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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 28/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

Hello, thanks for your answer.

I'm following this tutorial (maybe old) :
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.fr/2013/10/how-to-add-openelec-installer-to.html

If I create USB Stick from Openelec image with Win32DiskImager or REMPrepUSB, i see the 2xxMB partition with all files needed to boot and begin Openelec installation (what i did last night).

To be totally clear, this is not Openelec wich cause metrouble, because as you can see, there is alternate option to add it to easy2Boot.

But if imdisk is not working on my PC, i could not be able to add Windows 7, 8 and 10 install as i need imgPTN to do this (if I fully understood what I read on easy2boot website).

Date 28/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

I forgot to list files on USB Stick, sorry. Result of list l:\ /s /b
l:\syslinux.cfg
l:\KERNEL
l:\SYSTEM
l:\EFI
l:\EFI\BOOT
l:\EFI\BOOT\bootx64.efi
l:\EFI\BOOT\ldlinux.e64
l:\EFI\BOOT\syslinux.cfg
l:\System Volume Information\IndexerVolumeGuid

Date 28/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

Is U: a free unused drive letter?
Try rebooting Windows.
Try copying the files from the USB flash drive to an empty folder and then drag-and-drop that folder onto the MPI_FAT32 desktop shortcut.

Date 29/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

Hello,

Reboot done, same problem.
u: unused, "subst u: c:\temp" creates u: drive.
"subst u: /delete" frees hit.

I copy files in folder then drag-drop and error message changed only one time :
"Accès refusé" (access denied)
after that, all trys show precedent error message : "Descripteur invalide"

I'm able to create c:\temp\essai.imgPTN with imdisk GUI in control panel : 28MB, drive U:. Windows says after that i have to format drive u: before use it...what i did with success.

I will try to disable antivirus when i come back. thanks for your time.

Date 29/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

It may be your AV - what AV do you have?

Date 29/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

I cannot free U: with imdisk control panel because imdisk cannot create U:.

My AV is Comodo : i disabled all comodo parts, and even exclude imdisk files, exe, cpl and sys, in system32 and syswow64. No change.

When i try to create imgPTN file and imdisk failed to create U:, i cannot delete imgPTN file created, because it always mounted in imdisk : if i remove it, imdisk warns me "can not lock file...." i can click ok and remove it.

I opened cmd as Admin and type :
"imdisk -a -s 280m -m U: -f "c:\temp\essai.imgptn" -x 63 -y 255 -p "/FS:FAT32 /Q /Y"
same error : "Descripteur invalide"

When I said i can create file in control panel, yes I can, but if i put files in it, they are not saved when I re-mount the file, and i cannot use "Save image File..." because "acess denied"...

:/

Date 29/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

I have had ImDisk problems with 10565 build - I think it is Win10 10565 problem?
What Edition are you using? I had problems on 10565 Enterprise with ImDisk.

Date 29/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

You right i guess, I'm using Windows 10 insider 10565.

I tried to stop insider program, but this is not working, maybe because stable 10565 not in live.

Date 30/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

The problem is persistent with b10576...
My hope is an update of ImDisk now.

Date 30/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

10576 is not released - you should report issue to MSoft.

Date 31/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

Of course b10576 is released in the insider fast ring, the day I posted :D

imdisk dev Olof already had knowledge of my problem, caused by -p switch.

I modified the batch MakePartImage.cmd to format drive AFTER imdisk created letter, with format command and by passing parameters from -p switch. It is a little more dangerous for sure.
here the modifications of MakePartImage.cmd :

REM Modification for suppress Windows 10 build 10565&10576 error
REM Following 3 lines had been commented, then following 5 lines had been added

REM --------------------Commented------------------------
REM echo Running: imdisk -a -s %MYSIZE%m -m %SPAREVOL% -f !MYIMG! -x 63 -y 255 -p "/FS:%MYFMT% /Q /Y"
REM imdisk -a -s %MYSIZE%m -m %SPAREVOL% -f !MYIMG! -x 63 -y 255 -p "/FS:%MYFMT% /Q /Y" > imdisk.log
REM if errorlevel 1 type imdisk.log & echo ImDisk operation failed to mount !MYIMG!! & pause & goto :unmount
REM ----------------End of commented---------------------

