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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 15/07/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

win8.1GO failed made my usb devices sleep keyboard, mouse, wlan usb like it was emp'd 10 plugs woke it up.

Most stable version for me v1.65
-fast loading at startup 6secs
-no graphics glitches

New version 1.71
-snail boot load have to wait forever for the menu to load 1min
-ExpensiveTV theme doesn't work just show default bgnd
with big fonts

Date 15/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

1.71 should be faster.
Have you done careful comparison using same freshly formatted USB device?
You can use
set SHOWTIME=1
in \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg to tell you what is taking the most time before menu is shown.
Can you 'update' to 1.65 = fast, update to 1.71=slow, update 1.65=fast to prove your assumption?

Date 15/07/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

I know what is loading only UTF8.gz takes some time to load

I update/downgrade anytime using Winmerge windows app just compare both folders flashdrive and e2b folde.

update_e2b.cmd messes things up like an init.d script that erases everything and copies files 3x like using an 0 blocks hdd formater eraser 5-10 pass, I just make drive bootable then copy e2b.

Date 15/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

I am having trouble understanding you because you do not write clearly and accurately.
What is UTF8.gz??? Do you mean unifont.hex.gz ?
New version is smaller and should load faster. Are you saying the speed difference is caused by the smaller unifont.hex.gz file?
I do not understand what you say about UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.CMD Do you have XP system? XP does not have robocopy and so copies all files.
Please be clear and accurate in your reply.

Date 20/07/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

srx, i remembered I removed the motherboard battery and it reset to its defaults.

Date 12/07/2015

By YON

Subject Change Background

Reply

I have a background bmp 800 x 600 24 bits but for my E2B Editor is always 640 x 480.I don´t understand anything.

Date 13/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Change Background

Reply

Try another image e.g. extract the .bmp file from \_ISO\docs\Templates\Blue\blue.bmp.gz" and use that.
If that doesn't work, use the Contact Me form and I will email back.

Date 10/07/2015

By John D.

Subject Rearrange folder structure?

Reply

I'd like to rename / move folders for more intuitive organization. I especially don't like the "_ISOs" folder. How can I do so? Thanks.

Date 10/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Rearrange folder structure?

Reply

Hi
Sorry, _ISO it is hard-coded into many of the scripts and menus, etc.. Also in the XML files used to install Windows, etc. It occurs in about 200 different files!
You could try a search and replace utility such as Find and Replace FNR.exe at https://findandreplace.codeplex.com/
You can replace every occurrence of _ISO with some other name but it won't be compatible with any future update, etc,
You can create additional menu folders under \_ISO\ and you can delete the existing menu folders (except the MAINMENU folder, and keep the WINDOWS folder if you want Windows 7/8 install ISOs).

Date 03/07/2015

By Peter

Subject E2B bootloader overwritten

Reply

First, sorry I tried reboot but the site always seems to give me an error. Second, it's not urgent, I have several E2B drives. But... I have an external HD that I carry around with my old laptop. It has multiple partitions with E2B being the primary boot partition. On a later partition there is data and a Linux install which is booted from the Grub menu on the laptop. The same Grub menu also chainloads the USB drive to boot E2B. I recently decided to try installing AndroidX86 in another partition and it went fine, but it installed its own bootloader on the USB HD instead of using the one on the laptop. Now all I can boot is AndroidX86. The direct boot to the Linux distro also still works, but I am unable to boot into E2B. All the files are still there, nothing has been erased. How can I tell it to boot from the first E2B partition instead of booting the last partition? I have also written an entry into Grub to boot directly into AndroidX86 as well, so it's no loss there. I just want it to boot into E2B when I chainload to the USB instead of redirecting the pointer to the last Android partition. Thanks, and Great work, hope you have a great day!

Date 03/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B bootloader overwritten

Reply

Why not just use the Install grub4dos button in RMPrepUSB and re-install to the MBR only?

Date 07/07/2015

By Peter

Subject Re: Re: E2B bootloader overwritten

Reply

Thank you! For some reason I didn't think that would work or something... Anyway, thank you!!!!

Date 25/06/2015

By Kamikaze

Subject Install Easy2Boot on an existing partition without erasing drive?

