Tutorials and How To's

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Introduction

E2B is very versatile but does require some knowledge if you want to use it to it's maximum potential.
 
I strongly suggest you explore the pages available on this site first - you can use the site map.
 
E2B 'quick reference' Primer - all the E2B basics on one page!
 
Note: Most of the pages on this website describe MBR\Legacy booting to the Easy2Boot grub4dos-based menu system. Easy2Boot v2 also allows you to add the a1ive grub2-based File Manager (agFM) menu system which supports both MBR\Legacy and UEFI32/UEFI64 booting. The menu system for agFM is very different from the E2B menu system and is described here.
Note: Most of the pages on this website describe MBR\Legacy booting to the Easy2Boot grub4dos-based menu system. Easy2Boot v2 also allows you to add the a1ive grub2-based File Manager (agFM) menu system which supports both MBR\Legacy and UEFI32/UEFI64 booting. The menu system for agFM is very different from the E2B menu system and is described here.
If you want to know how UEFI-booting works, you should read the 'UEFI Things to know' page.
 
New! E2B eBooks are available (complete course on making a multiboot USB drive)!
 
Also, please take the time to watch the videos on YouTube (over 10 available from me + many from other users, some are in non-English languages).
 
If you have a question or a problem, you should search the FAQ and Troubleshooting pages (over 100 FAQs + error messages, diagnostics, hints and tips, etc.).
 

Instructions in other languages

Note: The instructions on making a E2B USB drive in the links below may be outdated.
 
 

Getting started

Don't use a cheap, slow USB 2.0 drive! I recommend a fast 16GB+ USB 3.0 USB flash drive like this one.
 
If you want to know how to add a certain ISO or payload to E2B, your first step should be to find it on the 'List of tested ISOs' page. Note that the same ISO/payload/software may be listed in more than one place.
 
If no special instructions or links are given, then the ISO/payload should 'just work' if you copy it to a normal menu folder on the E2B USB drive.
 
For most payloads (except VHD\WIM fles) you will need to run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd too.
 
If your USB drive does not seem to boot on a real system, check it boots by running \QEMU_MENU_TEST (run as admin).cmd from the USB drive (it should at least boot to the E2B Main menu). If it does not boot to the Main menu, you have done something wrong! If it does boot, then the problem is with your system's BIOS/firmware settings - refer to the FAQ and Troubleshooting pages. QEMU is a 32-bit emulator and should fully boot 32-bit ISOs (as if booting from a hard disk) too!
 

Legacy/MBR Booting

To boot from the E2B USB drive, configure the BIOS:
  • Disable Fast Boot
  • Disable Secure Boot
  • Enable Legacy\CSM
To ensure that it boots from the E2B USB drive, connect the E2B USB drive, press a key after switching on the system (dependng on Make\Model):
 
ACER: Esc, F9, F12
APPLE: Option/Alt key
ASUS: Esc, F8
COMPAQ: Esc, F9
DELL: F12
EMACHINES: F12
HP: Esc, F9
INTEL: F10
IBM LENOVO: F12 (or Fn+F12), F10, F8
NEC: F5
PACKARD BELL: F8
SAMSUNG: Esc, F12
SONY: F10, F11
TOSHIBA: F12
APPLE: Option/Alt key
ASUS: Esc, F8
COMPAQ: Esc, F9
DELL: F12
EMACHINES: F12
HP: Esc, F9
INTEL: F10
IBM LENOVO: F12 (or Fn+F12), F10, F8
NEC: F5
PACKARD BELL: F8
SAMSUNG: Esc, F12
SONY: F10, F11
TOSHIBA: F12
 
Tip: Try also holding down the Fn key first and then tapping the other Fxx key.
 
You may find this list of BIOS keys useful.
 

UEFI-Booting

Easy2Boot v2 includes agFM which allows you to UEFI-boot from the USB drive and select an ISO, WIM file, VHD file, IMG file, etc.
 
You can instead switch-in a UEFI-bootable partition image (.imgPTN23 files):
 
  1. Install the MPI Tool Kit.
  2. Convert the ISO (or payload file) to a FAT32 .imgPTN23 file by dragging-and-dropping the ISO onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut.
  3. Copy the .imgPTN file to your E2B drive (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU folder).
  4. Run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd from the E2B drive.
  5. Select the .imgPTN23 file from the E2B menu - OR - run \_ISO\SWITCH_E2B.exe in Windows and double-click on the .imgPTN file. The USB drive's E2B partition will be replaced by the new image.
  6. Now UEFI-boot from the E2B USB drive.
If your system does not have an MBR-boot option, you can UEFI-booot to the agFM menu or add WinPE files to a 2nd partition so that you can UEFI-boot to WinPE and select a .imgPTN files (see here for details).
 

Tutorials

On my RMPrepUSB and E2B blog, you can find many Tutorials and How To's on E2B.
 

Testing with VirtualBox

You can directly boot from USB if you use Virtual Machine USB Boot (VMUB). Tutorial here.
 
I use VBox+VMUB all the time. You must use VMUB with VBox because it will disconnect the USB drive from Windows first - otherwise you will encounter errors and other strange problems under VBox. You can MBR and UEFI boot from a USB drive on both 32-bit and 64-bit Virtual Machines.
Note that under a Virtual Machine, the USB drive will appear to an OS as a hard disk (hd0 or \dev\sda) and not as a USB drive.
 
Note that Plop! uses a read-only USB 2.0 driver - it does not work properly with E2B because it does not support writes to the USB drive.
 

E2B and grub4dos

If you want to know more about grub 4dos or have special requirements or seek more knowledge, try my RM PrepUSB site. You can even find a few E2B Tutorials on that website too!
 

Are you still stuck?

Use the Contact Me page and I will try to help, or you can ask in the Forum or on reboot.pro.
 
There may also be a 'Chat' icon on this website which you can use to talk to me directly.
 


Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest flash drive!)
SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46

Fastest USB 3!
See Blog post

 

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