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Topic: Easy2Boot

Surface Book 3

Hi all... I'm Having trouble using easy to boot on a surface book 3. All went fine with the surface book 2. I already disabled secure boot, because I remembered, that this was the problem last time with the surface book 2 devices. I think it detects the stick and boots when I boot to USB (holding volume down down + pressing power button) then the black and white windows logo shows up and the big red bar and the unlocked symbol in it. in the top left corner I see one dot, where usually would start the whole process and it looks like it is being blocked. I also disabled bitlocker.
Joel 26/06/2020

Re: Surface Book 3

The Kaspersky shim \efi\boot\bootx64.efi may be blacklisted by the BIOS. First do a Windows 10 Update to ensure it has latest KB updates.
If still problems, replace the EFI file as detailed on the a1ive grub2 File Manager page on this site.
Steve Si 26/06/2020

Re: Re: Surface Book 3

Hi Steve
Thanks for the reply. I replaced the Files as described. I even did it manually. The version of E2B is 2.04 and agfm is 1.55. Still being blocked although secure boot is off.
Joel 29/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Surface Book 3

From the BIOS manual...
Advanced Device Security
This option lets you disable ports and features you don’t want anyone to use.
The current setting appears in bold. Select Advanced Device Security and select the option you want:
Note: Selecting Side USB disables the ability to boot from a USB device. The USB port remains enabled in Windows.
Could that be the issue?
Steve Si 29/06/2020

Next ebook

R u writing another eBook?
john 15/06/2020

Re: Next ebook

No plans for another eBook yet. Can you suggest any subjects?
Steve Si 15/06/2020

iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Hi there, my question is the following: I have an iso from windows 7 professional 64 bits, and in legacy it starts correctly, and it gives me the option to repair equipment (which is what matters most to me right now), but when I launch it from efi (I have Easy2Boot_v2.03_DPMS), it gives me errors ...

error: failed to boot vdisk ..
using map ..
error: failed to boot vdisk ..
failed: press a key to continue

What I want is to launch that iso of w7x64 professional from efi, and be able to repair equipment
from command line to recover boot boot ...
Some help?
Thank you...
kike 13/06/2020

Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

A standard Microsoft Win 7 ISO UEFI64-boots OK for me.
The standard Microsoft Windows 7 ISO does not contain the standard \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI boot file which is required to boot from non-CD media like hard drives and USB drives.
You can either find a Win8/10 ISO, extract the file from it using 7zip and then add the file into the Win7 ISO using a utility like PowerISO or ISOBuster, or make a .imgPTN23 file from the ISO using the MPI Tool Kit. This will usually add-in the file for you, but if it does not, you can add it in yourself.
Steve Si 13/06/2020

Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Thank you very much for your answer, I have tried and it has not worked, I have copied the file and mounted with ultraiso ..., and it keeps giving me the same errors
I have even added boot.wim and install.wim of that iso in another iso that yes is efi booteable (the one that fails me is udf booteable), to see if it succeeded but when booting it gives me error file: \ winedows \ system32 \ boot \ winload.efi
status: 0xc000000f
missing or corrupt

The problem is that I have an iso w7 that does boot with efi, but when it repairs it tells me that it is not the installed version of windows
And the iso that if you let me repair let me repair in legacy, but in efi it gives me those errors ...
Can you convert a bootable iso udf to bootable efi ??
Or some other possibility?
Where would be the tools to create an imgptn ???
Thank you so much for your help
kike 13/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

\windows\system32\boot\winload.efi missing or corrupt implies that the boot.wim of the win7 ISO does not contain EFI boot files.
Either you are using the 32-bit version which does not support UEFI or you are not using an official Microsoft Win7 64-bit ISO.
To use a .imgPTN file, see the MPI Tool Kit page.
P.S. Note that Win7 UEFI 64bit is not supported by Virtual Box - you must test using a real system. I tried an official Win7 MS ISO using agFM and UEFI64 and it boots OK.
Also note that Windows 7 ISOs do not contain modern USB drivers and so will only work on older USB 2 systems.
A standard MS Win7 ISO boots OK from agFM via UEFI64 on my old systems.
Steve Si 13/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Thank you again for the answers and help, I will try to change the boot wim from the iso that works for me in uefi to the one that does not work for me, I will integrate it with ultra iso and I will test.
Regarding imptn, I have carried out tests, but I must have done something wrong, I have transformed the iso to imptn, but it has "transformed the pendrive", to an iso windows 7 and I have had to generate it again.

