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#301 @thehop

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:51 AM

News ... :)  https://www.ventoy.n...n/doc_news.html
 

Ventoy News

  • 2020/10/17 --- 1.0.24 release
  • Disable "Pass parameter by ACPI table" feature introduced in 1.0.23 by default. It's not compatible with Windows 7/8 and will cause error.
  • Fix apt mirror bug when install Debian series distros
  • New iso support
    • debian-10.6.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso (Legacy + UEFI)
    • debian-10.6.0-amd64-netinst.iso (Legacy + UEFI)

 


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Posted 24 October 2020 - 08:58 AM

  • 2020/10/24 --- 1.0.26 release
  1. Support dual mode plugin options. Notes
  2. Display a warning message if syntax error detected in ventoy.json.
  3. Use the original order from image list plugin (if exist) in boot menu. Notes
  4. vtoyboot-1.0.3 release Notes
  5. Optimization for the tip message in Ventoy2Disk.sh

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Posted 01 November 2020 - 08:56 AM

  • 2020/10/31 --- 1.0.27 release
  1. New Boot Conf Replace Plugin to dynamically modify the boot options in configuration file. Notes
  2. Add an menu to enter Text Mode in F5 Tools ==> Screen Display Mode
  3. Fix issue #555 (treeview mode VTOY_DEFAULT_IMAGE ineffective in special case)
  4. vtoyboot-1.0.4 release. Notes
  5. New iso support
    • 2020-02-12-rpd-x86-buster.iso (Legacy + UEFI)
    • FreeBSD-12.1-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso (Legacy + UEFI)
    • FreeBSD-12.2-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso (Legacy)

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 02:42 PM

for everyone who wants to install it on disk with different partition layout:

u can swap partition numbers in gdisk: x -> t and enter two partitions numbers u want to swap



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Posted 02 November 2020 - 07:10 PM

for everyone who wants to install it on disk with different partition layout:

u can swap partition numbers in gdisk: x -> t and enter two partitions numbers u want to swap

ok, this works on dell laptop, DO NOT try it on HP coz it messed up harddisk booting



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Posted 07 December 2020 - 10:14 AM

From: http://reboot.pro/to...e-5#entry217213

 

It would be good if we could run Ventoy from internal HD (on MBR/CSM and/or UEFI environments), not only from a USB device.

 

Thanks to Vortex for his post: http://reboot.pro/to...e-5#entry217214

 

Can I install Ventoy to local disk ?
Yes !    You can install Ventoy to USB drive, Removable HD, SD Card, SATA HDD, SSD, NVMe ...
In Windows, Ventoy2Disk.exe will only list the device removable and in USB interface type by default. If you want you can run from cmd Ventoy2Disk.exe -U then all the devices will be in the list.
In this case you must take care about the list and make sure to select the right disk.
In Linux, you need to specify the device to install Ventoy which can be a USB drive or local disk.
 

 

It should be specially noted that, no matter USB drive or local disk, all the data will be lost after install Ventoy, please be very careful.
 

 

 

 

Thanks for your answer, but ufortunatelly it is not what I would like to do.

 

I was thinking in chainloading to Ventoy from grub4dos or grub2, not in installing it as the main bootmanager and loose al info on one of the the internal HDs, in fact on this PC I have 2 internal HDs, both MBR formated.

 

The first HD first primary active Partition is NTFS for MBR booting Win7, Win10 and several VHDs, ISOs & WIMs files, that can be ran by means of Win bootmgr, grub4dos or agFM.

 

The second HD (MBR formated too) first primary partition is FAT-32 for UEFI booting, by means of BootIce I created 2 additional entries so now using the boot override key (F8) there are 3 options to boot on UEFI

  • The standard MS Windos:  \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi (unmodified)
  • Grub2: \EFI\Boot\BOOTX64.EFI  >>>  Created using BootIce
  • grub4dos for UEFI: \EFI\Boot\bootx64_g4d.efi  >>>  Created using BootIce

Grub2: On \grub\grub.cfg there are entries to chainload to:

  • The standard MS Windos:  /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi
  • grub4dos for UEFI: /EFI/Boot/bootx64_g4d.efi
  • agFM: /EFI/Boot/grubfmx64.efi

grub4dos for UEFI: On \EFI\grub\menu.lst there are entries to chainload to:

  • The standard MS Windos:  /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi  >>> Not working fine yet, see NOTE
  • Grub2: /EFI/Boot/BOOTX64.EFI
  • agFM: /EFI/Boot/grubfmx64.efi

NOTE: Not working fine yet, but chainloading to grub2 first, then it can can be called, and we get MS Boot Menu.

