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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 17/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

This is my .mnu file in /_ISO_/LINUX/MNU
https://pastebin.com/SMUZUgsM

Date 17/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

You have
iftitle [if exist $HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso] Ubuntu 32-bit v14.04.1 \nAvvia Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 con 2GB di persistenza
set ISO=%MFOLDER%/LINUX/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso

This is NOT what is in the sample .mnu files???

Try this instead
iftitle [if exist $HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso] Ubuntu 32-bit v14.04.1 \nAvvia Ubuntu 14.04.1 i386 con 2GB di persistenza
set ISO=$HOME$/ubuntu-14_04_1-desktop-i386.iso
etc etc

Date 18/02/2015

By Dreeg

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Persistence and .mnu files

Reply

It work!! As I said I tried to create the .mnu file by hand, taking inspiration from various sources since the sample didn't work for me.
Thanks a lot! A good make,
Dreeg

Date 12/02/2015

By Jeremysoftbeard

Subject Hiren's menu changing text color.

Reply

I made my own theme config and when I navigate to the menu for Hiren's boot cd restored (extracted) it changes my settings for text color and highlighting. Is there a way to make it adhere to my theme?

Date 12/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Hiren's menu changing text color.

Reply

The .mnu file contains
configfile /HBCD/menu.lst

So /HBCD/menu.lst must contain color commands.
You just need to remove them. They are usually near the top of the file.

Date 11/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Is it possible to add separator lines to the menu?

Reply

On the main menu of E2B I have 5 or 6 different things. By default, they all show up together. Is there any way to add something to separate each item? Maybe just a blank line. Maybe a line of ****************s or something like that? I saw some docs on the text files you can edit but wasn't really sure where to start looking.
Thanks.

Date 11/02/2015

By Steve Si

Subject Re: Is it possible to add separator lines to the menu?

Reply

See the \_ISO\docs\Sample .mnu files folder
A_BlankMenuEntry.mnu
A_BlankMenuEntrySeparator.mnu
Just add one to the folder (e.g. MAINMENU) and then rename it so that it is where you want when ordered alphabetically.
or rename the ISOs too and use a .txt file
(you can use a .txt file for each ISO/payload.)

e.g.
1_myiso.iso and 1_myiso.txt
2_separator.mnu
3_mynextiso.iso and 3_mynextiso.txt
4_separator.mnu
etc.

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

So I setup E2B on a flash drive and tested it on a Dell laptop and it worked great. I'm using it for imaging Windows. I have 8.1 and server 2012 on it and had no problems during my testing.

I now tried to use it on an actual server (Dell R630) and it doesn't work. I get the menu, choose my OS, and then I get an error stating:
Windows failed to start.
File: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000001

Anyone run into this before or have any idea what I can do to fix it?

Date 10/02/2015

By STevesi

Subject Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

is it UEFI ?

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

It supports EUFI per this link:
https://www.dell.com/support/Manuals/us/en/19/Topic/poweredge-r630/R630_OM_Publication-v1/en-us/GUID-12C950B3-B0EF-4089-867E-89277DB2DA6A

Not sure if it's enabled or not as we just unboxed the servers. Should it be off to make it work?

Date 10/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Re: Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

I just checked and it is NOT set to EUFI mode.

Date 11/02/2015

By Kelemvor

Subject Re: Can't get it to run on a server

Reply

We got this figured out. It was a problem on the server itself that the raided hard drives hadn't been initialized so nothing was working.

Date 02/02/2015

By Donny Bahama

Subject Password protected

Reply

I want to heavily customize the menu system so that the main menu is a preliminary menu that requires a password before it will go to the actual main menu - otherwise it boots to the default hard drive. The point of this is (when I accidentally leave my flash drive behind) to scare low-tech users and prevent them from using it (as well as to get them to call me and return my flash drive.) On other USB toolkits, I've used a "DANGER" background bitmap with embedded text that says, "Please Return This To..." I configured the menu to be very small/narrow with all the menu text/borders/highlights/shadows/selection/etc. set to the same color as the background image. Assuming the password is "1234", you'd have to press 1 to get to the next menu, then at the next menu, you'd have to press 2 to get to the 3rd menu (otherwise you go back to the first menu), etc. I know this is low tech and not super secure, but it accomplishes the goal - and usually gets my toolkit returned to me. So my question is, can I replace the main menu with my "password menu" and automatically populate a submenu the way the current main menu is done?

