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Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:52 am

http://www.easy2boot.com/ wrote:Want to do it all from just one USB drive? Why not use what the 'Techies' use?

NEW! UEFI-boot direct from ISOs using grub2 - files do not need to be contiguous and can be on an NTFS partitition (you can even UEFI-boot ISOs which do not normally support UEFI-booting!).
  • Removable-type USB Flash drives supported (and USB Fixed Disks but extra steps are required for some payloads)
  • Boot from 100's of different ISOs and images (just copy them over!).
  • Multiple All-In-One Windows Install ISOs (convert to .imgPTN files using the MPI Tool Kit)
  • Add 100's of UEFI-images (e.g. Windows/Linux/KonBoot/Utilities).
  • Add 100's of full linux and WindowsToGo installations.
  • Boot from different linux liveCD ISOs with persistence (>4GB persistence supported).
  • Boot directly from .VHD and .WIM files.
  • Add or remove any payload just be copying or deleting the file from the USB drive.
  • Supports FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT (and limited ext2/3/4) USB drives.
  • NEW! Add a grub2 menu system and UEFI-boot to ISOs that do not normally support UEFI-booting!
Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlP4eC6wDWE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrOD62Iny1Y
http://www.easy2boot.com/ wrote: Easy! - How to add or remove all your ISO (and other) files to an Easy2Boot USB drive:
  1. Copy your ISOs into a menu folder on the E2B USB drive (e.g. using Windows Explorer or linux) - no extra applications required.
  2. Make all files contiguous (if required), e.g. double-click on \Make_This_Drive_Contiguous.cmd on the USB drive (or run the linux defragfs command from \_ISO\docs\linux_utils folder).
  3. Boot to the E2B menu and select your ISO or payload file from the appropriate menu.
  4. To remove an ISO, just delete it.
Click here for a list of over 200 ISOs and other payload files that work with Easy2Boot (including UEFI booting).

Languages
Menu Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Spanish (and Arabic menu text only). New languages can be easily made and added (including Persian, Urdu, Hebrew and other right-to-left languages).

Easy2Boot is a FREE collection of grub4dos scripts which are copied to a grub4dos-bootable USB drive. Each time you boot, the E2B scripts automatically find all the payload files (.ISO, .IMA, .BIN, .IMG, etc.) on the USB drive and dynamically generate the menus. Each file is run depending on the file extension of each file.