 

I used as a guide the USB_FORMAT tool from wimb, wich I used to format a USB device and just copied all content of U-BOOT partition to my FAT-32 partition, edited the BCD and added the grub4dos for UEFI renamed file on FAT-32 partition \EFI\Boot\bootx64_g4d.efi, created my menu.lst on \EFI\grub\menu.lst and made the entries and finally edited the \grub\grub.cfg, after this just created the new entries on UEFI by means of BootIce as said.

 

Ventoy starting from version 1.0.28 has this note on page: https://www.ventoy.n...n/doc_news.html

 

2020/11/14 --- 1.0.28 release

Prohibit the use of Ventoy in unofficial environments. Notes

 

So it will not work if it is not on a partition layout not created by itself.

 

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Posted 07 December 2020 - 12:06 PM

 

Ventoy starting from version 1.0.28 has this note on page: https://www.ventoy.n...n/doc_news.html

 

So it will not work if it is not on a partition layout not created by itself.

 

alacran

 

Sad news :(

 

And even sadder considering that the topic has been explicitly talked about with the Author by Steve6375 and by myself and - seemingly - we had managed to convince him that it wasn't a sensible approach to force users to use the ventoy2disk in all cases.

 

Ah well, yet another "all your bases are belong to us" approach, not the first, not the last, but still saddening :(.

 

:duff:

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Posted 07 December 2020 - 12:45 PM

Yes, I was thinking it could be very nice to chainload to Ventoy during boot and then ready to run a Linux VHD on the PC, and not being forced to install the distro on a partition and deal with the stupid automatic config created during the installation, that is very hard to manually set to the user preferences or desires. and will destroy all my current boot alternatives.

 

EDIT: I don't like the VM alternative.

 

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Posted 10 December 2020 - 11:21 AM

I have recompiled Ventoy so it doesn't test for the unique partition arrangement.

The new version is called 'Ventoy for Easy2Boot'.

I have written instructions on how to compile your own version.

http://rmprepusb.blo...boot-v1029.html

 

All other functionality is identical (i.e. payload files on partition 1, etc.).


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#310 devdevadev

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi..LongPanda..
 
7za  x  -y  -aoa  -oX:   startup_vtoy.7z
 
Suppose I using 'Injection Plugin' in ventoy.json, then it will extract the files of the 'startup_vtoy.7z' to the root of X: Drive as follows -
 
 
X:/Windows/System3/winpeshl.ini -
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[LaunchApps]
%SystemRoot%\system32\wpeinit.exe
%SystemRoot%\system32\netstart.exe
x:\windows\system32\startup_vtoy.bat
 
 
X:/Windows/System3/starup_vtoy.bat -
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cmd /q /c  "FOR %%i IN (C D E F G H I J K L N M O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z) DO IF EXIST %%i:\_ISO\WINDOWS\INSTALLS\CONFIGS\INSTALL_WIN_VTOY.CMD  cmd /k %%i:\_ISO\WINDOWS\INSTALLS\CONFIGS\INSTALL_WIN_VTOY.CMD"
 
 
INSTALL_WIN_VTOY.CMD -
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copy %XML% %USBDRIVE%\logs\AutoUnattend.xml >nul 2>nul
if exist X:\Setup.exe X:\setup.exe /unattend:%XML%
if exist X:\Setup.exe goto :End
if exist X:\Sources\Setup.exe X:\Sources\setup.exe /unattend:%XML%
if exist X:\Sources\Setup.exe goto :End
 
 
In this file I want to continue Windows Installation setup by running 'setup.exe' along with the XML file which is choosen in Ventoy screen. So what exact location of the XML file I should use in above setup.exe command ?
 
Can you please tell me where Ventoy actually copy the choosen XML file ?
Does Ventoy copy the choosen XML file within X: Directory ?
 
XML= ?????
 
Does Ventoy using any .cmd or .bat file which run 'setup.exe' along with %XML% ? If so then please provide codes of that batch file which run 'setup.exe' at the end....??





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