Easy2Boot is free to use (anyone can use it, you just can't sell it), so please make a donation to support this site and keep E2B free. Please do not re-distribute E2B - just point people to this site to get the latest version.
If you do not need to install XP to a non-IDE system, then you can use the smaller non-DPMS version of E2B.
If you need to install XP to a SCSI, SATA or RAID system, then you will need the larger DPMS version of E2B which includes XP 32-bit Driver Pack Mass Storage drivers. Note that hard disk drivers for some very new computers/chipsets are not available for XP!
Windows users - To make a new E2B USB drive (or update a drive), download and run the Self-Extracting .exe file (see below).
The instructions and documentation on this site will always relate to the latest (sometimes Beta) version.
If you use any of the 'special' features of E2B or have a problem, please update your E2B USB drive with the very latest version from the Alternate Download sites. The latest Beta version will often contain small bug-fixes too!
1. The E2B download is now a self-extracting .exe file. It automatically extracts the files to a new folder on your Windows drive before running Make_E2B.exe. See here for more details.
Download only one of these two self-extracting executables to make a bootable E2B USB drive...
Easy2Boot_v1.A5.exe (15MB) - Recommended for most users. This version can also be used to update any older E2B drive.
- OR - Easy2Boot_v1.A5_DPMS.exe includes extra Windows XP drivers (27MB) - Includes Driver Pack Mass Storage (DPMS) drivers for installing 32-bit XP onto SATA\RAID\SCSI systems - an 'E2B Update' will also copy all the DPMS files. Use this version only if you need to install Windows XP onto SATA\RAID\SCSI systems (Note: due to the lack of new XP drivers, the very latest mainboards may not be supported).
This is a ready-made MemTest86.imgPTN file which you can unzip and then copy to your E2B USB drive.
Once you select it from the E2B menu or using the \_ISO\SWITCH_E2B.exe utility, you can MBR or UEFI-boot from the E2B USB drive.
You can make more .imgPTN files from ISO files, etc. using the MPI Tool Pack.
Note: All .imgPTN files must be made contiguous first using \Make_this_drive_contiguous.cmd.
If you are having trouble with any of the download links or want the latest Beta version, try the Alternate Download Area links below.
Tip: Look out for the latest updates and features, subscribe to my blog here.
False-Positive Virus/PUP/PUA Detection
E2B is downloaded over 5,000 times a day.
Over 1500 new E2B drives are made every day (and many more are updated every day).
If E2B really had a virus, both you and I would have heard about it!
Click here for a Norton SafeWeb report on this site.
Windows Defender may detect and remove some files that it does not like (depending on how it feels today!). Please Update Windows Defender to the latest version if it does not let you run Switch_E2B.exe or some other program. Certain Defender updates seem to suddenly detect some programs as viruses but an update a few hours later often fixes the problem!
Try downloading the .zip file version of E2B instead (from Alternate Downloads Area) - extract the contents and run .\Make_E2B.exe to create your E2B USB drive.
Norton AV - use this link to report a false positive.
Start your Norton product.Click Settings.Under Detailed Settings, click Antivirus.On the Scans and Risks tab, scroll down to Exclusions / Low Risks.Next to Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection row, click Configure.In the Real Time Exclusions window, click Add Folders or Add Files. Browse for and select the folders or files that you want to exclude from the scan, and then click OK.Click Apply, and then click OK.
To exclude the E2B file(s) - Start your Norton product. Click Settings. Under Detailed Settings, click Antivirus. On the Scans and Risks tab, scroll down to Exclusions / Low Risks. Next to Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection row, click Configure. In the Real Time Exclusions window, click Add Folders or Add Files. Browse for and select the folders or files that you want to exclude from the scan, and then click OK.Click Apply, and then click OK.
Comodo may prevent .exe and .cmd scripts from running correctly (write errors, etc.) - please disable Comodo 'Containment' option before running any E2B utilities.
Trend Micro AV, Dr. Web, etc.
Easy2Boot does not contain any viruses, adware, malware or 'puas/pups' (see or check here) - you may get a false virus warning caused by the autorun.inf file in E2B, but this file does not run any programs and is only used to show an E2B icon for the USB drive in Windows Explorer. Good AV programs should not give false positives.
If the Chrome Browser says the download may be 'dangerous', go to the Chrome Downloads page at chrome://downloads/# and click on 'Keep dangerous file'.
The Google Chrome browser may report that a file is infected or malicious when you try to download it - this is a false report. The same files, if compressed in a different way using zip or rar format, or if downloaded from Google Drive instead of One Drive, will download without problems! Chrome and Google Drive seem to falsely detect some files as malicious.
Note: Try downloading the same file from Google Drive or MS OneDrive (Alternate Download Areas).
You can submit the download to www.virustotal.com and check it using a wide range of AV scanners - good AV scanners such as Avira, Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, Sophos, etc. should not report a problem with the download (Sophos may report a PUA = Potentially Unwanted Application - this is NOT a virus). Due to the nature of SWITCH_E2B.exe which requires Administrator priveleges and writes directly to the MBR of USB disks, this program does trigger several AV false positives however. Most of the executables pass VirusTotal with 100% clean rating, except for SWITCH_E2B.exe (my own self-extracting WinRar utility which runs as Admin) and nircmd.exe (Nir Sofer free utility).
Alternate Download Areas and Archives
For the latest Beta, bugfixes and .zip versions of E2B + other useful files...