Tip: You can run "\_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\CheckForUpdate.cmd" to find out if there is a new update available.
Versions are numbered x.yz, where x is the major version and yz the minor version (may be followed by a letter).
x and y range = 0-9 A-Z, z range is 0-9.
A version with a lower case letter suffix (a-z) is a BETA version. A BETA version will have bugfixes + new features.
A version with an upper case letter suffix (A-Z) is re-released version with a small bugfix.
You can update (or down-date) your E2B drive without affecting your configuration.
Version numbering key:
v1.77 = First release version of 1.77
v1.77A = Revised release version of 1.77 (minor bugfix that will not affect most users) (displays version as 1.77 in E2B)
v1.78c = Third BETA version - for testing latest features and bugfixes. When released it will be called v1.78.
v1.A0 = Full release of 101st minor release of major version 1
v1.A2b = BETA release of 103rd minor release of major version 1
If version is in red then do not use - buggy version!
Check the \_ISO\Sample_MyE2B.cfg file for any new configuration options and features.
v1.00 2013-06-18 First Release
v1.01 2013-07-05 Few bug fixes
v1.02 E2B v1.01 + DPMS2 Update Pack v 1.02 (2013-07-06)
v1.03 2013-07-11 Requires new grldr, improved alphanumeric sort (not case sensitive), bug fixes, DPMS2 + auto-selection for XP ISO install, empty folders not listed in menu
v1.04 2013-07-15 DPMS2 small bugfixes/improvements. Small changes in XP Install Step 2
v1.05 2013-08-03 Ability to suppress the file enumeration messages when creating menus on startup. Jolene sample menu added!
v1.06 2013-08-05 .mnu and payload files are now enumerated together instead of separately in two stages, so the menu order is determined by the alphanumeric filenames of the .mnu and payload files.
v1.07 2013-08-24 Recognises .isoPE file extension and mounts the .isoPE file as a drive letter (virtual CD/DVD) when wpeinit runs. BugFix in automn.g4b (some sample .mnu files did not work since v1.00!). New grldr. Full alphabetical sorting (same order as in Windows Explorer). ISOASK variable supported. POSTCMD variable for WinPE ISOs.
v1.08 2013-09-04 bitdefender mnu file added to docs folder, Windows 8.1 temporary Product Keys added, master pwd opttion in MyE2B.cfg
v1.09 2013-09-14 Some sample .mnu files revised and added, .vhdmem, imz, imggz extensions supported, set DEFMENU=0 supported for no 'set default' menu item, .txt files now checked for 'title' keyword and user warned if missing.
v1.10 2013-09-15 Bugfix for DEFMENU=0 (thanks Sergei for spotting this!), added NOUNIFONT=1 (does not load unifont font file for faster booting)
v1.10a 2013-09-25 Sample .mnu files revised (note: The E2B+MassStorageDrivers download is still v 1.10 - if you want the latest .mnu files, download v1.10a and overwrite it).
v1.11 2013-09-28 Bugfix - the Unattend.xml and AutoUnattend.xml files are now wiped on startup. NOF9R and NOF10H variables available to suppress F9 and F10 in menu.
v1.12 2013-10-17 grub4dos 0.46a used if it boots as (fd0), 100K spaces.txt removed, global hotkeys, warning if file not contiguous, fix for .iso not booting in HP's, extra variables - see Sample_MyE2B.cfg for details.
v1.13 2013-10-18 bugfixes for v1.12!
v1.14 2013-10-21 More variables for advanced menu changes, beep when main menu is loaded - see Sample_MyE2B.cfg for details. If only one XP ISO present then it is autoloaded. Same if only one xml file for Vista.Win7 installs.
v1.15e 2013-10-26 Mainly bugfixes to v1.14 and earlier versions of v1.15!
v1.16 2013-10-29 Same as v1.15e. Extra menu theme for beep demo added. DPMS integrated download with v1.16 available.
v1.1.7 2013-11-15 .isoDOS extension supported for DOS-based ISOs. Checkaccess can be suppressed using a MyE2B.cfg setting. Some changes to finding of \autounatend.xml and \unattend.xml files.
v1.18 2013-11-30 .isoDOS01 extension, extra font support and 34 different fonts added (see Sample_MyE2B.cfg), grub4dos version 0.4.6a used
v1.19 2013-12-21 bugfixes: background corruption in 1024x768 fixed, re-load main menu now show all menu items, clonezilla sample mnu added, ENG language folder now used. Warning if using USB HDD and no removable flash drive when booting from Vista/7/8 Install ISO.
v1.20 2013-12-31 Works with Win8.1 retail install ISOs, option to erase partition 4 if in use, 64-bit XP install ISOs will not use DPMS2 if there is '64' in the ISO name. 3rd level folders removed except for MNU folder, 8.1 Enterprise Eval product key added so can install from ISO. Windows Vista+ ISOs are now only loaded using ImDisk - the firadisk drivers are no longer used and have been removed (but still used for XP). See blog for more info.
v1.21 2014-01-04 Bugfix in DMPS2 if two mass-storage drivers found. (Thanks to Levellak)
v1.22B 2014-01-05 Bugfix in QAUTO.g4b (fix 'file not found' error when using PTN2_Menu.mnu and F7-F10 menus not added) (thanks to DvdK for the nice clear bug report). Note: 1.22DPMS was missing driverpack.ini - please use 1.22ADPMS. v1.22B has minor bugfix for NOF7HD variable not working.
v1.23 2014-01-20 Allow for booting from a different USB drive than the E2B USB drive.
v1.24 2014-01-22 Code in LOADISO.cmd improved in case where Helper drive contains E2B files. Some Sample .mnu files corrected (did not contain \%ENG%\ path)
v1.25 2014-02-29 New $HOME$ keyword can be used in .mnu files. See blog entry here.
