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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 17/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: DOS and NTFS

Reply

external USB hard drives that spin must be treated with great care. Don't move them once they are spinning.
For two partitions did you miss...?
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/multiple-partitions-on-a-usb-flash-drive/
See Make a 'secret' E2B partition on a USB Flash drive
Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/

Date 17/12/2014

By Michael

Subject Re: Re: DOS and NTFS

Reply

Thanks for your quick reply.

It were USB keys, not hdds. Win8 2Go certified. Two Kingston DataTraveler Workspace which lasted for a few months. And one SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express RC8, only lasted for a few days. All of them became quite hot after a few minutes. At least they were fast...

I already stumbled over these pages while searching for a solution. But I was hoping there was something which wouldn't require me to swap the partitions every time I want to add something my FAT partition.
Thinking about it again, it maybe is not to bad with RMprepUSB being portable. So thanks for your hint for thinking about it again :-)
I'd still prefer a solution which doesn't require me to swap the partitions, though.

Date 18/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: DOS and NTFS

Reply

Once you have made the partitions on the E2B drive, then you can boot to E2B and swap the partitions using a menu entry in E2B (and swap back again afterwards using E2B or RMPrepUSB or BootIce).
You can install a driver onto your Windows PC that will treat Removable drives as a fixed drive, so it will allow you to access all partitions on a Removable drive - e.g. hitachi microdrive cfadisk driver just as if it was a hard disk.
P.S. Win8.1ToGo does not work on a Removable drive - it must be Win8 not 8.1!

Date 15/12/2014

By Ran

Subject Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

Hi,
I'm having a trouble installing Windows 7 on certain machines using USB3.0 flash drive (shown as REMOVABLE, on either USB2.0 or USB3.0 ports). I have done my research and already integrated the required INFs into the boot.wim files. After setup starts, I get the infamous "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" error. When browsing, the flash drive isn't listed. On the problematic machines I was only able to proceed by connecting another device, loading the INFs from it, through setup, and then manually running LOADISO from the newly recognized USB3.0 drive.
How can I make it work permanently? How come integrating the drivers into the WIN isn't enough? or better - What's the difference between adding the drivers to boot.wim and adding them manually while in setup??

BTW, strangely enough - I got it to work on several other machines (with USB3.0 ports, of course) - even without making a single change to the original ISO!

Thanks!

Date 15/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

It must be a problem with the driver(s).
Did you just add one USB 3 driver or a whole bucket load?
I have seen problems when installing lots of similar drivers - the driver files eventually end up in the same windows folder - e.g. if USBX uses usbabc.sys and USBY uses usbabc.sys and USBZ also uses usbabc.sys, then the last one to be added to the boot.wim will overwrite the previous ones.
To test this, start with a new original boot.wim and just add the correct USB 3.0 driver for your 'troublesome' system.

Date 15/12/2014

By Ran

Subject Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

Thanks for the fast reply.
I've actually done this, adding only 2 Intel INFs - didn't work. Only when I manually added the same drivers during setup. Thing is, when I list the 3rd party drivers within the WIM, I SEE THEM... What can I possibly do wrong??

Date 15/12/2014

By SteveSI

Subject Re: Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

Are you adding them using Dism?
How are you manually installing them once booted?
Did you try looking at log files?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee851579(v=ws.10).aspx

Date 16/12/2014

By Ran

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

Well... I don't know whether to be happy or even more frustrated...
After trying some other ISOs (all unmodified!), I somehow got it to work, then switched back to the ISO(s) I've tried before - and could never reproduce to problem!! Strange. Very strange!
Something tells me you're gonna hear from me again :)

Anyways, as for what I was doing before (trying for hours to avoid the need of steps 7-12):
1. Extract boot.wim and mount it
2. [Elev. CMD] Dism.exe /image:C:\Mount /Add-Driver /driver:C:\Drivers /recurse
[C:\Drivers contains x86 versions of:
iusb3xhc.inf iusb3xhc.cat iusb3xhc.sys iusb3xhc.man
iusb3hub.inf iusb3hub.cat iusb3hub.sys iusb3hub.man ]
3. Unmount, add boot.wim back to ISO.
4. Copy ISO to _ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7; Make the ISO contiguous
5. Boot from USB and start Windows 7 setup.
6. Click on Install Now. Setup starts (no "blue command window" appears) and the missing driver error appears after few seconds.
7. Plug in another USB with the same drivers on it.
8. Click Browse and select the folder containing the drivers.
9. Select both drivers and click Next
10. Error message appears...
11. Click X to go back to the first setup screen.
12. Click Install Now... Setup run flawlessly.

Thanks again!

Date 16/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

7. plug in another USB ????!!!!!

Then surely the USB 3.0 drivers are loaded - or are you plugging it into a USB 2 port?
Are you using the same USB ports each time? Did you change/re-arrange/remove/add any USB devices?
Did you try unplugging and reconnecting the USB drive?

Date 16/12/2014

By

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

It's a USB3.0 port but a USB2.0 device.
Tried different ports on the computer (DELL laptop).
Tried unplugging and reconnecting to no avail.
I didn't understand your question about change/re-arrange/remove/add any USB devices....

