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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 09/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Possible bug in latest VBox 5.2.8 triggered by E2B menu.lst

Reply

Problem reproduced by VBox devs. It doesn't just crash Windows either but other OS's. To my mind, I think they should withdraw 5.2.8 urgently, as it could cost people hours of lost work if it crashes their host system...

Date 09/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Possible bug in latest VBox 5.2.8 triggered by E2B menu.lst

Reply

I have re-released E2B v1.98 and modified the map (md)0x300+0x800 code line. It should have been (md)0x300+200 but somehow got modified at some point. It was copying 1M of memory when it should have been only 100K.
The new version of E2B does not cause a BSOD on my system now with VBOX 5.2.8. Can you test too pls?

Date 11/03/2018

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Possible bug in latest VBox 5.2.8 triggered by E2B menu.lst

Reply

Tested latest E2B 1.98 with revised menu.lst (20180309) on VBox 5.2.8: NO BSOD for me.

Nice job Steve. It seems that 5.2.8 introduced some kind of wrong memory handling behaviour causing the problem with old line 504 instance. According to devs it's already fixed in currrent 5.2.9? dev build.

I'll keep testing 5.2.8 with latest E2B in the meantime.

Thanks a lot for your time looking into this and the continous improvement of E2B!

Date 05/03/2018

By dexter

Subject Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

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Hi to all.
My e2b usb drive (made it with Easy2Boot v1.97A), 16GB.
The following files in "_ISO\MAINMENU\MNU\":
- pmagic_2018_01_08.mnu (properly edited from "Parted_Magic_2016_Live_Persistent.mnu").
- pmagic_2018_01_08.iso
- pmagic_2018_01_08.txt
File "pmagic_2018_01_08.SQFS" in \pmagic\pmodules\
It boots and loads, all fine.
After some working/settings inside parted magic, double clicking on "Quit" icon (on parted magic desktop), then click on "Save Session", then selected option is "Save: User settings from /root and /etc are...", click on "Ok" and here the error message:
"Save Session Notice - Unable to continue. Please verify that the Parted Magic USB is connected"
(but my usb e2b drive is connected).
Many thanks.

Date 05/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

It sounds like it cannot find the SQFS file.
If you delete it, do you get the same symptoms?
If so, check the spelling and case of the SQFS file - in the ISO it is all uppercase...?

Date 05/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

Just tested it using VBOX and no problems. Upper or lower case for the SQFS both work on detection/booting.
Can you see and access the USB drive when under pmagic linux?
P.S. I tested it on a real system and now I get the same error on save! It picks up the Save file OK on boot, and if I choose 'delete Save file' then it deletes it OK, but it does not want to save it! Not sure if this is a just a problem with 2018 version all also previous versions.
Strange that it works under VBOX (where USB drive appears as a non-USB HDD).

Date 05/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

OK - I think I have figured out what is going on!
For *detection* and loading of the save file on boot, the SQFS filename can be upper or lower case.
BUT, when *saving* the Save file, the SQFS filename must be all uppercase!
P.S. You don't need a mnu file - if you select the ISO file in the E2B menu and hold down the SHIFT key, it will run ISOBOOT and run the 32-bit version of pmagic and the Save feature will be enabled (if the SQFS file is present).

Date 05/03/2018

By dexter

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

> P.S. You don't need a mnu file - if you select
> the ISO file in the E2B menu and hold down the
> SHIFT key, it will run ISOBOOT and run
> the 32-bit version of pmagic and the Save
> feature will be enabled (if the SQFS file
> is present).

But I would like to run the 64bit version: any chance to do that (e.g. with mnu file and SQFS file with its name all uppercase)? Thanks a lot Steve, You've been very fast.

Date 05/03/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

Your .mnu file should work fine (I assume).
Just make sure the filename of the actual file on the E2B drive is in uppercase -
\pmagic\pmodules\PMAGIC_2018_01_08.SQFS

Date 06/03/2018

By dexter

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Parted Magic's save session: doesn't work

Reply

I tried with uppercase file name: It worked (on save session PM created the file xxx..sqfm next to file xxx.SQFS)!!!!
many thanks Steve!!!

Date 27/02/2018

By Yura

Subject Strange list

Reply

After some update I get strange moving to scroll.
Please see video: https://youtu.be/329cajdl3s0

Date 27/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Strange list

Reply

strange - but without more details I cannot help.
See the FAQ pages for help with debugging.