v1.26 2014-02-05 Small changes so we can have individual XP ISO Main menu entries, some new sample .mnu files added (e.g. XP_Inst_from_MainMenu.mnu), latest grub4dos version, \_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd batch file added to automate making of an E2B drive (requires RMPrepUSB pre-installed).
v1.27 2014-02-06 Same as v1.26 (thought there was a bug in 1.26 but cannot reproduce it now!)
v1.28 2014-02-12 .mnu example file added for BIOS string detection + support files.
v1.29 2014-02-28 - new grub4dos (shows FAT32 filenames/folders with correct case), new .isomemF01 and .isofira01 file extensions. Windows batch files to help make .txt and .mnu files (just drag and drop the ISO onto it). Some new .mnu files added in \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files folder. See February 2014 blog entries for more details.
v1.30A 2014-03-03 (released 2104-03-21) Convert $HOME$ in .txt files, support E2B on a logical partition of boot device, grub4dos 0.4.6 with USB driver option, .isoPUP, .isoWB, better error recovery if bad ISO, allow long XP ISO filenames, improve Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd script.
v1.31 2014-03-24 allow new format of 'Nightly builds' of XP dpms, Winhelper detection code restored to same as v1.29 as problems with 1.30.
v1.32 2014-04-13 XP install enhancements (new chkpci utiity, win2k,2k3 driver support), .SIF support, .imgPTN recognised for UEFI image booting. List PCI IDs, Utilities menu has XP driver search menu entries.
v1.33 2014-04-15 Fixed issue with .imgPTN files showing jumbled menu text
v1.34 2014-04-22 \_ISO\WIN payload folder added for non-Windows Install ISOs and .imgPTN files ,etc. For .imgPTN files - allows E2B to be on either 1st or 2nd partition. 1.34a has a change to QRUN.g4b to allow E2B drives with 2 partitions to run a .imgPTN file.
v1.35 2014-04-25 If set master pwd now only asked for on reboot (not on menu refresh/reload), search for WINHELPER.USB Flash drive can be suppressed if using a USB Removable-type flash drive (see Sample_MyE2B.cfg file for settings)
v1.36 2014-04-27 .imgPTNA file extension supported - same as .imgPTN but marks the partition Active - useful for WinToGo images - see blog. Bugfix - files an exact multiple of 4GB were not listed due to bug in grub4dos.
v1.37 2014-05-01 .imgPTNAlba23, .imghPTNlbaA, .imgPTNlba, .imgPTNA23 support added. Make_E2B_USB_drive.cmd now installs grub4dos to MBR and PBR. v1.38 2014-05-10 A few small changes mainly in MyE2B.cfg support for moving the top menu heading down from the first line at the top, to any line (e.g. line 3) and also an option to adjust the offset that is applied to the heading and bottom help text. Some new 'themes' have also been added. Zorin_persistent .mnu sample files added.
v1.39 2014-05-13 Bugfix - if FAT32 drive and make folder with . (dot) in foldername then stopped enumeration with error.
v1.40 2014-05-18 Supports dual partition images - e.g. use fred.imgPTN for first partition and fred (no extension) for 2nd image.
v1.41 2014-06-03 Bugfix for AUTO folder not enumerating sub-folders, memtest86 + UEFI added, more sample .mnu files added for OpenElec and Kali.
v1.42 2014-06-10 CONTIG.ISO feature added
v1.42a 2014-06-17 bugfix for v1.42 force.iso .mnu files gave 'not contiguous' error
----- NEW 'MULTI-LANGUAGE' VERSION (Headings, MyE2B.cfg + other changes)
v1.50 2014-06-26 STRINGS.TXT file now used to hold English text, menu entries, help text, etc. See blog for details. Includes 500Mb CONTIG.ISO file.
v.1.51 2014-07-03 .imgPTN is now equivalent to .imgPTNLBAa (use .imgPTNna for old .imgPTN behaviour), \_ISO\BACKUP_LINUX folder deleted, small changes to STRINGS.txt, bugfix aroung CONTIG.ISO size detection (failed size check if >2GB), small code/message changes, English strings.txt file is now always loaded after primary language.
v.1.51a 2014-07-04 bugfix for XP Step 2
v1.52 Languages added
v1.53 More languages, bugfix to Make_E2B_USB_drive.cmd and small change to qrun.g4b to avoid possible .imgPTN grub4dos error
v1.54 bugfix for forcing file extension using qrun.g4b, memtest86 32-bit UEFI boot file added. Make_E2B_USB_Drive now checks for Admin rights and also removes EFI folder if you format as NTFS. .imgPTNAUTO file extension supported (no user prompt to switch partitions). Added a 'Measure USB Performance' test in Utilities menu. Bugfix for isos with long filenames ending in .isoWB. Sample WinBuilder .mnu changed for same fix. New grub4dos 0.4.5c grldr version. File enumeration speed improvements. linux script fmt.sh added to format a USB drive as an E2B drive under linux.
v1.55 (XP bug!) Portuguese language STRINGS.txt added (thanks Carlos!). Tails.mnu sample file added. 'CONFIG.ISO' typo corrected in qrun.g4b. Sample Change_Wallpaper,mnu which changes background and Change_Theme.mnu added (allows you to add a menu entry to switch to any theme you like) and Blue Theme.mnu sample added. Can now switch themes using a file with a .cfg file extension (.cfg file extension support added to qrun.g4b). Sample E2B Templates folder name changed to Templates. \_ISO\docs\mythemes folder added for use with $Change_Theme.mnu file. Romanian language added (thanks Anto!). Desinfect .mnu files added for persistence and keeping updates. F1 Help menu added (English only). Latest grub4dos grldr versions. EXTOFF variable added for MyE2B.cfg file - if set to 1, files are listed in the menu without their file extensions. Qrun.g4b tweaked. fmt.sh linux script tweaked for older linux distros (thanks Todd!). Some AMI BIOSes didnt boot to the E2B menu, code added to \_ISO\e2b\grub\menu.lst work around this problem which seems to be a BIOS+grub4dos interaction issue.