Reply

I'm trying to install using Windows to a USB drive that is GPT and contains 5 existing partitions. I've gone through quite a few hurdles to get Windows 7 Professional installed and accepted as bootable by the system (along with an EFI partition) so I would prefer to not have to erase EVERYTHING and start over.

So here's my question: how can I install Easy2Boot to a new/existing partition without touching the existing layout?

Date 25/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Install Easy2Boot on an existing partition without erasing drive?

Reply

Sorry. grub4dos and E2B only supports booting from MBR partitioned USB disks.

Date 25/06/2015

By Kent

Subject Re: Re: Install Easy2Boot on an existing partition without erasing drive?

Reply

Darn, but ok! Thanks for the fast response. I'll add this to my library of tools to use when the opportunity arises! Thanks for the awesome software

Date 21/06/2015

By mysongranhills

Subject F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

I read the following links:
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/hirens-isos/
and http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/add-multiple-hirens-isos-to-easy2boot.html
And since I wanted to have a copy of Hiren's and F4UBCD I converted both to imgPTNs. This worked perfectly for Hiren's (boots into miniXP and all programs show up/work) ,but Falcon 4 UBCD gives errors about missing ISO and when it eventually finishes loading MiniXP none of the usual programs are accessible.
However if I then plug the USB back into my windows desktop that i used to create the E2B USB I can see the HBCD and F4UBCD folders.
So the folders are there ,but in F4UBCDs MiniXP the programs dont load and I cant find the folders by browsing manually.
If any one can help I'll send 2$ bitcoin. Thx

Date 22/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

4.6 and 4.6.1 work for me. What version are you using?
Are you testing on a USB 2.0 port?
When it gets to the XP F4 desktop, can you see the USB drive?

Date 22/06/2015

By mysongranhills

Subject Re: Re: F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

Using 4.6.1
The laptop I was testing on only has USB 3 ports - however I do not believe this is the issue b/c hirens worked fine and F4UBCD 4.6.1 works fine as well booted from USB (with it on USB by itself - no E2B invovled)
When I get to desktop - no I can not see the USB drive

Date 22/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

I get same symptoms as you if I use a USB 3.0 port on a real system.
If you cannot see the USB drive under F4 then it sounds like F4 does not have the USB 3 drivers needed.
Try booting the E2B F4 .imgPTN file using RMPrepUSB and QEMU F11.

Date 24/06/2015

By mysongranhills

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

I'm not sure what steps you intend for me to take from your last post, could you be more specific? Thanks for trying to help

Date 24/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: F4UBCD-4.61.imgPTN - MiniXP Boots but no programs

Reply

Run RMPrepUSB on your Windows system
Insert E2B USB drive into your Windows system
Select USB drive in RMPrepUSB (top window)
Press F11
Run Falcon F4 .imgPTN file
Does it work OK or not?

Date 18/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

Okay, I'm trying to make imgPTN files, I have installed all the files per instruction, and have followed the instructions :

1. Download and extract the MPI Tool Kit to your system hard disk
2. Install ImDisk from the ImDisk folder (WinRar is also recommended to be installed too - read the ReadMe file for details)
3. Double-click CreateDesktopShortcuts.cmd to create the Desktop icons
4. Drag-and-Drop an ISO (or USB drive icon or folder) onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop icon to make a .imgPTN file. If prompted, just hit [ENTER] to accept the default size.

So ... what happens is that it runs as expected, extracts all the files, but in the end I get this :
Installing syslinux to u:\syslinux using .\syslinux\syslinux_4
cannot read sector 0
and I get this error with all isos I have tried, ubuntu iso, clonezilla live ... I don't know what's wrong,and I hope someone has an idea of what to do ...
cheers from sweden !!

Date 19/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

Sounds like a permissions/access problem.
Do you have Admin rights?
Try disabling any AV or other sort of protection you may have.
What OS?
Can you try on a different 'vanilla' system?
Are you using a real system (not an OS in a VM)?

Date 19/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

I'm runnning windows 8.1 on an asus t100ta (atom 64 bit cpu that needs 32 bit uefi to boot anything), and I am administrator, at leat I think I am, how should I run it different as admin ?

tried disabling AV, still same error ...

Date 19/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

Try disabling AV and reboot to ensure it is off.
Do you only have one AV/protection program?
I use Win 8.1 64-bit (MBR not UEFI) with MS Security Essentials and is OK. Normally it is a problem with some background app. blocking access.