Date 02/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Password protected

Reply

https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/
See Other Passwords heading

This will show any bitmap you like which can contain text.
Just change the password to 1234 instead of fred.

Date 19/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Password protected

Reply

Did you manage this or do you need more help?

Date 31/01/2015

By rodney

Subject split external hard drive

Reply

i have a 1TB external hard drive. what i want to do is split it into 2 partitions, a 20GB bootable for E2B, and the rest non bootable for other things. is this possible? And if so, what is the process I should use to accomplish it?

Date 31/01/2015

By rodney

Subject Re: split external hard drive

Reply

I actually have just made the whole thing a E2B drive. any way to shrink the E2B portion down to 100GB?

Date 31/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

You can shrink it and repartition it any way you like - e.g. Easeus Home Partition Master or MS Disk Manager or whatever.
Just make sure you only have two Primary partitions - use RMPrepUSB - Disk Info - 0 to check.
If you have a small Type 21 hidden partition you can delete it.
You can have two primary partitions or 1 primary and any number of logical partitions (as they just use one type 0F primary partition entry).

Date 01/02/2015

By rodney

Subject Re: Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

when i get to step 5 it only bring up the whole drive as a whole and not the individual partitions. This is after I used Easeus and split it in two.
by step 5 I am referring to..........
In Windows Explorer, right-click and choose 'Run as Administrator...' on the \_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd

Date 01/02/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: split external hard drive

Reply

Make_e2B_USB_Drive.cmd uses RMPartUSB to partition and format the whole drive. You have two choices
1. Use Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd or RMPrepUSB to make the USB drive first and then resize the partition and add partitions using Easeus HPM (recommended)
https://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-e2b-usb-drive-using-rmprepusb/
2. Create partitions using Easeus HPM then install grub4dos to MBR and PBR using RMPrepUSB

Date 27/01/2015

By xamindar

Subject Where is MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd ?

Reply

I can only find one mention of MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd on the site but do not see it in any of the downloads. Is this something that didn't work out?
I was just thinking it would useful to just run that on the drive to make everything contiguous while I am on another computer that doesn't have wincontig installed.

Date 28/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Where is MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd ?

Reply

It's in the latest Beta 1.62 version on the Alternate Download area (Google Drive and OneDrive).

Date 21/01/2015

By Antonio

Subject grubinst

Reply

Hello,

Running the script ../Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd, after copying the files to the USB, it fails in grub4dos instalation with error "grubinst: partition not found"

Please advise

Date 22/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: grubinst

Reply

First test USB drive using FakeFlashTest to see if it is a fake.
If it passes, try again and pick FAT32 when running Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd. If that works but you want NTFS, then run it again and pick NTFS.
Any more problems, give details of what system you have and what USB drive you have and what drive number you picked.

Date 22/01/2015

By Antonio

Subject Re: Re: grubinst

Reply

Hi Steve, thanks for your response. Ill test the usb drive as soon as i get home.

When i run the Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd i do pick FAT32 (the iso i want to install is 700mb) but it fails on grubinst with the error mentioned above.

I have the same suspicion as you - the usb drive might be somehow corrupted.

My system is WinXp SP3 32 bits and I dont have my usb pen here to lsusb it and give you the details but i do have one exactly the same model (with some company data):

"UDisk :

Product ID: 0x1234
Vendor ID: 0xabcd
Version: 1.00
Serial Number: 1405251407421358464002
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: General
Location ID: 0xfd130000 / 5
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 100
Capacity: 2.01 GB (2,013,265,920 bytes)
Removable Media: Yes
Detachable Drive: Yes
BSD Name: disk1
Partition Map Type: MBR (Master Boot Record)
S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
Volumes:
NO NAME:
Capacity: 2.01 GB (2,013,249,536 bytes)
Available: 1.88 GB (1,880,064,000 bytes)
Writable: Yes
File System: MS-DOS FAT16
BSD Name: disk1s1
Mount Point: /Volumes/NO NAME
Content: DOS_FAT_16"

Date 22/01/2015

By Antonio

Subject Re: Re: Re: grubinst

Reply

Hi Steve,
I did a fakeflashtest and it passed.
The number of the drive is 1 when running the script.
Let me know if you need more info.

