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#676 devdevadev

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:29 PM

Hi 'Steve'......................

Please read following page very carefully if not read it before...................

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=25333

http://reboot.pro/topic/18467-vhd-w8-compact-make-mini-8/

It says that -
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Windows 8 VHD files make use of Microsoft VHD driver which allows in Boot Manager Menu to boot VHD as FILEDISK.

Booting VHD files from Grub4dos Menu as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK requires to Install in Source VHD either FiraDisk Or WinVBlock driver.

Additinally Installed Programs and Drivers and Settings are remembered in FILEDISK just like in normal Windows OS.
Loading the VHD into RAMDISK is much faster when the VHD file is located on the internal NTFS harddisk drive.


*** Update VHD_W8C_57 ***

- Grub4dos Menu for booting Win8 VHD as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK is made when FiraDisk or WinVBlock driver is found in Win8 Source.
- WinContig was added to make fragmented VHD file contiguous as needed for booting with Grub4dos.

For UEFI + BIOS booting from USB then Windows 8.1 x64 need to be used as Source.
There are now three Universal solutions for booting from USB on UEFI + BIOS computers:
- Win8.1SE x64 boot.wim of size 400 MB booting from RAMDISK
- Portable W864USP1.vhd of size 3.5 GB booting as FILEDISK
- Full Windows 8.1 Pro installed in 15 GB VHD or any Windows 8.1 on USB SYSTEM partition of size 50 GB
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Now what you think about booting of 'Win8.1U1_x64.vhd' and 'Win8.1U1_x64_boot.wim' form 'Easy2Boot' Grub4dos Menu ?

Is it still not possible ?


Thanks..............

:cheers: :cheers:


Edited by devdevadev, 23 June 2014 - 03:33 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:19 PM

If the VHD has Firadisk or WinVBlock then it may work, but UEFI booting requires at least 2 partitions so you can't easily UEFI boot from a E2B Partition image. Why don't you test it out and then write up a step-by-step tutorial on it?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

@Steve

 

Grub4dos Menu to Boot W864USP1.vhd as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK by using FiraDisk driver

VHD filename W864USP1.vhd contains Architecture 64/32 + Distribution Language + Version P/M/C + Number 1-9

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title Portable W864USP1.vhd - FiraDisk FILEDISK - 3.5 GB
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /W864USP1.vhd
map --heads=2 --sectors-per-track=18 --mem (md)0x800+4 (99)
map /W864USP1.vhd (hd0)
map --hook
write (99) [FiraDisk]\nStartOptions=disk,vmem=find:/W864USP1.vhd,boot;\n\0
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader /bootmgr
map --status
pause Press any key . . .

title Portable W864USP1.vhd - FiraDisk RAMDISK - 3.5 GB
find --set-root --ignore-floppies /W864USP1.vhd
map --mem /W864USP1.vhd (hd0)
map --hook
root (hd0,0)
chainloader /bootmgr

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May following Grub4dos Menu be useful for me ?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

Sure, you can make a .mnu file from this for  MBR booting from E2B.



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:38 PM

HEy..........Steve
 
AFAWK,
 
For UEFI + BIOS booting from USB then Windows 8.1 x64 need to be used as Source.
There are now three Universal solutions for booting from USB on UEFI + BIOS computers:
- Win8.1SE x64 boot.wim of size 400 MB booting from RAMDISK
- Portable W864USP1.vhd of size 3.5 GB booting as FILEDISK
- Full Windows 8.1 Pro installed in 15 GB VHD or any Windows 8.1 on USB SYSTEM partition of size 50 GB
 
Are you also sure about 'Win8.1U1_x64_boot.wim' ?
 
If 'Yes' , 
 
Then What will be Grub4dos Menu to Boot 'Win8.1U1_x64_boot.wim' as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK by using FiraDisk driver ?
 
thanks for Everything................


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:44 PM

Please add 'Win8.1U1_x64_VHD.mnu' and 'Win8.1U1_x64_boot_WIM.mnu' in next version of 'Easy2Boot' if possible......

 

thanks.............



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:44 PM

There are many ways to crack an egg. This thread is about Easy2Boot and multibooting. To UEFI boot the drive would need to be a USB HDD, multiply partitioned using UEFI_Multi and have a BCD configured for each VHD - not really pure E2B!

 

grub4dos can't boot wim files - where did you see this?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:51 PM

Win8.1SE x64 boot.wim of size 400 MB booting from RAMDISK

 

Above line says that Win8.1SE x64 boot.wim boot form RAMDISK , It means It should contains Firadisk or WinVBlock drive ?

 

Am I wrong ?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:54 PM

http://reboot.pro/to...ct-make-mini-8/

Booting VHD files from Grub4dos Menu as FILEDISK or as RAMDISK requires to Install in Source VHD either FiraDisk Or WinVBlock driver.

 

Not sure where this .wim file is or how it is loaded.. where is the reference?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:57 PM

Actually this is complicated Application of 'E2B' , because I am just using only two tools for whole process. Now i am using neither 'UFD_FORMAT' nor 'UEFI_MULTI' for my tutorial..............So it's a Hybrid E2B tutorial............

 

1- Easy2Boot

2- Bootice (for BCD Editing and Hide/Unhide)

 

Thanks



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:00 PM

I think now I have to confirm it from 'ChrisR' because nearly all 'WIM' files are created by his 'Win8.1SE' ?