About Easy2Boot
Read How Easy2Boot works (recommended if you want to get the best out of E2B).
  • Prepare an Easy2Boot USB drive using linux or Windows
  • Easy2Boot uses Open Source grub4dos utilities and plain-text scripts (E2B IS NOT A WINDOWS UTILITY)
  • Easy2Boot (E2B) supports both USB Flash and USB HDD drives (FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/3/4)
  • You will need a Windows system to make .imgPTN files (for UEFI-booting and other purposes).
  • Fast! Just copy your ISO files onto the E2B USB drive (no application to install or slow file extraction needed)
  • Boot multiple linux ISOs each with separate persistence files
  • No limit to how many you can add (if your drive is large enough!)
  • Multiple UEFI multi-booting of linux, Windows Installers, KonBoot, etc. from partition images (see YouTube video)
  • Boot Windows, WinBuilder PE, MSDaRT, linux and many others directly from ISO files (in MBR/BIOS mode)
  • Add images of all your other bootable USB Flash drives to E2B (e.g. add images of USB drives made with Rufus, XBOOT, SARDU, YUMI, Live USB drives, etc.). The .imgPTN image file is only as large as the files on the drive that you are imaging.
  • Boot multiple versions of the Hirens Boot CD with all features working (DOS, linux, MiniWindows) + multiple HP Utilities and many others.
  • Boot to 32-bit and 64-bit UEFI mode directly from MBR mode using Clover (YouTube video)
  • UEFI Secure Boot supported
  • Boot multiple WindowsToGo and fully-installed linux OSs all from one partition
  • Compatible with Zalman USB-HDD CD emulator (boot ISOs from the Zalman or boot to E2B menu)
  • English, Chinese, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and German language options (so far...)
  • Design your own menu theme using the free E2B_Editor.exe Windows GUI
  • Automate Windows installs direct from an unaltered Windows ISO file
Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/
http://www.easy2boot.com/ wrote:No other USB MultiBoot solution can do all of this from the same USB drive!
  • Easy2Boot is a collection of grub4dos scripts which you copy to a grub4dos-bootable USB drive - open-source code (grub4dos, etc.) + plain text scripts. You can make a E2B drive using Windows or linux.
  • Extensive list of tested ISOs and payloads here - 99% of all linux ISOs will 'just work' by copying over the ISO file!
  • No limit to the number of different Linux, Windows Install, WinPE, etc. ISOs or other payload files
  • For most ISOs just 'Drag-and-Drop' - copy your ISO file directly onto your E2B USB drive (MBR\CSM booting only) and boot!
  • UEFI+CSM booting of Windows Installers and Linux LiveCD payloads via a partition image (and most other UEFI-enabled payloads too, such as KonBoot).
  • Can use a USB Hard disk with one or more partitions and still UEFI boot (even if they are all NTFS partitions) - no complex GPT partitions needed.
  • Boot almost ANY type of linux 'LiveCD' ISO - just copy it over! Unlike XBOOT or YUMI, you don't have to wait for Easy2Boot to be updated to support a new linux ISO distro - Easy2Boot is generic.
  • Boot to any UEFI (Intel CPU) payload directly from the grub4dos menu without needing to reboot the system (via Clover).
  • UEFI boot to an NTFS partition (via Clover + first FAT32 ptn).
  • Supports Partition Image booting - make image files of any existing, bootable single-partition FAT32 or NTFS USB stick and add the files to E2B (e.g. add images of USB Flash drives made with YUMI, XBOOT, SARDU, WinSetupFromUSB, LiveUSB Creator, Rufus, USB Universal Installer, MSDaRT, Windows AIO installers, HP Utilities, etc.). Also supports dual partition images - e.g. FAT32 + NTFS.
  • Install Windows XP to a system from UNMODIFIED 32-bit XP install ISOs (any number of different ISOs) to a IDE\SATA\AHCI\RAID\SCSI system - no need to integrate special mass-storage or F6 drivers! Also works with Server 2003 ISOs (can be automated using answer file).
  • Install directly from any number of different Windows Vista/7/8/SVR2008R2/SVR2012/Win10 install ISO files (can be fully automated using an XML answer file).
  • Boot directly from linux LiveCD ISOs with persistence - you can have all these (and more) on one Easy2Boot drive and boot them all with persistence - YLMF, Ubuntu, Fedora, StartOS, Porteus, pclinuxos, Backtrack5, kali-linux, Mint ISOs and more. e.g. you can even boot from the same linux ISO but have 2 or more persistence files for the same ISO, one for each different user. Persistence files can be larger than 4GB (if you format the E2B drive as NTFS).
  • User configurable and fully documented - you can change the background wallpaper, headings and text colours, move the menu position, make your own sub-menus, make it beep when the menu loads, add your own GFXBoot menu, change menu font, use UTF-8 non-ASCII characters in the menus, define your own hotkeys, add your own language versions, etc. etc.
  • You can use FAT32 or NTFS (or with a few limitations, use an exFAT or ext2 formatted drive).
  • No need to re-partition or re-format your existing grub4dos USB drive (though I recommend you do for maximum compatibility with different systems).
  • Because Easy2Boot is not a 'utility', you can prepare an Easy2Boot drive under Windows or linux. Once prepared, just copy over (or delete) any ISOs you like, at any time in the future.
  • Variety of example 'skins'/themes included.
  • Compatible with FlashBoot (for booting old systems that have trouble booting from USB due to non-standard USB BIOS boot support).
  • Easy to update to the latest version - just overwrite the E2B files on your USB drive with the latest version.
  • Variety of languages available
  • Can boot some linux liveCD ISOs even if they are not contiguous
  • It's FREE! Though donations (however small), are much appreciated to support this site and my work.
Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/
How to use it: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

Latest version: v1.80 2016-05-10
bugfix for Windows Install menus not displayed if FASTLOAD enabled. Change to centrehd.g4b batch file to allow for large fonts. Small change to German STRINGS.txt. Latest grub4dos 0.4.6a (ext4 and CDFS bugfixes). bugfix for uppercase extension .MNU and .TXT ignored. Fix for FASTLOAD with $$$$CONFIG files. No need for WINCOUNT special variable. Fix no display issue if use STAMPs in text mode (GFX=none). Update_all_e2B_drives.cmd added. Improved CopyFF.g4b batch file to workaround bug in fat utility which won't copy files beginning with the letter o. New grldr 0.4.6a grub4dos 20160426. PTN2 .mnu files for UEFI_GRUB2_PTN2 toolkit.
v1.81 2016-07-09 - Alternate Power off sample .mnu file added for systems that where F10 does not turn off the system + SlackOS+persistence, MX-15+persistence, PTN2_boot_any_file, MainMenuOnly.cfg. $$AddWin2Main.mnu bugfixes for direct booting of Windows Install ISOs from Main menu. Change Admin detection test in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE script so does not rely on Windows exe. Improve MOVE_IMGPTN script (was omitted from 1.80). Improve windows install from ISO for XML path specification and test /autounattend.xml is not empty. Fix %ISOC% being displayed instead of ISO filename. Fix .isope path problems and make work if iso on 2nd partition. New RMPartUSB v2.1.731. Check .VHD/.VHDX/.WIM full path for spaces. Check compatibe bootmgr used for direct VHD\WIM booting. QR code stamp option when making E2B drive added. Extensions .isoPECD and .iso01PECD supported. SWITCH_E2B.exe v1.0.12 (support .imgptn*2* as well as .imgptn*23* extension for special users - *2* is NOT supported by E2B though!).