I've been looking for a long time for an official iso windows 7 professional x64 svpk1, in Spanish or multilanguage, and I can't find it, much less updated ...
As for the usb 3.1, I integrate them into the iso and reassemble it, and so I can install windows 7 on eighth and ninth generation coffee lake equipment, which is my goal for example (hp 800 g4 sff), and thus be able to generate a sysprep for other computers.
All the tests I'm doing, adding the iso in the windows 7 folder of the usb e2b ..., against a physical computer with windows 7 with usbs 3.1.
How is starting from agfm ???, I don't understand?
All my objective is to get the iso with windows 7 that I have svpk 1 professional, allow me at work, to recover a corrupt boot and regenerate the boot boot from the command line, booting the iso from uefi of the pendrive with e2b, with legacy works correctly, but with efi I still can't get it ...
Could you pass me a link to an official iso windows 7 professional x64 bit Spanish (or at least multi-brand?) Since I can't find it ...
Again a thousand thanks for the help and answers
kike 14/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

I did a Google search for Win 7 x64 spanish and found
https://archive.org/download/digital_river
x17-58868.iso is the Spanish Win 7 SP1 x64 I think.
.imgPTN files are partition images. If you switch one in, it replaces the first partition. You should use an extensions of .imgPTN23 if you are using agFM. To switch back in the original E2B partition, boot to the second agFM partition using the BIOS Boot Selection menu and 'Restore E2B partitions'.
Steve Si 14/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Thank you very much again for the help, the download link is offline ...

Nothing, I give up for now, all the isos that I have tried, combining boot.win, install win, in legacy they work for me, but in efi, either they are not the same that I have installed on the computers or it gives the error reported in the message above, when loading the vim into efi ...
A greeting.
kike 14/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Download link works fine. I downloaded the ISO easily.
https://archive.org/download/digital_river/x17-58868.iso
Steve Si 15/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Thanks again for the help, from that link I will download it and try ...
You could put or generate an xml, in w7, or w10, to only repair
no installation just repair to access command line options to recover a boot sector?

I have got a usb, which sends us special hp and I want to try to integrate the usb 3.1 into it, but I would need an xml, in which it allows only repair, could it be done?
Thank you
kike 17/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Hello, again, I have been able to download the iso version of the link, it loads correctly from uefi, and I get to the equipment repair option, and then it tells me that (this version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version installed windows that I try to repair ...

And the version that I have and if it is compatible to repair, even putting the file \ EFI \ BOOT \ BOOTX64.EFI
from a windows 10 iso, when i boot with the first efi option (boot iso (partnew / easyboot) .isodef)
it gives me an error failed to vdisk
using map ...
error failed to boot disk
press a key to continue

and with that image in legacy if it allows me to get to repair equipment and load recovery options
boot, command line, etc ...
kike 17/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Another difference that I have seen is that when I open the iso that give me an error with ultraiso it marks me as (udf booteable), those that fail me when mounting the vdi disk

And the one that I have downloaded that does load the vdi, but it does not allow me to access to repair equipment because it is not compatible, it marks the ultra iso as (bootable efi)

Could I convert an iso from udf bootable to efi bootable with some software ???

PS: The image you have given me of the link and marks me as bootable efi does not have the file \ EFI \ BOOT \ BOOTX64.EFI
And it starts correctly with the first option of efi
kike 17/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Are you sure that the system hard disk is a GPT disk and boots via UEFI.
If you MBR boot you can only repair an OS that legacy boots. if you UEFI-boot, you can only repair a disk that UEFI boots and has GPT partitions.
Why not boot to WinPE shell and run Diskpart and check the disk - DISKPART - LIST DISK - SEL DISK 0 - LIST PART - LIST VOL - DETAIL DISK- EXIT
Steve Si 17/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

After so many laps, you may be right, and you are trying to recover by uefi a system that is in mbr ...

I will confirm it tomorrow, it may be that I was trying to recover using uefi, an operating system that has a mbr partition and as you say, and we would close this question ...