REM ----------------------Added--------------------------
echo Running: imdisk -a -s %MYSIZE%m -m %SPAREVOL% -f !MYIMG! -x 63 -y 255 then only if no error FORMAT %SPAREVOL% /FS:%MYFMT% /Q /Y
imdisk -a -s %MYSIZE%m -m %SPAREVOL% -f !MYIMG! -x 63 -y 255 >imdisk.log
if errorlevel 1 type imdisk.log & echo ImDisk operation failed to mount !MYIMG!! & pause & goto :unmount
format %SPAREVOL% /FS:%MYFMT% /Q /Y >>imdisk.log
if errorlevel 1 type imdisk.log & echo ImDisk operation failed to mount !MYIMG!! & pause & goto :unmount
REM ------------------End of added-----------------------

This is not for modification of easy2boot (bug or undocumented modification, Olof have no idea as MS did not respond to him), but could be added in the faq ?

Date 31/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

I tested a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro insider preview 10565 32-bit under VBox and the MPI Tool Kit 0.055 seems to work OK without needing your additions??

Date 31/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to create imgPTN of Openelec : error IMDisk

Reply

I don't know why you experienced this, Olof did not be surprised, and show me immediatly where was the problem I encoutered :/
Maybe something on some PC.
But finally, the problem is fixed on my PC, and i'm happy with that :D

Date 28/10/2015

By Azrat

Subject boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

Hi!

I am trying to boot an imgPTN (image of an USB-Key)- file direct into the memory, like under isolinux with the keyword memdisk. Is something similar like this possible with Easy2Boot?

I am trying around with zip but that's not working for me. The key itself is about maximum 200MB large.
Thanks and Greetings!

Date 28/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

No. What image is it and why do you want it in memory?

Date 28/10/2015

By Azrat

Subject Re: Re: boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

I dont understand your question... It's an image of an Service-USB-Key provided by an manufacture. It's supposed to scan system. To detach the usb-key after the scan has started I need to run it from memory. Under isolinux / syslinux it's working like I said. Now i am looking for an possible way by Easy2Boot as well.

Date 28/10/2015

By Azrat

Subject Re: boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

I got it working finally, and want to let you know what i did:

I made an Compressed Image File of the USB-Key (img.gz), done by the tool "USB Image Tool". Just place this file where you want, such as in _ISO/UTILITIES.

Easy2Boot is doing all by itself.
Source: http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/list-of-file-extensions-recognised-by-e2b/
" .. E2B\grub4dos automatically detects if a file has been compressed to gzip or LZMA format. The file extension is not used by E2B to determine if a file is compressed or not. For instance, a LZMA-compressed DOS floppy image can be named .ima or .imagz."

Greetings

Date 28/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

Glad you found a solution. It is possible to run images from memory using various file extensions, but not .imgPTN files, which is what you asked about.
P.S. What form is the original source file(s) provided in? Why not just use that?

Date 31/10/2015

By Pupoul

Subject Re: Re: Re: boot imgPTN into Memory

Reply

I just followed the tutorial given some posts ago, source is Openelec Installer as .img file.

Date 27/10/2015

By dcplx1

Subject stable e2b 100% acquired

Reply

KEEP IT COMING XD

Date 22/10/2015

By dan

Subject USB harddisk

Reply

Hi Steve,

USB harddisk works fine in qemu test.

I'm not sure What is wrong in real boot:
"Booting Easy2Boot vl.72 - please wait...
Using settings in /ISO/MyE2B.CFG
Using strings from /ISO/e2b/grub/ENG/STRINGS.txt
BIOS 11/24/11
Last Sector of last partition of (hd0) is 58605052 (27Gb)
Checking last sector is accessible... "
and no go!

Date 22/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Did you format the drive using the Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd script? If not, try it.

Date 22/10/2015

By da

Subject Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Yes I did run it as admin under win7.
It created 2 partitions: ntfs=27.94Gb and hidden/unknown=31.5Kb,
but it didnt create any cdfs-partition to boot my.iso

Date 22/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

strange, it should be OK. The cdfs partition is only created when you run an ISO. It is cleared on the next boot to E2B.
Try grub4dos 0.4.5c

Copy the \_ISO\e2b\grub\grub_045 file to \grldr and overwrite the \grldr file.

Date 23/10/2015

By dan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Now it works fine just by changing to regular menu.lst.
I dont know how to fix your menu.lst, any help?

I think If you have a lot of partitions on your HDD, still you need to create a space(primary) for cdfs partition.