Date 16/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Installing Windows 7 From a (Removable) USB3.0 Flash drive

Reply

If it's a laptop then forget about the change USB devices Q (PCs have many ports and many USB devices (kbd, mouse, wifi, etc) connected - sometimes a different arrangement causes device enumeration is a different order).
So, if you just boot to Win 7 setup - press SHIFT+F10 and run diskpart - LIS DIS and LIS VOL - is the USB 3 device listed?
The INF file should be in X:\WINDOWS\INF (usually oem1.inf or oem2.inf) there should also be corresponding .PNF files - are there?
Then try loading from each C:\WINDOWS\INF\OEMx.inf file or use drvload.exe from the command line.
HTH
Steve

Date 14/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

Hi Steve.

I've found this problem while using a Win7 Setup imgPTN from an ISO to install it under VBox.

1. Booted from my E2B UFD (1st partition FAT32) into E2B Main Menu.
2. Switched to my 2nd PTN (NTFS), where the Win7 Setup imgPTN (FAT32) was stored.
3. Booted the imgPTN and Windows Setup started. After entering required data I went away while Setup performed its job.
4. When I returned, I was expecting to find the CSM menu from my imgPTN. Contrary to that Windows Setup had already rebooted and was waiting for final user input before first logon.
5. After reaching Win7 desktop I rebooted to check what was happening with my USB boot, just find a bootmgr menu, where the 2 options were A) Just installed W7 and B) Boot to Windows Setup (the imgPTN in my USB). My CSM was gone.
6. Using the "Restore CSM/E2B" batch files in \e2b of imgPTN didn't help, no backup was found.
7. I recovered my CSM (and be able to switch to E2B Main Menu) by reinstalling grub4dos to UFD MBR with RMPrepUSB.

Seems like the problem is that Removable USB drives are seen as fixed when using "Virtual Machine USB Boot" tool. Win7 overwrote my UFD MBR and even edited the BCD in my \boot folder thinking it was a 2nd installed OS (although it was just the extracted contents of installation media), hence the bootmgr menu on boot.

I just hope this is not the behavior on real PC, where my UFD will be seen as removable.

Date 14/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

Yes, that is expected.
The USB drive is seen as a hard disk in VBox - what it more significant though is that in the VM, the USB drive is configured as HDD0 and the virtual HDD is HDD1 - so the 'system boot drive' is considered to be HDD0 (the USB drive).
On a real system it does not happen even if you install from a USB HDD.
You can restore the MBR by running RMPrepUSB - Install grub4dos, as you found.

Date 15/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

Thank you Steve, that sounds good.

Btw, ImDisk was updated to 1.8.5 back in september. Maybe next MPI TP and E2B updates could include it. I've found your extracted approach in \firadisk to be very useful to add mount support to bare-bones boot.wims from Windows Setup \sources.

Actually a Win8.1 x64 boot.wim (booted with your wimboot sample menu) happily installs extracted ImDisk and allows running WinNTSetup, so is a quick and nice PE for OS deployment. Tested with XP ISO and Win7 imgPTN.

Date 17/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

For XP installs you really need an ISO with added SATA\SCSI\RAID drivers. The vanilla ISO needs DPMS which is included in E2B and WinSetupFromUSB.
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/e2b-v162beta1-windows-xp-install-isos.html

Date 18/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

I've been reading that article with great interest because 2 weeks ago I was performing a deep review of the available approaches to deploy my OS ISOs (XP and W7) from an E2B UFD.

I tested all methods described here and at RMPrepUSB site, and those listed in your above article.

Honestly, my conclusion was that WinNTSetup was the most straightforward and "clean" approach since it doesn't require "pre-processing" of OS sources (imgPTN conversion, Rufus creation, WinSetupFromUSB creation, etc). I was surprised this software solution wasn't mentioned in the article, because is perfectly compatible with E2B in regards to the "easy to maintain" concept.

Actually using it is like "Install from PE" method, but you can use it for deploying any Windows. And it handles "custom" ISOs (driverpacks, post-install activity) just fine. Even the W7 install problem I described before didn't happen on VBox, because WinNTSetup set up properly in advance the bootldr+BCD chain, before first reboot, avoiding W7 setup "guessing".

And please note that I LOVE your imgPTN option. Actually I don't mind converting my W7 to imgPTN since I usually have to modify original sources to suit my needs, so it saves me from the re-create ISO step. Since I can mount with ImDisk in read-only mode, it also ensures that imgPTN remains untouched after creation.

Date 18/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Win7 Setup imgPTN

Reply

.imgPTN files were originally devised so that E2B could support UEFI booting (linux, konboot, etc. as well as Windows) without any complicated menu/bcd editing.
I haven't used WinNTSetup much, but of course you can use it with E2B. WinNTSetup seems to need an install.wim file which means it must be extracted from the ISO first. It also has problems with encrypted .esd files.
As regards XP, can you install a vanilla MS XP Install ISO to an AHCI system with WinNTSetup without expert knowledge and having the right drivers on hand? You can do this easily with WinSetupFromUSB and E2B.
I will have to take a closer look at it some time though, especially as it can be scripted and thus automated.
thanks for the idea.

Date 12/12/2014

By whiplite

Subject Persistence and Menus

Reply

Hi again
I using a couple vesions of linux and need persistence in most of them. I have accomplished it by following the .mnu sample files.
The poblem is that some of the instuctions tell me specific sub foldes to save them in i.e. _iso\mainmenu\mnu\slax8_32 for the extracted SLAX iso. or _iso\linux\mnu for linux mint etc. This make the persistence work which i'm grateful for but It changes the mainmenu list and linux lists. and seems to use the file name as a list entry.