Date 23/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: grubinst

Reply

So after you run Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd what is on the drive?
Has it been formatted? Is it empty? Can you copy files to it?
If you do a Drive Info - 0 what does it report?

Product ID: 0x1234
Vendor ID: 0xabcd
Looks very suspicious! Not a proper ID!!!

Date 16/01/2015

By Starla

Subject True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Hi again Steve.

Regarding this True Hide feature you are working on, I would like to suggest the following implementation on a future E2B update: a menu option under \_ISO\UTILITIES folder that would scan detected physical storage devices connected to system for True Hidden partitions, which would be listed, and then the user would be allowed to choose which one(s) to unhide (if any). Found partitions hidden in the conventional way could also be listed, and offered to unhide as well.

As for VMwareWks11 (I've not tested previous versions) + E2B removable USB drive. I've been using VBox+VMUSBBoot for my E2B tests, but had to try VMware because it supports UEFI boot to Windows OSes. However according to your articles there was the USB boot limited support (read only via Plop, USB 2.0 boot speed because of no Plop xHCI driver).

Well WMwareWks offers native USB 3.0 boot support in *UEFI* mode, by powering the VM up to firmware and choosing boot device accordingly. Well, that's the VMware claim. What they don't say is that USB storage connected to USB 3.0 ports are supported only for certain USB 3.0 controllers (my Etron is not one of them).

Anyway I've found a way to get both BIOS and UEFI USB 3.0 boot support, read *and* write on VMwareWks11 by applying the same approach as VMUSBBoot does for VBox.

1. Ensure that VMware USB Arbitration service is running. Sidenote: this is the only "VMware" service that needs to be running unless you require network access from your installed guest OSes or being able to run your VMs from a remote computer (o_0).
2. Connect your E2B drive to USB 3.0 port on host computer.
3. Start VMware, select your VM of choice and open its settings window.
3. Under Hardware tab, click Add and select New HDD. Follow the wizard. The key choices are using "SCSI type" (using "SATA type" throws an error at the end of the process, and I've not tested "IDE type") *and* using a Physical disk instead of creating a virtual drive. You need to select the "physicaldrive" from a list. You can find the one that belongs to your E2B drive by running CMD->diskpart->list disk. Finally you will be asked to create (I don't know why) a virtual disk (.vmdk file). Create it wherever you want, it will stay at 1 kB in size, so don't worry.
4. After finishing the Add HDD wizard, a new SCSI HDD will be listed on your VM hardware. Select it and click on Advanced button on the right. Ensure the disk is "Independent" and changes are "applied inmmediately". Not sure if this step is required, but I think this will be the fastest and more straightforward way to go.
5. Depending on your needs, enable or disable the EFI firmware for your VM.
6. Power on your VM *to the firmware* (important). Be sure your boot priority is set to the E2B "SCSI HDD". After that initial config you can simply power on the VM.

That's it. Feels even faster than VBox. The downside is VMware is a lot more system invasive than VBox. I had to spend some time disabling uneeded services, network connections and network protocols after installation.

Date 16/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Hi
VBox will boot Windows via UEFI - just make sure you have lots of graphics memory allocated (65MB+) or you get just a black screen. I use it all the time.
I don't use VMWare but I had heard that now it supports USB booting but never tried it. Thanks for the info.
re. Hide/Unhide - it would require a grub4dos batch file - you could base it on the Mark 2 version I have just posted on reboot.pro or Tutorial 130 (just changed to mk2 version too).

Date 17/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Oh :(

I have 256 MB for graphics and I can't UEFI boot to W7 from rEFInd on E2B under VBox (after several tries VBox crashes). First try on VMware.

I installed UEFI W7 x64 with WinNTSetup in both cases using GPT disk with EFI partition(fat32)+OS partition(ntfs). I only installed UEFI boot files (WinNTSetup option). I can even use EFI Kon-Boot from rEFInd on the VMware guest.

I'll try again without E2B at all on VBox to be sure...

Date 17/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Re: True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Ok, no need to try again, last 3 comments (as of this post's date) here: www.virtualbox.org/ticket/7702

I've only tested W7 x64, which is still unsupported. I guess you are UEFI booting to 8.1.

Thanks for the new hide feature. I could manage to code the suggested utility based on your examples, except I'm not sure on the correct way to detect the total number of attached storage drives + total partitions on each with grub4dos commands. After that all and each partition would be tested a per your unhide/true unhide code to offer a list of candidates to unhide.