Thank you very much for your patience and help again.
kike 18/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: iso windows 7 x64 bits pro efi

Indeed, the partitions are with mbr, with which you are right ....
The question, that I would stay now is if there is any iso from w7, that uefi can be installed ...

Thanks for your help and patience
kike 19/06/2020

How do I make a imgPTN file out of Pop! OS?

I tried to make an UEFI bootable image out of Pop! OS iso file.
But something went wrong with symbolic links, it just fails to create symbolic link every time.
Rick 09/06/2020

Re: How do I make a imgPTN file out of Pop! OS?

7zip cannot handle links in ISOs maybe?
You can use IsoBuster to extract the contents to a folder and then drag-and-drop the folder onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut to make a .imgPTN23 file.
PopOS ISO UEFI64-boots fine directly from the ISO file if you UEFI-boot to agFM.
Otherwise, make a blank PopOS.imgPTN file and PopOS. file and install a full PopOS onto them so you can boot a full PopOS.
Look on https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/p/easy2boot-useful-blogs.html for 'full install' blog articles for hints.
Steve Si 09/06/2020

how to shutdown from live-cd

I'm using an iso file from a Ubuntu 20.04 live-cd.
I need this ubuntu version because it's better compatible withe the built-in microphone of my laptop. I boot by UEFI due to agFM. But i see that shutdown feature always fail. It hangs on umounting isodevice which always fail. So I need to hold down power button.
VincentK 08/06/2020

Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

You can add the kernel parameter noeject to the kernel command line.
Select ISO - select .isodef entry - get Ubuntu menu - press e for edit - add noeject before the quiet word - press F10 to boot.
Because it is LiveCD boot, switching off will do not harm anyway.
Steve Si 08/06/2020

Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Well, I'm making persistence so my file is labelled isopersist and don't have ubuntu menu. How can I change kernel parameter without isodef ?
VincentK 08/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

You will have to make a .mnu file.
See sample mnu files for Linux Ubuntu+persistence
Steve Si 08/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Well I did it but now the payload doesn't start.
VincentK 08/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

The usual problem is that the persistence file is corrupt. Use the same mnu file but rename the persistence file so it is not used. If it boots OK, then it proves the persistence file is corrupt. Use ext3 or ext4 for the persistence file (not ext2).
Steve Si 08/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

I tried but it's same.
I will send you a snapshot by email
VincentK 08/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

Thank you for your mail
I've bought ebook 4 but don't understand how to set up variables in grubfm file :
# available variables are:
# grubfm_file - e.g. (hd0,msdos1)/test/ubuntu.iso
# grubfm_path - e.g. /test/ubuntu.iso
like that ?
on same line
grubfm_file: (hd0,msdos1)/_ISO/LINUX/ubuntu.iso
?
or $grubfm_file = (hd0,msdos1)/_ISO/LINUX/ubuntu.iso
?
VincentK 09/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how to shutdown from live-cd

See examples in eBook or sample files in E2B_PTN2:\e2b\Sample agFM menu files folders.
Steve Si 12/07/2020

Problem

Well, I tried to install windows 98 on an old pc, when the pc boots the e2b menu it only shows the turn off and reset options F9 and F10, What I'm doing wrong? QEMU_MENU_TEST.cmd works OK.
Mat 07/06/2020

Re: Problem

E2B requires min. 128MB of RAM. Your system has 64MB RAM.
E2B v2.05a Beta requires 64MB RAM minimum so you can try that.
Steve Si 07/06/2020

IsVolOnDrive error

I have attempted to create an e2b drive with a 256gb m2 SSD in a 3.1 enclosure but the PTN2 partition receives the aforementioned error. This continues after disabling all AV/protections on my PC. Any suggestions?
iamrt 03/06/2020

Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Use Task Manager to check for any running AntiVirus\Protection Services.
Steve Si 03/06/2020

Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

There was a Defender process running that wouldn't close. I disabled it and rebooted but still getting the IsVolOnDrive Incorrect function error.
iamrt 03/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Must be some other process still enabled. Look through Services - Comodo? Acronis Active Protection? Avast? AVG? etc.
Steve Si 03/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Nothing 3rd party running except for docker, dropbox, onedrive, myki and brave. Have you seen any issues with some obscure windows processes? If it makes a difference, I have an AMD Ryzen 7 2700x.
iamrt 03/06/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: IsVolOnDrive error