Is there a way to keep persistence working while stile being able to create a .mnu file for the title and help text?
And (it would be nice) to be able to list all my distros and utilities in the main menu with persistence active if need be.

Date 12/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Persistence and Menus

Reply

I am not sure what you mean? If you want all your distro .mnu files and ISOs in the Main menu then put them in the \_ISO\MAINMENU\MNU folder.
Most .mnu files use the $HOME$ variable - this is translated by E2B to be the foldername of where ever you place the .mnu file. So you can move them to wherever you like.
The .mnu file determines the menu entry and menu help text - you can change this to whatever you like.
If you want to have two entries for each ISO - one for persistence and the other non-persistent, you can do this by adding a few lines to your persistent .mnu file - e.g.

title HERE IS MY non-persistent linux\n HERE IS MY HELP TEXT
/%grub%/QRUN.G4B $HOME$/MYISO.ISO

This will run the MYISO.ISO as if it was just placed in the \_ISO\xxx folder.
See http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/about-mnu-files/

In the case of slax - you can either place the ISO file in \_ISO\MAINMENU or use the persistent ,mnu and press ESC key as detailed in http://www.slax.org/en/documentation.php#booting

Date 13/12/2014

By whiplite

Subject Re: Re: Persistence and Menus

Reply

Thanks for the help i figured it out. I was was following the file paths examples in the "sample.mnu" file too strictly. I just moved all the .iso and .mnu files to the main menu folder and changed the title and help text within the sample mnu file for each distro. this accomplished listing all the distros in the main menu with my titles/help text and having persistence on the ones i needed it on.
Thanks to you for the help and if your not the creator thanks to them for the files. If i had some funds i would donate but i'm trying to get back on my feet.
after trying xboot, mlutiboot, uneboot, yumi, lulu, and probably a dozen others this was the system that work for me so far.
now to test on multiple systems

Date 13/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Persistence and Menus

Reply

No problem. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to just drop the .mnu and iso files onto an E2B drive.
You can change the order of the entries in each menu by changing the name of the .iso file or the .mnu file
You can change how the .iso file is listed by creating a matching .txt file. Watch the videos at the bottom of the Home page for more help and demos.

Date 12/12/2014

By Timo

Subject fade out the version number

Reply

Hey Guys,
at the top of my main menu e2b displays me the version number of g4d: grub4dos 0.4.6a 2014-11-10, Mem: 630k/1945m.....
is there any possibility to fade out this message ?

Date 12/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: fade out the version number

Reply

Use latest E2B v1.61

Date 12/12/2014

By Timo

Subject Re: Re: fade out the version number

Reply

I already use the latest version. Maybe any Code to disable it ?

Date 12/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: fade out the version number

Reply

Easy2Boot covers this up with a menu heading, Easy2Boot uses grub4dos 0.4.5c by default.
Therefore you must have changed E2B in some way. I cannot tell you how to fix it unless you can tell me what changes you have made. Are you using a MyE2B.cfg file?

Date 11/12/2014

By whiplite

Subject customizung further

Reply

I hope someone can help me with this.

My goal is to configure the master password page so that only the backgound image is shown i.e. NO password prompt. i got rid of the "E2B password text" no problem but it still gives me a "password:" prompt. I've made the standard text color black/black and this helps because my image is dark but the cursor is a bright white. kind of defeats the purpose, which is to give no indication to the user to even enter a password.

Thank you in advance for any help with this.

also THANK YOU for this awesome program and the chance to learn something new.

Date 12/12/2014

By Steve Si

Subject Re: customizung further

Reply

See http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/

For more grub4dos tips see
http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/grub4dos
http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/grub4dos/grub4dos-internal-variables-and-functions

# skip if already loaded menu once
if exist DONEMENU goto :pok

# set screen to show bitmap immediately
call Fn.70 3
# load bitmap
splashimage /_ISO/docs/Templates/Aliums/Aliums.bmp.gz > nul
# show bitmap
clear

# turn off cursor
call Fn.70 0
:mpwd
password fred > nul && goto :pok
goto :mpwd
:pok

# reset to normal mode after good password (use Fn.70 0 if you want background to be cleared)
call Fn.70 3

Date 07/12/2014

By kiko

Subject Pb with Windows 7 Live CD

Reply

Hi,
Can you help me, please ? I would like to use my Windows7LiveCD (not installable CD), created with WIN7PE in my e2b USB key. I tried different solutions:

1
I put Windows7LiveCD.iso file in differents folders like:
\_ISO\MAINMENU\
\_ISO\WIN
\_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7\
\_ISO\WINPE\

i boot on USB key, i choose my Windows7LiveCD, the OS boot and a few seconds after the logo of Windows 7, i have the BSOD blue screen of the death with this error: *** STOP: 0x0000007B ....
2
i extract the contents of the ISO directly to the root of E2B drive and then use a \_ISO\MAINMENU\Windows7LiveCD.mnu file containing:
title Windows7LiveCD
chainloader /bootmgr

I have following error:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B ....