Date 19/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

tried disabling AV and reboot, same problem, so I then tried to run the same setup on my mediaplayer, (ECS LIVA Mini PC, 64 bit atom uefi), that is virgin, only program installed is kodi ... there I ran into a new problem, windows wants to format U:, the virtual disk :)

I have to ask you, do I have to set some kind of admin rights when Idrop my ISOS on the MPI_FAT32 shortcuts that I created per instructions, because that is the only thing I haven't done now :)

ps ... do you celebrate midsummer in brittain ? really bright night here in northern sweden, the birds are chirping outside :)

Date 19/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

ok, Those last errors about having to format U: was me trying to run the isos from an external hdd, but when I put them on my c: drive, I get the same error as I got on computer 1, cannot read sector 0, abort ....

so, obviously I must make some horrendous error, since I get the same problem on 2 machines :)

Date 19/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

Can you send me a screenshot of the console Window so I can see what folders, filenames, etc .you have used when you get the error?

Date 19/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

console window, what exactly is that ? I will of course send you these if you want them :)
I managed to get it working on a 3rd (and old computer), running windows 8.1 x64 MBR, it's funny, I did exactly the same as I had done on the 2 previous computers, and 2 of the computers have exactly the same setup, except for the hardware of course ...
the files I have run are : ubuntu x64 15.04 iso, windows 8.1 iso, clonezilla-live-2.4.2-10-i686-pae , none of these files worked on the 2 first machines, and all of them worked on the last ...

Date 20/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

So something must be different about the first two systems?
These are known to cause problems:
Defraggler
Genie Timeline Backup Pro
Lexar JumpDrive Secure USB device
Panda USB vaccine
RealPlayer Cloud
Trend Micro OfficeScan and some other versions of Trend Anti Virus.
USB Drive Letter Manager (USBLDM)

Not sure what else to suggest...

Date 20/06/2015

By Fredrik

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

the first 2 systems .... yes, many things are different between the first2 systems, but not many things are different about the 2 last 2 systems, on the 2 last systems I had only windows 8.1, winrar and kodi installed, nothing else, and on one of the systems mpi worked and on the other it didn't, so 3 systems checked, and on the 2 systems that mpi didn't work on, the only thing that is the same is that it is baytrail, though one system is atom 32 bit, and the other is x64 (ECS liva mini PC), but none of them worked), the one system that worked is an old laptop, toshiba satelite amd sempron3600+, but the 2 last systems have identical windows setup, like I said, only windows, winrar and kodi installed, nothing else ....

Date 24/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MPI - cannot read sector 0

Reply

You said... 'only winrar and kodi' installed.
ImDisk should be installed - please read ReadMe file in MPI download.
Hardware differences should not matter. Must be software issue or the way you have configured Windows...

Date 15/06/2015

By Kuemmel

Subject BartPE

Reply

Does Easy2Boot works with a BartPE-ISO? Which settings?

Date 15/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: BartPE

Reply

Try .isomemF01
E2B should suggest .isoask - if you answer Y then you can choose from a selection of different extensions.

Date 16/06/2015

By Marius Kümmel

Subject Re: Re: BartPE

Reply

Does it work on your Flash Drive?

Date 16/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: BartPE

Reply

Yes, BartPe.isomemF01 works for me (and BartPE.isomemwinv)

Date 19/06/2015

By Marius Kümmel

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: BartPE

Reply

Okay. Can I also have two images of BartPE on the stick at the same time?

Date 09/06/2015

By KalCorp

Subject Booting to local Drive ( has encryption)

Reply

I have Gub4Dos setup now and it works great.
Just tested your E2B and it is nice and was thinking about using it.
However its setting up the Boot USB as hd0,0 and my local drive as hd0,1 is this normal?
Also when i try to boot to the local drive with the gub4doc code i have working already in another project its does not boot and loads the USB Again.
my current code is simple and works ok.
title NGOS Boot hd0,0
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1

The bios comes back with the drive as 0,1 So i tested with hd0,1 also and get the same issue.
what do you think?

Date 13/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Booting to local Drive ( has encryption)

Reply

When you boot from a USB drive, the BIOS always makes it drive 0. Your internal drive will be drive 1.
To boot from the internal drive, press F7 in E2B.
See also http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/proect-your-system-boot-to-truecrypt.html

Date 04/06/2015

By Starla

Subject About NTBOOT

Reply

Hi Steve.