v1.55a - grldr (grub4dos) had bug (cannot see hard disk in XP Setup). This version has new grldr version.
v1.56 new grub4dos \grldr fixes exFAT bug with >4GB files. CPU 32/64 bit & Total memory displayed in Main Menu heading and Windows Install menu, new Sample mnu Files examples. Weird characters such as ()!''&| may now work if used in Windows ISO and .imgPTN filenames. 'Boot any key to boot from CD or DVD' Windows install prompt suppressed. Aurora background compressed using lzma (reduced size). .iso64 family of file extensions recognised (only listed if 64-bit CPU). Fastload menu has changed (only seen if FASTLOAD is enabled) - now press F8 to refresh the menu instead of the separate REFRESH entry. Change Automn.g4b and Automn.g4b to use 56MB area of memory instead of 74MB area so can use E2B on systems with 64MB of memory or more. Can now install Vista/7/8 direct from a .mnu file by specifying a folder (don't have to use \_ISO\WINDOWS folder) - Note that if you have made a .mnu file for installing Vista/7/8 you will need to change it).
v1.56a - v1.56 was only released for a few hours when I discovered a bug in grub4dos \grldr file. 1.56a is re-release with new version of grub4dos with XP problem fixed. German STRINGS.txt updated. Wallpaper changed slightly. Various small tweaks. Add compatibility with FlashBoot for .imgPTN files. Polish language added. Change_Font.mnu added to docs\Sample mnu Files folder. If FASTLOAD is enabled then now no need to count Windows files on first boot. Windows 10 folder added + menu. Fix for FASTLOAD counting Windows files.
v1.57 - Release of final 1.56a with new grub4dos 2014-10-21. (removed after 1 day due to grub4dos bugs!)
v1.58 - (v1.57aBeta) - large exFAT drive issue fixed (debug off in LstFExt.g4b needed due to grub4dos bug), .isopup fixed in QRUN.g4b. small fix to allow $$$main.mnu user file to load new splashimage for Main menu. Reduce file accesses in \_ISO\e2b\grub\menu.lst code for faster boot up. Added support for multiple wallpaper backgrounds even if FASTLOAD is used. Reduced number of redundant environment variables. New grub4dos for exFAT (no Warning messages). \EFI (memtest86) folder removed (stopped some systems booting to grub4dos!).
v1.58a - fix for if HEADPOS set in MyE2B.cfg if HEADPOS set to line 1 or greater, then grub4dos header text was not cleared from submenu headings.
v1.60 - new grub4dos, old HDG_xxx variables in MyE2B.cfg for submenu headings no longer supported, problem if too many variables used in MyE2B.cfg fixed, ZZSubMenuxx.mnu files combined into one ZZSubMenuAll.mnu file to improve menu load speed on slow systems. Old colour variables in MyE2B.cfg (e.g. %cyan%) now discontinued. Yellow warning text if \_ISO\STRINGS.txt test file is present (should use the LANG variable instead!). Fewer progress messages if redir set. FASTLOAD.YES now moved to \_ISO\docs\FASTLOAD folder (copy it to the root to enable FASTLOAD feature).
v1.61 - German STRINGS.txt updated. Can now have .mnu for Windows Install ISOs in Main menu which specify .iso file AND .XML file. updated grub4dos. Menu Heading positions changed and HEADPOS now easier. Menu headings are now left-aligned instead of being centred. Help text Footer text no longer padded out by HPAD, so HBTM determines it's absolute position in the menu. Italian added (thanks Fabrizio), isoboot.g4b added to try to boot non-contiguous linux ISOs if all else fails. FreeDOS288.IMA.gz changed to include a few useful FreeDOS utilities. .isonousb and .imgnousb file extensions now supported. More details here.
v1.62 2015-02-18 - Revised spanish.Arcabit sample mnu file. patch "oempreinstall=yes" line in winnt.sif file so that E2B can install some XP versions (e.g. Micro XP Pro 1.11b.iso). .dmg, .dmgHFS and .HFSptn file extensions supported for Hackintosh OS X Installers - e.g. Yosemite-Zone.dmg. File extensions can now be password protected (e.g. xxx.isopwd will prompt for a password). MyE2B.cfg file can contain menupwd setting to specify a different password needed to run any payload file from the menu. Parted Magic .mnu file for persistent changes. CRC32 and ISOBOOT can be run by holding down CTRL or SHIFT keys respectively when running a payload file from the menu. True partition Hide/Unhide sample menu file added. New grub4dos version 2015-01-16 fixes exFAT probems in grub4dos 0.4.6a. Fix knoppix in isoboot.g4b. macpup sample .mnu file. .isomacpup file extension added. Make_drive_contiguous batch file now on E2B drive + WinContig. Patch for silent startup in SampleMyE2B.cfg added. Support for payload files ending in 64 or 32. docs\E2B Utilities .txt and .mnu maker updated (can test for 32 or 64-bit CPUs). grab.g4b utility added (can copy screen text to text file - used for reporting issues). Haiku anyboot image support (.haiku).
v1.63 - QRUN now suggests a 'better' file extension, Make_E2B and Update_E2B cmd files now ask to create a MyE2B.cfg file for language/kbd support. new grldr grub4dos 0.46a to fix NTFS bug. \_ISO\isoboot.g4b supported for user's own version. QEMU test boot files added. FreeBSD, pfSenese and GhostBSD memstick images now supported. Make_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd now will detect all drives if no USB drive found in system. XP 32-bit Mass Storage DPMS drivers updated.