Other people have had the same error and they fixed it by disabling their Antivirus. 2000 people every day make an E2B drive. Look harder, or try a different system.
Steve Si 05/06/2020

inode block read-only file system

Hello,
I'm using a new USB3 device model Sandisk Ultra Fit 128GB. When I start skype I got after 1hour a crach and the logs displaye some messages containing "inode block read-only". What does it mean ?
VincentK 28/05/2020

Re: inode block read-only file system

Need more details! What OS? How are you booting? From ISO? .imgPTN file? Full OS installation to .imgPTN file? Do you have a swap file? How much RAM in system? If LiveCD boot from ISO then maybe it has used up all RAM. See https://www.binarytides.com/linux-command-check-memory-usage/ Check free memory at start and after 30 minutes.
Steve Si 28/05/2020

Re: Re: inode block read-only file system

OS = Ubuntu 18.04
boot through UEFI on ISO file with persistence
I don't have swap file but persistent file 9Gb, ubuntu iso 4Gb
the ubuntu iso file is the installation package but I don't install it
system got 8GB RAM
I will check free memory next time
VincentK 28/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: inode block read-only file system

Not sure what read-only file system it is referring to.
But I am not sure LiveCD+Persistence is really intended to be run like that. Could be bad USB disk (fake flash?). Suggest try a full install to .imgPTN file with an extra partition for swap file. See my blog articles for details.
Steve Si 28/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: inode block read-only file system

I think you talk about this article https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2015/08/add-full-kali-or-multiple-linux.html
I'm not sure if I could boot from UEFI or only from MBR ? How could I select the full Linux installation ?
My USB device is not a fake it's a right Sandisk model.
VincentK 08/06/2020

Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Please help me booting the image of HDCloner.iso. As I understand it, the image uses eltorito boot technology. In legacy (grub4dos) it is booting elementarily, but in UEFI it does not work. Please explain grub2 and grubfm. agFM can booting only juth like PE images - legasy.
Stass 23/05/2020

Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

I downloaded HDClone 9 Free Edition and made a HDClone.iso file. This ISO did NOT contain a \Sources folder (unlike if you make a USB drive using HDClone tool).
I copied the ISO to \_ISO\UTILITIES folder.
I then UEFI64 booted on a REAL SYSTEM and it appears to work fine on my Z87 PC. It would not boot under VBOX successfully. I could use isodef or isomap.
On some systems (IdeaPad 300) I got a 'shim' error due to the bootx64.efi shim file they use in the ISO (booting from grub.efi works). Same error when using a new USB drive made with their app! To fix - make a .imgPTN23 file from the ISO - switch it in and then rename the \EFI\BOOT\grub.efi file to bootx64.efi to replace the bootx64.efi shim.
Or make a USB drive using the HDClone application (spanner - Boot Setup) . Then create a .imgPTN23 file from the USB drive by drag-and-drop onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut (MPI Tool Kit required). Then rename the grub.efi file.
Steve Si 23/05/2020

Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

Suppose that we figured out the file manager, it does not bother me, it also loads with me. But how to boot an image from grub2? Found a method on the net:
menuentry "CHAINLOAD HDCLON" --hotkey=i {
set "iso_path=/_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso"
loopback loop $iso_path
loopback ElTorito (loop)108+13784
loopback Part (ElTorito)/
chainloader (Part)/efi/boot/grub.efi
loopback -d Part
loopback -d ElTorito
loopback -d loop
}
But it tells me that the file system is not supported. I could not find anything else. Help implement boot from grub2?
Stass 24/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

In A1ive's grub2 you can just use
map -t CD $iso_path
Steve Si 24/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

It doesn’t work like that. Throws back to the menu.
menuentry "CHAINLOAD HDCLON" {
map -t CD /_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso
}
A1ive's grub2 I installed
Stass 24/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Boot HDCloner.iso in UEFI