I'm a bit confused about NTBOOT. As I understand by reading your article, one direct advantage of using it is that I could remove my current setup for loading NT6 WIM files which relies on:
- mnu file which chainloads to \boot\bootmgr in my 1st (E2B) partition
- bcd file properly setup with entries to all my wim files

and directly select any of those wims (only if they contain 1 single image) and it will boot. Will they only boot from 1st partition in removable drive?
What about cheats like No Integrity Checks and Testsigned drivers that I have setup for each wim in my current bcd?
Would booting Strelec wims (x64 and x86) stored on 2nd partition of removable drive require SSTR folder in 1st partition?
While not officially supported, could you expand on advantages of VBOOT, as chenall seems to suggest that it would allow for booting VHDs in "inmutable" mode (no persistence), but not sure how could this be possible without "anything" capturing session changes in a real system (outside a VM, I mean)?

Thanks in advance.

Date 05/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: About NTBOOT

Reply

.wim files should boot from any partition.
NTBOOT creates it's own BCD, modifies it to point the the VHD or WIM file and then boots to bootmgr.
NTBOOT seems to support NODETECTHAL as an option, but I am not sure about No integrity checks and TestSigned drivers, I can see no sign of support for this, though it should be possible to add it. Edit - actually DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS and nointegritychecks seems to be already included in the BCD settings for NTBOOT.
You would need to experiment with wims which require other folders.
I am not sure myself about VBOOT.
NTBOOT vboot=/vboot/winxp/winxp-s1.vhd opt="immutable"
should work from command line or in a .mnu file but I haven't tried it.
VMLite docs say you can specify two VHDs, one for the OS VHD and the other for an immutable.VHD??? Maybe writes go to ramdisk and are lost on reboot?

Date 06/06/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: About NTBOOT

Reply

Thank you Steve. I will study the NTBOOT batch file code.

Oh, and regarding your last blog post on WTG VHD files, just wanted to note that WinNTSetup allows to select an AutoUnattend.xml file to be used for deployment, which will speed up the "first boot" process you described.

Date 03/06/2015

By shortee

Subject Win XP how to continue after first restart

Reply

Hi Steve , thanks for your time spend on this site and tuts,your day is not 24 but 50 hours long :>
My question is i was able to create usb with XP,Win7,Win8 and hirens boot. When i start HP and it format hdd and start copying files and reboot after that ,nothing happens on pc.If i plug USB again,installation start over again,if i change in bios first boot device to be HDD still nothing happens,just blank screen...i have changed also in bios from ACHI to compatibility mode ,but still same thing...thank you.Regards.

Date 03/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Win XP how to continue after first restart

Reply

https://youtu.be/YyQ7xSvVMHE
You need to boot twice to E2B USB drive

Date 04/06/2015

By shortee

Subject Re: Re: Win XP how to continue after first restart

Reply

Hi Steeve,thanks for answer,i did that ,first time it start installation ,copy files and then it reboots,than i choose option 2,and it loads win into memory (i have 4 gigs so plenty space for this ) ,and i just got blinking dot in upper left corner of laptop...tried 10 times always the same...when i try that same iso file form cd it installs windows normally on this same pc....i have watched your tuts on YT and read whole site....masterpiece i can tell you...thank you for sharing your brain to world :D

Date 04/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Win XP how to continue after first restart

Reply

Are you talking about installing XP from a .ISO file?
If so, what ISO are you using exactly - is it a standard Microsoft ISO?
What system are you installing to? How many have you tried? Did you try installing to a VM?
If not you may need to use WinSetupFromUSB to create a working USB Flash drive. If it works, you can then convert it to a .imgPTN file and add it to your Easy2Boot drive.
If any more trouble please give accurate and precise details of ISO, target system(s), etc.

Date 04/06/2015

By thanks

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Win XP how to continue after first restart

Reply

will check all that and update you...all the best mate.

Date 02/06/2015

By Dominic

Subject Window 10 to go

Reply

Hi I try to make a windows 10 to go but I have some issue on installing windows on imgptn file... is there a step by step guide some where ( I just need one windows to go )

Date 02/06/2015

By Dominic

Subject Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

or is there any other way to have a full windows on runing on e2b ?