 

'ChrisR' can confirm if he has added a script for adding Firadisk or WinVBlock driver in 'Win8.1_x64_boot.wim' ..

 

Thanks


Edited by devdevadev, 23 June 2014 - 05:03 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:34 PM

HEy.......Steve

you said that "To UEFI boot the drive would need to be a USB HDD, multiply partitioned using UEFI_Multi and have a BCD configured for each VHD"

have you read following post of 'ktp before ?

http://reboot.pro/topic/18182-uefi-multi-make-multi-boot-usb-drive/page-2#entry177216

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According to 'ktp' - "In fact the method seems to work also for removable USB key (stick), and not only for hard disk.
One can use appropriate paritioning tool (e.g. bootice version 0.78) to partition the USB key into two partitions, a small one in FAT32, and another one in NTFS for data. By using either wimb's USB_part_flip utility or Pauly's bootice version 0.78 (this version precisely), it is very easy to make the desired partition visible to Windows (remember: only the first partition entry of USB key MBR is visible to Windows).

So now we could have a handy, light USB key that is UEFI Multiboot capable, without requiring changing BIOS/UEFI settings to enable legacy/CSM module and disable Secureboot. "
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Note- 'wimb' also like 'ktp' this post ?

It's why I am little bit confusing. Now what you think about it ?

Thanks.............


Edited by devdevadev, 23 June 2014 - 05:39 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:53 PM

Thanks for your precious support......

Edited by devdevadev, 23 June 2014 - 05:56 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:28 PM

Please add 'Win8.1U1_x64_VHD.mnu' and 'Win8.1U1_x64_boot_WIM.mnu' in next version of 'Easy2Boot' if possible......

 

thanks.............

I never add anything without it being tested first. Why don't you get it working and send me the final .mnu files?



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:31 PM

Chinese E2B now available



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:04 AM

I have created an E2B drive and the work you have done is great.  I have one small issue with my drive though.  When I use my Windows 8.1 U1 x64.imgPTN file... I am getting an error when I try to boot to it in MBR mode on some laptops.  It says "Missing MBR-Helper file".

 

But my Flash Drive is recognized as a Removable Drive.  It works just fine if I do not boot to my imgPTN files.  Also it works fine if I start without the imgPTN file and then load it.  It just has an issue if the imgPTN file is loaded already when I try to boot.  While booted into the imgPTN file it is also recognized as a Removable Drive within windows.

 

My imgPTN files are FAT32.  They are about 4GB.  The installs I do perform from the imgPTN files work flawlessly... but I have to connect the drive to a different computer that can boot from them to put them back to the main E2B menu before they will work on these laptops.

 

Has anyone else noticed this flaw?  Or is there a fix that I have overlooked?  I read your FAQ about the error but none of your resons for it seem to pertain to my issue.  Let me know what info you need from me and I can get any of the info for you.



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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:22 AM

Did you try renaming them to  .imgPTNLBAa  ??

 

P.S. If you use the Search box on my easy2boot site and search for 'Missing MBR' - it will list this page as the 6th result.



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

Easy2Boot v1.50 is now available

 

I am calling this a BETA as it has had a LOT of changes under the hood.

 

There is now a STRINGS,txt file which holds all (well 90%) of the English words used in the standard E2B download.

This means that you can easily copy the STRINGS,txt file and edit it to change all the standard menu entries, help text, menu headings, user prompts, etc,

The hope is that we can have lots of STRINGS,txt files in different languages.

 

Download v1.50 DPMS BETA version from here (30.6MB)
Download v1.50 non-DPMS BETA version from here (7.2MB)

 

More info on my blog post here

 

Please report any bugs ASAP!



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:25 AM

Thank you that worked. :)  I saw that page but I must have missed that info. ;)



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:10 PM

Try in console.

 

In grub4dos menu, press p  then enter password then c

 

then type

 

color normal=black/white

 

then press ESC key to get back to the menu

 

I get black text for menu entries

 

Hi steve,

 

I tested as suggested and it worked in console.

But if I try to use it that way in my e2b-config-file I get wrong colors (light cyan), only with the way I wrote before I get the correct colors



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:45 PM

What is the exact color command that you use in MyE2B.cfg? (or can you attach the MyE2B.cfg file?

If you go into the grub4dos console and type

graphicsmode

what does it report?



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:31 PM

hi can any one help me i am making a easy2boot up as i lost the one i did using xboot  is there any way like in my old one of using different background images in easy menu  using the easy2boot system



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:32 PM

http://www.easy2boot...onfiguring-e2b/



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:49 PM

hi  

I know that easy2boot support gfxmenu message 

That can you do this by edit Sample_MyE2B.cfg 

and set GFX=message

but I want to ask  small question

If  easy2boot support advanced message 

like @DED-LEGO@ from this topic 

http://reboot.pro/to...y-from-menulst/

 

If i can edit Sample_MyE2B.cfg like this 

set GFX=@DED-LEGO@_v3.0

 

or rename @DED-LEGO@_v3.0 to message



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

Why not try it? It is simple enough to do? just use

set GFX=@DED-LEGO@_v3.0

It should work.

 

Don't forget to add the ZZGFXSubMenuxxxx.mnu files from the docs folder.

 

I think it has some limitations though. e.g. I could not get all the Windows Install menu to display...

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