Installing Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2
Please note:Windows 7 does not contain modern updates, .Net, chipset drivers or USB 3 drivers and only supports old USB 2 chipsets.You might like to update your Win7 ISO with the latest updates and USB drivers using '7Up'or see here for a way to install Windows 7 on modern systems from an ISO.See here for Win7 UEFI64 install.Tip: NEVER set the USB drive as the first boot device in the BIOS Setup menu. The first boot device should always be set to the internal hard disk that is the system's boot device - otherwise an Operating System may install boot code onto the E2B USB drive instead of the internal disk! Always use the BIOS Boot selection pop-up menu to boot from the E2B USB drive.
A useful flowchart for WinPE\Setup.exe\Winpeshl.exe\Startnet.cmd\wpeinit.exe is here (note: it is not entirely accurate however!).
USB 3.0 and NVMe driver support
2. Type 'diskpart' and press ENTER key.
3. Type 'list disk' - check that your USB drive is listed - if not, then Windows (WinPE) does not contain the correct driver for your USB controller.
4. Type 'exit' to quit diskpart.
Add your own .xml file to automate an install
Windows 7 does not support USB 3.0 as it does not contain USB 3.0 drivers. However, you can convert a Win7 Install ISO to a .imgPTN file, switch to the .imgPTN partition and then modify the boot.wim and install.wim to add the USB 3.0 drivers. See here for more details. If you just want to add Intel chipset USB 3.0 drivers, you can use the nice Intel utility here.
If the file DEFAULT.XML exists in the same folder as the ISO, then the DEFAULT.XML file will be automatically picked by E2B (E2B v1.B0+).
If only one XML file exists in the same folder, it will be automatically selected.
WinHelper Flash drive (for non-WIMBOOT booting)
- AutoUnattend.xml (overwritten by E2B - required for Win Vista and later OS Install ISOs),
- Unattend.xml (overwritten by E2B - required for WinPE ISOs)
- WINHELPER.USB (marker file to find correct USB drive)
NOTE: Always run WinContig to ensure all files are contiguous after copying them over (Ctrl+F2 in RMPrepUSB).
Always use unmodified Microsoft Windows Install ISOs - if you use a modified ISO, it may not work. In this case, convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file using MakePartImage.
Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest flash drive!)
SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46
Fastest USB 3!
See Blog post