Date 28/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Strange list

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You are using GFX=NONE but you have not changed the menu size parameters.
The defaults menu parameters for a 800x600 screen and are:
set noitems=24
set tophelp=26
set HBTM=3502

But if you use text mode GFX=NONE, then you have 640x400 pixels which has 80 chars by 25 lines. So the default values need to be changed.
# if GFX=NONE then may be in 640x400 = 80 x 25 lines (sometimes 80 x 30 with some BIOSes)
set noitems=17
set tophelp=19
set HBTM=2400
set HELPTEXT=Here is help text

# if you want 640x480 80x30 lines - use this in your MyE2B.cfg
graphicsmode -1 640 480
set noitems=18
set tophelp=20
set HBTM=2900
set HELPTEXT=Here is help text

tophelp is normally set to topstart+noitems

Date 06/02/2018

By PaydenKP

Subject Easy2Boot - How to disable unattend for Windows 2008 R2 Server ISO?

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I'm trying to install Windows 2008 R2 Server, but it keeps saying the ProductKey can't be found. This is because I wish to manually enter this. How can I disable unattend and just install as normal?
I've tried deleting the xml files, and I don't have this issue with Windows 10 installations.
My setup for the USB was as simple as running the Easy2Boot installation, and copying the ISO files, then defragmenting the drive.

Date 06/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Easy2Boot - How to disable unattend for Windows 2008 R2 Server ISO?

Reply

In order to make an unmodified Windows Install ISO load the ISO file as a 'virtual DVD' so it can access the files on the 'DVD', E2B has to use an XML file with commands inside the XML file which tell Setup to load the ISO file.
Unfortunately, most Win8 and Win10 install ISOs require a Product key to be specified inside the XML file or else it does not work.
Why don't you just pick a generic SVR2K8R2 install key as already provided. Then once the OS is installed, you can manually enter your own product key.
The alternative would be to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file using MakePartImage. Then no XML is used and no key is required and you can enter your own key at Setup.

Date 06/02/2018

By PaydenKP

Subject Re: Re: Easy2Boot - How to disable unattend for Windows 2008 R2 Server ISO?

Reply

That makes a lot of sense. Thanks. I will use a generic key and go forward with that.

Date 31/01/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject show e2b drive as one partition

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i'm trying to start ghost 11.5 from the e2b drive, but it will not show the e2b drive in the dropdown list when ghost is loaded.
It works from my old single partition multiboot drive, so I guess it's because ghost doesn't recognize the multi-partition e2b drive.
Is there a way to make this work?

Date 31/01/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

I see it works on new computers, but my old computers will not see the drive.

Date 31/01/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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If it works on new computers but not on old (with exactly same E2B USb stick, same MBR boot, all same conditions) then the problem must be with the old computer's BIOS or hardware. E2B has always made two partitions, it's just that the 2nd partition was not formatted on earlier versions.
P.S. Ghost 11.5 is based on Vista PE and only support USB 2 ports and older USB controllers.
P.S. Try using .isoPE01 file extension.

Date 01/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

I think this Ghost is based on Dos.
Ghost starts fine and if I attach the old yumiboot usb and boots from e2b and ghost, then from ghost I'm able to choose the old yumi drive, but not the e2b drive. It just doesn't show in the list.
So I think it's because of the extra partitions. But that's just my guess.

Date 01/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

I don't see why 2 partitions would cause a problem.
The DOS version of Ghost works fine on my E2B drive which has 2 partitions as .iso.
Try a file extension of .iso01

Date 09/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

Hi
If I make these edits to my mnu file then Ghosts works after a second reboot:
partnew (hd0,3) 0 0 0
partnew (hd0,1) 0 0 0
So it must be something about the partitions it doesn't like.
Is there some builtin functions to make this easier?
Or to skip the reboot before it works?
And will this destroy the e2b functions?
Thanks.