Can you help me, please ?
Thank you for this e2b software, it is very much good

The solution will be able for Windows XP liveCD created by BartPe ?

Date 07/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Pb with Windows 7 Live CD

Reply

It should work either from ISO or as flat extracted files.
Windows 7 does not have USB 3 drivers - are you booting from a USB 2.0 port or USB 3.0?
I have Windows 7 LiveCD from usb.iso - it works fine just as .iso in Easy2Boot for me.

Date 07/12/2014

By

Subject Re: Re: Pb with Windows 7 Live CD

Reply

i boot from usb 2.0 port. My test computer does not have USB 3.0 port.

Date 07/12/2014

By

Subject Re: Re: Pb with Windows 7 Live CD

Reply

I have only one W7LiveCD.iso file, which is fully fonctionnal on bootable cdrom. i will try another one if i find one.
Never mind !

Date 09/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Pb with Windows 7 Live CD

Reply

The following thread may help you, Section 3 "Boot Win7 VHD Image file from USB":

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=23553

It seems that you need to fix the registry in Win7 in your live CD in order for it to work from USB (step 14).

Date 05/12/2014

By John

Subject Microsoft Deployment Toolkit LiteTouch .ISO

Reply

I have an MDT LiteTouch .ISO, which is an deployable image of Windows 7, captured using Windows Deployment Service. I can boot to this .ISO from DVD or from a single .ISO USB stick (using Rufus to burn the image to USB). When adding this .ISO to Easy2Boot, it will boot to MDT, however, it can't find the X:\Deploy directory, which is where the deployment share files are at. Maybe I'm not adding the ISO to the correct folder? I tried under Windows 7, and WinPE folder and neither 1 works.
Thank you

Date 06/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit LiteTouch .ISO

Reply

Are you sure you mean X:\Deploy? X: is the RAM Drive and loaded from boot.wim - it should be there.
If however you mean the USB drive or CD, then I think you will have to make a .imgPTN file from the ISO. Lookup MakePartImage on this site for details.
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/makepartimage/
and watch the video. Use FAT32 when making the image to allow for UEFI booting.
Add the .imgPTN file to the \_ISO\MAINMENU (or any other 2nd level menu folder except \_ISO\WINDOWS)

Date 08/12/2014

By John

Subject Re: Re: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit LiteTouch .ISO

Reply

Creating an .imgPNT file is exactly what I needed; the images work. Thank you so much.
One note: I used NTFS MPI instead of FAT32, since the images are more than 8GB.
Thanks again.

Date 22/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit LiteTouch .ISO

Reply

If the size of the .imgPTN file is over 4GB then the E2B drive must be NTFS. As long as all the files INSIDE the .imgPTN file are <4GB then you can use MPI_FAT32 (or MPI_NTFS).

Date 11/11/2014

By ttminh

Subject multiple boot usb drive

Reply

i have 2T seagate usb drive, i want to have multiple boot choice of 1 windows 8 running on the usb drive, the other boot to any iso image of windows install, UBCD, hiren's, antivirus recovery disk ...etc
I read on rmprepusb and easy2boot but not clearly understand how, so many thanks for any help :D

Date 11/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: multiple boot usb drive

Reply

You can install win8 first on a freshly formatted USB drive and then add the E2B files to the same partition.
OR
You could have two primary partitions, Win8 to go on the first and E2B on the 2nd.
You will need to make the USB drive boot to the E2B menu by installing grub4dos using RMPrepUSB. Then you can either add a .mnu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU or for a quicker boot you can edit the \menu.lst file and add extra menus

title E2B
configfile /_ISO/e2b/grub/menu.lst

title Win8
root (hd0,0)
chainloader /bootmgr

For WinToGo see
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/add-windows-78-to-go-images-to-your.html

Due to many BIOSes not being able to access sectors past 137GB on USB drives however, you should keep the total size of both partitions to below 137GB.
If you just use one partition for both E2B and Windows, then you could make a 130GB 1st partition and use the 2nd partition for a data partition for Windows.

Date 08/11/2014

By Carrot Cruncher

Subject Chromium OS Images

Reply

Hi. Should I be able to boot these image files (.img) using Easy2Boot:
http://chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk/
The partition table looks like this:
parted Camd64OS-20141101010101.img print
Model: (file)
Disk Camd64OS-20141101010101.img: 2590MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags:
Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
11 32.8kB 8421kB 8389kB RWFW
6 8421kB 8422kB 512B KERN-C
7 8422kB 8422kB 512B ROOT-C
9 8422kB 8423kB 512B reserved
10 8423kB 8423kB 512B reserved
2 10.5MB 27.3MB 16.8MB KERN-A
4 27.3MB 44.0MB 16.8MB KERN-B
8 44.0MB 60.8MB 16.8MB ext4 OEM
12 128MB 145MB 16.8MB fat16 EFI-SYSTEM boot
5 145MB 147MB 2097kB ROOT-B
3 147MB 1499MB 1353MB ext2 ROOT-A
1 1499MB 2573MB 1074MB ext4 STATE

When I try I get:
Disk error on boot
Do I need to do anything special for this type of image?
Thanks.

Date 08/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Chromium OS Images

Reply

No. You can't boot complex disk images and that is way to complex!
Simple hard disk images .imghd or .vhd can be booted but they must contains an OS that has a single-stage bootloader.

