Easy2Boot is free to use (anyone can use it, you just can't sell it), so please make a donation to support this site and keep E2B free. Please do not re-distribute E2B - just point people to this site to get the latest version.
If you do not need to install XP to a non-IDE system, then you can use the smaller non-DPMS version of E2B.
If you need to install XP to a SCSI, SATA or RAID system, then you will need the larger DPMS version of E2B which includes XP 32-bit Driver Pack Mass Storage drivers. Note that Mass Storage drivers for some very new computers are not available for XP!
Windows users - To make a new E2B USB drive (or update a drive), download and run the Self-Extracting .exe file (see below).
Update your E2B drive - run the download under Windows and click on the Update E2B Drive button.
The instructions and documentation on this site will always relate to the latest (sometimes Beta) version.
If you use any of the 'special' features of E2B or have a problem, please update your E2B USB drive with the very latest version from the Alternate Download sites. The latest Beta version will often contain small bug-fixes too!
1. E2B Downloads are now self-extracting .exe files. They automatically extract the files to a folder on your Windows drive. See here for more details.
Download only one of these two self-extracting executables...
Easy2Boot_v1.98.exe (15MB) - Does not include Windows XP Mass Storage drivers - can also be used to update DPMS and non-DPMS E2B drives.
- OR - Easy2Boot_v1.98_DPMS.exe (27MB) - Includes Driver Pack Mass Storage drivers for installing 32-bit XP to SATA\RAID\SCSI systems - an 'E2B Update' will also copy all DPMS files. Use this version only if you need to install Windows XP to modern SATA\RAID\SCSI systems (note: the very latest mainboards may not be supported).
Note: For the latest Beta version and for .zip versions which will not trigger false-positive virus alerts - go to one of the Alternate Download sites or click this link for Easy2Boot_v1.98.zip - extract and run .\Make_E2B.exe. Linux users should download this .zip file.
PLEASE NOTE: ANY VIRUS WARNING WILL BE A FALSE POSITIVE (see below for more details)!
Click on the Red Button to format and make an E2B USB drive.
For more expert users, the Make_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd button allows you more options and choices when you make a USB drive.
You can extract all the E2B files to your Desktop using the 'Extract E2B' button.
Note: Easy2Boot includes an empty 500MB \_ISO\CONTIG.ISO file.
If you are short of space on your USB drive, this file can be deleted. It is only used when your linux iso payload files are not contiguous.
This is used to make .imgPTNfiles (partition images that are used for MBR- and UEFI-booting of Windows AIO ISOs, Hirens/Gandalf/Strelec/HBCD ISOs, linux, MSDaRT, etc.).
It is also useful for WinPE and Windows Install ISOs, if you are using a USB HDD instead of a USB Flash drive.
Secure UEFI-booting is also supported if the payload files are correctly signed.
3. RMPrepUSB [Windows only] Note: RMPrepUSB 2.1.741 and later should be used with the MPI Tool Kit v0.081 or later.
My useful Windows utility for anything to do with bootable USB drives. RMPrepUSB can create ext2, ext3 and ext4 persistence files for use with E2B and linux ISOs.
If you are having trouble with any of the download links or want the latest Beta version, try the Alternate Download Area links below.
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False-Positive Virus/PUP/PUA Detection
E2B is downloaded over 5,000 times a day, and is also available from other download sites such as Major Geeks and SoftPedia, etc.
Over 1500 new E2B drives are made every day (and many more are updated every day).
If E2B really had a virus, both you and I would have heard about it!
Click here for a Norton SafeWeb report on this site.
Windows Defender may detect and remove some files that it does not like (depending on how it feels today!). Please Update Windows Defender to the latest version if it does not let you run Switch_E2B.exe or some other program. Certain Defender updates seem to suddenly detect some programs as viruses but an update a few hours later often fixes the problem!
Try downloading the .zip file version of E2B instead (from Alternate Downloads Area) - extract the contents and run .\Make_E2B.exe to create your E2B USB drive.
Norton AV - use this link to report a false positive.
Start your Norton product.Click Settings.Under Detailed Settings, click Antivirus.On the Scans and Risks tab, scroll down to Exclusions / Low Risks.Next to Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection row, click Configure.In the Real Time Exclusions window, click Add Folders or Add Files. Browse for and select the folders or files that you want to exclude from the scan, and then click OK.Click Apply, and then click OK.
To exclude the E2B file(s) - Start your Norton product. Click Settings. Under Detailed Settings, click Antivirus. On the Scans and Risks tab, scroll down to Exclusions / Low Risks. Next to Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, SONAR and Download Intelligence Detection row, click Configure. In the Real Time Exclusions window, click Add Folders or Add Files. Browse for and select the folders or files that you want to exclude from the scan, and then click OK.Click Apply, and then click OK.
Comodo may prevent .exe and .cmd scripts from running correctly (write errors, etc.) - please disable Comodo 'Containment' option before running any E2B utilities.
Trend Micro AV, Dr. Web, etc.
Easy2Boot does not contain any viruses, adware, malware or 'puas/pups' (see or check here) - you may get a false virus warning caused by the autorun.inf file in E2B, but this file does not run any programs and is only used to show an E2B icon for the USB drive in Windows Explorer. Good AV programs should not give false positives.
If the Chrome Browser says the download may be 'dangerous', go to the Chrome Downloads page at chrome://downloads/# and click on 'Keep dangerous file'.
The Google Chrome browser may report that a file is infected or malicious when you try to download it - this is a false report. The same files, if compressed in a different way using zip or rar format, or if downloaded from Google Drive instead of One Drive, will download without problems! Chrome and Google Drive seem to falsely detect some files as malicious.
Note: Try downloading the same file from Google Drive or MS OneDrive (Alternate Download Areas).
You can submit the download to www.virustotal.com and check it using a wide range of AV scanners - good AV scanners such as Avira, Avast, AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, Sophos, etc. should not report a problem with the download (Sophos may report a PUA = Potentially Unwanted Application - this is NOT a virus). Due to the nature of SWITCH_E2B.exe which requires Administrator priveleges and writes directly to the MBR of USB disks, this program does trigger several AV false positives however. Most of the executables pass VirusTotal with 100% clean rating, except for SWITCH_E2B.exe (my own self-extracting WinRar utility which runs as Admin) and nircmd.exe (Nir Sofer free utility).
Alternate Download Areas and Archives
For the latest Beta, bugfixes and .zip versions of E2B + other useful files...