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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 18/05/2017

By ElMariachi

Subject Bad or Invalid E:\Unattend.xml

Reply

Hello!
I am trying to make a working USB flash helper drive for installing Windows 10 for some hours now, but it won't work.
The drive is recognized properly, and Windows is trying to maker us of it, but then there's always the Bad or Invalid E:\Unattend.xml error.
In your error messages collection I found this hint:
"check that the blank \AutoUnattend.xml and \Unattend.xml are at least as large as your original .xml file - if not you will need to make them larger! Check that no other drive contains these xml files in the root."
I tried increasing the size of the blank xml files to 2MegaByte, but it wouldn't help. And what do you mean by "original xml files"? I have no original xml files, I just want to plain install Windows 10.
Thank you in advance!

Date 18/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Bad or Invalid E:\Unattend.xml

Reply

Did you follow the guide
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/how-to-make-a-helper-usb-flash-drive/
Make sure no other flash drive or CD is present in the system.
Does E2B say WinHelper drive was found and it is wiping it, just before E2B menu is displayed?
Is drive E: the correct USB drive (press SHIFT+F10 to get command console in Windows Setup).
Original files are the 100K ones in the WinHelper docs folder

Date 19/05/2017

By ElMariachi

Subject Re: Re: Bad or Invalid E:\Unattend.xml

Reply

Hello!

I followed the instructions. I have tried multiple flash drives. A;; are of removable type. The path "E:" is correct. The xml files are the same as in helper directory, I have tried copying them over multiple times. Also I have tried FAT32 and NTFS.

Date 19/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Bad or Invalid E:\Unattend.xml

Reply

When E2B boots, just before the Main menu loads, you should see a message that says
Wiping /AutoUnattend.xml and /Unattend.xml files on WINHELPER.USB
Do you see this when you boot to the E2B menu with the Helper USb drive also connected?
When do you see the E:\Unattend.xml message - after installation of Windows or before you can start the installation?
P.S. You can chat with me if the chat icon is displayed on website.

Date 11/05/2017

By solstiv

Subject Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Hello there, I need to decide about proper extension for some ISOs I can't make booting from E2B -
- Acronis Backup 11 (unknown)
- DLC Boot 2016 (unknown)
- Macrium Reflect 7 rescue media (appears to be WinPE)
- SystemRescueCD x86 (unknown)

Also I want to ask how to remove default main menu entries which are related to E2B menu, such as fonts demo, change menu default, timeout etc., or move them all to submenu, so that at top level only appear direct choices for bootable ISOs.

Thanks!

Date 11/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Hi
You do not say what type of USB drive you have - Removable Flash drive or 'Fixed Disk' type?
E2B will usually suggest the best extension - did you turn this off? if so, press SCROLL LOCK before you select an ISO to see suggestions.
First search this page.
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-tested-payload-files/
DLCD is a variant of Hirens so see
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/hirens-isos
WinPE based ISOs may boot as .isoPE01 from a removable USB drive or convert to .imgPTN file.
SystemRescueCD.iso should just work.
If you ran PimpMyDrive.cmd then a \_ISO\MAINMENU\PIMP folder will have been created - delete any .mnu file in that folder you do not want.
Use
set DEFMENU=0 in \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file
to remove Set Timeout and defaults menu entry.
See http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/
To re-order menu entries, rename the payload and .mnu files in the menu folder.
If you have any specific issues with specific ISOs, please give details.
Remember that when you run E2B Update, the update process will copy the E2B files back, so if possible, use MyE2B.cfg settings or ADD extra files, but do not change existing files.

Date 11/05/2017

By solstiv

Subject Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Firstly it's a removable drive.
As for DLC2016 I did already check suggestions at http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/hirens-isos/
.isowinvh seems work only for base Hiren's CD 15.2
.isowinvh seems work partially for Hiren's Boot DVD 15.2 Restored Edition 1.1 Proteus, only DOS utilities and no boot to Windows. i need a suggestion here too
DLCBoot2016 seems to fail with all suggested extensions <= suggestion here

SystemRescueCD and Macrium are sorted

Date 11/05/2017

By solstiv

Subject Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Acronis Backup is also not fixed - kernel panic not syncing VFS
True Image 2017 ISO just boots fine as .isope

Date 11/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Acronis Backup?? You mean Acronis True Image 2017? Works OK for me as .iso.
If it is linux based, then it should work.
Maybe there is a hardware compatibility issue?
Did you make the 32-bit version or 64-bit version?
If 32-bit you can try booting it using \QEMU_MENU_TEST.cmd in root of drive.

re. DLC - it says to use .isoHW

For some you may need to convert to .imgPTN. HBCD Proteus is listed on the page link I gave you as tested and working if you use .imgPTN.

