iso (for persistence see this blog post)
RedHat Install ISO (e.g. rhel-server-5.7-i386-dvd.iso) Later versions (e.g. v7) should just work from a .iso file- for older versions, use special RedHat.mnu file. Requires a FAT32 partition on the E2B USB drive to work (there is a workaround for NTFS E2B drives too). See my blog post and Tutorial #120. For Install, easiest is to convert redhat ISO to FAT32 .imgPTN file using MakePartImage MPI_FAT32 shortcut.
Porteus with persistence - use the Porteus-generic-persistent.mnu file and see blog post here
Partition Magic ISO - use .isoDOS file extension, on booting to DOS, pmagic and ghost will be on drive B: - see blog post here.
ProxMox VE 3.2 Installer ISO proxmox-ve_3.4-102d4547-6.iso - it will fail to find the CD-ROM - type fdisk -l to find the 4th USB partition (e.g. \dev\sdb4), then type mount /dev/sdb4 /mnt and chroot /mnt sbin/unconfigured.sh (or use ProxMox.mnu sample .mnu file in docs folder). See blog here for details for NTFS E2B USB drive. For proxmox v4.4 use the ProxMox4.mnu file in the Sample mnu Files folder.
Windows Password BusterAfter installation the WindowsPasswordBuster.iso file will be in the C:\Program Files (x86)\PasswordBuster folder. Copy this to the \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.
Windows Password UnLocker After installation the PasswordUnlocker.iso file will be in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Password Unlocker" folder. Copy this to the \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.
Damn Small Linux - e.g. dsl-4.11.rc2.iso(use real machine), dsl-4.11.rc1.iso use the initrd versions which embeds the normally-separate cloop image into the initrd image - other versions may not boot depending on your system or emulator - e.g. dsl-4.4.10-initrd.iso works in VBox but dsl-4.4.10.iso, dsl-4.4.10-syslinux.iso, dsl-4.11.rc2-syslinux.iso and dsl-4.11.rc2.iso do not work in VBOX as looks for USB boot media (but work under QEMU!).
AOSS- PC Tools (Symantec) Alternate Operating System and Scanner + Tools - must copy to root of USB drive and use AOSS.mnu file.
MenuetOS Extract the .img file and copy it to the \_ISO\MAINMENU folder. - see blog here
KolibriOS(tiny OS written in assembler - very fast to load, text-based web browser included + games) .iso or .img works on real system - see blog here
antiX- does not work under VM as needs a 'real' USB drive. - Persistence .mnu file available in E2B v1.51 and later. Tip: If running from a VM, hold down the SHIFT key when selecting the AntiX ISO to run ISOBOOT or add from=hd,usb to the kernel parameters. See also blog post here. For MX-15, etc. see 'Mepis'.
slacko slackware-14.1-install-d1.iso slacko-6.3.2-uefi.iso - slackware64-live-mate-current.isowith persistence see blog post here.
W.T.E. Forensic Triagerestricted ISO for police forensic work (WinPE) (make \WTE.ini file containing text - [IsoInfo] on line 1 and then IsoName=/_ISO/MAINMENU/WTE_Boot_2.1.6.iso on line 2)
Desinfect 2014 and 2015 - boots from ISO file - also a .mnu file is available for persistence (but virus definition updates are not persistent). Also Desinfect+Peristent Virus Updates for 2014-2017 - see blog here. Laura reports Desinfect 2016 works + persistence. Desinfect 2017_18 iso with updates.
Paragon Rescue Kit(free) and Paragon Backup and Recovery (Media Builder) or make Rescue ISO from Hard Disk Manager 16 - choose linux option or choose WinPE option and can run from the ISO file or you can extract the \sources\boot.wim file and copy that to the E2B drive. Convert to FAT32 .imgPTN for UEFI+MBR booting. Tip: Run the command 'start cmd' to get to cmd console.
Windows Password GeekerISO - install WPG to your Windows system, then copy the .iso file (which can be found in the same folder as the application) to the E2B USB drive. Note: Trial versions only lists user accounts (paid version can reset passwords).
ArcaBit Rescue CD - arca-rescue.iso (updates are not persistent) - see below for special menu for persistent updates.
SolydX ISO - try Compatibility mode menu option if default option does not boot. (may not work on v. large USB HDDs???)
OS X x86 Installers 'Hackintosh' (Yosemite-Zone.dmg 410410410 10.1.1 (5332012208 Bytes) - extract 1.hfs file, iPortable Snow (USB), OSX-Mavericks.dmg 5,653,921,792 bytes) - E2B v1.62+ - see blog posts here and here. Note: This creates a 4th partition entry which you will need to delete each time you reboot to E2B. Tip: You can automatically delete ptn 4 by using a MyE2B.cfg file and adding the partnew command (see Sample_MyE2B.cfg for details). See OSX page here for more details.