v1.64 2015-03-30 - Fix XP Install from ISO changing HDD disk signature (fixes problem of if you quit Setup, the OS on the HDD BSODs), fix TXT Menu Maker script.
v1.65 2015-04-16 - set CENTREHD=1 will now auto-centre menu headings. Menu hotkeys changed in all STRINGS.txt files, AUTOMENU feature added - can now press first letter of a menu entry to select it, current language displayed in footer HELPTEXT (can be changed in MyE2B.cfg). grub4dos letters, e.g. p for password entry and c and e now only work if SHIFT is pressed at same time. Small speed improvement in counting Windows ISOs. New version of hotkey utility (thanks chenall!). New grub4dos 0.4.6a.
v1.66 - revised Spanish and German STRINGS.txt, E2B_Editor added.
v1.67 - $NAME$ now supported in .mnu and .txt files, QAUTO.g4b and AUTOMN.g4b changed so .txt files with no \n (help) now end in \n to suppress g4d default help text. Only first line in .txt files are now used. RMPartUSB and grubinst added so RMPrepUSB no longer needed to make a USB drive. Update_E2B_Drive.cmd updated to use xcopy if robocopy not available for XP systems. Fixed problem with spaces in pathnames. New grub4dos 0.4.6a can write to small NTFS files (fixes long-standing bug/'feature').
v1.68 - New grldr 0.46a, autowin7.XML and Load_ISO (no prompt to Repair) XML files added. LOADISNP.CMD added (does not prompt to repair system).Bugfix to CountISOs.g4b. BugFix for .txt files stopping the menu entry from working.
1.69 - fix graphicsmode command not working (bitmap needed to be exactly 800x600 or 1024x768 or got text mode menu!). Workaround for partedmagic ISOs not booting with grub4dos 0.4.6a. Subset of NTBOOT added for direct boot of .WIM, .VHD and .VHDX Windows 7/8/10 OS files. XP .VHD file extension now changed to .vhdboot. Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd and Update_E2B_Drive.cmd now copy bootmgr from C: drive if it is present (for NTBOOT function). new grub4dos 0.4.6a bugfix for UDF ISOs causing crash e.g. pmagic. Compress unifont and backgound files using lzma (smaller than gzip and faster to load).
v1.70 2015-06-17 - Allow different backgrounds for WIndows menus and AUTO menu.
v1.71 2015-06-26 - Some Sample mnu Files added + typo\bugfix for PTN2_Menu.mnu. Make_this_drive_contiguous.cmd will now run on any drive it is on (if \_ISO\docs\WINCONTIG folder is also present), so can use on another partition on an E2B drive. XP Step 2 bugfix if installing XP to 2nd HDD it would not boot correctly. JustBrowsing_with_config.mnu file added. German Strings.txt small tweaks. Payload enumeration now displays source directory correctly when listing payload files. 'set ENUMWAIT=1' in MyE2B.cfg will cause file enumeration to pause before displaying each menu - useful to see what order files are enumerated in for menu order. MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd tells user if disk is Fixed or Removable type. Fix bug in file/folder enumeration listing directories on screen.
v1.72 2015-09-05 - If press SPACE key during any menu enumeration, then it will pause at end (ENUMWAIT now not needed). Right-aligned menu text (RTL). ! key during enumeration will display boot timings (same as set SHOWTIME=1 in MyE2B.cfg), If use UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd or MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd, set NOHELPER=1 is added to MyE2B.cfg file if a Removable USB drive is detected. New grub4dos 0.4.6a version supported. UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd now uses xcopy /d to update (if XP system only) - now only updates files with a later file date. Default menu timeout is now cancelled after you go to a submenu. Bugfix to Windows Install Menu not showing F9 and F10 in some languages. .JPG wallpaper supported (grub4dos 0.4.6a only). Arabic language (minimal support). Check for Win10 bootmgr added. New grldr_046. To get CRC of ISO, now use CTRL+SHIFT instead of just CTRL. blog post
v1.73 2015-10-23 (THIS VERSION HAS AN XP INSTALL ISO 'firadisk.cmd copy' BUG, fixed in v1.74) - Fix XP 32-bit IDE driver problem for HP TX1320es in DPMS version only (see FAQ 'ERROR: CANNOT FIND /IDECOI4IN.DLL' for details). English F1 Help menu improved. Make_e2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd default now NTFS + UEFI tip added. Win10 keys added. SWITCH_E2B.exe 1.0.0 added. Swedish language added (thanks to DavidS). Dutch (NL) language (thanks to JeroenM!) If .imgPTN extension and ptn #2=hidden type 21 then it will not be removed when switching partitions. This is to enhance bootability with some BIOSes (use any other extension of .imgPTN* if you don't want this action - e.g. .imgPTNa.) also same action for SWITCH_E2B.exe. Fix 'DRIVERPACK.INI firadisk.sys DPMS error when using grub4dos 0.4.6a. New Win10 compatible ImDisk version+small change to ImDisk_Installiso.cmd. New \grldr 0.4.6a version. Beta revision history here.
v1.74 2015-11-06 - [Note: THis version has bug with some types of .imgPTN files] RMPartUSB v2.1.730. .vhdfira and .firavhd extensions added to QRUN.g4b, .vhdboot modified to include firadisk. XP Gold 2015 .mnu sample added. Fix for 'Cannot copy firadisk.cmd' on textmode file copy phase of XP Install ISO (bug in v1.73).