Date 11/05/2017

By solstiv

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

About the Acronis
Acronis Backup Advanced 11.7.50064 Boot CD
there's a difference between TI and BA

the root structure is as

<boot.images>
<efi>
<Recovery Manager>
abr32ker.dat
abr32ram.dat
abr64ker.dat
abr64ram.dat
bootmenu.exe
bootmenu.xml
bootwiz.cfg
bootwiz.sys
C1.png
C2.png
cpp.so
dat4.dat
dat8.dat
fox.so
gen_boot.so
graphapi.so
icu38.so
icudt38.so
libc.so
libgcc_s.so
menulogo.png
mouse.com
osfiles.so
resource.so
sgn5.sgn
sgn9.sgn
SPL1.EXE
SPL5.EXE
threads.so

I have an additional question, if I want to preserve all the default e2b menu entries (Change font, boot to hd0 etc..) and move them to some 2nd level menu, what do I edit?

Date 11/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

They use bootwiz which seems to need a real CD.
You can convert to a .imgPTN file, but it will also need a special menu entry in the \menu.lst file which will need to be worked out
see http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/boot-acronis-true-image-2017-ng-from.html
re. .mnu files. You can just copy them to any other standard menu folder, e.g. \_ISO\UTILITIES.
If you want to make a new sub-menu folder, then see http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/add-a-new-menu-folder/

Date 12/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

I made a DLC 2016 3.2 ISO.
This seems to work well just as .iso

Date 12/05/2017

By solstiv

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Thanks, I'll have look at Acronis forum.
Except DLC which won't boot for me as .ISO everything cleared.

Date 12/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

The first time I made the DLC2016 ISO it did not boot. I then used RMprepUSB - Ctrl+F11 (boot from ISO in QEMU) to test it and it reported a corrupted file. I then made the ISO again and that time it worked. So check your ISO actually works by booting directly from it in a VM.

Date 12/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

Acronis Backup
\menu.lst (inside .imgPTN file) - add to bottom of menu...

title Acronis Backup 11.7.50064 (32-bit)
kernel /abr32ker.dat product=bootagent media_for_windows vga=791 quiet
initrd /abr32ram.dat /dat4.dat
boot

title Acronis Backup 11.7.50064 (64-bit)
kernel /abr64ker.dat product=bootagent media_for_windows vga=791 quiet
initrd /abr64ram.dat /dat8.dat
boot

Date 12/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unbootable ISOs

Reply

http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/add-dlc-boot-2016-to-e2b.html

Date 10/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

I know you have the "prompt for faster boot option in the E2B.cfg...Wondering if there would be a way to have E2B detect if the machine is capable of running graphics/GFX mode or if it would be faster to use GFX=none. Either by checking date of machine make or cpu speed or ram size or other? Thoughts?

Date 10/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

You misunderstand.
Slow speed is due to slow USB access. This is caused by the BIOS having poor USB drivers (e.g. USB 1.0 or slow USB 2.0 drivers) and\or a slow USB drive.
The unifont font file (576Kb) is only used in graphics mode, it cannot be used in text mode. The wallpaper file (103k) cannot be used in text mode.
If we use text mode, then we don't have to load these files from a slow USB device, thus speeding up the boot process.
All systems with a USB port will be capable of 800x600x32 mode and any CPU will be fast enough.
We could run a speed test on the USB drive as it boots - but as this would take many seconds, there is no point!

Date 10/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Re: Re: Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

Let me try this example, perhaps I am still misunderstanding..

EX: I have a graphic interface and wallpaper with animated logo on my USB 3.0 E2B drive. I plug it into a very old machine that has usb 1.0 ports and or a bad bios, this takes significantly longer to load...

Could E2B detect a system like this, usb 1.0 or bad bios notification and automatically select text mode to boot E2B?

Thank you!!

Date 10/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

How could it detect such a system?
Can you detect such a system - if so how?

Date 10/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

I know you have the bad bios detection. But that doesnt mean it would be a slow usb drive. SO I guess our only options would be to test the usb port at boot and you are right at that point it would take too long! Trying to automate too much me thinks..hehe.. oh well. Thank you!!

Date 10/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Auto GFX=NONE and or Enable GFX mode depending on hardware/Resolution/Components

Reply

Exactly!
You can always try holding down the SHIFT key just before E2B boots to load the grub4dos USB 2 driver.

Date 07/05/2017

By christophe

Subject AHCI_XP_Z170

Reply

Hello, or put the AHCI files to be taken into account when installing xp on a z170 platform?
As are firadisk.
thank you

Date 07/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: AHCI_XP_Z170

Reply

Hi
Go to Alternate Download Area - Other Files and download DMZ170_DPMS2.zip. This is 32-bit drivers. Note that E2B does not support 64-bit XP DPMS drivers.
Read ReadMe.txt inside for instructions.