Date 23/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

It is nothing to do with the cdfs partition.
The check is a simple disk read of some sectors near the end of the USB disk. This tests some BIOSes which have a bug and cannot access sectors past 137GB. You can disable the test using
set CHECKBIOS=
in your \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file, but you may find that some payloads will not work if they are beyond 137GB on some systems due to a bad BIOS.

Date 24/10/2015

By dan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Thank you for remind me about 137GB BIOS-limit, but my HDD is only 30 GB.
I am curious why E2B created 2 partitions: ntfs=27.94Gb and hidden/unknown=31.5Kb. Is unknown partition necessary or what is the purpose? or may something wrong with rmpartusb?
I hope you have explanation of my questions.

Finally Easy2boot works fine after shrinking the partition, just the problem I have do it manually.

Thanks Steve

Date 24/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

The small partition is to try to fix a BIOS bug which is found on some systems, see FAQ page
After partitioning and formatting a USB drive using the Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd script or RMPrepUSB, there is a small hidden partition at the end of the USB drive - what is this used for?
Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/faq-/

Date 27/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Do you have any more details on what system you are using and what size partitions work and do not work? It would help to make future versions more 'bootable'. How much did you reduce the partition sizes by and which parititions did you change, etc.?

Date 29/10/2015

By dan

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

Fujitsu MHS2030AT 30GB.
E2B (NTFS or FAT32) is not working on some computers:
Dell 4600/intel, Acer 5810TS/intel, Lenovo K100/intel, Toshiba A600/intel and working fine on: HP dm4/intel, Toshiba A215/AMD.

E2B works fine on all computers after shrinking the partition to any size or resize to one whole full partition.

I tested also using 80GB and 20GB HDD and everything work fine without to resize the partition.

Date 29/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: USB harddisk

Reply

So in the case of the MHS2030AT 30GB HDD and one of the 'bad' systems -e.g. Dell 4600 - are you saying that if you prepare the 30GB drive using MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd as either NTFS or FAT32 then it does not boot, but if you reduce the size of a partition (which partition? there should be two, and using what tool?) then it works?
If so, could you prepare the 30GB drive using MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd as NTFS and check it fails, then send me a 'Drive Info - 0' email of the LBA0. Then 'fix' the problem by reducing the partition size and send me another 'Drive Info - 0' printout please? You can use the 'Contact Me' form or directly email me.

Date 08/10/2015

By shah

Subject uefi system with no csm bios

Reply

how to use hiren or any MBR related tools to boot from cd or usb on system with only uefi support no csm /mbr support using easyboot or any other method. Thanks

Date 08/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: uefi system with no csm bios

Reply

See http://www.easy2boot.com/useful-things-to-know/
last item.

Date 08/10/2015

By shah

Subject Re: Re: uefi system with no csm bios

Reply

Thanks 4 ur quick reply :)

Date 08/10/2015

By Will Pittenger

Subject Booting in BIOS mode vs. UEFI mode

Reply

I put a Windows 10 ISO on my E2B USB key. But when I tried to boot it, it appears to have booted into BIOS mode. As a result, Windows refused to install to a GPT drive.

Is that the correct diagnosis? If so, can I force UEFI?

Date 08/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Booting in BIOS mode vs. UEFI mode

Reply

You need to boot in UEFI mode.
Convert the .ISO file to a FAT32 .imgPTN file using MakePartImage (MPI Tool Kit) and copy the .imgPTN file to the E2B USB drive \_ISO\WIN folder or \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.
Then you boot to E2B and select the Win10.imgPTN file and switch to the CSM Menu.
You can now either boot using the Clover menu or UEFI-boot using your UEFI BIOS selection menu. Watch the videos for more help.

Date 06/10/2015

By Yavuz

Subject USB Disk Drive + Windows To Go + E2B

Reply

Hi there,

I have a WD Passport Enterprise, a 500 GB USB Disk Drive with support for BitLocker drive encryption. I have installed Windows To Go (Windows 10 Enterprise) on it; with BitLocker encryption enabled.

I want to be able to use disk for all kinds of situations, so besides Windows To Go (WTG), I also want to install Linux LiveCDs.

Is it possible to install E2B on a USB Disk Drive with WTG on it, and to boot into either Windows or E2B?