Date 08/11/2014

By Carrot Cruncher

Subject Re: Re: Chromium OS Images

Reply

Thanks for confirming.

Date 03/11/2014

By TechDud

Subject Easy2Boot - DriverPack updates?

Reply

Is there anything i can change for upcoming DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32 [Nightlies]?
Perhaps changes in DPMS_z87.zip or elsewhere could be integrated with credits to SteveSi (et al) in changelogs?
Am adding following HWID's to ..\i\9\dps7achi.inf (XP-RST11.2)
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1F23&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1F32&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1F33&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0F23&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_8D62&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_9C03&CC_0106,
(2k3)
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1F23&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1F33&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0F23&CC_0106,PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_9C03&CC_0106
Symbios24 seems to have found a bug affecting one AMD AHCI HWID, and a fix for that is in the works too.
Thank you for the write-up too, by the way. :)
http ://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/adding-latest-dpms/
A reminder that all updated NT5 packs can be obtained via this search for [Nightlies]: http ://forum.driverpacks.net/search.php?search_id=1573691157
For the reader, please remember, true Friends don't let friends run XP for internet access! http://forum.driverpacks.net/viewtopic.php?id=10886 Activation is the only internet access an XP install should ever see now. WLAN can use cable, btw.

I'm thankful as well to those who started the DriverPacks project in the first place, and all those many people whom have selflessly contributed their time too in the last decade or so. You can find me in that forum.
Thank you, SteveSi! :)

Date 02/11/2014

By Alon

Subject Slow boot

Reply

Hi Steve.
First, as other mentioned before, let me thank you for an amazing software. I was looking for ALL in One solution for a long time :)
In your YouTube video, after deploying the E2B to your pen drive, i saw that it is taking only 5 seconds to boot (using QEMO)
In my case it takes no less than a minute :( (QEMO and Actual Boot)
I followed the steps in the video precisely .
i Have tried the following:
1. Different E2B version (Easy2Boot_v1.58DPMS + Easy2Boot_v1.11)
2. Different Pen USB (32 TOSHIBA + KINGSTON 16)
3. Different PC
Any suggestions?
Thank U again :)
Alon,

Date 02/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Slow boot

Reply

QEMU is slow to boot - may take 20-40 seconds.
Most of my videos are speeded up if I use QEMU.
Best to use VirtualBox which is much faster.
A real system should boot in 15-30 seconds.
In the Utilities menu there is a Measure BIOS USB performance menu entry - what timings do you get on a real system - on my EeePC + USB 2 Corsair 32Gb pendrive I get 100 loops = 10 seconds which is pretty slow as the USB BIOS is very slow.
P.S. Formatting the E2B USB drive as FAT32 should improve the boot speed.

Date 03/11/2014

By Alon

Subject Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

Thank U for the fast Reply.
I am using FAT32 and not NTFS.
This are the numbers i am getting when using the speed test:
100 loops - 53 Seconds
1000 loops - 8 Minutes and 49 Seconds
I am guessing that those numbers are not good :)

Date 03/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

Yep - you can test the speed of your USB drives using RMPrepUSB - Speed Test, but I suspect that your BIOS USB internal driver code is really bad!
Why not try the grub4dos 0.4.6 version (menu entry in E2B) and then select the Load USB driver option - then do the 100 loop E2B speed test. If the grub4dos USB driver finds the USB drive, then the speed should be a lot faster and proves that it is your BIOS that is slow.
There are lots of tips for speeding up E2B in the FAQ page.

Date 03/11/2014

By Alon

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

It Worked!! It is now extremely faster (100 Loop test takes only 1 seconds :)
One question remain though. How do i keep using the grub4dos 0.4.6?
In the FAQ you wrote:
"To always enable the Grub4dos USB driver use set GRUB_USB=Y in your \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file to permanently enable it"
But i only have "Sample_MyE2B.cfg" (which is set to Y in GRUB_USB, but it is not really enabled)
Thank again steve :)

Date 03/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

You are supposed to copy the Sample_MyE2B.cfg file to MyE2B.cfg and then edit it (as it says in the file and on this website) - if you prefer, just make a \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg text file using Notepad

!BAT
set GRUB_USB=Y

Date 03/11/2014

By Alon

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

I must have missed that :/
Sorry for the troubles, and tnx for all your support!!

Date 03/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Slow boot

Reply

No problem. I recommend VirtualBox+DavidB's VMUB utility - it makes testing your E2B drive so much easier and it is fast (if you have a USB 3 drive and USB 3 port it will run at USB 3 speeds under Windows).
See http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/how-to-boot-from-usb-under-vmware-server and watch the video.