Date 17/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Yes, I tested UEFI Win8/8.1 with VBox.
re. hiding
You could try the find command in a batch file

e.g.

!BAT
find > (md)0x300+1
cat --locate=\x0a --replace=\x20 (md)0x300+1
cat (md)0x300+1 | call :g
goto :eof


:g
if "%1"=="" goto :eof
echo Now we test %1
# code here!
shift
goto :g

Date 17/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: True Hide feature and comments on VMwareWks11+E2B

Reply

Thank you Steve.

Date 14/01/2015

By Baptiste

Subject Ophcrack

Reply

Hello,
I'm starting to cry, i follow each steps on this website to ophcrack live working. I try 3.4 and 3.6 with the mnu or by extracting the tables to tables folder at the root, ophcrack never find tables ..
Do you know if it still working with Ophcrack 3.6 live ?
I download iso with vista table inclued, i create a folder "tables" at the root of my key and i put the folder vista_proba_free with his content.
My iso of ophcrack is in linux directory (G:\_ISO\LINUX)
What i am doing wrong ? :/
Thank you !

Date 15/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Ophcrack

Reply

Hi
I tested 3.6 on a FAT32 E2B v1.62 USB HDD
\tables\vista_free\(files here - e.g. table0.ind)
\_ISO\MAIN\MENU\ophcrack-notables-livecd-3.6.0.iso
works fine!
If not work for you, please describe your USB drive type and folder structure.

Date 17/01/2015

By Baptiste

Subject Re: Re: Ophcrack

Reply

My folder structure is exactly the same, after your reply I tried with the same version and the same table as you.
I am running E2B v1.60 but usb my USB key is running NTFS as HDD.
It can be the problem, ntfs vs fat32.
I haven't other idea.

Date 17/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Ophcrack

Reply

No - works fine from E2B NTFS 2TB WD Passport USB 3.0 drive under VBox.
Note: Tables NOT found if using exFAT E2B drive though.
Did you try booting under QEMU or VBOX or real system?

Date 17/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Ophcrack

Reply

P.S. Are you using a USB 3 port? maybe ophcrack does not have USB 3 drivers? Use a USB 2.0 port.
P.S. Yep - just checked - USB 3.0 ports do not work but USB 2.0 ports do. Slitaz does not detect USB 3.0 devices connected to USB 3.0 ports (unless under VBox)!

Date 18/01/2015

By Baptiste

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ophcrack

Reply

Thank for your time.

My usb key is 3.0 but i am only trying on usb 2.0 port.

I have updated my E2B to v1.61 and i am using exactly the same structure as you.

For my test, i use first qemu, when i start ophcrack under qemu, my tables are found, so i was happy !
I try to reboot my system and this time my table is not detected.
I don't understand the difference Qemu and my desktop boot

Date 18/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ophcrack

Reply

When linux runs, it uses drivers to detect various devices in the system
I would guess that Slitaz does not have the drivers for the USB 2.0 controller for your system.
Try a shell command like
sudo fdisk
sudo blkid
sudo mount

to try to find your USB drive - or use a different machine.

Date 08/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Boot imgPTN on 2nd partition via mnu on 1st (E2B partition)

Reply

Hi Steve!

Your recent sample mnu file "Parted_Magic_isoboot_Persistent.mnu" suggests an interesting approach to boot ISO files from a second partition:

iftitle [if exist (hd0,1)$HOME$/BIG.iso] BIG ISO file\n This is stored on my 2nd partition.
set ISOC=(hd0,1)$HOME$/BIG.iso
/%grub%/isoboot.g4b
boot

which means that I could stop using "PTN2_Menu.mnu" to list and boot the ISO files on my 2nd NTFS partition by just adding a mnu file like the previous one to corresponding folder on my 1st FAT32 (E2B files) partition. I would have to mirror E2B folder structure on 2nd partition because of the %HOME% usage, but that's even better.

However I also have imgPTN files in my 2nd partition. I guess QRUN.g4b should be called instead, but I'm not sure about the proper way to pass the imgPTN to it.

Thanks in advance.