Date 03/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

A long time ago, windows 8 days. Someone was able to make a modified wim that was basically just the recovery portion of the win 8 installer. (the special reboot screen you get if you hold shift down on windows 8+) basically from there you could also run commands, .exes, portableapps, with the help of a little loader baked in. I have the wim if you would like to look. But I wonder if there could be a way to do this with windows 10 to use with utilihack so we dont need a full win 10 ISO to use?

Date 03/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

Sure, just delete the \sources\Install.wim or .esd from a standard MS ISO and use it with E2B Removable flash drive.

Date 04/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Re: Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

It worked! Downloaded the dual 32/64 bit version for MS media creator. Removed the .esd, file size is now 1gb iso. I am sure I can get it smaller with some more tinkering or gimagex... thank you!!!!

Date 04/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

Why do you need a dual version? Just a 32-bit version will work.
Or if you have a WinPE ISO already, you could just boot to that and run the first .cmd file manually.

Date 04/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

Good point. I thought there was issues with 64/32bit uefis on some tablets. Some requiring one or the other?

Date 06/05/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

if you boot using UEFI you will need to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file.
In that case, you will need to name the file \AutoUnattend.xml and put it in the root of the partition (if the USB drive is a Removable drive) or put the file in the boot.wim file (if the USB drive is the Fixed disk type).

Date 10/05/2017

By Jonathan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Utliman hack and windows 10 ISO

Reply

Thank you that works!!

Date 17/04/2017

By Kel

Subject DBAN and Parted Magic?

Reply

Reboot.pro doesn't seem to work so hopefully someone will see this. I'm looking to make a flash drive that I can use for wiping hard drives. I've used DBAN for non-SSDs and Parted Magic for SSDs. Is there an easy way to put both of those on the same flash drive with a menu using E2B? I didn't see a tutorial about that but figured maybe someone had already done it.

Thanks!

Date 17/04/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: DBAN and Parted Magic?

Reply

Hi - no need for a tutorial?
After you make the E2B USB drive, copy the ISOs to \_ISO\MAINMENU and boot!

Date 17/04/2017

By mikoloko

Subject Grub2 menu system.. how to install Kali 2.0

Reply

Hi, i successfully got to the installation menu of kali linux 2.0 by using loopback.cfg, but when the cd error thing comes up i cant find the iso mount in shell.

Date 17/04/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Grub2 menu system.. how to install Kali 2.0

Reply

I don't think that the loopback.cfg is the correct menu for an install.
Look inside the ISO at \isolinux\install.cfg for the way to invoke the install menu.
You could convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file. Then you should get the install option.

Date 17/04/2017

By mikoloko

Subject Re: Re: Grub2 menu system.. how to install Kali 2.0

Reply

yes i convert it to .imgptn and everything is working fine but i just want to try if grub2 is capable of installing os through .iso in uefi mode.

Date 18/04/2017

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Grub2 menu system.. how to install Kali 2.0

Reply

Look at the kali EFI64 menu in the linux.grub2 file and make a new .grub2 file with just that entry.
Test it.
Then look at the \isolinux\install.cfg file inside the ISO file and use that to modify the new .grub2 menu - adapt the menu to use the install lines
#graphical install
linux /install/gtk/vmlinuz video=vesa:ywrap,mtrr vga=788 -- quiet
initrd /install/gtk/initrd.gz

However, Kali may not support UEFI installation??

Date 22/04/2017

By mikoloko

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Grub2 menu system.. how to install Kali 2.0

Reply

hi sorry for the late reply, i confirmed that kali linux 2.0 weekly 15 supports uefi booting now, i am dual booting windows10 and kali on my uefi laptop. gonna try your suggestion on grub2 thank you very much :)

Date 16/04/2017

By Legenda

Subject 100% disk usage booting vhd

Reply

hello

I got an intenso speedline 256 GB (usb 3.0)

Whenever i boot from my windows 10 VHD, it boots fine, but it is really slow. I open task manager and the disk shows 100% using only 0.1 MB.. What can i do to improve this?

Thank you for this wonderful tool!

Date 16/04/2017

By SteveSI

Subject Re: 100% disk usage booting vhd

Reply

Some USB drives have really fast Sequential rd/wr access but terribly slow 4K random access.
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/beware-of-this-fast-usb-30-flash-drive.html
Test with CrystalDiskMark and check 4K times - should be well above 5

Date 16/04/2017

By Legenda

Subject Re: Re: 100% disk usage booting vhd

Reply

Thanks i will read the link.

Would changing from VHD help increase performance a bit?..

Date 16/04/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: 100% disk usage booting vhd

Reply

The problem is probably the drive itself - you can't fix that - test it with the CrystalDisk benchmark to find out and let us know the result.