Date 10/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

I am afraid I do not know what your .mnu file contains, so it is difficult to comment.
Can you post the contents of the .mnu file?
What exactly is the file you are trying to boot from (.iso? .wim? .img?) - did you use the file extension recommended (.iso01) if an ISO file? Did you try other file extensions (use .isoask if an ISO).
Can you describe in detail, exactly what steps you followed to 'fix' the problem?
Are both partnew commands actually required or only one of them?
E2B runs partnew (hd0,3) when it boots, but if you just use .iso as a file extension, it will create a new hd0,3 partition when it boots the ISO.

Date 10/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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My mnu file is not exactly working. I'm just playing around for now.
I've tried those extensions and more, but they have no effect on this problem.
I have these 15 year old desktop machines I need to re-image with symantec ghost 11.5.
Somehow on these machines ghost will only see the removable flash drive if it has just 1 partition. Hiding partition 2-4 is not enough.
If I do the partnew on the used partitions 2+4 and then do a reboot, then starting the ghost.iso will show the usb flash drive. But only after the reboot. So it's like the partnew first takes effect after a reboot.
On all other machines I have no problems.

Date 10/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

OK - well the DOS version of Ghost probably uses the system BIOS for disk access. So on reboot, the BIOS would see a USB drive with one partition.
The 2nd partition is not needed - but some systems will boot as a floppy disk and fail with flashing cursor if it is not present. The 4th ptn is created by E2B when you pick an ISO to run, but it is deleted the next time you load the E2B menu and is type 0 anyway so should be ignored by BIOS and DOS.
When testing BIOS issues like this - ALWAYS switch off the PC - insert USB drive - switch on PC. Do this each time you test booting. This is because, with some BIOSes, they only determine the USB 'type' on a cold boot (power up or hard reset) and not a warm reboot (software reset).
You could convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file and use a file extension of .imgptnAauto and see if that works... then you should only get one partition.

Date 10/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

The imgptn does kind of solve the partition problem, but gives me other problems as I would need to put all images inside too and for now they are too big for DOS and FAT.
And my idea about this project was to have all the restore software: Ghost, Acronis and Clonezilla on one usb flash with easy access to add or renew the images.

Date 10/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

I see your point.
Have you tried holding down the SHIFT key as E2B boots to load the grub4dos USB driver? Maybe that will fix the issue? i.e. Standard normal E2B drive - boot and hold down SHIFT key (check driver sees USB drive) - run ghost iso...

Date 10/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

Also try these tests on standard 2ptn E2B USB drive.
Test 1
1. Boot to E2B menu
2. Run partnew (hd0,1) 0 0 0 from a .mnu file
3. Reboot and run Ghost.iso from E2B drive - check symptom

Test 2 (standard E2B drive with 2 ptns)
1. ReName Ghost.iso to Ghost.isogz
2. Run Ghost.isogz from E2B - check symptom
3. Reboot and run Ghost.isogz again - check symptom

Date 10/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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Test 1 is working once. After first time I need to clear p4 too.
Test 2 is not working.
Shift is working and showing all partitions in Ghost.
But somehow my keyboard stops working in the bootmenu.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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For test 1, can you describe step by step what you mean by 'after first time I need to clear ptn 4 as well'? How did you run ISO and clear ptn 4 at same time?
For SHIFT kbd issue - did you try unplugging USB kbd and the re-connecting it?

Date 11/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

For test1:
If I run it just as an iso it makes some changes to ptn 4, which after a reboot is enough to prevent Ghost from finding the drive again. So clearing ptn 4 and another reboot will make it work once more.
Is there some BIOS tricks to make the refresh without a reboot?

Shift:
Here I can make it work if instead of using my usb-hub I use 3 ports for my keyboard, mouse and flash. I can do this on my test-machine, but in real life it's hard enough just to find one port.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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When you boot to the E2B menu, then E2B will run partnew (hd0,3) 0 0 0 automatically.
So this process should work.
1. Boot to E2B and run a .mnu file which runs partnew (hd0,1) 0 0 0
2. Reboot - run ghost iso
Can you test please?

I don't understand what the BIOS\Ghost is doing in your system. If the BIOS is booting from the E2B drive, then the E2B drive should be BIOS ID 80h = HDD0 and you should be able to list files on it under grub4dos or DOS (e.g. using UTILITIES menu options). So why cannot Ghost see the E2B partition?? If you quit Ghost and go back to DOS - can you see the E2B files? I just don't understand why it cannot see the E2B partition under Ghost.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

P.S. Do you have Ghost 11.5.0 2008 or Ghost 11.5.1 2009 or some other version?