Date 02/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

Why not use one of the Tutorials on my sister site?
http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/129
If you create a VHD, the next version of E2B will be able to boot directly from it!

Date 02/06/2015

By dominic

Subject Re: Re: Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

Wow nice !! is it actually on the beta ? if so can you tell me how to tes it ?

Date 02/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

It will be in 1.69Beta2 - just uploading now...
See also http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/

Date 03/06/2015

By Dominic

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

Thanks again but is it normal that once i put the vhf on mainmenu it boot automatically that without showing me the e2b menu ?

Date 03/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Window 10 to go

Reply

Do you mean .VHD file?
It should show menu.

Date 01/06/2015

By Elijah Ryker

Subject Can't change background?

Reply

So i'm absolutely loving this tool! never thought it would be this easy to make my own "swiss army knife" of bootable media and tools. the only thing i can't get to work right is the background for the main menu! no matter what i do it sits at the default. I have converted an image to a .bmp @800*600 and renamed it "mybackground.bmp" and placed in the /_ISO folder but it doesn't change it.. all the other customization works (text, headers etc etc etc) and i did my best to follow all the instructions on this site to a T. and even when i tried loading one of the preloaded theme's i STILL got the original background.. what am i doing wrong?

Date 01/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Can't change background?

Reply

Try latest Beta of E2B - the bmp file had to be EXACTLY 800x600. Try also using the E2B_Editor to load it.
Also try renaming the \_ISo\MyE2B.cfg file so it is not used.
Check filename is \_ISO\Mybackground.bmp (not mybackground.bmp.bmp). Check it is 800x600x24 bit colour.

Date 30/05/2015

By abubin

Subject parted magic 2015_05_04 does not boot with isoboot.g4b

Reply

In parted magic latest version, I notice there are 2 extra files being loaded in the kernel. That is the fu.img and m32.img files. I configure using iso files (without extract) and then added the Parted_Magic_isoboot_Persistent.mnu file. However, isoboot.g4b does not load these files and that caused pmagic unable to boot up.
I tried adding into the initrd line in isoboot.g4b to include those files but it boot up with kernel panic.
Any idea how to fix this?

Thanks.

Date 30/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: parted magic 2015_05_04 does not boot with isoboot.g4b

Reply

Hmmm - this has exposed two bugs in grub4dos 0.4.6a!!
I can get it to work using 0.4.5c (load from Utilities Menu) but isoboot.g4b needs modifying to load 3 modules for initrd.
The following .mnu file works with 0.4.5c only.
title PMAGIC TEST
set ISOSCAN=/_ISO/MAINMENU/pmagic_2015_05_04.iso
map %ISOSCAN% (0xff)
map --hook
root (0xff)
kernel /pmagic/bzImage load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 rw gfxpayload=text loglevel=9 iso_filename=%ISOSCAN% eject=no edd=on vga=normal vmalloc=512MiB
initrd /pmagic/initrd.img /pmagic/fu.img /pmagic/m32.img
boot

I used a small file on E2B drive \pmagic\pmodules\PMAGIC_2015_05_04.SQFS to get Save feature working.

Date 06/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: parted magic 2015_05_04 does not boot with isoboot.g4b

Reply

E2B 1.69 Beta 4 now has fixed grub4dos so pmagic should work with 0.4.6a now. I also updated isoboot.g4b too.

Date 17/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Hi guys - first off, great software and kudos on the hard work!
Having issues getting ANY Windows installer ISO's to work though. They all crash during the boot process, after text mode setup has copied the files over.
I think it's an issue with the XML files, but I have absolutely no idea what. I don't really need or want an unattend.xml or language file - more than happy with the defaults that are built into the ISO I have supplied. The ISO I'm using boots when used on it's own (i.e. reformatting the USB drive and manually creating a bootable Windows installer from the ISO).
The ISO I'm using is Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. I've tried the 32bit version as well as Windows 8 with the same issue.
I can boot Linux ISO's without any problems, and I can also boot utility ISO's such as WinPE without problems.
USB details:
Corsair Voyager 64GB
NTFS file system
Using USB 2.0 ports ONLY
I've tried using all of the language options that are provided out of the box - not actually sure why this is required though, since the ISO has all the built in things I need as it is.
Any help appreciated!