PS: Your MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_ CONTIGUOUS.cmd seems to always use WinContig 32-bit no matter if there is WinContig64.exe in WINCONTIG folder. I'm using this slightly modified batch using the MS recommended approach to check for OS-bitness:

===BATCH START===
@echo off
if "%~d0"=="C:" echo ERROR: Drive C: specified! & pause & goto :EOF

set WC=
set _Bitness=64
if /i "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%" == "x86" (
if not defined PROCESSOR_ARCHITEW6432 set _Bitness=32
)

if exist .\WINCONTIG_new\WinContig64.exe set WC=.\WINCONTIG_new\WinContig64.exe
if exist .\WINCONTIG_new\WinContig.exe (
if %_Bitness% equ 32 set WC=.\WINCONTIG_new\WinContig.exe
)
if "%WC%"=="" echo ERROR: Cannot find WinContig %_Bitness%-bit tool on this E2B drive! & pause & goto :EOF

echo Making all files on %~d0 contiguous - please wait...
echo %WC% "%~d0\" /DEFRAG /CLOSEIFOK /NOGUI /CLEAN:0 /LANG:Auto /NOINI
%WC% "%~d0\" /DEFRAG /CLOSEIFOK /NOGUI /CLEAN:0 /LANG:Auto /NOINI
===BATCH END===

I've harcoded it so cmd must be exec from \_ISO\docs\ (a root cmd looks sorta "hostile" to me). \WINCONTIG_new there contains latest release (1.3.5.04), with both 32 and 64-bit executables.

I've been quickly inspecting isoboot.g4b and could be a similar problem. Ie: latest SystemRescueCd 4.4.1 ISO includes both 32 and 64-bit kernels. According to current (1.62b7) isoboot.g4b, which kernel would be launched? It seems that it would be always the 32-bit version.

Date 10/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Boot imgPTN on 2nd partition via mnu on 1st (E2B partition)

Reply

What problem does using a 32-bit program cause you?
See https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/about-mnu-files/ for qrun examples.

Date 10/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Boot imgPTN on 2nd partition via mnu on 1st (E2B partition)

Reply

I missed that article. Exactly what I needed, thank you Steve.

Of course, no problem with using the 32-bit WinContig (been using it for months from RMPrepUSB before all my tests). I just checked your defrag CMD and realised that a 64-bit version existed. By just adding it to WINCONTIG it didn't work, I had to remove the 32-bit version for the 64-bit to be used. But I wanted to use both version according to OS architecture. I offered the modified cmd here should you or any other user liked it.

Regarding isoboot.g4b, I can always rename SysRes iso to get its boot menu again (I think you noted this in your WIP article about booting non-contiguous ISOs IIRC).

Keep the excelent work Steve.

Date 15/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Boot imgPTN on 2nd partition via mnu on 1st (E2B partition)

Reply

If I used both 32-bit and 64-bit apps, then I would increase the download size and the disk space usage. There is no benefit in using a 64-bit app unless you need lots of memory.
The only benefit in using a 64-bit app would be if you were running WinPE 64-bit and it had no SysWoW support. Running 32-bit apps on 64-bit Windows may show a small performance decrease due to SysWow, but for these sort of apps it would not be noticeable.
For the isoboot - yes, I use 32-bit version just because it will run on all platforms. 64-bit versions often require more memory too.

Date 16/01/2015

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot imgPTN on 2nd partition via mnu on 1st (E2B partition)

Reply

Understood ;)

And thanks a lot for fixing the QRUN.g4b line swap bug that was forcing processing of contiguous ISOs via isoboot.g4b. Now I don't need to rename SysResc ISO to get back its boot menu as long as it is a contiguous file (I remove CONTIG.iso, so I was experiencing the bug when posted above about my SysResc bitness concerns).

Date 07/01/2015

By Victor

Subject pb with custom Seven ISO file

Reply

Hi ,
Great Job is Easy2boot, and you site with lots information for create a key with all sysadmin tool.
I have a little problem. I was create a key , with linux tool (gparted, ubuntu voyager ...) All tool work ;-) ,
and i was put 2 versions Of Windows Seven.
- The first Iso that contains all version of Windows Seven ( starter until ultimate) works perfectly. Iso present into _ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7.
- The second files, is a custom Windows named Windows 7 Titan, present in _ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7.
ISO Boot perfectly , But after imdisk was lanched after few second, I respond N to do a new install, after Seven ask me langage and after "Next", Installation doesn't find Operating system to install. I think i forgot one detail.... but witch ?
Thank you for your help,Victor.