Date 06/10/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: USB Disk Drive + Windows To Go + E2B

Reply

I am not sure, I have not tried that. I would
1. Make a 2nd primary partition
#1 - E2B NTFS (first 137GB or less)
#2 - WinToGo (rest of disk)
Check WinToGo still boots OK or use EasyBCD or BootIce to fix BCD.
2. backup the first 2048 sectors of the disk to a file using RMPrepUSB - Disk>File for safe keeping.
3. Install grub4dos to MBR and PBR of first (E2B) partition using RMPrepUSB - Install grub4dos
4. Add E2B files to #1 partition
5. Add a bootmgr .mnu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU for partition #2

Try it! If it doesn't work you can restore MBR+first sectors saved in step 2.

Date 16/09/2015

By Starla

Subject Acronis True Image 2016 b5620 (Linux-based)

Reply

Hi Steve, this is the first .ISO I'm having trouble with to boot. I copy the .ISO as downloaded(dl.acronis.com/s/AcronisTrueImage2016.iso) to \_ISO\BACKUP. It then boots to lang+arch selection menu. After selecting x64 option (english default is ok for me), linux seems to start booting, but then my display blanks, no further activity. Since 2013 and 2014 versions were tested working, maybe the booting method in the new version has something to offer to improve E2B.
Thanks in advance.

Date 17/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Acronis True Image 2016 b5620 (Linux-based)

Reply

I tested the Acronis ISO under VBox with no problems. Usually a blank screen issue is due to the version of linux that is used does not support your graphics adapter.
Try converting the .ISO file to a .imgPTN file and then using the 2nd Acronis Recovery option. This will prompt you to choose a VGA mode - try different modes and see if that works.
I would also check the Acronis forums as probably others have found the same issue if they have the same graphics adapter.

Date 18/09/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Acronis True Image 2016 b5620 (Linux-based)

Reply

You are right Steve. While I can not be sure about my physical graphics card being the problem (GTX 770, nothing new as of today for a "2016" product), exactly same E2B drive tested on VBox 5.04, and the x64 TI boots just fine. Definitely some hw incompatibility. Well, everything elese boots just fine, so no TI for me then (I'm not interested in the WinPE-based option).

Date 13/09/2015

By Joshua

Subject Hangs at "Adding menu entries..."

Reply

Hi,

I've created the USB key and am testing booting with Virtual Box 5.0.4 (nothing added as yet). Boots OK but when it gets to "Adding menu entries from files in /_ISO/MAINMENU..." it just stops there, can't tell if it has hung completely or is trying to do something. Anyone else come across this before ?

Thanks.

Date 13/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Hangs at "Adding menu entries..."

Reply

Not seen that before.
How did you make VBox boot from USB?
Did you use VMUB?
What happens if you boot using QEMU?
http://www.easy2boot.com/testing-e2b/using-qemu-or-virtual-box/

Date 07/12/2015

By James J Greensky

Subject Re: Re: Hangs at "Adding menu entries..."

Reply

Increase the memory size of the emulated system, it gets stuck with 64MB. Increased to 512MB and booted successfully.

Date 11/09/2015

By Max

Subject DPMS for Windows Vista/Seven

Reply

Hello. How integrate DPMS for Vista/7 x86 and x64 into easy2boot?

Here is this driverpacks:
http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/windows/7/x64/mass-storage/12.12.1
http://driverpacks.net/driverpacks/windows/7/x86/mass-storage/12.12.1-0

but this driverpacks without ini files. Any solution? Thank you so much

Date 13/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: DPMS for Windows Vista/Seven

Reply

I used a thing called 'Google Search' and found this
http://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Guide-Integration-of-drivers-into-a-Win-image.html

Date 14/09/2015

By Max

Subject Re: Re: DPMS for Windows Vista/Seven

Reply

I know about that perfect thing 'Google Search', but i need full driver pack on my E2B usb-flash, instead of instructions about how to embed a particular driver in a particular system image

Date 14/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: DPMS for Windows Vista/Seven

Reply

Why not just copy the driver pack files onto the USB drive? Once you have booted to PE, you could try loading the INF file using drvinst or drvload maybe?
What driver did you need to add?

Date 14/09/2015

By Max

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: DPMS for Windows Vista/Seven

Reply

That's right, it can be used as one of methods, but on different hardware need different driver. It is mainly server hardware. Each time a different driver needs. So I'm looking for a way to integrate these drivers to E2B's DPMS

Date 08/09/2015

By Iznogoud

Subject Bootable DVD

Reply

Can I create on some way bootable dvd with this app? Thanks!