It works for me.
Obviously you must use a full path
e.g.
map -t CD (hd0,1)/_ISO/UTILITIES/HDClonePro.iso
P.S. If you have an error message, then it is always useful to say what the error message is - I cannot tell what is wrong from your description of 'it doesn't work'.
Steve Si 24/05/2020

grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Tell me, is it possible in grub4dos to check x64 processor support and fulfill the conditions? If possible, please give an example.
Stass 19/05/2020

Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Yes.
Just name the ISO file with 64 in the extension
e.g.
Ubuntu.iso64
and it will only appear in the menu if the CPU is 64-bit.
You can also make a .txt file which will test for 64-bit - see \_ISO\TXT_MAKER.exe for example.
Ful details in grub4dos eBook.
checkrange 2,3 is64bit will return true for 64-bit CPU.
Plenty of info on this site - use the SITE MAP.
SteveSi 19/05/2020

Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Yes, I already found information about this in your book, Google deduced it.
Help with the syntax, something I can’t create a condition
iftitle checkrange 2,3 is64bit && > CPU = 64

iftitle [checkrange 0,1 is64bit] > CPU = 86
By the way, does the book seem to have an error in the record?
checkrange 1,3 is64bit && echo PAE supported
Stass 20/05/2020

Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

Everything worked out
set CPU=
#checkrange 0,1 is64bit && set CPU=32
checkrange 2,3 is64bit && set CPU=64

iftitle [if "%CPU%"=="64"] > Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Ru x64 7DB
Stass 20/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: grub4dos if cpu=64 else

\_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN7\Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 Ru x64 7DB.iso64

should work.
Steve Si 20/05/2020

ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

I am trying to install Windows XP, but when I ask the program to load the setup, it tells me the ISO is too large to load into the memory. The setup still loads but when it tries to start Windows (after it loads the files), it throws a BSOD with acpi.sys as being a possible problem. The XP iso I am using is SP3 (it is a full installation with SP3), and is around 600 MB, which I would not believe would be too big. If anyone has any solutions to this, that'd be greatly appreciated!
Moline 18/05/2020

Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

Please read the XP pages on this site (tip: use the SITE MAP) and try the magic key!
Steve Si 18/05/2020

Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

What is this magic key? I searched and did not find anything related to my problem other than shrink the ISO file.
Moline 19/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

I got the ISO to load into memory, but when I try to continue with setup, it tells me it cannot find my hard drive. It's supposed to be loading the SATA drivers when it runs, but it appears to not be the case. Anyone have a solution to this?
Moline 19/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: ISO is too large to load into memory Windows XP

First of all - you need to be using the DPMS version of Easy2Boot. DPMS = Driver Pack Mass Storage and it contains the XP 32-bit Mass Storage drivers.
Secondly, you need to realise that there are no Mass Storage drivers available for modern PCs\Notebooks because nobody makes or supports XP these days. So if you have a relatively new system then it won't run XP because there are not any drivers (disk, audio, video, USB, etc.) available for it.
Steve Si 19/05/2020

Used any .cfg starup files

Hi. I use Clover rEFInd GRUB2 on my USB-HDD. I would like to use the means of loading ISO files not from the standard E2B menu, but directly to the ISO file from the rEFInd menu using grubfmx64.efi, but with different configuration files. Is it possible to run grubfmx64.efi with some parameters to indicate a different boot configuration file? Or what can you think of in my case?
Stass 18/05/2020

Re: Used any .cfg starup files

I can't think of a way. What 'configuration file' for agFM are you referring to and why do you need a different config file when you can just choose to boot any ISO you like from a start menu?
Steve Si 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

I am delighted with the agFM file manager, I really like its functionality. But I would like to have direct items in my menu (rEFInd) to start the installation of Windows or other bootable ISOs through your main grubfmx64.efi file. At startup, the grubfmx64.efi file loads the config file by default (startup_default.cfg), and it would be better if you implemented the ability to download any such config files from different directories and with a different name. Is it possible to transfer some data through the startup parameters, for example, the path to any config file from which the program will start executing commands? Or, let the program first look for the config file next to it (in the same folder), with a specific name, and then download the default file if the first one was not available. We can talk about this in the mail.
Stass 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