v1.75 2015-12-02 - .isoBF file extension added (removes bootfix.bin from an ISO file so no prompt to 'Press a key to boot from CD). .vhdgrldr added. New ImDisk version for Win10 Threshold 2 Install ISOs. .imgPTN files can now be added to \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxxx folders (except XP folder). Fix for some .imgPTNxxx file extensions not working (imgPTNa23LBA,imgPTN23aLBA). Fix for .mnu files not added correctly unless ends with carriage return. SWITCH_E2B.exe v1.0.2 (has extra MBR check before switching partitions). Server 2016 folder added. Language files tweaked.
v1.76 2016-01-17 - SWITCH_E2B v1.0.6 with FlashBoot and WinToGo+.imgPTN support. .isoBF fixed (did not work in 1.75!). Zorin 9 persistent .mnu files added. Fix for Zorin 9 in isoboot.g4b. AuroraBin default wallpaper. Improve LZMA Encode/Decode scripts. Fix bug - if user deleted some of the Windows sub-folders then the other Windows sub-folders were not enumerated (e.g. \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP). Fix 'Trouble!' message if installing XP and > 1 drive in system. New grub4dos 0.4.6a version \grldr. Add check for Write-protected USB drive. Improve MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd to detect Removable USB drives and copy zip and 7z files. Language support added for ListDisks.mnu (ENG and GERMAN STRINGS.INI).
v1.77 2016-02-12 - New version of grubinst.exe. MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd bugfixes for Removable drive detection. Switch_E2B v1.0.10. MOVE_IMGPTN added (see here - Method 4). If drive is write-protected, now uses ISOBOOT to boot from ISOs (treat USB drive as a CD). Ophcrack support added to ISOBOOT. QRUN.g4b warns if xxxx.imPTN file does not precede second xxxx. image partition file when switching in two partition images. E2B_Editor v1.0.83. Panda Vaccine AUTORUN.INF fix sample .mnu files added. \_ISO\TXT_Maker.exe utiity added. Menu system will now ignore .exe files. Improve QRUN.g4b when error and if E2B disk is not disk 0. Change all STRINGS.txt menu headings so they don't start with two spaces (users should use HEADPOS in MyE2B.cfg if they want to move the headings). New redir/redirp and AVG Rescue sample menus.
v1.77A 2016-02-16 - same as 1.77 but has TXT_Maker.exe v1.0.08 (comglg32.ocx not required).
v1.78 2016-03-22 - New version of grub4dos 0.4.6a. Menu highlight bar is now full width of menu (like 0.4.5c) if background colour is used. If you want only the menu text to be highlighted and not bar across whole screen, see Sample_My2E2B.cfg file for instructions (use setmenu --highlight-short). Russian language files added. New TXT_Maker.exe (no comdlg32.ocx dependency). .isopup file extension bugfix (prevents hang) + add Save parameter so can boot from puppy/slacko ISO with save enabled. PassPass in docs folder. \_ISO\docs\Template\Animate template added. Lubuntu 15 + persistence sample .mnu file added. .isopup extension bugfix + now enables Save/peristence. Bugfix in QRUN.g4b for SHIFT key not running ISOBOOT. isoboot.g4b updated. STAMPs and ANIMATE supported + Sample mnu file. QRUN.g4b adds .isoWH file extension for DLC/Hirens ISOs which boot to Mini7/8. .isoxx64xx extensions deprecated. ListDir menu added to UTILITIES menu. Debug versions of Make_E2B_USB_Drive and Update_E2B_Drive scripts added (outputs results a log file). Extra startup debug added - if user presses SPACEBAR during early startup, screen will pause - press SPACEBAR twice to pause at next point or any key to continue. FONT24 large font support added. Protect.cmd added to \_ISO\docs\E2B Utilities folder to protect the MyE2B.cfg file from other users - see http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/. Add .KRN and .LKRN file extensions (e.g. for iPXE kernel files). 'AUTO' suffix can be used on any of the .imgPTN 'family' now. Suffixes (32\64, pwd and AUTO can be combined). Fix problem with using $$$$CONFIG .mnu files + FASTLOAD not working. .isoHW file extension for Hirens\DLC with XP+mini7. Sample Guest menu .mnu files. See this blog post. v1.78A 2016-03-24 - new version of \grldr grub4dos 0.4.6a 20160324. Bugfix: if tophelp set to off-screen to hide menu help text, did not work. Version withdrawn! v1.78B 2016-03-25 - 1.78A grub4dos still buggy (setting help off screen may cause graphics corruption!). v1.78C 2016-03-26 new grub4dos v20160326 (bugfix for tophelp > 34).
v1.79 2016-03-31 - new NOWINXP parameter to suppress some menu items in the Windows Install menu. Small bugfix in AUTOMN.g4b (detected files with no extension), improved Protect.cmd to show more file info. Bugfix for bad error handling in QRUN.g4b (did not abort if error). E2B_Editors v1.0.85 (NOSUG and NOWINXP options added). Improve robocopy use in UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd.
v1.80 2016-05-10 - bugfix for Windows Install menus not displayed if FASTLOAD enabled. Change to centrehd.g4b batch file to allow for large fonts. Small change to German STRINGS.txt. Latest grub4dos 0.4.6a (ext4 and CDFS bugfixes). bugfix for uppercase extension .MNU and .TXT ignored. Fix for FASTLOAD with $$$$CONFIG files. No need for WINCOUNT special variable. Fix no display issue if use STAMPs in text mode (GFX=none). Update_all_e2B_drives.cmd added. Improved CopyFF.g4b batch file to workaround bug in fat utility which won't copy files beginning with the letter o. New grldr 0.4.6a grub4dos 20160426. PTN2 .mnu files for UEFI_GRUB2_PTN2 toolkit.
