Using QEMU or Virtual Box for testing
TEST USING A REAL SYSTEM IF A VM DOES NOT APPEAR TO WORK AS EXPECTED.ALWAYS RE-TEST USING A REAL SYSTEM TO ENSURE IT WILL WORK CORRECTLY IN REAL LIFE!
QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd
- You can use this to select a .imgPTN file from the E2B menu and switch to it (or just use \SWITCH_E2B.exe).
- 64-bit OS's cannot be run.
- Because QEMU emulates a CPU, it is quite slow to run.
- File writes are temporary - e.g. any files that are changed whilst running under QEMU will not be permanently changed.
QEMU (in RMPrepUSB)
Oracle Virtual Box
I highly recommend using Virtual Box + VMUB (I use this for all my E2B boot testing!).
Setup VBox using these instructions --> How to use Da vidB's Virtual Machine USB Boot application.
Download VMUB h e re.
Tip: Create an Administrator shortcut on your TaskBar for VMUB. Always launch Oracle VBOX Manager using the button on VMUB.
First make a VM in Oracle VBox with just one SATA virtual hard disk at SATA Port 1 and leave SATA Port 0 free. Then run VMUB and create a new entry and set your E2B USB drive as the First USB drive. When you click on Start in VMUB, the USB drive will be dismounted and the VM will then gain full read/write access to the USB drive.
Make sure you run VBox and VMUB with Administrator privileges - I suggest you set up shortcuts for each one with the Run as Admin box ticked.
Running E2B under VBox+VMUB or QEMU
- The E2B USB drive will appear as Drive 0 even after booting to Windows or Linux.
- The E2B USB drive will appear as a IDE\SATA\RAID drive in the VM and not as a USB drive
- The E2B USB drive will appear as a Fixed disk and not as a Removable device.
- XML files will not be automatically used by Windows Install ISOs because the USB drive is not seen as a 'Removable' drive by WinPE ('CD/DVD drive driver required' message is seen).
- The QEMU\VBox virtual BIOSes do not have the 137GB USB access BIOS bug - some real systems do!
Do not use Plop! - Plop! uses a read-only USB driver stack. Unless you have write access under the VM, E2B will not work, which is why Plop! is not suitable to use to boot from an E2B USB drive - see FAQ for more details.
If you boot to E2B using Plop! then hold down the SHIFT key as E2B boots to load the grub4dos USB 2.0 driver or see here for more details on using Plop!
Windows Vista/7/8/10 Installs under a VM
4. Now run loadiso by typing E:\_ISO\e2b\firadisk\loadiso.cmd - a blue console window should open - if then prompted to Repair Windows, just hit ENTER.
Note that the XML file contents will be ignored in this case.
Installing Windows 7/8/10 using XML files
If you want to use a Product Key, specify Windows settings or use an unattended install XML file, please see this page.
Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest!) - SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46