Date 17/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

So you placed the Windows 7 64-bit (standard MS) ISO in \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7, booted to E2B and selected the ISO from the Windows Installer menu and the default E2B XML file?
So how exactly did it crash (what messages, etc?) and what are you installing to?
E2B needs to use an XML file to load the ISO as a Virtual DVD before Setup starts to run. It is needed but that is all it does. The default (0) XML file does not automate the build in any way.

Date 17/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Cheers for responding :)
The ISO was in the _ISOWINDOWSWIN7 folder, correct.
Also correct, I selected the image through the menus as it should be. When selecting the lang/cfg file I have attempted booting with ALL of them, including the default E2B config.
No errors, just hangs with the Windows logo partially loaded. Have left for hours with nothing happening. Occurs on all Windows ISO's I've tried so far.
I have tried this on a Dell Latitude E6320, also attempted on my own custom build PC with same results.
That makes sense then about the virtual dvd wrapper, didnt realise. Thought it was an unattend file lol.

Date 17/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

Reply

Also, just to add, I don't have these issues with any of the Linux ISO's. Only Windows. I guess because it uses grub, which is native to Linux?

Date 17/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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Not really anything to do with grub4dos once it starts booting.
1000's of people use E2B for installing, so there must be something different about your setup.
If you have a 32-bit version try QEMU .cmd file in the root.
Or VBox + DavidB's utility.
Look for corrupt ISO, bad USB stick, bad ISO (not official MS download).

Date 18/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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Ok thanks.
I've been using custom built ISO's with updates and service packs slipstreamed in, and pre-activated.
They work fine on their own though. What does E2B do that's different from a normal USB boot when booting to Windows based ISO's? It must be something to do with that?
I will try again with my company enterprise ISO's, as they are official MS ISO's. Wrong version of Windows for me, but worth it to see if it works.
G

Date 18/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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OK, for 'special' versions, it is best to convert them to .imgPTN files - then it is the same as booting from the files on a USB stick.

Date 19/05/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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Hmm. Went through the process for this - seemed to be all going well, but getting the crash in the exact same place :(
Managed to build the imgPTN file all well and good using MakePartImage tools, and copied the resulting img file to the USB _ISOMAINMENU folder (as per instructions).
Go through the process of re-writing the USB partition table on the fly, and it starts to load windows setup (yay). Then crashes in exactly the same way as previously, using the ISO file (boo).
Looks like I'm going to have to maintain 2 USB sticks. Thanks for all the help so far.

Date 19/05/2015

By Steve si

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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What do you mean '2 USB sticks?
You mean you have a working usb stick with your installer on it? How did you make it?

Date 05/06/2015

By Greg D

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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I meant 2 physical sticks; 1 to install/liveboot Linux ISO's and the other for Windows.

I chose E2B to get both going on 1 stick :)

Date 05/06/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installer ISO crashing on boot

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I thought E2B was OK with linux for you. It was just your special Windows ISOs that wouldn't work, so how can you boot them from a USB drive and get them to work if you don't use E2B? What type of USB drive do you use for your Windows ISOs?

Date 30/04/2015

By dcplx1

Subject 2 new themes

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2 new themes
http://hugefiles.net/9ozb88le4x49

Date 01/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: 2 new themes

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http://hugefiles.net/urwsj81yt364

If you want to make choose theme
in below the imgptn and other iso
just rename $Changetheme to ZChangetheme.mnu

Missing theme remake
see_nam_kyu_li

Date 01/05/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: 2 new themes

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There is no heading or footer text and menu is too long and goes below the screen???

Date 02/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: 2 new themes

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.have no internet this time so i could only make cfg, I will research when im online to make gfxmenu in scrnshot there is no header footer in nam kyu theme. My first post have I upload 2 themes.

Date 03/05/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: 2 new themes

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http://hugefiles.net/bdirryjzoem2
Seeya Nam Kyu Li GFX

Date 28/04/2015

By Starla

Subject E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

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Hi Steve.
I think HPAD is being calculated as rstart-1 space characters and applied to pad headings position when HPAD is set to empty (HPAD=) in MyE2B.cfg.
I'm using GMODE=800. According to E2Bed it can hold 100 char per line. So I'm using CENTREHD=100 in order to get screen-centered (not on-the-box centered) headings. I use HEADPOS=0100, but my headings keep being displayed padded to right by 3 spaces (my rstart=4 minus 1) from correct screen center.
I've been trying to find what's setting HPAD to 3 spaces and it seems to be
if not exist HPAD call /%grub%/SetHPAD.g4b %rstart%
However HPAD is supposed to exist, although I set it as empty in MyE2B.cfg.