v1.81 2016-07-09 DO NOT USE - BUG IN MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd - Alternate Power off sample .mnu file added for systems that where F10 does not turn off the system + SlackOS+persistence, MX-15+persistence, PTN2_boot_any_file, MainMenuOnly.cfg. $$AddWin2Main.mnu bugfixes for direct booting of Windows Install ISOs from Main menu. Change Admin detection test in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE script so does not rely on Windows exe. Improve MOVE_IMGPTN script (was omitted from 1.80). Improve windows install from ISO for XML path specification and test /autounattend.xml is not empty. Fix %ISOC% being displayed instead of ISO filename. Fix .isope path problems and make work if iso on 2nd partition. New RMPartUSB v2.1.731. Check .VHD/.VHDX/.WIM full path for spaces. Check compatibe bootmgr used for direct VHD\WIM booting. QR code stamp option when making E2B drive added. Extensions .isoPECD and .iso01PECD supported. SWITCH_E2B.exe v1.0.12 (support .imgptn*2* as well as .imgptn*23* extension for special users - *2* is NOT supported by E2B though!).
v1.81A 2016-07-12 - bugfix in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE script which caused it to exit before completion.
v1.82 2016-08-13 - New grub4dos 0.4.6a 'E2B.cfg missing' bug fix. SDI_CHOCO (automated driver and apps install for Win 7/8/10) now added. New Win8/10 SDI_CHOCO XML files. Fix for Windows Setup refusing to install to internal hard disk if using E2B HDD+WINHELPER flash drive with some systems. Install from XP ISO hang/reset bugfix. Support for WSUS Offline update in SDI_CHOCO added. Small tweak to \_ISO\e2b\grub\menu.lst to remove unneeded screen clear. Improve LOADISO.cmd routine when searching for virtual Win7/8/10 ImDisk DVD drives. Added two new bootmgr versions to 'whitelist' for VHD booting.
v1.83 2016-08-27 Bug in XP Install - please use latest version! - bugfix grub4dos so does not absorb key presses before menu is displayed. Make_E2B_USB_Drive (run as admin).cmd now checks for more versions of bootmgr (whitelist has new additions). Warning message if try to use .imz file extension (you need to convert to .ima). Add sample .mnu files for Remix OS x86 with persistence (thanks Sergio!). Small changes to German language files (thanks Frettt). Add fmt_ntfs.sh script and udefrag utility to docs\linux_utils folder - can now make and maintain an NTFS E2B drive under linux. Update FreeDOS floppy image to allow access to NTFS files under FreeDOS (E2B drive = C: ). Updated SDI 'Snappy' executables.
v1.84 2016-09-20 - Parrot+persistence sample .mnu file added. New feature: if user presses u key during early booting to Main menu, the grub4dos USB 2.0 driver will be loaded. Change to SDI_CHOCO Sample_MyStartup.cmd so that -y and unchecksummed packages are accepted. Add 'Download Urls' folder to \_ISO\docs folder. Add Win7 SDI_CHOCO XML files. Fix SDI_CHOCO.cmd so does not pause if installing Win7. Add E2B_WINHELPER_&DW.zip for Zalman\IODD. Fix problem of F1 Help menu title not displayed. Fix bug - if animated icon in menu, then XP+DPMS install is broken (asks for floppy disk). Sample WinNTSetup diskpart script files added to \_ISO\docs\E2B Utilities\WinNTSetup folder. Add Disable_System_Volume_Information_Folder_Creation folder to \_ISO\docs\E2B Utilities folder which can be used to prevent Windows creating System Volume Information folders on USB drives. Cub Linux + persistence Sample Mnu File added. Official grub4dos 0.4.6a v2016-09-20 release added.
v1.85 2016-10-18- add udefrag linux utility for defragging NTFS files under linux. ZGRUB_USB_046.mnu menu improved. Improve errorchecking in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd for wget/proxy issues (thanks to JH for reporting it!), German language update (thanks Frettt!).
v1.86 2016-10-29 - Language files updated. Bug fix for wsusoffline Win8/2012R12 updates not working. Win8/10 Repair option now offered (press a key within 4 seconds). Self-extracting .exe versions available.
v1.87 2016-12-10 - Fix typo in SDI_CHOCO which caused scrolllock.exe and capslock.exe error messages. Improve linux fmt.sh scripts to install grub4dos to PBR and make partition active using parted. Latest grub4dos 0.4.6a. Snappy updated to R513. Persistent .mnu files added for LibreELEC and Pentoo. Win10 support added to PassPass. Improved Restore File check in PPass.g4b to prevent restoring wrong file+improve search speed.
v1.88 2017-01-27 - Add Server 2012 R2 Std Eval Product Key file, \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd now does not defrag user folders (only root and \_ISO), updated Wincontig, update SDI executables, fix .isofira extensions in QRUN.g4b to load the ISO as a virtual CD to allow Strelec and other firadisk ISOs to work correctly, new grub4dos 0.4.6a, new purple jpg default background, SWITCH_E2B.exe v1.0.13 (small bugfix to set size of partition to match the size set by grub4dos partnew exactly), Spanish language files improved (thanks DW!), MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd can now be used to duplicate the E2B USB drive onto another USB drive (copies root files and \_ISO folder), Pi_pixel_x86_Persistent.mnu sample mnu file added for PIXEL iso, Gandalf sample .mnu files added, Boot_Recovery_WIM.mnu added (boot from any systems winre.wim), fix for case where grub4dos 0.4.5c tries to load jpg as wallpaper,
v1.89 2017-02-08 - self-extracting exe download which runs new GUI Make_E2B.exe. NoF1F7F8F0F10.cfg added to \_ISO\docs\Templates (removes F1, F7, F8 etc. from menus). German STRING.txt file tweaked (thanks Frettt!), improve Utilities - Measure BIOS performance to print time in seconds, Switch_E2B.exe v1.0.14.