Date 11/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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I see about partnew. If I boot to the menu and just do a reboot, then ghost works again. So this partnew requires a reboot and is set everytime.

I can't see the drive in dos. I guess because it's ntfs.

Ghost is 11.5 from 2008

Date 11/02/2018

By Stevesi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

Reply

If it works without a usb hub then that explains why no one else has reported a problem. It might have helped if you had mentioned that fact!
Why not try the latest version of Ghost 2009?
Also try a better usb hub.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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P.S. Why not use the hub for USB kbd and mouse and put the E2B USB key into the PC port?

Date 11/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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It doesn't work without the usb hub. Only the Grub usb driver conflicts with the hub.
I can try to find a newer Ghost. For now I have just tried to combine the software from the flash drives I have been provided.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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What do you mean 'it doesn't work without the USB hub'? Is this another piece of information that you failed to mention?
So if you connect the kbd, mouse and E2B drive directly to the PC, then it cannot be made to work no matter how you use partnew or anything else? Is that correct?

Date 11/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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No, I mean the hub makes no difference to the e2b/ghost functions. With or without the hub I have the same problems.
Only when I try the shift key with grub usb drivers the usb hub gives problems with the keyboard.

Date 11/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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OK - please try to reply clearly.
So as it seems to rely on booting with a single ptn, we need two boots.
1. Boot to E2B - select 'remove ptn 2 and reboot' menu
2. Boot to E2B again (now BIOS sees only 1 ptn) and automatically re-instates ptn 2.
3. Pick Ghost ISO from E2B menu.

To make this happen, please can you re-run your tests as before, but instead of using partnew (hd0,1) 0 0 0 can you use parttype (hd0,1) 0 and parttype (hd0,3) 0
If that works, then I may be able to devise something for you easily. If it does not work and we must use partnew, then it will be more difficult (but not impossible).

Date 11/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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I tried the e2b 1.98 and it looks like if I use the freedos on there and start the ghost.exe I can see the drive. It shows the drive twice. Once with drive letter and once without. But that might not matter much.
Is there a way to make it autostart ghost.exe?

Date 12/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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yes, use 7zip to extract the .ima file
Load .ima file in WinImage
Extract autoexec.bat
add
A:\ghost.exe to end of the file using notepad
copy autoexec.bat back to image
copy ghost.exe into image
save image as .ima
Now you can run .ima in E2B

If you want to try the reboot scheme for the ISO file see https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqlrQcdsFA-Koz4Y2HAYbHrbp5ii

Date 12/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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Thanks. The reboot is working.

But I would like to try the freedos too.
I tried what you said, but there is not enough room for the Ghost.exe. I even made it 2.88.
Is it possible to delete some files from the ima or are all used?

Date 12/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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You can copy the ghost.exe to the root of the E2B drive and add
C:\Ghost.exe
to the end of the autoexec.bat file.
Most of the files in \FREEDOS are not required - e.g. edit, fdisk, part

Date 13/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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Try the floppy disk image in E2B v1.98f. It is now 7.6MB in size, FAT32, and has mouse driver added. You should be able to add Ghost.exe to it now.

Date 13/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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Thanks. Now it fits :)
But sadly it seems like I was tricked.
It still needs the reboot. It just showed the PTN2 drive, so I thought it worked with several partitions, but that might be the trick of your config mnu file.
Thanks a lot for helping.
I will use the reboot thing for now. And maybe see if I can find a newer ghost.

Date 13/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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You originally said that if you boot from the ISO on an E2B drive, Ghost cannot see the E2B drive.
Did you actually mean 'drive' or did you mean 'partition'.
i.e. can Ghost see PTN2 on the E2B drive but not partition 1 (the E2B volume) when you boot from an ISO on the old system?

Date 13/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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I mean drive.

What tricked me this time was something I think happens with your reboot menu and restore.
I tried the freedos and ghost.exe and suddenly I could see both E2B and PTN2 partitions. I've never seen both before.
When it worked the PTN2 was always cleared.
So I thought suddenly it could see both partitions with this freedos.
But I guess this happens when you restore the PTN2, but we don't refresh the BIOS with a reboot.

Another thought could be if it's possible when you boot iso's to clear the ptn 3 before reboot. So the drive would always show just 1 partition to the bios.