Date 28/04/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

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Oh, almost forgot. On a side note I've found that by setting AUTONUM=0x2002 the line numbering is removed but 3 space chars are written between menu marker and the menu entries (2 spaces accounting for 1-99 numbering and the space after them I guess). This looks better IMHO than using AUTONUM=0x0000 (no space between marker and entry). I think this is happening for any value of AUTONUM where last 2 digits are greater than 01, i.e. AUTONUM=0x0002.

But I'm not sure whether using this values could cause problems?

Date 28/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

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sample mye2b.cfg describes AUTONUM and use of 0x20
# E.g. The user can type '23' to select item 23 in the menu and so it is useful to have the menu items numbered.
# Auto-numbering is enabled by default. AUTONUM=CCMM where CC is the marker character (byte) and MM is bit0=numbering and bit1=space after number,
# Use AUTONUM=0x0000 to set auto-numbering off, 0x2001 sets numbering on with a space after number (default), 0x2d01 autonumber with hyphen after number, 0x1a01 arrow, 0x3a01 colon, 0x0701 dot
# e.g. 0x2d00=►menutext, 0x2d01=►nn-menutext, 0x2d02=►___menutext, 0x2d03=same as 0x2d01 (where nn=two-characters for menu numbering 0-9/10-99)

Date 28/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

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set HPAD=
does not make HPAD empty - it deletes HPAD. Use
set HPAD=\x20\x20
set CENTREHD=98
set HEADPOS=0100
P.S. Latest E2B_Editor 1.0.70 comments out lines after -- ADVANCED line, rather than just omitting them.

Date 29/04/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: E2B 1.66 CENTREHD

Reply

Thank you very much Steve. I ended using just HPAD=\x20 with CENTREHD=98. That yields center of heading at position 0149, which is exactly 50 chars from left screen border. Great.

New $NAME$ support in 1.67bA is supercool!

Date 14/04/2015

By Me

Subject Can't install Debian 7.8

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So... I've done everything I could but I can't use my debian 7.8 Iso.. For some reason it says that it can't find the Cd-Rom drive, and I can't start the live either.. Is it not supported?
(I've tried the solution from the Kali distro and that didn't work)..

The drive is contiguous and it's the KDE Amd64 full install image.

Date 14/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Can't install Debian 7.8

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If you look at the 'Tested ISOs' page, you will see instructions on how to boot Debian

Date 11/04/2015

By sTe

Subject HP Quickweb

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On my hp laptop 6460b i can download quickweb. When it runs it creates 2 partitions and installs files to the second partition the first one looks empty (maybe boot sector loader?). If i power off my laptop i can click the hp dedicated button for quickweb and it then boots into a Unix web interface/browser etc. Don't suppose you could have a look and suggest how i might convert to imgptn .

Date 12/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: HP Quickweb

Reply

There should be a partition on your hard disk with a volume name of HP_TOOLS with a \hewlett-packard folder in the root. If you can unhide this so you can see the files, copy the \hewlett-packard folder to a new folder on your C: drive and then hide the HP_TOOLS partition again.
Now create a \menu.lst file inside the new folder and add a menu for the linux files (I used qw.cfg to get the correct parameters)

title QUICK-WEB
kernel /hewlett-packard/quickweb/kern BTTYPE=PART WINRTCOFFSET=00 PTL_BIASED_TZ=0000 log_buf_len=2M floppy=nofifo root=/dev/ram nomce init=/linuxrc max_loop=64 elevator=cfq usbcore.autosuspend=1 vga=0x0f04 panic=10
#very_quiet
initrd /hewlett-packard/quickweb/init.gz

Now you have the contents in a folder, you can drag-and-drop the folder onto the MPI_FAT32 shortcut to make a .imgPTN file. When asked about Menu.lst - choose MERGE/COMBINE
I cannot test as I think the installer adds more stuff and a video driver.