But the current agFM allows you to have your own menu. Just see the \boot\grubfm\SAMPLE_startup_menu.txt file.
See eBook #4 for more details.
Steve Si 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Dear friend, I have plans to use both a file manager and direct ISO downloads. It is important for me to have all the options. Please implement these simple functions. You will make your FM very versatile and, believe me, many will appreciate it.
Stass 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

I already told you. That function is already implemented.
SteveSi 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

You don't seem to understand me. I will continue in personal correspondence
Stass 19/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

I just want to load the ISO from the Clover menu without going to other menus. But also, I want to run the file manager separately, it’s just cool!

https://hkar.ru/120xC
Stass 19/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Used any .cfg starup files

Solution to boot directly to Linux ISOs from Clover/rEFInd sent by PM. If anyone else is interested, contact me.
SteveSi 19/05/2020

ERROR IN COPYING FILES

While trying to prepare the USB drive (Make E2B Drive), I have got this error twice.
It states something like "Error in creating file - the system could not find the specified path"
This is after 14 files have been copied already.
I have tried with disabled anti virus/malware.
A few days ago I was successful on the same computer. What am I doing wrong?
It is not clear in the instructions that one should extract the .zip file, but is is impossible to run as administrator otherwise.
I had a bootable USB made on that same drive with "Windows 7 USB DVD" tool, could that have changed permanently something in the drive?
I could not find information about this error anywhere.

Also, I am trying to make a bootable WXP Tablet PC Editio by following https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2014/02/add-tablet-pc-and-media-centre-edition.html
It is not clear if I should keep CMPNENTS folder from CD1 while copying the one from CD2, can you clarify?
Another thing is that the CD I have from normal XPSP2 also has a TABLETPC folder inside CMPNENTS folder, although with less size.
CD2 is labeled as TabletPCEdition wSP3 and it indeed has an extra WIN51IP.SP3 on root comparing to CD1, so I wonder if this is a mix CD already and the instructions on the blog haven't predicted this.
Adding to that I must state that the CD2 is altogether a little bigger than CD1, shouldn't it be otherwise if the CD2 was just there to complete what's missing?
Pedro Santos 14/05/2020

Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

What OS are you using to run Make_E2B.exe?
Only the COPY and XCOPY commands are used.
Why don't you try just copying all the files to the USB drive (just to see if you get an error).
re. the ISOs, my official Microsoft XP Pro SP2 and SP3 ISOs do not have a CMPNENTS folder.
your CD2 is labelled 'TabletPCEdition wSP3' - maybe the wSP3 means 'with SP3'?
Steve Si 14/05/2020

Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

I'm working on a Windows 7 to do this.
I have Avast and Malwarebytes. I couldn't kill Avast in the Task Manager so I simply disabled temporarily.
I have verified folder by folder and it has failed to copy some files in \WINDOWS, the whole \WINPE (which has no files, so...) and the CONTIG.ISO file.
I wonder why you don't have those \CMPNENTS since you have recommended a link that specifically refer to that folder... you did this because I had a boot.ini error while trying to boot in the target computer after I tried only with the TabletPCEdition wSP3 CD, so it must have something incomplete on its contents or it was the boot USB that failed.
I'm going to test booting on the target computer in a few hours with source files in each CD both in separate and mixed to see what works. My guess that TPCEwSP3 must be an already complete system with no use for CD1.
Maybe I could even use its WIN51IP.SP3 file to make an ISO of CD1 and that way I could have a SP3 with no need to update... but hey I'm no technician, it's just a guess.
PedroSantos 14/05/2020

Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

After choosing to boot from USB on BIOS, the very first and only thing that happens is
BOOTMGR is missing
Pres Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
Using CD1 ISO only, copied to \ISO\WINDOWS\XP. Should I have done something else like adding it to some menu?
PedroSantos 14/05/2020

Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

I now have copied the separate TabletPC iso and a Windows7 iso to E2B USB.
The same error occours, I can't even see any menu to choose which system to run...
PedroSantos 14/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