v1.90 2017-02-18 - support for WinBuilder_ISO.mnu sample menu file (see here), remove 20 character filename limit for WinBuilder ISOs (.isoWB files), Auto-detect WinBuilder .ISO files and automatically update the .ini files to correctly boot and load the ISO as Y: drive, moved Sample Windows XML Unattend files to SAMPLE XML FILES folders (user must copy them up one level if needed), CONTIG.ISO is now not updated by update script, Make_E2B.exe updated, if user sets hidden attribute on USB:\menu.lst then Update script will hide files in root, .cmd scripts can be moved by user to \_ISO folder.
v1.91 2017-04-09 - Fix 'WARNING: WinBuilder ISOs must have .iso file extension' message being shown when not a WinBuilder ISO, grldr 2017-02-04 latest version. sample 'blacklist' .mnu files, latest RMPartUSB, latest Make_E2B.exe , SCROLL LOCK = Verbose mode (turns on QRUN auto-suggest and all messages), new TSUG variable for auto-suggest, default delay for auto-suggest now 6s, reduce Main Menu messages if redir set,\_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\CheckForUpdate.cmd added to show latest stable version and latest Beta version, latest grub4dos, check added to detect \sources folder on E2B drive (prevents Windows installs from ISO working), SHIFT key on boot = load grub4dos USB 2.0 driver.
v1.91A 2017-04-12 - fix small bug in v1.91 (erroneous WARNING: grub4dos 0.4.5c message), update sample konboot .mnu files with extra option to patch konboot to prevent black screen problem on some systems, small change to Loadiso.cmd batch files to allow user to set ISO drive as A: or B:.
v1.91B 2017-04-14 - new grub4dos 0.4.6a was buggy! Now reverted back to 2016 version!
v1.92 2017-05-18 - (Win10 Creator update compatible) - Ukrainian language added (thanks 'ruffian'), Vietnamese language added (thanks to TN), small bugfix to XPWINNT.g4b to allow SVR2016 folder to be selected, new Make_E2B to add Ukrainian lang, check added in Make_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd to check Windows find command is working, revised English F1.cfg help file, new RMPartUSB v2.1.739 to format the 2nd small hidden partition to prevent Win10 Format pop-up dialogue box and NTFS format issue, bugfix to XP DPMS2 sometime getting wrong PCI ID and hence wrong driver, \_ISO\PimpMyDrive.cmd will add extra options to Main menu, UtilMan account hack XML and CMD files added, delay added to linux fmt.sh scripts after parted command, WinLite10 Sample XML files added, \_ISO\mybackground.jpg will be used if mybackground.bmp is not present, \_ISO\docs\SysInfo added, PET template theme added, SanFrancisco Bridge now default background, new grub4dos \grldr, small changes to Utilities List drives and ls menu entries, change to .cmd file to use PowerShell to run as Admin if available, SDI version updated. v1.93 2017-06-18 - Offline choco package support added to SDI_CHOCO.cmd template, \_ISO\docs\Chocbox\ChocBox.cmd for making offline choco packages, NoSpeak.tag and NoBeep.tag now detected by SDI_CHOCO, Chocolatey offline package added - version 0.10.6.1, Snappy Driver Installer 'Origin version' now used, QRUN.g4b changed - small change to .imgPTN so if second *. image file present it will get a partition type number of 7 if grub4dos does not give it one , Suppress suggestion prompt if *q.iso used (useful for WinBuilder ISO or other .iso files which don't work if you use the .isodefault extension), Switch_E2B.exe v1.0.16 hidden file fix, OpenMandriva ISO sample mnu file added, New grub4dos 0.4.6a, GIFtoIMA.cmd script provided to make animations from GIf files, Make_E2B.cmd will now download bootmgr from internet and add it to E2B drive, \_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\Add_Bootmgr_to_E2B_drives.cmd added, New default menu wallpaper.
v1.93A 2017-06-20 - RMPartUSB v2.1.740 will assign a drive letter if Windows does not give the USB drive one (to fix a Windows Creator bug) - used in Make_E2B scripts when creating USB drive.
v1.94 2017-07-21 - bugfix for TXT_Maker.exe as iftitle caused a 'no title' in .txt file error. Change_drive_Letter.cmd added to allow you to change 2nd partition drive letter on Removable Flash drive, Sample mnu files for linux ext3 comment added, .iso32 and .iso64 allowed in \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxxxx menu folders, latest grub4dos \grldr 2017-06-25, latest ImDisk driver, Spanish kbd now addded if Spanish language selected, Czech language (Beta) added,
v1.95 2017-09-09 - Czech F1.cfg help added, bugfix for set NOHELPER=1 not working, XP ISO install issue of 'Selected disk does not exist' fix added, '0K low memory' error fixed for some XP boot issues, Increase menu memory from 0x50 sectors to 0xA0 sectors for bigger menus, fix bug when using 'set GRUB_USB=045' in MyE2B.cfg, Greek language folder added, choose an E2B wallpaper.mnu file added (also in PimpMyDrive), 0x50 changed to 0xA0 in many Sample mnu files and language files to allow for large menus. New \grldr grub4dos 2017-08-30 (change in memory map handling - bugfix), increase size of FASTLOAD cache file for very large menus, Falcon4 sample menu file updated, Sample_MyE2B.cfg file updated, smal change to ENG English strings.txt file, BIOS beep code references added to \_ISO\docs\Download URLs folder, .isolinux file extension now boots \isolinux\isolinux.bin with ISO mapped as CD (e.g. SBCD.iso), warn user if MyE2B.cfg is invalid.
