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Note: 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 with Mass Storage drivers. Note that hard disk drivers for new computers/chipsets are not available for XP - you often cannot install XP onto systems made after 2018 or so!
E2B is virus-free, malware-free and PUP/PUA-free. The E2B download is a self-extracting .exe and it is not installed onto Windows but it does extract a folder onto your Windows Desktop which you can remove after making your E2B drive if you wish.
- Windows 7/8/10 users - to make a new E2B USB drive (or update a drive), download and run the Self-Extracting .exe file (see below).
- For agFM UEFI support, you need a Windows 10 system if using a Removable Flash drive or else you must use a Fixed\Hard Disk type of USB drive. This is because Windows XP, 7 and 8 can only access the first partition on a Flash drive.
- XP/2003 users - download the .zip file and run Make_E2B.exe as administrator.
- Linux users - read this page.
- E2B 'quick reference' Primer - all the E2B basics on one page!
- To update your E2B drive - run the download under Windows and click on the Update E2B Drive button.
- A second FAT32 partition on the E2B USB drive allows you to multiboot from UEFI-only systems using agFM.
- UEFI Booting - if agFM is installed on the 2nd partition then you can UEFI-boot, otherwise you may also need to download and install the MPI Tool Pack and use it to convert your ISO files to .imgPTN files. The Utilities - Memory Test menu contains a MemTest86 MBR+UEFI .imgPTN file for you to try out and see how UEFI-booting from imgPTN files works (E2B v1.A8+).
- Ventoy can be added by double-clicking the \e2b\Update agFM\Update_to_latest_Ventoy_version.cmd batch file (on ptn 2 of E2B USB drive).
- E2B eBooks are now available (complete course on making and using a multiboot E2B USB drive using Windows).
- Other guides\languages here.
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!
I highly recommend the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 - 128GB or 64GB or super-fast Extreme Pro USB 3.1 - 128GB or 256GB for E2B. The SanDisk Extreme drives are the best 'Removable' USB Flash drives for E2B (and most other things)!
For an even faster Fixed-disk type of Flash drive I recommend the Corsair GTX USB 3.1. It is however wider than most other flash drives and can block adjacent USB ports unless a USB 3 extension cable is used.
Beware! Some 'super-fast' USB 3.0 drives can actually be very, very slow for small file transfers (e.g. Lexar P20). The 4K random I/O rd/wr benchmark should be greater than 1MB/s.
1. The E2B .EXE download is a Windows self-extracting .exe file. It automatically extracts the files to a new folder on your Windows drive before running Make_E2B.exe. See here for more details.
Note: a Windows 10 system is required if you are installing to a USB Flash drive and require UEFI-booting.
Click on the Red Button to format and make an E2B USB drive for MBR and UEFI booting.
Then copy your ISO files, etc. to the USB drive and MBR\Legacy boot!
See FAQ page for how to remove the eBook blue banner screen on startup.
Windows Users - Download only one of these two Win7/8/10 self-extracting executables to make a bootable E2B USB drive...
Easy2Boot . exe (24MB) - Recommended for most Win7/8/10 users. This version can also be used to update any older E2B drive.
- OR -
Easy2Boot_DPM S.exe (35MB) - Includes 32-bit Windows XP drivers. This version just includes the Driver Pack Mass Storage (DPMS) drivers needed for installing 32-bit Windows XP onto SATA\RAID\SCSI systems. The 'Update E2B drive' button will update any E2B drive. Use this version only if you need to install Windows XP onto SATA\RAID\SCSI systems (Note: due to the lack of new XP drivers, the very latest mainboards may not be supported).
These .exe files will extract the download to a new Easy2Boot folder on your Desktop. You can use this folder to create another E2B drive. You can also use it as a 'Master' folder and add payload files, etc. into it, so that you can run .\Make_E2B.exe to make another E2B drive later with all payloads. You can delete the folder after making uour E2B drive if you wish.
E2B 'quick reference' Primer - all the E2B basics on one page!
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If you see an error when making the E2B drive, it may be caused by Windows 10 locking the drive (Safely Remove\Eject will not work the first time Windows 10 sees a USB drive!). Unplug the USB drive and re-connect it and then wait a few minutes for Windows scanning to complete (or disable your AntiVirus temporarily) before trying to make an E2B drive again.'The process was prevented from accessing MBR: .....\RMPARTUSB.exe', 'Write-error' or 'Access denied' - Check using Task Manager (ctrl-alt-del) that you do not have any Anti-Malware, Anti-Ransomeware or Anti-Rootkit software running which is blocking access - such as Acronis Active Protection, etc.
Note: If your USB drive is not a Removable USB Flash drive (e.g. a hard drive or SSD), see here for additional instructions which may (very occasionally) be required when booting from Windows Install ISOs. However, in most cases, no special action is required.
For more expert users or if your USB drive is not listed, 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 without running Make_E2B.exe by using the 'Extract E2B' button.
PLEASE NOTE: ANY VIRUS WARNING WILL BE A FALSE POSITIVE (see below for more details).
2. Download the MPI Tool Pack (M akePartI mage) [Windows only] For UEFI + MBR booting
This is needed to convert payload files to .imgPTN files from which you can UEFI-boot as well as MBR-boot.
Before you can UEFI-boot from the E2B USB drive, you first need to use \_ISO\SWITCH_E2B.exe (or MBR boot to the E2B menu) and select the .imgPTN file.
You can also UEFI-boot to agFM and select and switch-in a .imgPTN23 file.
.imgPTN partition images can MBR-boot and UEFI-boot to Windows Installer, linux Live OSs, MSDaRT, various WinPE payloads, KonBoot, MemTest86, etc.
Secure UEFI-booting is possible, if the payload's boot files are correctly signed.
Go here to see how to convert an ISO file or other payload file to a .imgPTN file.
Note: Not all payloads/ISOs contain UEFI boot files. An extra file may be needed for Windows 7 UEFI booting.
3. RMPrep USB (.zip file) [Optional - not required] A useful tool to create/repair/diagnose/read/write/test bootable USB drives [Windows only]
Unpack zip file to run the .exe installer and use 'More Info' - 'Run anyway' if you get a Windows Defender warning.
RMPrepUSB can also create ext2, ext3 and ext4 persistence files for linux LiveCD ISOs with persistence.
Note: RMPrepUSB 2.1.741 or later should be used with the MPI Tool Pack v0.081 or later. A portable version is also available.
If you are having trouble with any of the download links or want the latest Beta version, try the Alternate Download Area links below.
Tip: Look out for the latest updates and features, subscribe to my blog here.
False-Positive Virus/PUP/PUA Detection
E2B is downloaded approx. 2000-5000 times a day. Over 1000 new E2B drives are made every day (and many more are updated every day).
If E2B 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 after an update a few hours later it 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 false positive? - use this link to report a false positive.
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' or type Ctrl+J.
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...
WARNING: Only download E2B from these official sources. E2B is free, so there is no need to download a 'hacked' version or files from another source which may be outdated, buggy or contain viruses!
To make the files contiguous, run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd from the USB drive.
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.
BitCoin donations are also accepted
I highly recommend using SanDisk Extreme Pro 3.0 and 3.1 USB flash drives for E2B...
Here is Spanish YouTube video...
Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest flash drive!)
SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46
Fastest USB 3!
See Blog post