Date 12/04/2017

By Fourty

Subject e2b stucks

Reply

Today i tried a new version of e2b (1.91) and new Windows 10 1703. So i formatted my pen drive, put win10 iso to win10 folder, rebooted pc. I was successfully booted to e2b (MBR mode) and i can go to UTILITIES menu to see my utils but when i'm choosing WINDOWS INSTALL Menu it just hangs. No errors, waiting didn't helps, just hang, that's all :(

Date 12/04/2017

By Steve Si

Subject Re: e2b stucks

Reply

What happens if you run \QEMU_MENU_TEST.cmd ?

Are you sure the format process when you made a new drive actually worked successfully?

Date 13/04/2017

By Fourty

Subject Re: Re: e2b stucks

Reply

Hi Steve!

I got it working, let me tell you what happened:
Even on old Win 10 Ent LTSB (that was pre 1703 for sure) i had a problems with formattind using v1.91, script said me he can't find "grubinst_new.exe" so i entered "Make_E2B_USB_Drive" dir and found there "grubinst.exe", renamed it to "grubinst_new.exe" and formatted my pen drive successfully.

After this i rebooted and stucked at WINDOWS INSTALL menu and come here to post my first message. Then i tried QEMU and it worked as planned, so i started to search the problem. First i tried another .iso, rebooted and stucked again (QEMU works).

I came to downloads section, found v1.90 on your google drive, unpacked it and just manually copied all contents to pen drive with overwriting, without reformatting (cuz i'm lazy and already copied bunch of .iso there and don't want to format again :)) to see what happens and it worked! Now i have working e2b pen drive with grub from 1.91 and all the stuff from 1.90.

I'm successfully installed new Win 10 Pro 1703 .iso, used Acronis Boot CD 2016 and 2017 .iso's and other stuff like HBCD 15.2 .iso without any problems.

By the way, i have only modified MyE2B.cfg file:
!BAT
if "%LANG%"=="" set LANG=ENG
set KBD=
set MYWBMP=0x000000
set EXTOFF=
set NOHELPER=1

Nothing else changed from original and ofc i'm making the drive contiguous after each new file that i put there.

I hope this will help, with best regards, FourtyTwo :)
P.S. Sorry for bad English :)

Date 13/04/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: e2b stucks

Reply

If QEMU worked but a real system did not, then the problem is with your system's BIOS.
The usual reason is that you are using a partition of >137GB and the BIOS can only access sectors on a USB drive that are before 137GB.
grubinst_new.exe should never be used by the script because grubinst.exe is present in the directory and will always be used (unless there is a problem with your Windows somewhere).
The code is (where GR=grubinst.exe)
%GR% -h 2> gr.txt
set SILENT=
find "--silent-boot" gr.txt > nul
if not errorlevel 1 set SILENT=--silent-boot
if "%SILENT%"=="" set GR=grubinst_new.exe

so the find command should *always* be successful because the output from grubinst.exe included in the download will have the --silent text in the help output.
Please check you Windows PATH environment variable - maybe it is running the Cygwin version of FIND instead of the Windows version?

Date 04/04/2017

By Samuel

Subject windows 10 creators update got 2 usb e2b drive

Reply

Windows 10 X64 Build 15063.11 v1703 (windows 10 creators update) seems to had 2 usb drives. when i try to create new usb e2b drive. anyone can verify ??

Date 04/04/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: windows 10 creators update got 2 usb e2b drive

Reply

http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/windows-10-creator-edition-brings-major.html

Date 31/03/2017

By Sidheshwar

Subject On Debian 8.7.1 Live mate desktop ISO No Persistence Despite Following Prescribed Procedure.../

Reply

I have followed following procedure prescribed in FAQ.
"You MUST run WinContig after preparing the USB drive and making the ext2 file - all files including the ext2 file need to be contiguous.
Check that you have created the ext2 file according to the instructions in the .mnu file (use the latest RMPrepUSB version 2.1.711+ which allows you to set the file name and volume name separately). Check the file name and the volume name are correct - you can edit\change the ext2 filename but do NOT change the name of the Volume name from the one specified in the .mnu file."
Despite following suggested procedure, no persistence observed.

Date 31/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: On Debian 8.7.1 Live mate desktop ISO No Persistence Despite Following Prescribed Procedure.../

Reply

What instructions did you follow?
What .mnu file are you using?
What is exact name of ISO?