Date 01/11/2014

By Starla

Subject PTN2_Menu.mnu Error

Reply

Hi Steve.
First of all thank you for your hard, hard work developing, improving and fixing this incredible software.
I'm using E2B 1.57a Beta11 (last 1.57a before 1.58). Everything is working good so far, except the Sample PTN2_Menu.mnu is not working for me. Here are 2 shots from VBox, same error in my real PC.
http://i62.tinypic.com/2lbcbis.png
http://i59.tinypic.com/2pzw56r.png
I have 2 primary PTNs. PTN1 is FAT32 and contains E2B files. PTN2 is NTFS and contains 2 big imgPTN files under _ISO folder. I can change "Accessible Windows PTN" with RMPrepUSB without problems, and even tools like Paragon HD Manager and Easeus Partition Master can see both PTNs in my UFD when launched from E2B in VBox.
I think the problem is that PTN2_Menu.mnu has to be updated somehow due to all changes/fixes in grldr/QAUTO.g4b, but I'm not sure.
Thanks in advance

Date 01/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: PTN2_Menu.mnu Error

Reply

Hi - did you edit lines 1 and 3 as in the instructions inside the .mnu file? in your case you want hd0,1 ...
e.g.
iftitle [ls (hd0,1)/_ISO/ > nul && if "%GFX%"==""] ^Ctrl+2 PARTITION 2 Payload Files Menu [Ctrl+2]\n Run payload files in Partition 2 \\_ISO folder
set LBACKMENU=(bd)/%grub%/menu.lst
(bd)/%grub%/QAUTO.g4b .automenu (hd0,1)/_ISO
debug 0
configfile (md)0x3000+0x50

I will try to make this clearer in the next version!

Date 01/11/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: PTN2_Menu.mnu Error

Reply

I miss to edit line 3:
(%myhd%) -> (hd0,1)
I thought it was one of your variables, like %grub%, and this was correctly set in line 1.
Sorry and thank you Steve!

Date 28/10/2014

By Devon

Subject Running a Cosair GTX 128gb usb flash drive

Reply

The flash drive shows up as "fixed disk" in RMPrepUSB... therefore when i go to install windows, it gets stuck after the install part, saying it needs drivers for cd. Meaning the emulator cannot find the xml because it is looking for a "removable disk" Alot of the drives today are of the "fixed disk" type, its just the way they are being manufactured. And there is no way to permanently modify the flash drive to be "removable" Last resort is me asking yall to add support for the "fixed disks" in the next update.

Date 28/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Running a Cosair GTX 128gb usb flash drive

Reply

Hi
There is a manual fix for this which is to use SHIFT+F10 to open a Windows console and then run the \_ISO\e2b\firadisk\LOADISO.cmd file. See http://www.easy2boot.com/testing-e2b/using-qemu-or-virtual-box/
The other way is to make a .imgPTN file from the Windows install ISO. If you do this then not only will it work from a hard disk, but you can also install when booting from a UEFI system too. You can also try the .imgPTNAUTO file extension to avoid the warning text before it switches in the partition image.

Date 23/10/2014

By Just assking

Subject Windows 7 installation problem

Reply

Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB fixed disk, using MBR installation of Windows 7 (with a Win8.1 boot.wim) via imgPTN on a Lenovo G510 notebook USB 2.0 port.

After installation loads, choose language, choose "Install now" and then getting error "A media driver your computer needs is missing". Any advice?

Date 23/10/2014

By SteveSI

Subject Re: Windows 7 installation problem

Reply

When it boots to setup, press SHIFT+F10 to open a command console.
Then look at all drives (e.g. use Notepad - File Open or dir C:) - can you find the USB drive?
If you can then problem is caused by using the win8 boot.wim file (e.g. looking for a file like install.esd or something that it cannot find).
If you cannot see the USB drive then probably the boot.wim does not have the correct drivers for your USB controller.

Date 25/10/2014

By Just assking

Subject Re: Re: Windows 7 installation problem

Reply

The installation can see the USB drive ("notepad - file open" let's me explore it). I used win8 boot.wim so that I could use install.esd format, instead of *.wim to save space on the flash drive, but I guess I'll have to return to win7 boot.wim, and the larger install.wim, which work fine.

Date 17/10/2014

By Tealk

Subject Windows Image

Reply

Hi, if i install Windows 7/8 from a Boot Stick with E2B i have there some options to choos key like this "http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/windows-install-isos/windows-8-install-isos/"
But if i use a key from there the installation aborts

Date 17/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows Image

Reply

You must use the correct key - see FAQ page for help.

Date 14/10/2014

By irma_e2b

Subject partition ??

Reply

google traduction for my post - i'm french
hello,
OS linux mint13-maya update
E2B 1.55a not dpms
E2B: http: //www.easy2boot.com
I have a usb key I made this: http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/thumb/1413214593.png
1 partition fat 32 with 4GB easy2boot (called "EasyBoot") which contains
- partedmagic
- Boot repair
- Details
1 4GB encrypted partition (called "crypt") which contains
- My documents
no problem, the boot drive and E2B fully functional
no problem with the encrypted partition
accuracy:
I also did these tests with one partition 8GB fat and so is
I noticed by cons:
E2B when I leave and return in mint13
I plug in my key
- Partition "EasyBoot" rise automatically: OK
- Partition "crypt" rise automatically: OK
BUT there is a new partition mounted more http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/thumb/1413214775.png
she was appointed to be partedmagic, bootrepair, tails depending on what I used in E2B
gparted does not see
Disk Utility sees it, lets take it apart, then remove
Have you encountered this problem?
how can it be automatically deleted?
thank you

Date 14/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: partition ??

Reply

Your .png files are fuzzy and too small - I cannot see any detail.
What payload files do you have exactly (.ISO, .imgPTN)?
Please send output from RMPrepUSB - Drive Info - 0
Are you referring to the small hidden partition on the USB drive that is made by RMPartUSB\RMPrepUSB?