Date 13/02/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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I see.
I cannot clear ptn 4 because it is needed to boot linux.
i.e. set ptn 4 to iso file, boot to linux, reboot to E2B.
So I have no way to clear it once linux has booted.
Anyway, when booting to E2B, ptn 2 needs to be present or it won't boot on some systems.

Date 13/02/2018

By Nikolaj

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: show e2b drive as one partition

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Yes, I also couldn't see how it could be done.
If I start ghost from the mini windows xp from hbcd, then I can see all partitions. So I think my way forward will be to find some winpe.

Date 22/01/2018

By J-F Gagnon

Subject Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

Hello, I succesfully created a second partition on my 256GB USB Key. ISOs like Antivirus, linux, etc... works, but not the Windows one. How can we do this?
Thanks

Date 22/01/2018

By J-F Gagnon

Subject Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

I forgot to say that I put all my ISOs in the second partition

Date 22/01/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

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Windows ISOs need to be in the first partition.
If you want them in the 2nd partition, convert them to .imgPTN files.
It is a bad idea to put E2B or any payload files past 128GB on the drive because of a very common BIOS bug which cant access files on a USB drive (in MBR mode) past 128GB.

Date 22/01/2018

By J-F Gagnon

Subject Re: Re: Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

Ok, I wanted to put all the ISO files in the partition that Windows doesn't see to keep other files visible. So I read that BIOS doesn't read over 128GB put I was thinking it was 128GB of a partition and not from a drive. So I can create a 256GB partition and try to put all payload in the first 128GB?

Date 22/01/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

Exactly - Windows (pre Creators update) cannot see the ISO file if it is on the 2nd partition - therefore it will not be able to load the ISO and use the install.wim file.
If you use a 256GB partition, you must ensure all files are before 128GB, but this is very hard to do because the NTFS filesystem will always use the unused clusters first. So once you have filled the partition with over 128GB of files - even if you delete 120GB afterwards - the NTFS filesystem will put the next file you copy past 128GB on the drive.
Hence I recommend making a 128GB first partition because then you know the files will not go past the 128GB point.

Date 22/01/2018

By J-F Gagnon

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

Ok, but if I put my "other" files in the second partition and want to access it in Windows 7? I saw that we have a little program "SWITCH_E2B.exe" but when I press "Access Partition 2", it does nothing, the same partition is loaded.

Date 22/01/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Second partition to put Windows ISO's

Reply

Both partitions must be Primary ptns.
Primary+Logical does not work when swapping the partition table entries.

Date 27/12/2017

By Jesko

Subject Desktop not found if not at default location

Reply

MPI-tool's CreateDesktopShortcuts.cmd
uses the default Desktop location - and fails if that was changed:
the real path then is:
REG QUERY "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /v Desktop

Date 27/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Desktop not found if not at default location

Reply

Thanks, can you try this version instead?
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqlrQcdsFA-KoUo8nSin83ogdT6X

Date 27/12/2017

By Jesko

Subject Re: Re: Desktop not found if not at default location

Reply

Works! Thank You.

Date 07/01/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Desktop not found if not at default location

Reply

Fixed in v0.079 of MPI Tool Pack

Date 22/12/2017

By DrPepperCan

Subject Can I use E2B to make an ISO from a USB key?

Reply

Thanks

Date 22/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Can I use E2B to make an ISO from a USB key?

Reply

Use the Site Map...
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-burn-an-e2b-dvd/

Date 21/12/2017

By Andre rds

Subject Erro Warning Bad XML file

Reply

Hello my dear friend I have a problem when I try to boot into windows systems, for some reason it asks to select an .xml file but regardless of which I choose to give the following error .. ** WARNING: Bad XML file (/ _ISO / WINDOWS / Win7 / Load_ISO. ... or missing AutoUnattend.xml in root (or using VM)! Could you help me?

Date 21/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Erro Warning Bad XML file

Reply

You may get this error if you have a faulty USB drive, or if using QEMU_MENU_TEST.cmd or other VM which does not lock the volume. It should work on a real system or using VBOX+VMUB.