Date 09/09/2015

By stevesi

Subject Re: Bootable DVD

Reply

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

Date 07/09/2015

By Siddhesh Dinde

Subject Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

hi,
i have been using e2b from longtime. the only thing i want to know, why usb harddisk cant be used as winhelper usb drive or what that usb flash drive does at the point of mounting iso that usb hard disk can not do??
can u explain me the trigger function of menu.lst present on usb flash drive that leads to work installing windows iso??

Date 07/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

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

Date 07/09/2015

By Siddhesh Dinde

Subject Re: Re: Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

so thats the Microsoft's way of installing an iso,
solution for this problem is either connect winhelper USB or modify iso to use firadisk
i will go for Winhelper USB
thanks for ur support!!

Date 07/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

Best solution is to convert the ISO to an image partition (.imgPTN) file. Then you can UEFI and MBR boot.
Conversion does not add firadisk or any other driver.

Date 07/09/2015

By Siddhesh Dinde

Subject Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

so i have to keep both file,
an iso and an imgptn file??
right??

Date 07/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Winhelper USB as a USB harddisk

Reply

No, only the .imgPTN file is required.
Watch the YouTube videos for more info.

Date 06/09/2015

By dcplx1

Subject MESSED UP

Reply

always there's something wrong in newer versions of e2b like win7.imgptn it list AGAIN usb dribe as drive0. Can we not have a bugfree e2b

Date 06/09/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: MESSED UP

Reply

srx, nm installs just fine, only sometimes in expanding windows files it misreads some files,
made a new vm with default settings. OK now

Date 06/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: MESSED UP

Reply

Sorry, don't understand, "srx nm"??
Do you mean that E2B is OK and something was wrong with your .imgPTN file?
P.S. I release Beta versions for feedback from users. If no one reports a problem, I can only assume it is OK. I cannot test every conceivable function of E2B - there are thousands of configurations and hundreds of payloads to test!

Date 05/09/2015

By Suresh

Subject Win 7 AIO Ask me activation key

Reply

Dear sir, I convert Win 7 AIO imagePTN and booted
it ask me win7 activation key to in put manually so please help me

Date 05/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Win 7 AIO Ask me activation key

Reply

Win7 normally requires activation.
Buy a licence!

Date 04/09/2015

By Alex

Subject Kali 2

Reply

Anyone else having issues having Kali Linux 2.0 boot up, or is it just me?

Date 05/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Kali 2

Reply

Kali is in the list of tested ISOs.
It works fine for me.
If you have problems please give details.
First thing to do is check the MD5/CRC32 hash value of the ISO file on the USB drive to check for file corruption.

Date 07/09/2015

By EmmA

Subject Re: Kali 2

Reply

Same, when I choose Install or Graphical Install it doesn't boot. Live works fine.

Date 08/09/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Kali 2

Reply

Kali2 *boots* fine for me.
The only problem is that it cannot find the 'Install CD' - but this is easily solved by specifying \dev\sdb4 as the CD-ROM drive (or use \dev\sdc4 or \dev\sdd4, etc. depending on what the USB drive letter is).
This is detailed in the 'List of tested ISOs' page which you should ALWAYS look at if you have problems (or even before you have problems!)
P.S. See "\_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\Linux\kali-linux-1.0.5-amd64.txt" for a .txt file which will remind you what to do.

Date 24/08/2015

By Ryan Gray

Subject Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

Hi,

I have Windows 7 AIO, 8 and 10 and am trying to get them automated. Just trying to work on the Windows 7 first as I imagine once I get that it will be simple for the others. I have the latest version 1.71. My Windows 7 AIO is about 5GB. I converted it to a imgPTN (NTFS) and deleted that file it prompts you when following the bouncing ball. I forget exactly what it is called. I am doing method three "http://m.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/automating-windows-install-from-imgptn-files/" and have done everything however it boots up, runs that mysetup.cmd (looks like it does anyway) then the computer just reboots. Is there anything I have missed or need do something? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

Date 24/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

There are no official Windows AIO ISOs - different people make different AIOs in different ways.
You need to look inside the boot.wim at the \windows\system32 files winpeshl.ini, startnet.cmd, mysetup.cmd and other files of a similar date to see how it has been modified.
Since you are using a USB drive and not a DVD, you have plenty of room, so why use a AIO ISO - why not just use the official MS ISOs?

Date 24/08/2015

By Ryan Gray

Subject Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

I copied the files in there and I followed this thread http://m.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/automating-windows-install-from-imgptn-files/. I haven't touched the startnet.cmd. Do I need to look at that? My reason for using AIO is they are smaller then having all the individual ISO's. My USB is only 64GB and I have a fair bit of stuff on there already. Not really sure why it wouldn't be working. They didn't mention that startnet.cmd on that link.