Date 07/01/2015

By SteveSi

Subject Re: pb with custom Seven ISO file

Reply

If you get the Blue LOADISO console then it should load the ISO as a virtual DVD - you can check this by using SHIFT+F10 and then looking for the DVD virtual drive.
For non-standard Windows Vista/7/8 ISOs, it is best to convert them to a .imgPTN file.

Date 07/01/2015

By Victor

Subject Re: Re: pb with custom Seven ISO file

Reply

Thanks a lot... generation of imgPTN in progress.... wait and see...

Date 07/01/2015

By Victor

Subject Re: Re: Re: pb with custom Seven ISO file

Reply

SteveSi, it works perfectly !!
Ouah, it's an amazing and wonderfull Tools.
Great thanks.

Date 27/12/2014

By babam

Subject Add Easy2Boot to the boot menu entry using Bcdedit

Reply

How do I add Easy2Boot to the boot menu entry using bcdedit.exe in Windows 7. Thanks

Date 27/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Add Easy2Boot to the boot menu entry using Bcdedit

Reply

Use EasyBCD to add a 'NeoGrub' entry.

Date 24/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Add entries to EFI BCD

Reply

Hi again Steve.

Your latest Tutorial 127 is a jewel. You describe my goal UFD setup, but my plan was adding grldr.mbr to MBR BCD to boot to E2B from BCD. I like your approach more (MBR boot to E2B, and then to MBR BCD), as it allows to use a currently working E2B.

Regarding editing EFI BCD in your tutorial, is it possible to add entries to boot to EFI tools like i.e. Kon-Boot or memtest86, in addition to Win8.1SE x86/x64, like shown in your tutorial for the "Windows Memory Diagnostic"?.

I also would like to try (I'm no expert) to answer your questions about WinNTSetup in your post from 18DEC14 ".imgPTN files were originally devised so..."
WinNTSetup will use ImDisk (if available) to mount your NT6 ISO of choice (by right-clicking the Browse button) in order to access the install.wim. WinNTSetup supports .WIM, .SWM and unencrypted .ESD. This support comes from 2 options:
A) Downloaded on first run wimgapi.dll (x86 and x64 versions, along with bcdboot, bcdedit and bootsect). It downloads 6.2 versions, but I replaced them with 6.3 ones.
B) DLLs from wimlib x86/x64 release. wimlib will work even when run from XP PE.
You can add booticex86/x64 to correponding tools folder as an alternative to bootsect (and to easily check BCDs before first reboot after WinNTSetup finishes sysprep. from chosen NT6 ISO).
Encrypted ESDs can be handled as a previous step to using WinNTSetup, using esddecrypt command line tool by qad at MDL.
Finally, XP and WinNTSetup: 2 options to add required storage drivers:
A) Add driver checkbox: Just browse for driver and MSSTMake will add it to sysprep. This requires the user knowing which driver to add.
B) Use same DPMS as in current E2B (the advantage being that you can have it in the UFD as 7z archive). WinNTSetup developer instructions:

1. Download DPs_BASE_1006.exe and DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_1209.7z from https://driverpacks.net/downloads
2. Run DPs_BASE_1006.exe and select C:\DPsBase for extracting
3. Copy DP_MassStorage_wnt5_x86-32_1209.7z to C:\DPsBase\DriverPacks
4. Run Winntsetup and select "Run DriverPacks BASE (x86 only)" checkbox
5. Push the setup button and wait for winntsetup to copy the files
6. You will be asked to select DPs_BASE.exe, browse to C:\DPsBase and select that file.
7. DriverPacks BASE will launch, select Settings --> DriverPacks in the treeview
8. Select the Driverpacks Massstorage checkbox and hit Slipstream button
9. The driver integration will take a few minutes, wait and hit okay in the success message that show up in the end.
I think DPs_BASE.exe can be customized via .INI, so user interaction can be avoided or at least minimized.
Note that any quality custom XP ISO out there will include storage drivers, so the above procedures are not needed.
Unattended files (sif, txt and xml) and image index to install can be also specified.
Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Date 27/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Add entries to EFI BCD

Reply

Thanks for the WinNTSetup instructions.
I have added a extra section to Tutorial 127 which shows you how to add rEFInd to the USB drive. That will allow you to boot to .efi files or other efi linux payloads.