If the Make_E2B process failed, then it is obviously not going to boot!
You need to disable all your AV software.
There is also a \QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd file on the USB drive. Why not run that to test your USB drive boots to the menu. If it doesn't show a menu then you haven't prepared the USB drive correctly - it's not rocket science!
Steve Si 14/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Whoa don't be mad, I am following the instructions here. Pointing that the link you provided has some confusing steps and are incoherent with your CDs contents has only the goal to improve this for the benefit of all that need it.
I have stated before that I have repeated the Make_E2B process with disabled AV with the same "failed copying" results. Which is strange since I have easily made it work at first time a few days ago.
Then I have done as you recommended: just copied all files from the zip to the USB after format, you have declared it would also work and at least I know the files are there. But surely I will repeat the process.
QEMU test resulted in the same BOOTMGR error.
Thanks for your time. I will report if solved.
PedroSantos 14/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Well, as I thought I did everything correctly.
I have done the exact same process on a Windows8 computer and it created E2B correctly and pasted the ISOs inside.
However, when I boot it from the target laptop, I get it going, detecting stuff (detects 1 XP and 1 W7 correctly) but I never get the option to do anything before I get this error:
pci system error on bus/device/function 0000h
Some googling points to virus.
I am about to quit all this and find another tool. I cannot keep another day around the computer to bring it back to life, too many days already.
Thanks anyway.
PedroSantos 14/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

I didn't say that copying the Easy2Boot files to the USB would work - I said try copying the files AS A TEST to see if your USB drive will hold them.
If the Windows 8 system made the E2B drive OK, then the problem must have been your other system (probably AntiVirus was not fully disabled).
The error 'pci system error on bus/device/function 0000h' looks like a Windows error message - so you must have selected the Windows XP ISO and at least started to boot from it. So you must have got some options!
Anyway, it looks like either your ISO is bad or your target system is bad (bad memory maybe or bad disk?).
Steve Si 16/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

Thanks for your attention.
Before reading this, I was able to install XPTabletPCEdition_wSP3 using Rufus!
I did not have to make a mixed ISO, unlike your suggested link stated, after I have reported an error here.
No, I didn't select anything, it went by itself (maybe because I have put only 1 ISO inside?) and instantly returned that error. After that, I have run the E2B test on Windows 8 and it I could navigate through the E2B menus.
I suspect there must be some kind of incompatibility issue from Pheonix BIOS with E2B, because I can assure you I did everything right.
It's a shame, your software would be more practical. Thanks for your answers thou.
Pedro Santos 17/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

You should have selected the
'Install XP - Step 1'
menu entry. If only one ISO is present it will tell you that it is automatically selecting that one ISO.
I do not know what ISOs you have, where you downloaded them from, or what is in them since you give no specific details. The blog article refers to official Microsoft ISOs only and no download link is given. There is no 'mixed' TabletPC ISO from Microsoft. You may have one from a Tablet manufacturer but it may not be compatible with E2B. Unless you tell me what specific ISO you are using, I cannot help you. Not all ISOs are the same and not all systems are the same. If you have a problem with a specific ISO on a specific system then you must give specific details. Because E2B boots directly from the ISO file, only Microsoft official XP Install ISOs are supported, not OEM CDs.
SteveSi 18/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ERROR IN COPYING FILES

I understand what you mean about the ISOs.
Probably not official sets because I have some from home-made CD and an ISO I have downloaded named "Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 DVD w-SP3.zip", but the computer has an official sticker with key for TabletPC Edition, so I have only restored that original system, even if the key is other now (I could not use the one from the sticker nor the one from the already installed OS) and it is SP3 now.
I have asked everywhere for official CD's but no one has them these days and I would not buy one if the computer has the official sticker. I would not keep an OS installed if it wasn't there when I inherited the computer or if not supposed to be there from factory.
PedroSantos 19/05/2020

Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

Is it posible to start legacy BIOS (MBR) code (like memtest86+ v5.01 or HBCD.iso) from the a1ive grub2 File Manager ?
I installed Easy2Boot 2.02 + agFM 1.50 on a USB disk (Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB).
On a PC that has Secure boot enabled, I can boot the agFM and it works, except I found not way to boot legacy files. Is that even possible or supported?
For example, I have the file memtest86+-5.01.iso , no option (def, map, mem) works.
David Balažic 11/05/2020

Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

The agFM can MBR-boot or UEFI-boot.
To MBR-boot to agFM, just add the .mnu file to \_ISO\MAINMENU folder and then MBR-boot to the Easy2Boot menu and pick the a1ive grub2 File Manager menu entry in the E2B menu.
https://www.easy2boot.com/uefi-mbr-a1ive-grub2-file-manager/
https://www.easy2boot.com/useful-things-to-know/
Steve Si 11/05/2020