Date 24/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

You have not told me anything about your AIO ISOs, as I said they are all different - what are they, where did you get them from, how were they made, how do they work? I don't have super-powers - do you expect me to guess!
The Easy2Boot instructions are for standard MS ISOs, not heavily modified AIO ISOs by some unknown author and modified in some unknown way!
It is also important to know if your E2B drive is a Removable type or fixed disk type.

Date 24/08/2015

By Ryan Gray

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

Sorry mate. I got the Windows AIO from iptorrents.com. Here is another link http://torrent-release.com/software/14632-windows-7-sp1-5in1-x86-x64-en-us-aug2015.html. It has 5 different versions in there. As you can see nothing has been modified or changed from that link. What I have done is converted that ISO x64 into a imgPTN. Then I have followed those steps in that link provided before method three. I am assuming method three is referring to AIO as it talks about selecting different windows installation images. There is also another thread on rmprep that suggests the same thing how to suppress the OS Image http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/easy2boot-and-automating-windows-78.html. So I thought both those links are referring to AIO. But basically after i converted the image into imgptn I mounted the image picking image 2 from the boot.wim and copied those two files in \windows\system32 committed the changes and copied that other .cmd to the root of the imgptn. It boots up fine from CSM loads the files get the little windows 7 install thing and then it is as if its running the cmd but then the computer just restarts. Sorry for providing less information before. I hope that helps more. my E2B drive is removable as well.

Date 24/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

Hi
I used Win7SP1_5in1-x86-Aug2015-en-US.iso.
I followed Method 3 (boot.wim image #2) and used the modified Auto.cmd with the menu.
I added a AutoUnattend7.xml file which was the same as \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7\Sample.xml but had a Win7 Pro product key
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">

<settings pass="windowsPE">

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<UserData>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
<ProductKey>
<Key>HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487</Key>
</ProductKey>
</UserData>
</component>

<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<UserData>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
<ProductKey>
<Key>HYF8J-CVRMY-CM74G-RPHKF-PW487</Key>
</ProductKey>
</UserData>
</component>

</settings>
</unattend>

This worked as expected just fine.
Either you corrupted the boot.wim or your xml file is causing the problem.
P.S. I used the MPI_FAT32 shortcut.

Date 25/08/2015

By Ryan Gray

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

Got it working mate. I noticed before when I copied in winpeshl.ini it already existed. On those steps on method three it just tells you to copy it in. What I did was edit the winpeshl.ini to look like this

[LaunchApps]
%windir%\system32\wpeinit.exe
%windir%\system32\netstart.exe
%windir%\system32\mysetup.cmd

After I did this I was able to get the custom menu to select what Image I want. Did you have to do something similar. Is it worth updating that page? Incase similar users run into the same problem.

Date 25/08/2015

By Ryan Gray

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

That was for the x64 AIO did NTFS as well for the .imgPTN

Date 25/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

I just followed the Method 3 and copied the two files to windows\system32 and it worked.
wpeinit and netstart should not be needed unless you want the network and PnP devices initialised.
If you just wanted to see all OS choices, there is no need to modify the boot.wim.

Date 26/08/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Automating Windows Install from .imgPTN

Reply

After trying all possible methods offered by amazing E2B for Windows OSes installation my recommendations are:

1. Get a light PE image with ImDisk installed or allowing you to install it. Even a spartan boot.wim from one of those AIOs from m78 will work, though youll need to install ImDisk .inf manually. I use a .cmd for that. Boot to that .wim using E2B and install ImDisk.
2. Setup your target drive using diskpart (manually or by script of choice).
3. Use WinNTSetup to deploy your OS. You can mount your untouched AIO ISOs (though I convert them to imgPTN because I previously tweak them, and you can mount a imgPTN with ImDisk like you do with an ISO).
Optional: select the autounattend.xml file to use ( no need to modify the ISO)
Optional: Choose a folder containing your drivers (INFs, can be arranged in subfolders).
4. Deploy. Shutdown. Remove your USB. Boot to your target drive and let the install finish.

Date 12/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject 'Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software Licence Terms'

Reply

This message is caused by specifying the wrong product key (e.g. a Retail product key for Enterprise Win8 or 10).
Even if an ISO does not require a Product Key to be entered, when using E2B with a XML file, you need to specify a key (or modify the ISO).
An alternative is to convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file so that an XML file is not used.