Eset System Rescue - edet-sysrescue.220.127.116.11.en.iso - if based on linux just add the .iso file to E2B (for persistent updates see here). If based on WinPE see below.
TrueCrypt Rescue.iso (as produced when you install TrueCrypt) - rename with .iso01 file extension. Also VeraCrypt Rescue Disk as .iso01.
MacpupMacpup_550 - use .isomacpup file extension or use Macpup_550.mnu menu file for save session function (edit filename in first 2 lines of .mnu file if required)
Haikuhaiku-r1alpha4-anyboot.image - use the 'anyboot' image version not the anyboot ISO or raw versions (nightly builds are not in correct format) - rename from .image file extension to .haiku (E2B v1.62+) - e.g. haiku-r1alpha4-anyboot.haiku. Note: This creates a 4th partition entry which you will need to delete each time you reboot to E2B. Tip: You can automatically delete ptn 4 by using a MyE2B.cfg file and adding the partnew command (see Sample_MyE2B.cfg for details).
Active_10.0.1_BootMedia.ISO - Extract \BOOTDISK.KEY and \_bootDisk.ini from ISO and place in root of E2B USB drive. Place .ISO file in \_ISO\MAINMENU (or any other sub-menu).
NetRunner 16 (Ozymandias) 19 (Blackbird) - see blog to add persistence.
BartPE (and other XP-based PEs) - use .isomemF01 or .isomemwinv
JustBrowsing .iso - e.g. justbrowsing_20140808_chrome.iso - see also Sample mnu file for saving configuration in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files folder.
Slacko 5.7 (PuppyLinux) slacko-5.7-NO-pae.iso, slacko64-6.3.0.isopup. Try .isopup file extension to enable Save feature. To install to another drive from xorg, start Setup - Puppy Universal Installer from menu, select top root DIRECTORY as source. Does not work in VM.
Boot-repair-disk-64.iso Useful 600MB linux Ubuntu LiveCD ISO which can automatically repair systems which will no longer boot (linux\Windows\UEFI\MBR). 32-bit and 64-bit ISOs available here. Can also analyse and generate a report - e.g. example report here.
Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics for HDD ISO (DOS) - DOSDLG.exe can be added to a FreeDOS floppy disk image .ima file or simply copy to your E2B drive and boot to the Utilities - FreedDOS floppy image and run it directly from the C: (USB) drive under FreeDos.
Fujitsu Diagnostic testFJDT.exe - can be added to a FreeDOS floppy disk image .ima file or simply copy to your E2B drive and boot to the Utilities - FreedDOS floppy image and run it directly from the C: (USB) drive under FreeDos.
Windows Boot Genius - Tenorshare_Windows_Boot_Genius.iso extracted from .exe download - rename as .isoPE01 (only works on Removable E2B Flash drives - else use .imgPTN file).
Chromixium (now CubLinux) - Chromixium-1.5-i386.iso (also persistent .mnu file available in Sample mnu files folder). CubLinux-1.0RC-amd64.iso (also a persistent .mnu sample file available). Use the .isopersist file extension for persistence.
Alt-Linuxregular-rescue-latest-x86_64.iso - to fully boot - when you reach the hard disk boot menu, use Cancel - then select Hard Disk - choose USb drive (e.g. sdb) - then choose partition 4 (=ISO file) - then enter / for root folder. It should then boot to the rescue console. See blog post.
Q4OSq4os-live-2.0.2-i686pae.iso - also with persistence - see blog post.
Toshiba BIOS update ISO - os2015206a_500.iso
netboot.xyz.isoiPXE bootable iso (also E2B v1.87 supports .KRN and .LKRN file extensions, so no need for whole ISO file)
Inquisitor inq-live-3.1beta2-amd64-debian.iso inq-live-3.1beta2-i386-debian.iso (version 3.0 has a bug and does not work from USB)
UBP Pro Win 10 PE Multiboot v0.7 Full [SadeemPC] - .isoPE01 if Removable USB drive, or convert to .imgPTN file.
SteamOS - SteamOSDVD.iso - Always choose Expert Mode or will erase E2B drive! - if cannot find 'CD', exit to shell and type mount /dev/sdX4 cdrom (where X is USB drive). Easiest to erase all partitions and do clean install. See here for help.
EasyRE Recovery Essentials NeoSmart Windows 7 and XP ISOs (for Win8 version, convert to .imgPTN using latest MPI Tool Kit, for Win10 kfreeBSD versions use the grub2 menu system - see also this blog post for a .imgPTN file for the Win10 version).
Diag504fCD.iso - WD Hard Disk diagnostics for IDE systems (does not work on SATA/RAID/SCSI drives). Use .iso, .isodefault or .isomem file extension.
DOS4NTFS.IMZ - Boot to DOS with NTFS support so you can access files on the E2B USB drive under DOS. IMZ format is not supported by grub4dos, so load .IMZ file into WinImage and save as .IMA file. Note: use .imanomem if you want to be able to edit the files from within DOS and have the changes permanent.