Date 05/12/2017

By Pete

Subject Serial key menu

Reply

Hi
Thank you to people who made E2B possible :-) what do I need to do when I am not getting any prompts or menu to choose serial keys start wih or without repair option I have several windows ,iso to imgPTN in their appropiate folders. I have tried to get around this forum to find info, best part way over my head, i dont want to edit xml files. Im wondering why I am not getting any options.
TY
Pete

Date 05/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Serial key menu

Reply

If you are using .imgPTN files for Windows Installs, it is just the same as if you used the Windows USB tool or Rufus to make a bootable USB drive.
i.e. the same as using a DVD. You will not be prompted for an XML file. You can enter a key if Win8/10 because it will ask you if you want to OR you can just choose skip option.
If you want to automate Setup, you will have to use an XML file and place the XML file in the root (or inside the boot.wim file) - so you will need some expertise\knowledge for this.
http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/automating-windows-install-from-imgptn-files/

Date 05/12/2017

By Pete

Subject Re: Re: Serial key menu

Reply

Thank you for the reply SteveSi I will take a look at the link you gave me. I have only just discovered E2B and think its brilliant! ;-}

Regards
Pete

Date 05/12/2017

By Pete

Subject Re: Re: Serial key menu

Reply

SteveSi
say if i wanted to use I:\_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN10 how to choose a product key from the list, Im thinking its some sort of menu for keys click a number then install? would this need to be at root folder or have I missed the point?

TY
Pete

Date 05/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Serial key menu

Reply

When you 'switch' to a .imgPTN file, the E2B partition disappears. So the \_ISO folder and all other files are no longer present.
The only reason to use imgPTN files for Windows Installs is to UEFI-boot. So if you need to choose from a range of different keys, you need to have a range of different XML files present.
You should make the .imgPTN file using Chandra's Split_WinISO utility and choose the MySetup.cmd option when offered.
http://www.com/add-payload-files/split-winiso/
I am afraid it involves editing a \auto.cmd file and knowledge of .cmd script language, etc. and is not for beginners.

Date 03/12/2017

By dnecro

Subject Small problem adding Windows 10 to main menu

Reply

When you add windows 10 to main menu via $$AddWin2Main.mnu file you can't redirect runwin8.g4b to runwin10.g4b because this file not exist in grub folder. When you start windows 10 from main menu it shows windows 8 xml alternatives. Can you add runwin10.g4b file to grub folder?

Date 03/12/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Small problem adding Windows 10 to main menu

Reply

runwin8.g4b is correct. It is used for Win8, Win10, SVR2012 and SVR2016. Please ensure you have set MFOLDER to point to the folder that contains your ISO file and your .XML and .KEY files.

# Win10 Example
# use this for Win8/8.1/SVR2012/WIN10 ISOs - all use RunWin8.g4b
iftitle [if exist /_ISO/WINDOWS/Win10/Win10_64.iso] Install Win10 64-bit \nInstall from the ISO
set MFOLDER=/_ISO/WINDOWS/WIN10
set ISO=Win10_64.iso
# to choose XML or Product Key do not set XML variable to anything
set XML=
# OR - Specify XML file name (must be in MFOLDER folder) e.g. Win10\ has\ spaces\ in\ name.xml - DO NOT USE FULL PATH!
# set XML=NO\ KEY\ (choose\ a\ version\ to\ install).xml
# Do not change next line...
/%grub%/RunWin8.g4b %MFOLDER% %XML%
boot

Date 04/12/2017

By dnecro

Subject Re: Re: Small problem adding Windows 10 to main menu

Reply

It seems worked that way. Thank you for your help.

Date 10/08/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Small problem adding Windows 10 to main menu

Reply

P.S. for E2B v1.A1 and later, you also need to set HDG to the menu heading, e.g.
set HDG=My New Menu Heading

Date 23/11/2017

By cheetoh

Subject Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

Tried ubuntu-17.10-desktop-amd64.iso and Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-24-1.2.iso and got "no-live media found" errors. Downgraded to previous version Easy2Boot v1.95 and both isos loaded without issues. Something got broken in the latest version.

Date 23/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

Did you use 1.96A or 1.96ADPMS?
No one else has reported a problem. Can you re-test v.1.96a (just run Update E2B).
You can easily revert to 1.95 by running Update E2B from the 1.95 exe.

Date 23/11/2017

By cheetoh

Subject Re: Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

I used 1.96A, and tested it multiple times. I have now tried 1.97c and everything works. I'll just stick to the beta for now. By the way, thanks for your quick reply.

