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#1 Shahid

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:05 AM

Hi,
 
I am a computer technician and need to carry XP, Win 7-32 bit, Win 7-64 bit, Win 8 - 32 bit, Win 8 - 64 bit
CentOS live CD, CentOS Live DVD, Ubuntu DVD, Windows XP Live CD, Windows 7 LiveCD and I keep Backtrack Linux 
for my personal user as I am learning.
 
I need to install XP in user's system. SOme of them have 7 and some 8.
 
Currently I have an HP v240 8gb Pen Drive so I have decided following multiboots due to 8gb limitation.
 
memtest86
Seatools
Windows XP
Windows 7 - 32 Bit
Windows 7 - 64 bit
CentOS - LiveCD
Win 8 (32 & 64) -> this is optional right now due to space limitations but i need to do this in near future.
 
I tried Yumi but for some reason it is not accepting win 7. I have not tried Win 8.
 
After searching the net I found that there is a way I can create what I want manually through Grub4Dos/Syslinux.
 
I went through couple of sites to learn both of them and found it to be quite interesting, however, 
I still have not clue how to put it all together. 
 
Can anyone please help me ?
 
This is how I would like to happen:
In the root of USB I will create a folder multiboot (much like Yumi). In that folder I would like to create
following subfolders: memtes86, winxp, win7_32, win7_64, centos, win8(when i will buy a new pen drive of 32gb)
 
Finally my USB root will look like following:
 
MULTIBOOT -> for OS (ISO form prefered but extracted form also acceptable)
MYDATA -> this is where I will keep my personal data 
GRUB -> for grub installation OR
SYSLINUX -> for syslinux installation OR
BOOT -> for both Syslinux and/or Grub4Dos
 
This way it will look structured.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Regards
Shahid


#2 steve6375

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 10:21 AM

Plenty of articles on my site www.rmprepusb.com

 

Also why not use Easy2Boot and save having to make the USB stick manually?



#3 Shahid

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 12:17 PM

Hi,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

I went through text tutorials (video blocked at office). Its wonderful. I never heard about Easy2Boot earlier.

 

Surely I will give it a go. However, If if do it manually, I will learn something new.

 

Anyway, I will try easy2boot and will revert.

 

:) Thanks a lot

 

Regards

Shahid



#4 Shahid

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:08 AM

Hi Steve,

 

Thanks so much for such a wonderful solution. I followed the tutorials and succeeded. 

 

I used 8gb HP v240 pen drive with FAT32 partition.  Single partition.

 

It booted fine and I tried memtest86. It is working perfectly. I have not tried booting any of the windows version but will do it soon.

I have a query though. What if I do not want unattended installation for any version of the windows then what should I do?

 

I will add CentOS Live CD also today. :) 

 

I am really thankful to you for the solution. In due course I will look forward to change the menu settings and splash image according to my taste which I do not have any clue of as to how to do that.

 

Thanks

Shahid



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:31 AM

All details are now on http://www.easy2boot.com

 

Windows installs are not unattended (unless you use your own unattend.xml file). If you use the default xml files then all installs need user input (choose disk, partition, etc.).

 

The only exception is that I provide an XP unattend (XP_EeePC_Auto_UK.txt) file for use with 'Install XP using WinPE' menu option which will auto-install XP onto an Asus EeePC.







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