Date 14/10/2014

By irma_e2b

Subject Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

mon OS est LINUX MINT13 (équivalant ubuntu 12.04)
RMPrepUSB ne marche pas sous linux (avec wine)
images plus grandes
création partition
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1413214593.png
le problème
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1413214775.png
les images sont .ISO (partedmagic - bootrepair)

Date 14/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

The partition is created by E2B.
It is the ISO file that is mapped to ptn4

ptn1 = E2B
ptn 2 = unused
ptn 3 = used by some E2B .mnu files for persistence
ptn 4 = E2B maps ISO to this partition

If you reboot to E2B, then E2B will delete ptn 4 automatically.

Date 16/10/2014

By irma_e2b

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

thank you for all the answers

Case 1:
E2B boot on partedmagic and utiliise
it restarts partirmagic
the partition is not deleted from the key
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1413438603.png

2nd case:
E2B boot on bootrepair and is used
we leave bootrepair turning off the pc
the partition is not deleted from the key
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1413438689.png

3rd case:
E2B is used or an ISO pmagic bootrepair
is restarted BUT you must leave reappear menu E2B
and then we reboot from E2B
partition is deleted
everything is ok
http://pix.toile-libre.org/upload/original/1413438732.png

Date 16/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

Yes, that is all expected.
When E2B boots to the Main Menu it clears the partition entry.
E2B creates a new partition when you run an ISO.
When you reboot to E2B Main Menu it will clear the partition entry again.
I don't understand why this is a problem - that is how E2B works.

Date 16/10/2014

By irma_e2b

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

no it is not a problem, I did not understand how to operate
because I created two partitions on my key and the E2B me in a crushing
I understand better now and I can fit as I want
thank you very much for the info

Date 16/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: partition ??

Reply

How E2B Works
http://www.easy2boot.com/faq-/how-e2b-works/

Date 08/10/2014

By Emil Skibsted

Subject Support for 32bit Linux Deepin

Reply

Hi all,
I am trying to get Deepin to work on my 64GB USB pen, but I can only get the 64bit to load, the 32bit stops before it finishes booting.
I am very new to E2B and Linux so might be a stupid question...
cheers

Date 08/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Support for 32bit Linux Deepin

Reply

I downloaded the ISO and tested under VBox - works fine for me. MD5 is 142696171e39c98e10a21f8221b967e9

Date 03/10/2014

By Dominic

Subject Live USB

Reply

Hi ! i have an iso of mini windows 8, is there a way to boot it with the extract iso. I will explain my self, I want to be able to make change on my mini windows and keep it when I reboot

Date 03/10/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Live USB

Reply

Hi
Most mini-Windows have a /sources/boot,wim file which is loaded into RAM. If you have this then you cannot make changes to it.
You can extract the contents of the ISO directly to your E2B drive and then use a /_ISO/MAINMENU/Mini8.mnu file containing
title Mini-Win8
chainloader /bootmgr

OR
you can use the MPI toolpack to make a .imgPTN file from the ISO.
However, as explained, I don't think it will remember any changes. For that you need a full Win8 To Go install. http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/add-windows-78-to-go-images-to-your.html

Date 03/10/2014

By Dominic

Subject Re: Re: Live USB

Reply

Thank you very much !
This look really interesting : http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/add-windows-78-to-go-images-to-your.html
But i wanna test this before
You can extract the contents of the ISO directly to your E2B drive and then use a \_ISO\MAINMENU\Mini8.mnu file containing
title Mini-Win8
chainloader /bootmgr

The only question I have to you is where I put the content of the iso and how i call it in the .mnu file !?

Date 03/10/2014

By SteveSI

Subject Re: Re: Re: Live USB

Reply

extract the iso to the root of the drive
i already told you how to make a .mnu file.

Date 29/09/2014

By erenz

Subject CSM mode with 2 partition

Reply

hi there, is there a way to make csm mode using 1st partition only, not using whole HDD but only the 1st partition?

Date 29/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: CSM mode with 2 partition

Reply

Use an .imgPTN23 file extension for the .imgPTN file. This will keep partitions 2 and 3 on the E2B drive.

Date 29/09/2014

By erenz

Subject Re: Re: CSM mode with 2 partition

Reply

Dear Steve, thx for your reply
i'm testing it and it's working, you really made my day :D

Date 28/09/2014

By Amir

Subject making boot DVD

Reply

hi
before anything great thanks for professional program
I want to ask:
Is there any method that when i created usb Drive completely , make an iso from it to write it on dvd and boot from DVD?
best regards

Date 28/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: making boot DVD

Reply

Yes and No! RMPrepUSB has a feature (File - Make grub4dos ISO from Drive), which will turn a grub4dos bootable USB drive into a grub4dos bootable ISO. The problem is this won't work with Easy2Boot because Easy2Boot is designed to be run from a writeable drive that has a MBR partitition.
Some things may work, but for most things like linux ISO booting, Windows ISO booting, etc. you must make your own .mnu files that do not rely on partnew or other tricks used by E2B. See the Make an E2B drive - Make and burn an E2B DVD page for details.

Date 26/09/2014

By Bob

Subject MakePartImage textmode

Reply

Can anybody help me to get MakePartImage CSM Menu into textmode?