Date 23/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

That's odd. I cannot find any issue and I was just live chatting to someone who is happily using 1.96A.
There have been over 20,000 downloads of 1.96A already and no one else has reported a problem. Could you investigate further?

Date 24/11/2017

By cheetoh

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

You're right, it's odd. Did a fresh install of 1.96A on another flash drive and both live isos worked. Ver 1.96A was the first ever e2b for me, and I used the QEMU on both the installer and RMPrepUSB quite a lot. This time, I didn't use QEMU. Could it be that some corruption occurs through menu emulation?

I'm sorry if I caused you some alarm.

Date 24/11/2017

By cheetoh

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

To further investigate, ran QEMU on the new flash drive, and could not replicate the errors. Perhaps my first flash drive is defective. Once again, my apologies.

Date 24/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Easy2Boot v1.96A bug

Reply

You may need to allow time after file writes for flush of file system. Under Windows, some sticks seem to need 30 seconds or so before all files are written to USB drive. Under linux and QEMU, you seem to need to flush and eject and reconnect before using QEMU.

Date 17/11/2017

By *human$bootmgr&missing-reboot~or#cancel

Subject windows version?

Reply

Hi there!
As it is said, there is a lot of informations on the site, no easy for a neophyte to find his way...
Is there a windows installer or portable version of E2B so as to use it as a more intuitive bootable usb creator?
Thank you

Date 17/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: windows version?

Reply

The Easy2Boot download is a portable program that makes a bootable E2B USB drive in a few clicks.
It's pretty easy!

Date 17/11/2017

By '[email protected]|boot/ini

Subject Re: Re: windows version?

Reply

ok, I keep trying

Date 14/11/2017

By Varkanoid

Subject Menu Help Text & Pimp my drive

Reply

Is it possible to remove pimp my drive once its been run ? Also can you edit which menu items it adds.

Also the menu help text that appears with each entry can you change the number of displayed lines from 4 to 2 or even remove it altogether ?

Date 14/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Menu Help Text & Pimp my drive

Reply

http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/pimpmydrive/
http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/

to remove help lines use
set tophelp=70

E2B v1.97c also has some changes which you may like. You can change the help text width and position. ;-)

Date 07/11/2017

By БлагоЯр Тишина

Subject PTN2 to Windows 10

Reply

Why is this partition displayed?
If I remove it, the entire USB flash drive is removed.

PS. In Windows 7, there is no such thing

Date 07/11/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: PTN2 to Windows 10

Reply

Latest Windows 10 editions (1607+) show the second hidden partition. It is a new 'feature' in Windows 10!!!
You should keep the partition there because some systems will not boot to E2B if you delete it.
If it is unformatted (31K), just use Windows to format it when you see the pop-up.

Date 31/10/2017

By L D

Subject 2nd partition accessible from imgPTN

Reply

I set up a drive successfully but the wanted to add a partition with PortableApps and other personal files. Using minitool partition wizard, I reduced the 1st partition (contains _ISO) and added a 2nd primary (contains PotableApps) and deleted the small hidden partition. Everything works but I do not see the 2nd partition in any boot images. I only see the 2nd partition when I am in the "main" easy2boot menu table. How do I make the 2nd partition "stick" on the part tables when switching between boot images?

THANK YOU

Date 31/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: 2nd partition accessible from imgPTN

Reply

Hi, just rename the file extension to .imgPTNLBAa23 or .imgPTN23.
See http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-file-extensions-recognised-by-e2b/

Date 25/10/2017

By Shaan Subbaiah

Subject E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

Hello Steve,
Would like to know if I could make all the iso files imgptn files (linux iso, win 10 iso, live av cd iso's). And if so, I should be able to ditch all the folder premade, and make my own Win10,Linux,Bitdefender folders, such that it appears in the main menu with custom backgrounds for each? How would I go about doing so?
Thanks

Date 25/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

You do not need to convert the ISOs to imgPTN for MBR booting, they will work from any folder.
You can convert most to .imgPTN but you may run into trouble with some of them.
You can create new menu folders and use them with any iso (but you will need to create special .mnu files for WIndows Install ISOs).
http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/multiple-backgrounds/
http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/add-a-new-menu-folder/
http://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/wininstmenu/

