Installing Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

Add any number of OEM/System Builder Windows Install ISO files to the correct folders under \_ISO\Windows\sub-folder and name them as you wish.
Multi-language Win7 ISO files can be downloaded from Digital River (see Useful Links on this site).
 
You MUST place the .ISO files in the correct folder - e.g.
\_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7\Windows_7_32.iso
\_ISO\WINDOWS\SVR2K8R2\Windows_Server_2008.iso  
 
Note: Some Windows Install ISOs may work if you give them a .isope01 file extension and place them in an ordinary folder (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU). If they don't work as .isoPE01 then use them as .ISO files and plcae them in the correct \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxx folder.
 
You can rename the ISOs and use spaces in the ISO filenames to make them look better in the menu if you wish (or add a .txt file - see below).
 
If you are booting Easy2Boot from a USB Hard disk to install from Windows Install ISO files, you will also need a USB 'Helper' flash drive containing these 3 files -   
  • AutoUnattend.xml (overwritten - required for Win Vista and later OS Install ISOs), 
  • Unattend.xml (overwritten - required for WinPE ISOs)
  • WINHELPER.USB (marker file to find correct USB drive)
These 3 files must be on the root of your USB 'Helper' Flash drive . Do NOT modify them - they are modified by E2B automatically.
 
You may find it easier to convert the ISO file to a .imgPTN file. This will allow you to both MBR and UEFI-boot and you will not need a 'Helper' Flash drive or an XML file. E2B v1.75 allows you to add .imgPTN files to the \_ISO|WINDOWS\xxxx folders (except for the XP folder).
 
NOTE: Always run WinContig to ensure all files are contiguous after copying them over (Ctrl+F2 in RMPrepUSB).
 
Always use unmodified Microsoft Windows Install ISOs - if you use a modified ISO, it may not work. In this case, convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file using MakePartImage.
If the E2B USb drive is not a Removable USB drive, you will need to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file.

USB 3.0 support

 
Windows 7 install ISOs do not support USB 3.0 ports, so if you want to boot from a USB 3.0 port, you will need to add the USB 3.0 drivers to the ISO.
 
Check if the Windows can 'see' your USB drive:
1. After booting to Setup, type SHIFT+F10 to open a console window.
2. Type 'diskpart' and press ENTER key.
3. Type 'list disk' - check that your USB drive is listed - if not, then Windows (WinPE) does not contain the correct driver for your USB controller.
4. Type 'exit' to quit diskpart.
You can use the Intel Windows 7 USB 3.0 Creator utility. This will modify the install.wim and boot.wim files and add the Intel USB 3.0 drivers.
 
Note that this utility only adds the Intel USB 3.0 drivers; it does not add non-Intel USB 3.0 drivers.
 
There is a video showing how to modify an ISO or USB drive here.
See here for how to add the correct USB driver into the ISO file. Also YouTube video here.
 
You may find it easier to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file and then use the  Intel Windows 7 USB 3.0 Creator utility
 
 

Additional Files

Add a .txt file to change the text in the menu
You can also add a .txt file of the same filename and add an alternate title (rather than have the filename listed in the menu).
If you also add a .txt file of the same filename containing a single line of text such as:  
 
title some_text_here\nsome_help_text_here
 
then that text will be used as the menu title instead of the name of the file itself (note that the line must start with the lower-case word 'title'). See here for more details.
 
Note: .iso files of 0 length are not listed (but may add to the total file count displayed in the menu!).
 
 

Add your own .xml file to automate an install

You can also have your own unattend.xml files in the same folder as your ISO file (any name but must end in .xml). This can contain all your settings and a product key - you can just choose any xml file before you run the ISO. If you delete all .xml files from the Vista/7/8/SVR2012 folders, then the default unattend.xml will be automatically used and the user will not be prompted to select an xml file. 
 
For an example look at the \_ISO\e2b\firadisk\au.xml file (for Vista and Win7) and the \_ISO\e2b\firadisk\auWin8.xml file (for Win8). These contain a special section which runs LOADISO.cmd - this is responsible for loading the ISO so that Windows Setup can access it as a DVD.
E2B will copy the contents of your XML file to \AUTOUNATTEND.XML before it boots from the ISO. 
Your XML file must be modified so that it runs ImDisk via LOADISO.cmd to install the ISO as a virtual DVD drive.
 
You can download Windows 7 Install ISO files from the link on the Useful External Links page.
 
For more details on how to install Windows Vista and later OS's see Tutorial #43.
 
You may find the Unattend.XML generator here useful - but you must add the RunSynchronous code used by E2B afterwards.
 
To make an XML file - read my blog page here.
 

Windows 7 does not support USB 3.0 as it does not contain USB 3.0 drivers. However, you can convert a Win7 Install ISO to a .imgPTN file, switch to the .imgPTN partition and then modify the boot.wim and install.wim to add the USB 3.0 drivers. See here for more details. If you just want to add Intel chipset USB 3.0 drivers, you can use the nice Intel utility here.