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/
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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:42 am

Latest version: v1.81A 2016-07-12
bugfix in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE script which caused it to exit before completion.

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

NOTE, if you have v1.81 from 2016-07-09
DO NOT USE THAT VERSION- BUG IN MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd!! Use newer versions (see this post or the posts under) If you download from the site today, they don't even offer that old version any more. But if you have it, please update. Updating is quick and easy! No need to re-make your USB drive, it basically just copies new files during a few seconds to the USB drive.
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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:32 am

Latest version: v1.82 2016-08-13
New grub4dos 0.4.6a 'E2B.cfg missing' bug fix. SDI_CHOCO (Automated driver and apps install for Win 7/8/10!) now added. New Win8/10 SDI_CHOCO XML files. Fix for Windows Setup refusing to install to internal hard disk if using E2B HDD+WINHELPER flash drive with some systems. Install from XP ISO hang/reset bugfix. Support for WSUS Offline update in SDI_CHOCO added. Small tweak to \_ISO\e2b\grub\menu.lst to remove unneeded screen clear. Improve LOADISO.cmd routine when searching for virtual Win7/8/10 ImDisk DVD drives. Added two new bootmgr versions to 'whitelist' for VHD booting.

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:40 pm

Latest version: v1.83 2016-08-27
- bugfix grub4dos so does not absorb key presses before menu is displayed. Make_E2B_USB_Drive (run as admin).cmd now checks for more versions of bootmgr (whitelist has new additions). Warning message if try to use .imz file extension (you need to convert to .ima). Add sample .mnu files for Remix OS x86 with persistence (thanks Sergio!). Small changes to German language files (thanks Frettt). Add fmt_ntfs.sh script and udefrag utility to docs\linux_utils folder - can now make and maintain an NTFS E2B drive under linux. Update FreeDOS floppy image to allow access to NTFS files under FreeDOS (E2B drive = C: ). Updated SDI 'Snappy' executables.

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/

Install info: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:39 pm

Latest version: v1.87 2016-12-10
v1.84 2016-09-20 - Parrot+persistence sample .mnu file added. New feature: if user presses u key during early booting to Main menu, the grub4dos USB 2.0 driver will be loaded. Change to SDI_CHOCO Sample_MyStartup.cmd so that -y and unchecksummed packages are accepted. Add 'Download Urls' folder to \_ISO\docs folder. Add Win7 SDI_CHOCO XML files. Fix SDI_CHOCO.cmd so does not pause if installing Win7. Add E2B_WINHELPER_&DW.zip for Zalman\IODD. Fix problem of F1 Help menu title not displayed. Fix bug - if animated icon in menu, then XP+DPMS install is broken (asks for floppy disk). Sample WinNTSetup diskpart script files added to \_ISO\docs\E2B Utilities\WinNTSetup folder. Add Disable_System_Volume_Information_Folder_Creation folder to \_ISO\docs\E2B Utilities folder which can be used to prevent Windows creating System Volume Information folders on USB drives. Cub Linux + persistence Sample Mnu File added. Official grub4dos 0.4.6a v2016-09-20 release added.

v1.85 2016-10-18 - add udefrag linux utility for defragging NTFS files under linux. ZGRUB_USB_046.mnu menu improved. Improve errorchecking in MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd for wget/proxy issues (thanks to JH for reporting it!), German language update (thanks Frettt!).

v1.86 2016-10-29 - Language files updated. Bug fix for wsusoffline Win8/2012R12 updates not working. Win8/10 Repair option now offered (press a key within 4 seconds). Self-extracting .exe versions available.

v1.87 2016-12-10 - Fix typo in SDI_CHOCO which caused scrolllock.exe and capslock.exe error messages. Improve linux fmt.sh scripts to install grub4dos to PBR and make partition active using parted. Latest grub4dos 0.4.6a. Snappy updated to R513. Persistent .mnu files added for LibreELEC and Pentoo. Win10 support added to PassPass. Improved Restore File check in PPass.g4b to prevent restoring wrong file+improve search speed.

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/
INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a new E2B USB drive, extract the download file to a new empty folder and run the
\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd Windows batch file. Beginners who just want to try E2B can download and run the Self-extracting .exe file (you do not need to format the USB drive first).

For Linux users - read this page.