I tried the debian-live-8.7.1-amd64-mate-desktop.iso and debian-live-8.1.0-amd64-mate-desktop_Persistent.mnu
and found the echo command gave a 'permission denied' error after following the instructions in the .mnu file!
You need to use
sudo bash -c "echo '/ union' > /mnt/usb/persistence.conf"
instead

Date 20/03/2017

By Chuck

Subject Increase payload description detail lines

Reply

Hi Steve
My E2B drive is working great. I did notice though that the payload detail description lines is limited to 4 even though I see the screen allows for 3 more lines.
How do I increase the number of detail lines? ...I'll continue to look for this in the sample file and the other help pages as well.
Thank you

Date 20/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Increase payload description detail lines

Reply

The maximum number of menu help lines is 4 - it is a limitation of grub4dos.
grub4dos can use the 5th line for its own messages/prompts, so any menu should leave 5 lines free below the menu area to allow for a maximum of 5 lines.

Date 23/03/2017

By Chuck

Subject Re: Re: Increase payload description detail lines

Reply

It would be helpful to have another line but I understand. Thanks for your reply Steve.

Date 23/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Increase payload description detail lines

Reply

Why not re-design the menu to make the menu wider. Then you can use longer lines and get more words into each line?

Date 27/03/2017

By Chuc

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Increase payload description detail lines

Reply

Ah ok. I guess I'll look into that. If that works, it should take care of the extra line of text I'd like to add on some payloads. Thanks.

Date 16/03/2017

By Chuck

Subject Hiding payload names as sub menu loads

Reply

First, thanks a ton for all the work you have put into E2B. Fantastic.
I have setup a password with MD5 to hide certain payloads in various menus. This is all working great. However, by default many payloads are hidden as I want but when you go into the menu E2B seems to take an inventory of the items for that menu and you can see *ALL* payloads in that list just prior to the menu being shown with the appropriate payloads hidden.
How can I stop E2B from showing all payloads it is discovering prior to displaying the actual menu?
Thanks!

Date 16/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Hiding payload names as sub menu loads

Reply

Hi
If you add
set redir=> nul
in your \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file, then E2B will not show the files that are being enumerated.
It also reduces other messages too, like QRUN autosuggest messages. See http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/reducing-the-e2b-messages/
http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/autosuggest/
Tip: Check the \_ISO\Sample_MyE2B.cfg file for lots of different settings.

Date 16/03/2017

By Chuck

Subject Re: Re: Hiding payload names as sub menu loads

Reply

Thank you! setting redir= worked perfectly.

Yes I have been referring to the Sample_MyE2B.cfg file a lot and have been reading a lot of the very well written help pages on your site.

The http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/reducing-the-e2b-messages/ page that you referenced was exactly what I needed and I didn't find my way there before when I was reading. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

At this point, I think my e2b tools thumbdrive is done. I learned a lot relating to how e2b works and I know I still have a lot to learn but this is an excellent environment for creating these types of toolkits. Thanks again for all your work on this and also for your quick and helpful reply to my question here. :)

Date 13/03/2017

By Andrew

Subject Troubles with Hiren Extracted

Reply

So I extracted the entire Hirens contents onto the root of my flash drive & tried to put Hiren's Extracted.mnu in my Utilities folder of E2B.
Doesn't seem to be working :-(
Tried the contact form once a few weeks ago.. no dice.. figured once I got an address to reply to I'd send some pictures of my directory structures.

Date 13/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Troubles with Hiren Extracted

Reply

There are many different Hirens ISOs - exactly which one do you have?
The Contact Me form seems to work OK for me - can you try it again pls?
There is also an anonymous suggestions link too.

Date 23/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Troubles with Hiren Extracted

Reply

FYI - Andrew had a DLC ISO file but was using the Hirens .mnu file instead of the DLC .mnu file. It works now!

Date 12/03/2017

By Michael

Subject UEFI, stuck at shell

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Hi Steve!

I have been at it all day trying to make my usb hdd uefi boot. I have read and watched nearly all you have put up, but I can't find anything about being stuck at the uefi shell in virtualbox. It loads fine non-efi VMs both mbr and csm but when I load a efi enabled VM I just get a UEFI Interactive Shell. It tries to load a start.nsh but just goes to Shell> and then nothing.

I am using a windows 7 32 bit aio which should work on both types of "bios". It is sourced from a localized retail dvd so not downloaded. Could it be that the iso I made from it is the problem? I have multiple machines running the 64 bit version from that source also with no problems but that was bios/mbr machines.

Sincerely Michael

Date 12/03/2017

By Michael

Subject Re: UEFI, stuck at shell

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I would just like stop wasting your time. I tried the mediacreationtool for windows 8.1 and that works just fine. So it is my win7 isos that have some kind of efi error. Sorry for bothering you and a big thank you for all your time giving us e2b!

Date 12/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: UEFI, stuck at shell

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Win7 32-bit does not support UEFI. It does not contain the UEFI boot files, etc. and is not supported by Microsoft.
Win 7 64-bit does support UEFI, but you must modify the files inside the .imgPTN image.
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/win7-uefi/
When you switch to a .imgPTN file, E2B will tell you what UEFI-boot files are present and also it is listed below the CSM menu too.