Date 30/03/2015

By Shapoor

Subject external multi purpose hard disk

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hi,
I have a 4 TB external hard disk. I want to use it as a bootable media a install some repair software and also windows installer. and also use it as a storage media. I think it's very practical to devide it into 2 partition, one partition for bootable sofware, and the other as mass storage. How can I do it?
Another question;
How could I install an OS on an external hard disk, which could be booted into from any given system?if it is possible, how could I bring this OS in the multiboot partition menu mentioned above?

Date 02/04/2015

By someone

Subject Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Make a 2nd partition in your hard make it primary using minitool partition wizard and mark it as active on the tool copy all e2b files on the new partition you can make it as NTFS format then copy all ur iso , imgptn files on it then run as administrator make all files contiguous then it is good to go.

PS I made mine 128gb 2nd partition then test it on virtual box or qemo

Date 04/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

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Many BIOSes cannot access sectors on a USB disk past 137GB. This is a very common bug. So I recommend that E2B is placed on the first partition and the partition size is kept to below 137GB. Once you boot to an OS like linux or Windows, it uses it's own drivers and so it can access all the disk.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Thanks for ur answer,
I devided the HDD into 2 partition, one primary and active with 20 GB volume, and another logical and inactive and about 3.6 TB it's volume.
Then I copied E2B files to the primary partition. But the command file "MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS", makes an error, "can't find wincontig.exe in this folder or in wincontig folder !" .
I run the script as administrator.
Also the software "RMPrepUSB", doesn't recognize the smaller partition. Just greater partition is detected.
Any response is appreciated.

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

Try running WINCONTIG from the \_ISO\docs\WINCONTIG folder.
To get a disk of more than 2TB, you will have had to format it as GPT. Can you see the smaller partition under Windows? Does it have a volume letter?
Using GPT is going to cause big problems with many iso, etc, and I am not sure if grub4dos even fully supports it!
You need to format the drive as MBR, but then your maximum is 2TB.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

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Thanks for ur response.
The derive is devided into 2 partition.One is 30 GB and primary and active and the other is 3.6 TB and logical and inactive. Both are represented by letters under "mycomputer", on "win 7".
I checked the drive in "disk management", and it is "MBR".
I run "wincontig", and difrag the smaller partition, without any change in it's bootability. Still the HDD isn't bootable, and still when I run "MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS", it issues the error, "can't find wincontig.exe in this folder or in wincontig folder!"

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

You cannot have a >2TB partition unless the disk is GPT.
Use RMPrepUSB - Drive Info - 0 to view the partition table.

Date 06/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

hi, thanks again;
Here is the result of RMPrepUSB - Drive Info - 0;
"Accessing Drive 1 - "Seagate Expansion Desk" (4,000,787,025,920 bytes)

Error accessing sector 0 on Drive 1

ERROR: The parameter is incorrect."

Date 06/04/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

It sounds like the disk is a 4k sector disk.
You cannot MBR boot from such a disk.
You must use a 512-byte per sector 512e disk.

Date 07/04/2015

By Shapoor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

Reply

It's a 4k 512e drive.
Can I use a usb flash drive, as an assistant, to boot into the mentioned HDD.

Date 07/04/2015

By SteeSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: external multi purpose hard disk

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Sorry, most BIOSes cannot read 4k devices.
There is some new work for the USB driver in grub4dos 0.4.6a to support 4k drives, but I have not tested it.
You can test by making the USB flash drive the boot drive for grub4dos 0.4.6a and loading the USB driver using
usb --init
but it only works for USB 2.0 ports and many USB controllers are not detected. Unless you are very experienced and are prepared for a lot of problems, I would not go there!

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Windows installing problem

Reply

im using usb helper, the problem is :
Windows could not parse or process unattend answer file [D:\autoattend.xml] The answer file is invalid

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

Windows 95,98,3,XP,7,8.10???
What XML file did you use?

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Windows installing problem

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win7
xml from E2B\_ISO\docs\USB FLASH DRIVE HELPER FILES
autounattend.xml and unattend.xml

Date 20/03/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

You copy the ISO to \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7
When you run the ISO from the menu - it asks you to pick a .XML file.
Q. What XML file did you pick.

Date 20/03/2015

By Agim

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Windows installing problem

Reply

well i have tried all of 3 and i got same error

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