To update your E2B USB drive, extract the non-DPMS (1b) download file to a new empty folder and then run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd Windows batch file or under linux use cp -u./

A longer install info with a lot of details and videos: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:47 pm

Latest version: v1.88 2017-01-27
v1.88 2017-01-27 - Add Server 2012 R2 Std Eval Product Key file, \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd now does not defrag user folders (only root and \_ISO), updated Wincontig, update SDI executables, fix .isofira extensions in QRUN.g4b to load the ISO as a virtual CD to allow Strelec and other firadisk ISOs to work correctly, new grub4dos 0.4.6a, new purple jpg default background, SWITCH_E2B.exe v1.0.13 (small bugfix to set size of partition to match the size set by grub4dos partnew exactly), Spanish language files improved (thanks DW!), MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd can now be used to duplicate the E2B USB drive onto another USB drive (copies root files and \_ISO folder), Pi_pixel_x86_Persistent.mnu sample mnu file added for PIXEL iso, Gandalf sample .mnu files added, Boot_Recovery_WIM.mnu added (boot from any systems winre.wim), fix for case where grub4dos 0.4.5c tries to load jpg as wallpaper,

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/
INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a new E2B USB drive, extract the download file to a new empty folder and run the
\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd Windows batch file. Beginners who just want to try E2B can download and run the Self-extracting .exe file (you do not need to format the USB drive first).

For Linux users - read this page.

To update your E2B USB drive, extract the non-DPMS (1b) download file to a new empty folder and then run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd Windows batch file or under linux use cp -u./

A longer install info with a lot of details and videos: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:31 am

Latest version: v1.90 2017-02-18
v1.89 2017-02-08 - self-extracting exe download which runs new GUI Make_E2B.exe. NoF1F7F8F0F10.cfg added to \_ISO\docs\Templates (removes F1, F7, F8 etc. from menus). German STRING.txt file tweaked (thanks Frettt!), improve Utilities - Measure BIOS performance to print time in seconds, Switch_E2B.exe v1.0.14.

v1.90 2017-02-18 - support for WinBuilder_ISO.mnu sample menu file (see here), remove 20 character filename limit for WinBuilder ISOs (.isoWB files), Auto-detect WinBuilder .ISO files and automatically update the .ini files to correctly boot and load the ISO as Y: drive, moved Sample Windows XML Unattend files to SAMPLE XML FILES folders (user must copy them up one level if needed), CONTIG.ISO is now not updated by update script, Make_E2B.exe updated, if user sets hidden attribute on USB:\menu.lst then Update script will hide files in root, .cmd scripts can be moved by user to \_ISO folder.

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/
INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a new E2B USB drive, extract the download file to a new empty folder and run the
\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd Windows batch file. Beginners who just want to try E2B can download and run the Self-extracting .exe file (you do not need to format the USB drive first).

For Linux users - read this page.

To update your E2B USB drive, extract the non-DPMS (1b) download file to a new empty folder and then run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd Windows batch file or under linux use cp -u./

A longer install info with a lot of details and videos: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

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Re: Easy2Boot, boot everything from your USB drive

Post by raffe » Thu May 18, 2017 2:54 pm

Latest version: v1.91B 2017-04-14
v1.91 2017-04-09 - Fix 'WARNING: WinBuilder ISOs must have .iso file extension' message being shown when not a WinBuilder ISO, grldr 2017-02-04 latest version. sample 'blacklist' .mnu files, latest RMPartUSB, latest Make_E2B.exe , SCROLL LOCK = Verbose mode (turns on QRUN auto-suggest and all messages), new TSUG variable for auto-suggest, default delay for auto-suggest now 6s, reduce Main Menu messages if redir set,\_ISO\docs\Make_E2B_USB_Drive\CheckForUpdate.cmd added to show latest stable version and latest Beta version, latest grub4dos, check added to detect \sources folder on E2B drive (prevents Windows installs from ISO working), SHIFT key on boot = load grub4dos USB 2.0 driver.

v1.91A 2017-04-12 - fix small bug in v1.91 (erroneous WARNING: grub4dos 0.4.5c message), update sample konboot .mnu files with extra option to patch konboot to prevent black screen problem on some systems, small change to Loadiso.cmd batch files to allow user to set ISO drive as A: or B:.

v1.91B 2017-04-14 - new grub4dos 0.4.6a was buggy! Now reverted back to 2016 version!

Read more: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/e2b-version-history/
Get it from here: http://www.easy2boot.com/download/
INSTRUCTIONS:

To make a new E2B USB drive, extract the download file to a new empty folder and run the
\MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run as admin).cmd Windows batch file. Beginners who just want to try E2B can download and run the Self-extracting .exe file (you do not need to format the USB drive first).

For Linux users - read this page.

To update your E2B USB drive, extract the non-DPMS (1b) download file to a new empty folder and then run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd Windows batch file or under linux use cp -u./

A longer install info with a lot of details and videos: http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

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