Date 12/03/2017

By Warren

Subject Acronis 2017 NG

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Installed Acronis 2017 NG and installed the product key This allows me to create a Acronis image file for booting ether from a CD or for easy2boot usb works fine But when converting to a imgPTN file system it say's its a Trial version which it is not ,
is the conversion overwriting the product keys

Any advice would be appreciated

Date 12/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Acronis 2017 NG

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Is it the linux-based version or WinPE-based?
Did you try creating a USB drive using Acronis and then making a .imgPTN file from the USB drive?
Did you try UEFI-booting from .imgPTN file?

Date 12/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Acronis 2017 NG

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Add this to the end of your \menu.lst

#Acronis - must use quiet switch or get busybox error!
iftitle [if exist /Recovery\ Manager/kernel.dat if exist /dat3.dat && if exist /dat2.dat] Acronis 32-bit \n Acronis True Image
kernel /dat2.dat vga=791 force_modules=usbhid quiet
if exist /dat4.dat set d4=/dat4.dat
initrd /dat3.dat %d4%
boot

#Acronis 64 - must use quiet switch or get busybox error!
iftitle [checkrange 2,3 is64bit && if exist /Recovery\ Manager/kernel.dat if exist /dat10.dat && if exist /dat11.dat] Acronis 64-bit\n Acronis True Image
kernel /dat10.dat vga=791 force_modules=usbhid quiet
if exist /dat12.dat set d12=/dat12.dat
initrd /dat11.dat %d12%
boot

http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/boot-acronis-true-image-2017-ng-from.html

Date 12/03/2017

By Warren

Subject Re: Re: Re: Acronis 2017 NG

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will try inserting the instructions in the menu.lst later

Thank You for the quick response

Date 12/03/2017

By warren

Subject Re: Re: Acronis 2017 NG

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Yes to all parts created iso with Acronis and that works ok with easy2boot but need it to work with a image file imgptn

Date 13/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Acronis 2017 NG

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The ISO will work for MBR booting.
The .imgPTN will work for UEFI booting.
If you add the lines I gave to the end of the \menu.lst file (inside the .imgPTN file - just switch to the .imgPTN file to get CSM menu and then you can edit the \menu.lst file using Notepad) then you will get MBR booting from .imgPTN also working.

Date 05/03/2017

By James Newton

Subject Partition setup?

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I'm a little confused about how I should partition the drive before I use easy2boot... did I miss that in the docs? Or does it not matter?

My goal is to have a USB drive that I can use to store files like any standard USB, from windows, mac, linux, etc.. but also be able to boot linux and still access those same files.

Doesn't that require a separate partition?

Date 05/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Partition setup?

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Please define 'USB drive'?
What type? Removable or Fixed?
What size?
Plenty of docs available under 'Make a USB drive' pages.
Since the whole idea of E2B is that you just copy on or delete the ISO files from linux or Windows, you can also add any other files\folders you like.

Date 26/02/2017

By Tyler Nguyen

Subject switch_e2b.exe reported as Trojan.

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Hi,
My Symantec Antivirus 14 reporting it as a trojan.

Date 04/03/2017

By diggity

Subject Re: switch_e2b.exe reported as Trojan.

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Is there an actual forum with proper threads and posts that this this can be discussed on? I have some questions but this is site format is just too much.... I would even offer hosting and set up a forum deicated to it if that would help!

Date 04/03/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: switch_e2b.exe reported as Trojan.

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I have already given a link for a proper Forum - reboot.pro - see top of page.

Date 15/02/2017

By Jorge

Subject .imgPTN files

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Taking in account that i already have all .imgPTN files that i need Is it necesary to create again .imgPTN files when newer version of MPI Tool Pack is released and go to the process of creating E2B bootable USB again?

Date 15/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: .imgPTN files

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No. Old .imgPTN files will still work as long as they worked before!

Date 15/02/2017

By Bertholdoüz

Subject How to display Directory locations when adding menu entry .txt files?

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Hi Steve. Great work.
By default, when I select any ISO payload on Menu, E2B shows as Help text under menu the Directoy location of ISO payload.
When I make a .txt file to display title of each ISO payload, then I cannot see these Directory locations how was by default.
Please. What "variable" must I adding to .txt files to show that location data to each ISO?
Thanks.

P.S.: I suggest adding permanent links over Subjects (Topics) on forum.
This makes it easy to save them as bookmarks or local html offline files.

Date 15/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: How to display Directory locations when adding menu entry .txt files?