Date 28/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: MakePartImage textmode

Reply

(accidentally deleted thread - sorry!)
change menu.lst in .\CUSTOM folder to graphicsmodes -1 640 and no splashimage
Try changing two lines to this
set CHBTM=2401 ;; # HELP TEXT BOTTOM POSITION XXYY
set CHELPTEXT=\x20 This menu has booted in MBR\\CSM Mode (not UEFI) \x20
if you use 640x480 you will have less rows in the menu, so you need to adjust things (much easier if you used 800x600!)

Date 18/09/2014

By Ray

Subject Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

Is there a way I can install Windows 7 without specifying an unattended file?

Date 19/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

Why do you not want to use an xml file?
You can convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file - that does not require a xml file.

Date 20/09/2014

By Ray

Subject Re: Re: Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

I will be installing to many different PCs and do want to load any settings.

Date 20/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

If you choose the Default E2B XML file then there are no 'settings'.
Have you actually tried it?

Date 08/11/2014

By Kronical

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

I too would like to bypass this. I want the original "Install Now" screen with the Recovery options, not the automated recovery done by E2B.

Date 08/11/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Using no Unattended File to install Windows 7

Reply

You will get the Blue Console Windows which asks for Recovery, just press ENTER or N + ENTER and it will go to the normal Windows Install GUI.

Date 13/09/2014

By Ed

Subject Getting Hirens on e2b menu

Reply

Hello,
I'm been trying to get hiren's to show up on the e2b main boot menu but haven't had any luck and I've tried the guide here:
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/hirens-isos/
with no success. I have a 32 GB USB flash drive that runs e2b without issue. I'm hoping someone knows of a simple way to make it show up.

Date 13/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Getting Hirens on e2b menu

Reply

Any file placed in \_ISO\MAINMENU folder will show up as long as it does not end in . or .txt or .mnu or .cmd.
If a .iso file does not show up in the menu then it must have a file extension of . or .txt or .mnu or .cmd.

Date 10/09/2014

By Niraj K. Yadav

Subject Kudos!

Reply

E2B makes life so much easier. I now have a 128 GB USB 3 UFD that can install every OS that I have access to install, from XP --> Win 8, plus many other files, like Office .ISOs, and every AV rescue disc I could find using 3 different repositories for them, all on a single UFD (with a duplicate for a backup, just in case ;p).
RMPrepUSB is an awesome tool in and of itself, but E2B takes all of the hassle out of, well, everything!
Kudos!

Date 04/09/2014

By Catsrules

Subject Easy2boot with PXE?

Reply

I just had a thought, could Easy2boot be modified to work with a PXE boot server? This would be very powerful tool for a large environment with many computers like a school.

Date 04/09/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Easy2boot with PXE?

Reply

No - it needs real media with a writeable partition table.
Have you looked at SERVA? It is relatively easy to set up and you do not need to touch the DHCP server at all (so you won't upset the school servers or admin!).
http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/serva

Date 04/09/2014

By Catsrules

Subject Re: Re: Easy2boot with PXE?

Reply

I didn't know PXE is not writable. I guess I just assumed that is was. Darn
But I will give Serva a try, it sounds like a cool program. But not as cool at Easy2Boot :)

Date 24/08/2014

By tamir

Subject imDisk.iso was unexpected at this time?

Reply

hello there,
i installed easy2boot on my usb flash, and i was booting nicely to the grub menu but when i did open the windows install there was an unknown problem which i tried to search my self with no luck. when the blue cmd screen opened it stopped the progress by saying "mounting the windowsinstall.iso using imDisk,iso was unexpected at this time"
image:
http://i.imgur.com/LqySaM4.png?1
so i tried an older versions of e2b (1.54,1.53,1.50,1.41) and the only one that worked for me was 1.04.
i want to be updated with this wonderful utility so i need your help here buddy

Date 24/08/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: imDisk.iso was unexpected at this time?

Reply

Please avoid iso filenames that have ( ) or & in them.
Just use A-Z0-9_-

Date 25/08/2014

By tamir

Subject Re: Re: imDisk.iso was unexpected at this time?

Reply

work like a charm, thanks steve keep up the good work!

Date 25/08/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: imDisk.iso was unexpected at this time?

Reply

Try v1.56Beta - may be able to use () and & in filenames now.

Date 24/08/2014

By Starla

Subject Win7 installation from 2nd partition on removable USB drive (not the E2B partition)

Reply

Hi all. Only 3 days into all this amazing E2B thing, so please sorry if this does not make sense at all. I've been reading the articles about using E2B with a 2 partition removable drive, the limitations regarding Windows installation ISOs (must be on the E2B partition) and the useful E2B_PTN_SWAP.mnu option. But what if I use an imgPTN of the Win7 ISO (or a imgPTN of corresponding Rufus USB drive) instead of the Win7 ISO itself, so
PTN1: FAT32, E2B files + less than 4GB payloads + PTN2_Menu.mnu
PTN2: NTFS, imgPTN Win7 installation + other greater than 4 GB payloads (imgPTN where required).

Could it work to install Win7?

Thanks in advance.

Date 24/08/2014

By SteveSI

Subject Re: Win7 installation from 2nd partition on removable USB drive (not the E2B partition)

Reply

Yes, it should work.

Date 25/08/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Win7 installation from 2nd partition on removable USB drive (not the E2B partition)

Reply

Great, I will test it then. Thank you so much.

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