Date 28/12/2014

By Starla

Subject Re: Re: Add entries to EFI BCD

Reply

Sometimes this pure gold stuff can be found, like your masterpiece E2B project and this unbelievable rEFInd.
Thank you for pointing us to it Steve. Honestly.

Just to add to the WinNTSetup "tour" above, latest 3.7.5b3 added the option to include the whole DISM (x86/x64 resp.) folder from latest ADK (which you can download with GetWAIK tool by same author), so you can use DISM from WinNTSetup to add drivers to sysprep OS, before first reboot (so source ISO remains untouched).
User Atari800XL at WinNTSetup thread at MSFN forum describes his smart strategy on this. He keeps different ISOs in his UFD with different driver sets. Depending on target system, he mounts one of the ISOs and uses WinNTSetup to slipstream drivers on sysprep OS. He showed a commandline sample:
run,q:\winntsetup\WinNTSetup_x86.exe nt6 -source:y:\os\w7.wim -syspart:c: -unattend:"autounattend_w7.xml" -savedriveletters -sysletter:c -reboot -disableuac -drivers:L: -runafter:"CopySetupScriptsW7.exe"
where L: contains the (ImDisk) mounted drivers ISO.
Actually before b3 WinNTSetup used DISM from source OS ISO, but after some debugging last days, author offered option to use DISM from WinNTSetup Tools folder for reliability reasons.
Thanks again for rEFInd, sir.

Date 19/12/2014

By Bill Stone

Subject Entry For Linux

Reply

Y'all:
I have a 64GB USB 3.0 Cruzer Ultra Fit. It's divided into three partitions:
o An NTFS partition for E2B.
o An EXT4 partition on which there is an INSTALLED Ubuntu 14.10 installation. This is not booting from an ISO: I actually went through the installation process and installed Ubuntu to that partition.
o An 8GB SWAP partition for Ubuntu.
What payload file would I need to add to E2B in order to boot from Partition 2 of the flash drive? I.e., I'd like a menu option to boot Ubuntu 14.10, and then boot from the second partition on the flash drive.
Thanks!

Date 19/12/2014

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Entry For Linux

Reply

If you installed Ubuntu then is should boot to Ubuntu.
Did you then install grub4dos?
Presumably at the moment then it boots to the grub4dos main menu?

So add a \_ISO\MAINMENU\Ubuntu.mnu text file with
title Ubuntu\n Boot to ptn 2
chainloader (hd0,1)+1

Date 20/12/2014

By William Stone III

Subject Re: Entry For Linux

Reply

Perfect. That worked like a charm. I wasn't sure what the correct syntax would be for getting to the second partition.
So my deal now is:
I fire up any computer and boot from E2B. Ubuntu 14.10 is listed as the first item. I can either choose from my installers/utilities, or boot to Ubuntu -- on ANY computer.
And since it's a 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive, Ubuntu's actually usable.
Then to add onto that, I've also got PortableApps installed on the E2B partition, making those tools available under the Windows side.
Additionally, E2B is mounted to /e2b on the Ubuntu side. When booting to the Ubuntu partition, various directories under my home drive are symlinked to the corresponding PortableApps \Documents directories.
This is the tool I've been waiting a good twenty years for. Excellent work.

Date 17/12/2014

By Michael

Subject DOS and NTFS

Reply

Hi,
i had bad luck with expensive fixed USB keys dying quite quickly. So now I'm going for a removable one. The downside is, that I can't create a 2nd partition for FAT which is easily accessible from Windows any longer (1st is NTFS).
I'd like to have an easy way to store some files for using in DOS again. Just some small ones for BIOS or firmware upgrades.
Is it maybe possible to have a folder on the NTFS part whose contents are automatically copied to a 2nd FAT partition by e2b when starting DOS? Or something else what doesn't require to much fiddling around once it is configured?

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...?
https://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: https://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?
https://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.
https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/protection-and-security/

For more grub4dos tips see
https://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/grub4dos
https://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":

https://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.
https://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

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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

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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
https://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

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Hi. Should I be able to boot these image files (.img) using Easy2Boot:
https://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

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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

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Thanks for confirming.

Date 03/11/2014

By TechDud

Subject Easy2Boot - DriverPack updates?

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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! https://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! :)

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