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Please see the page about .txt files
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/change-the-menu-entry-text-using-a-txt-file/
You can use $HOME$ and $NAME$
e.g. title Boot to $NAME$ \n Boot $HOME$/$NAME$.ISO

(but not for Windows Installer ISO .txt files)

This Forum page is pretty primitive and I cannot change it because it is a fixed feature provided by the WebNode host.
All info should be available on the site pages as I always add anything that is relevant if it comes up in the Forum questions if it is not already there. So just use the Search feature and the Site Map.

Date 12/02/2017

By Gobsmacked

Subject CSM is NOT UEFI!

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Never have I seen/heard so much verbiage that appears intent to obfuscate the fact that Easy2Boot itself cannot boot in a UEFI environment; it can only boot under a 'standard' BIOS (whether actual or emulated as CSM).

Tell me I am wrong - nothing could please me more.

Better yet, show me how to create a Easy2Boot USB drive that itself boots under 'standard' UEFI (not CSM), preferably without mention (let alone half the discussion) of any virtual machine. Even better, present an approach that does not involve any Microsoft product other than FAT32

Date 12/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: CSM is NOT UEFI!

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Hi
E2B supports UEFI-booting in two ways.
1. Use .imgPtN files
2. Use the grub2 menu system (MBR or UEFI-boot)
As you correctly point out, grub4dos cannot be booted in UEFI-mode. So with .imgPTN files, you need to switch-in the partition before you can UEFI-boot. It does mean that you can secure boot from a wide variety of UEFI OS's - something that no other multiboot USB solution can do!
There are videos about .imgPTN on YouTube and there is a page about the grub2 menu system (last in side menu tab).
grub2 menu systems are not generic, each menu has to be tailored to each individual payload. This means that those solutions need to be continuously updated/maintained.
If you want to GENERIC UEFI-multiboot for a variety of different payloads and want to prepare it under linux, then look elsewhere (and let me know if you find one)!

Date 09/02/2017

By BlagoYar

Subject Windows 10 don't open Flash-Easy2Boot

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If flash-drive in .imgPTN mode - all is good, but in normal mode - "No access to H. Access denied"
http://savepic.ru/12853594.png
Why?
PS. Windows 10 Enterprise 14393. Log in as administrator.

Date 09/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows 10 don't open Flash-Easy2Boot

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If the drive is in normal E2B mode, how did you manage to copy any ISO files to it?
You need to describe how I can reproduce this issue.
It obviously is not a problem other people have - only you!

Date 08/02/2017

By Bertholdoux

Subject Sample_MyE2B.cfg looks many changes Vs. MyE2B.cfg

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Hi Steve.
Long ago I keep my old file MyE2B.cfg.
Now I have compared this Vs. Sample_MyE2B.cfg, and I notice that there are many differences, far more than the custom changes I had applied.
So, Do you suggest updating it manually by copying from Sample_MyE2B.cfg? and to apply custom changes again?
P.S.: Below, nice another topic about "Defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux"...
We should promote E2B on GNU/Linux forums. :-)

Date 08/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Sample_MyE2B.cfg looks many changes Vs. MyE2B.cfg

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Most of the settings in the Sample_MyE2B.cfg are commented out.
You are welcome to change anything you like.
You can also find some settings in the E2B_Editor.exe GUI to help design your own menus or look at the \_ISO\docs\Templates folder for ideas.

Date 06/02/2017

By Matthew

Subject Windows Install trying to install on EZ2BOOT USB

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im trying to install windows and it always says its going to install on the ez2boot USB, how do i get it to install windows on the internal drive?

Date 06/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows Install trying to install on EZ2BOOT USB

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You mean the internal hard disk is not listed?
What Windows are you trying to install - XP, Vista, 98, Me, 7, 8, 10, server 2016 or something else?
Are you installing from an official Microsoft ISO?
If you are using XP ISO, are you using the DPMS version of E2B (hint: you should be!)?

Date 07/02/2017

By Matthew

Subject Re: Re: Windows Install trying to install on EZ2BOOT USB

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its all windows installs, i converted an official windows iso to a imgPTN and i go boot to the EZ2BOOT and select whatever windows im wanting to install and after i select it i get "WARNING: THE E2B DRIVE PARTITION TABLE IS ABOUT TO BE OVERWRITTEN!" with a bunch of other read text and some blue about UEFI booting then it asks "OK to replace E2B partitions ([Y]/ N) :

so from my understanding it is trying to install the windows i selected onto the E2B bootable, therefore overwritting it, is this correct or is it installing to the internal hard disk?

Date 07/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows Install trying to install on EZ2BOOT USB

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No - that is not correct.
It is replacing the partition containing E2B files with a new partition which contains the files that were inside the ISO so that it can run Windows Setup.
Why don't you just answer Y and you will see!
Or watch the YouTube videos or read the .imgPTN page on this site...