Date 11/08/2015

By Dominic

Subject weird windows install problems

Reply

Hi, i get a really weird issue when i try to boot from windows iso. when i choose a windows installation folder i get Usage:/_iso/e2b/grub/pickafile.g4b <folder> <extention> returns : %chosen% Aborting...

i try to replace a lot of file with original file from the download selection but it always do that

Date 11/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: weird windows install problems

Reply

Need more details. What ISOs? What menu entry are you using? How can I reproduce? What version of E2B? Did you try fresh install of E2B? etc.

Date 11/08/2015

By dominic

Subject Re: Re: weird windows install problems

Reply

I tried with a lot of iso. all windows iso. it was withe e2b 1.7 my iso is in _isos/WINDOWS/XXXXX I try to replace all the e2b file i try to update e2b but i didn't try to format. Also I notice that after i tried to boot on windows iso my /Unattended.xml was modified. The file is juste <unattended></unattended> anymore

Date 12/08/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: weird windows install problems

Reply

Check the version of \grldr. It may be old version? Use same version that is in the download 7zip file.
XML files go in \_ISO\WINDOWS\xxxxx folders. \AutoUnattend.xml and \Unattend.xml are updated by E2B.

Date 27/07/2015

By Azrat

Subject create .imgPTN -> menu.lst does not contain any code

Reply

I try to get an .imgPTN - image of an USB-Stick.
This stick is made by a tool of the manufacture I repair computers for. Lets call this USB-Key just 'A'.
As I understand now, the usb-key('A') is based on FreeDos and I want to migrate it into my Tools-HDD / Stick based on E2B ( I tried yumi before, worked well, but then changed to use ISO's instead and E2B works like charm, love it! ).
Before, i just used another tool to get an img-Image of 'A' but since never version of the manufacture-tools it doesn't work any more this way. Don't know why.
My Idea so was to get an imgPTN - file of 'A', but whenever I use the tool "MakePartImage" (no matter if iso or anything else), I get later in process the Message:
"ERROR: T:\menu.lst does not contain any code to restore the E2B partitions"
As I saw in tutorials it looked easy, but I don't get any Idea what and when I shall give more information to the command.
Maybe someone can help me how to get to next step to get the Tool-Stick finally again inside my beloved E2B!
Thanks and Greetings!

Date 27/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: create .imgPTN -> menu.lst does not contain any code

Reply

Can you describe exactly how you are converting the ISO or USB drive to a .imgPTN file?
i.e. Are you dragging-and-dropping onto MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut? Are you prompted with any questions and how do you answer?
Actually, for DOS, you should just make a .img or .imghd file or for a DOS iso just use .isodos or .isodos01. Did you try other file extensions?

Date 27/07/2015

By Azrat

Subject Re: Re: create .imgPTN -> menu.lst does not contain any code

Reply

I use only the MakePartImage.bat with administrative permission rights.
1. Source ISO or Folder
e:\ (my usb-drive)
2. Use Fat32 for new image?
Y
3. Size for Image file
*just enter*
4. OUtput Filename for new Image
c:\tmp\key.imgPTN
5. Volume Name for partition image
DIFS
6. Enter a name for the title of the CSM menu:
DIFS
Then i could have a look into drive T and continue with enter
(don't need to have a look into it)
Then comes the mentioned error message.
I also tried your mentioned file extensions, but the error-message still exists and is the same.
Before I tried the simpliest way by RMPrepUSB to get an Image of the USB-Key, or otherwise with the tool called "USB Image Tool", also tried several as well. But the result with these is finally it won't boot entirely any more. So I am looking for new and other solutions. So my hope is now on tips and hints from here :)

Date 27/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: create .imgPTN -> menu.lst does not contain any code

Reply

It sounds like something is wrong with the MPI download.
Can you redownload it and try again?
If still no joy, use the Contact Me form.

Date 27/07/2015

By Azrat

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: create .imgPTN -> menu.lst does not contain any code

Reply

You are correct, there really was something wrong.

So i redownload and tried again the same steps,
and it works fine now!
Thanks a lot! :)

Date 22/07/2015

By xaxoto

Subject hall to run Easy2Boot with grub2

Reply

how to run Easy2Boot in grub2 as grub2 can not load file *.lis. He loading only *.cfg files? Is there any sw2 file to indicate the program and boot from it?