v1.96 2017-10-20 - QRUN.g4b checks for fixed type of .VHD\.VHDX file - dynamic VHDs won't boot, improve GIFtoIMA.cmd script to calculate size of .IMA file required, new wallpaper, new SWITCH_E2B.exe with improved file re-ordering for dual image payloads (see Method 4). Check \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg begins with !BAT+bugfix, added disk1 sample XML unattended install files for Win7/8/10. GIFtoIMA.cmd now will add code lines to your MyE2B.cfg file (optional), if .txt file exists then don't suggest extension unless SCROLL LOCK is on (QRUN.g4b), larger cmd shell window for UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd, bugfix for .isofira01 as used for Strelec ISOs and fix some other .fira extensions (QRUN.g4b), add linuxlite_persistence and linuxmint_persistence sample mnu files, small change to ENGlish Strings.txt (.imgPTN prompt, etc.).
v1.96A 2017-11-16 !BAT bugfix for v1.96 - Fix $Default E2B Menu.cfg by adding !BAT to prevent initial error message after using PimpMydrive.cmd (bugfix). No !BAT string in MyE2B.cfg error message suppressed if no MyE2B.cfg file exists (bugfix).
v1.97 2017-12-16 - Download now in self-extracting .exe RAR4 format instead of .zip format (less false-positive virus alerts!). Change to all E2B menus and language files - menu help text now does not have leading space at start of each help line. New hstart and hwidth parameters can be set in MyE2B.cfg to set the menu help text x start offset and the line width. You can now position the menu help text anywhere on the display. Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd now prompts user to delete or change the size of the 500MB CONTIG.ISO file. New Make_E2B.exe - the extract button now works even if no USB drive is detected and it was not run as admin. Also, it now warns that user will require WinHelper USB Flash drive for Windows Install ISOs if Fixed Disk type of USB drive is detected. Fix $Default E2B Menu.cfg by adding !BAT to prevent initial error message after using PimpMydrive.cmd (bugfix). 'No !BAT string in MyE2B.cfg' error message suppressed if no MyE2B.cfg file exists (bugfix). Snappy SDIO .cfg file changed to suppress GNU licence EULA on first run + updated version CENTREHD code revised for better centering of menu headings. Small bugfix to E2B_Editor.exe + it now lists both .bmp and .jpg files in open file dialog by default. New setmenu draw-box command added (see here). String command bugfix and documented on E2B site. New BoxDemo sample theme added to demonstrate new hstart, hwidth, drawbox, line and string features. Small \_ISO\Sample_MyBackground.jpg file added for use with E2B_Editor. Small changes to some .cfg sample themes. Desinfect 2017 sample .mnu file added.
v1.97A 2017-12-23 - bugfix grub4dos \grldr for helptext colour and --string= fix, E2B_Editor.exe small bugfix for colours 6, 7 and 8. WinLite10 XML sample files updated to add amd64 section.
v1.98 2018-03-09 (re-release)- patchme script now removes 'If hangup , use 'geometry --lba1sector (128)' grub4dos startup message, variables SIZE_E2B and SIZE_HD1 can now be used in MyE2B.cfg files in HEADING and FOOTER (size of drive in GB), 'GodMode' folder added to \_ISO\docs\Download URLs for easy access to Windows GodMode list, DrWeb900_Persistent.mnu added, .isopersist file extension supported, support for *NCQ.iso suffix, add .isoBF to 'ISOASK' list, add .isoBF file extension to 'isoask' list, add .isopersist tip into auto-suggest, change FreeDos+NTFS floppy image to increase amount of conventional memory from 310K to 530K and add mem.exe utility + extended memory driver for DPMI support, add mouse.com DOS mouse driver to FreeDos floppy image, increase floppy disk size to 7.6MB so more files can be added by user, add TESTPLOP variable support for use with VMWare. Use Inno Setup as Self Extractor engine for less AV false positives. Bugfix for EXTOFF=1 not being set in MyE2B.cfg (suppresses file extension listed in menu). Typo bugfix (md)0x300+0x800 should be (md)0x300+200 in QRUN and menu.lst.
Beta Version History
v1.99a - updated "\_ISO\WINDOWS\INSTALLS\APPS\CHOCBOX\chocolatey-core.extension.1.3.1.nupkg" to 1.3.3. Automatic bugfix for menu.lst file in old .imgPTN files.
v1.99b - setting redir now suppresses the 'System Hard Disk (hd1) not detected' warning message, GIFtoIMA.cmd script now asks for transparency setting, Utilities - List Files menu now has option to list UTILITIES_MEMTEST files, UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd now repositions cmd shell window, fix dpms2.g4b so doesn't crash VBox.
v1.99c - Update_E2B_Drive.cmd now has 2 second tolerance on file times (/FFT switch added), CONTIG.ISO is not copied when using red button in MAKE_E2B.exe GUI to make a new E2B drive, Make_CONTIG.ISO.cmd added.
v1.99d - .imgPTN23 extension now also makes partition active and uses LBA parameters (now same as SWITCH_E2B.exe), and it is equivalent to .imgPTNLBAa23. This means that 99% of the time you just need to know about the two extensions .imgPTN or .imgPTN23.
v1.99e - Fix bug for .imafdhdd0 in QRUN.g4b, small bugfix when payload files are enumerated to not display folder path in some case, bugfix for 0.4.5c detection in Utilities menu, grldr_046 updated, new Milky Way wallpaper, improve POS2009 .txt instructions in Sample mnu files folder, tunes added for new grub4dos beep command.
v1.99f - new grldr grub4dos version with changed syntax for beep command, sample Tunes changed to match new syntax, fix for when using .isopwd but no password has been set to qrun.g4b file,