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#1 shamurshamur


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Posted 07 January 2011 - 11:23 AM

XBOOT vs 1.0.0 beta6

(A utility for creating Multiboot USB/ISO.)

Official website of Xboot:

XBoot is a easy-to-use utility for creating Multiboot USB/ISO.You may have seen many bootable ISO files like Linux live CDs , Antivirus rescue CDs etc. XBoot can combine these ISO files in to one Multiboot ISO file or create Multiboot USB in just few clicks.
Simply Drag and drop ISO files in to XBoot and click Create ISO or Create USB button.

Support for some ISO files have been added , support for some other ISO files will be added later on the request of users.
If you want support for any language other than English then please request in xboot sub-forum.

Some reviews and articles have been written about XBoot by some third parties.You can read them for you reference.
1) http://lifehacker.com (review)
2) http://www.ghacks.net (review)
3) http://dottech.org (review)
4) Youtube tutorial video
5) Youtube tutorial video ( German )
6) Youtube tutorial video (Hebrew)

If you want to add to above list any tutorial , reviews etc. on XBoot that you found on internet or you have written yourself , then please mention it by creating a new topic in XBoot section..

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Guide lines for using XBoot:

1) This software requires .NET framework vs 4 so install it before using this software.
you can download .NET framework vs 4 from here:.NET framework vs 4

2) If you are creating Multiboot USB :
a) FAT32 is the highly recommended file-system format for Creating Multiboot USB. FAT32 is supported by all ISO files while same cannot be said about other formats like NTFS etc..Caution:If you are using NTFS format then be careful Some linux distros don't support booting from NTFS partitions.So NTFS is not a good choice for multibooting. Also XBOOT will not check if a particular iso file supports booting from NTFS partition or not , that should be taken care by the user.To be on safe avoid NTFS and always use FAT32.If you are worried about the size limitation of FAT32 partition , and wants large partition size , then please use RPprepUSB tool . It can create FAT32 partitions up to 2TB as mentioned by the Author of this software.

FYI - RMPrepUSB can format a 64GB FAT32 drive, it has no FAT32 size limitation (up to 2TB I think but never tested!)

b ) For USB device USB-HDD is the recomended format, though others( USB-FDD ,USB-ZIP) are supported too.
3) Sometimes Multiboot usb\iso doesn't work on vmware, virtualbox, qemu etc. but works on real PC. So If you are testing Multiboot usb\iso on vmware, virtualbox, qemu etc. and it didn't boot .Then please do check it again on Real PC.

4) Only supported ISO file will works.
There are some files which are not supported but can be added using Grub4dos ISO Emulation.
I am listing some of them here for you reference:

1) All DOS based cd's.
2) Hiren's boot cd
3) ....

Here's a screen shot of adding a file using Grub4dos ISO Emulation

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5) There will be some minor glitches so be patient and report them here . I will fix them ASAP.

Official website of Xboot:

Good luck.

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