Date 01/02/2017

By Rodommoc

Subject E2B 1.88 Symantec Heuristic Virus

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I just updated to Easy2Boot 1.88 this morning and Symantec Endpoint 14 1904 is flagging Switch_E2B.exe as a Heur.Adv.ML.B Heuristic Virus and it is being Quarantined.

Also, what is the maximum size USB drive allowed without the use of a WinHelper USB? I have been using 128Gb without issue. someone I knwo bought a 256 and it is telling him he needs a WinHelper USB.

Date 01/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B 1.88 Symantec Heuristic Virus

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You will have to whitelist it
The size of drive is not important , it is whether it is a Removable type or Fixed type. Some USB flash drives are fixed type. Most are removable

Date 01/02/2017

By Rodommoc

Subject Re: Re: E2B 1.88 Symantec Heuristic Virus

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Sorry, I should have supplied the USB drive model info: Sandisk Ultra 256 USB 3.0. I'm trying different settings in RMPrep to see if I can get it to work. So far I have Used WinPEv2..., NTFS, and unchecked the boot as HDD option.

Date 01/02/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: E2B 1.88 Symantec Heuristic Virus

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The type cannot be changed.
RMPrepUSB will tell you what type it is.
If it is Removable type then it is OK.
E2B only WARNS if any drive is over 128GB - it does not say that it will not work - it just says that Fixed disks will not work.
E2B (grub4dos) cannot distinguish between fixed and removable property - so it just looks at size and warns user if over 128GB because it is probably a HDD.
P.S. Many BIOSes have a USb driver bug and cannot access sectors past 137GB. For this reason, I don't recommend using a Removable USB Flash drive that is over 128GiB because if you make a 2nd partition it cannot be seen by Windows and this causes issues.

Date 31/01/2017

By Paul R

Subject Booting Windows ISOs

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I am having problems booting Windows installation ISOs via Easy2Boot. I have got it set up fine booting to Acronis, Linux ISOs and various WinPE ISOs, but when I try to install Windows things generally go like this:

A) After choosing an ISO I get a menu of options, most of which I don't understand. I just want the ISO to behave in the normal fashion, so I choose the option that I guess is going to get closest to that.

B) 9 times out of 10, it doesn't work. e.g. I just installed W7 on a PC, that worked fine, but now I am trying to install W10 on the same PC and it's stuck at "Setup is starting". I have tried 2 different options.

Any advice?

Date 31/01/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Booting Windows ISOs

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Any error messages at all from E2B? What is size of USB drive? What is type of E2B drive?
Delete the ISO. Then copy the ISO again to the \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN10 folder.
Run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd
Now use a Windows utility to get the CRC\MD5\SHA1 hash value of the file on the E2B drive and compare it with the same file that you downloaded onto the system hard disk (or with official published value). This will check the file for corruption. If not same you have bad USB drive.
Otherwise, it may be a hardware issue with Win10. If it was an E2B issue, I would expect some other sort of error. For Win10 you need to choose correct Product Key for the version you are installing - but you should get an error message from Windows Setup if it was wrong.

Date 31/01/2017

By Paul R

Subject Re: Re: Booting Windows ISOs

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Thanks, it was a corrupt ISO.

That left me with another problem - booting via Easy2Boot does not behave like booting from a real disc. In this case, all the Easy2Boot options I tried either asked me for a Windows 10 key (which I don't have because the Windows 10 licence on this machine came via an upgrade from Windows 7) or left me with an installation that would not activate.

Booting from a real disc (actually an SD card with the ISO installed on it) installed & activated fine without entering a product key.

Is there any way I can make Easy2Boot Windows installs behave exactly like installs from real discs?

Date 31/01/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Booting Windows ISOs

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The keys that are provided in E2B are installation keys. If you are installing Win 10 Pro (retail) simply pick the Win 10 Pro installation key.
Once you have booted to Desktop, you can enter the Win7 key and it should activate.
However, if you want it to be able to accept your Win7 key during Setup, use the MPI Tool Kit to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file.
This will then behave like the DVD.
MPI will ask you about an EI.cfg file - if you have a retail ISO, say R and you will be able to install either Core or Pro (it will ask you to pick).
With .imgPTN (FAT32) you can also boot via UEFI too if you wish. See videos for more info and MPI pages on this site.

Date 17/01/2017

By Long Vu

Subject Is .mnu file cached somewhere?

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I have created a .mnu file for unattended Centos 7 Installation using a Kickstart file.
I have modified the "title" inside the .mnu file but in the boot menu, it is still the same.
I also tried the delete that .mnu file from my usb key and the boot menu still list it !
So is that .mnu files cached somewhere? What to do to be absolutely sure the latest .mnu files is being used?

Date 17/01/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Is .mnu file cached somewhere?

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