Date 22/07/2015

By xaxoto

Subject Re: hall to run Easy2Boot with grub2

Reply

I apologize instead I wrote "*.CFG" "sw2".

Date 22/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: hall to run Easy2Boot with grub2

Reply

Easy2Boot is written in grub4dos batch language, not grub2.

Date 21/07/2015

By Jesrani

Subject UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+Win7 Install+XP Install

Reply

I tried to make a Easy2Boot on a 16Gb USB of all the above since I ue both UBCD4Win and F4UBCD regularly to sort out issues and also make disk images. I followed the instructions and added the ISO's. For Win7, the ISO was recognized easily by Easy2Boot. For XP I had an iso with OEM folder which was already on a USB for installing. So I made an imgPTN of that drive with the tools. But I had to put this in the MAINMENU to get recognized, not the XP folder. Also both XP and Win7 installs seemed very very slow and I aborted after few minutes. The normal individual USB's are not so slow, I install from USB only. Am I making some mistake or is Easy2Boot slow for installation of OS?

Date 21/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+Win7 Install+XP Install

Reply

Installation is fast for me.
As explained everywhere(!), the _ISO\WINDOWS folder is for Windows Install ISOs ONLY (not .imgPTN files or other types of payloads).
How many different USB drives and systems did you try?
Did you try loading the Fast USB driver (UTILITIES menu)? Also try the Speed Test menu.
Did you read the FAQ pages?
How did you prepare the USB drive?

Date 21/07/2015

By Jesrani

Subject Re: Re: UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+Win7 Install+XP Install

Reply

The USB was prepared by Easy2Boot as per instructions. Then I copied the Win7 ISO in the correct folder. It went upto a point where I had to choose some xml file and then just sort of frooze. For XP, you had written that if the ISO has OEM folder (mine did) then we had to make USB and then take imgPTN of that. I already had USB which I was using for installs so I made the imgPTN and put in MAINMENU folder. This worked and I started Part 1 but it was too slow. Then I tried with a 2Gb USB which I was using for installs and it was very quick. Maybe will try again later.

Date 21/07/2015

By Jesrani

Subject Re: Re: Re: UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+Win7 Install+XP Install

Reply

I made a UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+UBCD+Linux+SystemRescueCD+PartImage and some other ISO's. It boots fine and does not take much time on a Core2Duo system but I tried on an old P4 2.8GHz system with 256Mb RAM and it took about 10 minutes to get to the menu, 10 minutes to get to F4UBCD menu and further 10 minutes to boot F4UBCD. Is something wrong in the way I made my USB? Otherwise very happy and can use it on newer computers.

Date 21/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: UBCD4Win+F4UBCD+Win7 Install+XP Install

Reply

Something must be wrong with your BIOS/settings?
Check BIOS settings - especially USB 1.0 or 2.0 speed in BIOS Setup menu.
Also, install the Fast USb 2.0 grub4dos driver first from Utilities Menu and then load ISO, etc, from Main menu.

Date 13/07/2015

By dcplx1

Subject win81 Go VHD

Reply

Hi Steve,

I setup vhd using win8.1 32bit with the winnt from your internet storage
I get error http://postimg.org/image/jzcx5nord/

please help

Date 13/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

Follow blog
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/how-to-easily-create-windowstogo-vhd.html exactly and it should work.
If not use Contact Me form and describe exact steps, equipment, etc.

Date 13/07/2015

By dcplx1

Subject Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

cpu amd athlon 64x2 4600+ /
3gb ram / geforce 210

1st: bios boot option
-chose seagate portable drive E2B NTFS 2nd partition
-win8.1 getting devices ready 100%
-cpu shutdown and reboot reboot
-normal int hdd boot win7

2nd virtualbox usb machine boot
error from the image I posted
<Enter>or <F8> goes back to error win8.1 menu
no other option but to shutdox VB.

Date 13/07/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: win81 Go VHD

Reply

The message seems to indicate that the system (VM) is not set up for PAE or has an incompatible CPU. Are you using VBOX+DavidB's VMUB? Is it set to Win8.1 64-bit with PAE enabled in settings - system - processor?

Date 14/07/2015

By dcplx1

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

Reply

stuck at getting ready..
2nd boot just loading circle no hdd activity

I used win8.1 iso installed just fine on dual boot, but not on winnt vhd

=[

Date 14/07/2015

By dcplx1

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

Reply

will try old version>rc2 my bad used v3 x]

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