If you do not need to install XP to a non-IDE system, then you can use the smaller non-DPMS version; if you need to install XP to a SATA or RAID system, then you will need the larger DPMS version which includes XP 32-bit Driver Pack Mass Storage drivers.
Please watch the YouTube videos to see how to make a bootable USB drive and use E2B.
To make a new E2B USB drive, extract the download file to a new empty folder and run the \MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd Windows batch file.
Linux users - read this page.
To update your E2B USB drive,extract the non-DPMS (1b) download file to a new empty folder and then run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd Windows batch file or under linux use cp -u.
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 Area.
The latest Beta version will often contain small bug-fixes!
NOTE: If you are using v1.83 and installing XP with DPMS, please download latest v1.84c Beta or later, and update your E2B drive with it. This will fix the 'Insert Firadisk floppy disk' problem.
UNZIP THE E2B DOWNLOAD TO A NEW, EMPTY FOLDER (7Ziprecommended).
To make an E2B USB drive you will need either Download 1 or Download 2 but not both.
Downloads in .zip form are available from the Alternate Download Areas (and may be much faster to download!)
1a. Download 1 - E2B+DPMSv1.85 (.7z 26MB) - includes Windows XP 32-bit Driver Pack for Mass Storage (DPMS) for installing XP to SATA\RAID\SCSI systems (recommended if installing XP from ISO files). If Windows Defender indicates a virus (false positive) download the .zip file from the Alternate Download Area below instead.
- OR - 1b.Download 2 - E2Bv1.85 (.7z 14MB) - Does not include the Windows XP 32-bit Mass Storage Drivers (so cannot install XP to SATA/RAID systems). This version can also be used to update any E2B or E2B+DPMS USB drive.
Note: When extracted, the Easy2Boot download includes an empty 500MB \_ISO\CONTIG.ISO file.
If you are short of space on your USB drive, this file can be deleted. It is only used if your payload files are not contiguous.
2. Download MPI Tool Pack (MakePartImage)[Windows] - This is used to make .imgPTNfiles (partition images that are used for MBR- and UEFI-booting of Windows AIO ISOs, Hirens ISOs, linux, MSDaRT, etc.). Also useful for WinPE and Windows Install ISOs, if you are using a USB HDD instead of a USB Flash drive.
3. RMPrepUSB [Windows]- Very useful Windows utility for anything to do with bootable USB drives. RMPrepUSB v2.1.732+ can create ext2, ext3 and ext4 persistence files for linux ISOs (RMPrepUSB is not required for E2B, but is a recommended tool). Also available from Alternate Download Areas.
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: Watch for the latest updates and features and subscribe to my blog here.
False Virus Alerts (e.g. Trend Micro AV)!
Easy2Boot does not contain any viruses, adware, malware or 'pups' (see or check here) - you may get a virus warning for the autorun.inf file in E2B, but this file does not run any program and is just used to show an E2B icon in Explorer. Good AV programs will not give false positives.
Alternate Download Areas and Archives (for latest Beta, bugfixes and other files)
Attention: Virus Detected or Malicious File warnings!
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 slightly different way using 7Zip or if downloaded from Google Drive instead of One Drive, do not report any problem! Chrome and Google Drive seem to falsely detect some files as malicious.
Also note that certain AV software such as TrendMicro AV or Dr. Web may also report issues with some downloads, but these are false positives.
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).
WARNING: Only download E2B from these official sources. E2B is free, so there is no need to download a 'hacked' version or files from another source which may be outdated, buggy or contain viruses!