Date 25/10/2017

By Shaan Subbaiah

Subject Re: Re: E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

Thankyou, was able to implement the custom folders. For linux iso's, do you recommend converting them to imptn files? As they seem to work properly as iso's. Im planning to use both windows and linux, shall make only the windows 10 iso imptn?
Thanks

Date 25/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

if you only want to MBR-boot linux, then I suggest you use the .ISO files.
If you convert Windows Install ISOs to .imgPTN, take care to answer the EI.cfg file question carefully and then you can install all the different Editions which are inside the install.wim file.
If you name the file extension as .imgPTNAUTO then it will switch without prompting you.

Date 25/10/2017

By Shaan Subbaiah

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

I didnt get the last part, wont prompt you to switch what? As a failsafe, nming all iso's as isoauto should help right? Also The windows version im using has only a single edition in it (enterprise x64) so the ei.cfg shouldnt affect it if i keep/delete it right?
Thanks

Date 25/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: E2B UEFI with imgptn files

Reply

When you run a .imgPTN file from the E2B menu, it will prompt you to switch partitions and you have to press ENTER or Y+ENTER to switch in the .imgPTN file. Using a file extension of .imgPTNAUTO just suppresses the prompt.
.isoauto is not a valid file extension.

Date 22/10/2017

By solstiv

Subject Easy2Boot on UEFI system

Reply

Hello, if I want to boot from stick with installed E2B, I need to switch booting in BIOS to legacy compatibility mode and back then.

This is inconvenient, is there a possibility that my stick will boot even if BIOS is set in UEFI mode?

Date 22/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Easy2Boot on UEFI system

Reply

Hi
You can use \_ISO\Switch_E2B.exe to switch in any .imgPTN file.
I totally agree that it is inconvenient!

However, the reason it is done this way is:
1. Some UEFI BIOSes have a very annoying bug. If a valid UEFI boot file is present, these BIOSes will NEVER MBR-boot from the USB drive. So if you want to boot to Hirens say in MBR mode (or just the E2B menu), you cannot do that (even if CSM mode is enabled in the BIOS settings).
2. FAT32 would be required which means large files >4GB could not be added.
3. grub4dos does not boot via UEFI
4. It makes adding/configuring/deleting UEFI payloads very complex.
5. You would have to use an application to add/delete UEFI payloads and that app would need to 'know' about all possible payloads and be maintained monthly and ongoing.
6. Secure boot would be compromised

If you just want a Windows payload multiboot USB drive, take a look at WinSetupFromUSB. This does support MBR+UEFI, but if you are using it on lots of different systems, snag #1 above may catch you out!

Date 05/10/2017

By SteveSi

Subject Change any WinPE - add shortcuts, change wallpaper, autorun apps, etc.

Reply

If you have lots of WinPE ISOs or WIM files on your E2B drive, you can easily add your own shortcuts, change the wallpaper, add drivers and autorun commands on startup. No need to change the ISO\WIM file. See the PEStartup Tutorial at http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/143_pestartup

Date 16/09/2017

By Bertholdouz-2

Subject Issue cannot copy: Robocopy or winXP?

Reply

Hi Steve. I use winXP x32 from my user account with admin attributes.
I deleted some files on Easy2Boot pendrive, hoping to copy them on E2B updating. However, this could not copy "Make this drive contiguos.cmd", and maybe other files that I don't know.
Image E2B folder device: https://s6.postimg.org/9sldrzs1d/Cannot-copy-makethisdrivecontiguos-and-others.png

This displays the dialog window, but really E2B could not copy these files on second try, neither:

E2B USB Drive Letter to update? (e.g. E) : F

"robocopy" no se reconoce como un comando interno o externo,
programa o archivo por lotes ejecutable.
Using XCOPY /d to update - please wait...

C:\DOCUME~1\User~1\CONFIG~1\Temp\RarSFX0\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd
C:\DOCUME~1\User~1\CONFIG~1\Temp\RarSFX0\MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd
C:\DOCUME~1\User~1\CONFIG~1\Temp\RarSFX0\QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd
C:\DOCUME~1\User~1\CONFIG~1\Temp\RarSFX0\UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.CMD
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I once tried to install a robocopy (2005 version) downloaded from the internet, but this did not work.

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