Re: Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

No, I want the opposite:
UEFI boot to agFM, then there select and load some legacy software.
David Balažic 11/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Boot legacy programs on UEFI Secure boot system?

yes. I think I have already answered your Q's elsewhere in help-grub mail forum. Why are you asking the same Q's all over the place? You can UEFI boot and run SOME Linux ISOs even if they were not intended to run on UEFI as long as the kernel does not depend on BIOS calls.
Steve Si 11/05/2020

Invalid boot.ini file

Hi.
Trying to reinstall Windows XP Tablet PC Edition onto an old Acer Travelmate C200.
Right after the boot menu I got that message.
What can I do to make it work? No technician but ready to learn.
Thanks.
PedroSantos 05/05/2020

Re: Invalid boot.ini file

https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2014/02/add-tablet-pc-and-media-centre-edition.html
Steve Si 05/05/2020

Re: Re: Invalid boot.ini file

Thanks. I don't understand some parts of the text, but I will give it a try and post here the follow-up.
But before I do it, can you tell me if I need to do a fresh install?
The already installed XP was not booting and I had trouble even accessing the HDD. I now can, but if I can repair the existing XP can I then convert it to Tablet PC Edition? Actually I don't even know if that version is already installed, I just know I couldn't find a way to work with the pen/wacom so I assumed someone changed it (the person that gave me said something about having installed a lighter XP version).
PedroSantos 05/05/2020

Re: Re: Re: Invalid boot.ini file

I did repair the already installed XP and dxdiag returns it's 5.1 2600.
I cannot find if the pen works, so I don't know if I really need a fresh install.
I could not create the bootable USB because all software suggested requires a purchase to create the ISO of the needed size.
What can I do from here?
Thanks.
PedroSantos 05/05/2020

MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Hi Steve,
I would like to ask your assistance please: I am booting into agFM via UEFI boot. it loads as usual as on a PC. After agFM loaded it does not recognize keyboard keys (arrows, enter, etc) nor mouse. do be exact: It recognize hotkeys F1-F6 for a few seconds, than it is gone. Everything is working like charm on PC-s, only MACs have this issue. Could you please advice? Thank you in advance!
e2b_user_20200427 27/04/2020

Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

UPDATE: I just realized, that the keyboard is working fine but only for approx. 1 sec. After 1 sec it is gone.
e2b_user_20200427 27/04/2020

Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Rename the \boot\grubfm\config file - do you still get keyboard problems?
SteveSi 27/04/2020

Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Hi Steve! Thanks for the fast reply! Unfortunately yes. What is strange for me, that I started to measure it with a stopwatch and sometimes it is around 10 sec, sometimes 2 sec, sometimes instant I have the keyboard issue on the MAC.
e2b_user_20200427 27/04/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Sounds like a grub2 issue.
Can you report the issue to the developer pls
https://github.com/a1ive/grub/issues
SteveSi 27/04/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Sure! Thanks! :)
e2b_user_20200427 28/04/2020

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MacBook EFI Issue -> No keyboard

Steve, if you are interested, and whould like to follow-up, here is the github thread: https://github.com/a1ive/grub/issues/60
e2b_user_20200427 28/04/2020

Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

I've been trying this for a while now, only booting from UEFI using rEFInd and managed to load other ISOs like Deepin but the Parrot is quite evasive.
Elie 27/04/2020

Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Parrot OS UEFI64 works OK for me.
I rename as .isodef. Make sure file is contiguous.
Steve Si 27/04/2020

Re: Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

Yeah file is ok according to the md5 checks but it is not recognizable when I rename to .isodef so it's not bootable. Are you suggesting that I try the legacy E2B instead?
Elie 28/04/2020

Re: Re: Re: Can't boot Parrot OS from hd on latest agFM build

I have \_ISO\LINUX\Parrot-home-4.7_x64.isodef and agFM v1.46.
Works for me in a VM and UEFI64 booting.
Not sure what you mean about rEFInd??? I just directly UEFI-boot from the E2B drive to agFM. How are you running rEFInd???
Steve Si 28/04/2020
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