Friday, 12 May 2017

Add DLC Boot 2016 and 2017 to E2B

'DLC Boot 2016 v3.2' .rar file (Build 160727) can be downloaded from the official site.
As it contains copies of Windows and other licensed utilities, you should ensure you have the appropriate licences (or morals) before you use it however!

After unpacking the .rar file, you can run DLCBoot.exe from Windows as Administrator to either create a new bootable USB flash drive (use FAT32 for UEFI x64 booting) or a bootable ISO file or run any of the tools directly.

Run as Admin and click the CD icon to make an .ISO file

If you make a bootable ISO file, be sure to test it before you add it to your E2B drive (e.g. by using RMPrepUSB - Ctrl+F11 to boot it using QEMU or Virtual Box). I had some problems with making a DLC ISO file which turned out to be corrupt and did not boot!

For E2B, to boot from a DLC2016/2017 .iso file, you must keep the original ISO file's file extension.
This works even from a fixed-disk type of USB drive.  Do not use .isowinvh or .isoHW extensions, as these do not fully work.

To suppress the autosuggest text, you can use a .mnu file:

title DLC 2016\n Boot quickly with only few messages
set NOSUG=1
call /%grub%/QRUN.g4b $HOME$/DLC2016.ISO

or ensure the filename ends in ...q.iso - e.g. DLC2017q.iso (E2B v1.93+),

or make a matching .txt file which will suppress the autosuggest text automatically (E2B v1.96+).

Read more:
Mini XP, Win10 32 and Win10 64 + other utils

Hard Disk Tools menu

Note that when you click on the DLC Menu Desktop icon, it seems to search for and mount each ISO file on the E2B drive in turn as Z: using ImDisk, in order to find the DLC ISO file!

This means that if you have several DLC ISO files on the E2B USB drive with \DLCBoot.exe inside them, the first .ISO file that it finds with that file, will be used for the DLC Menu. This means you cannot have more than one DLC .ISO file on your E2B USB drive (or else it may mount and use the wrong ISO!).

If you simply plug in your E2B USB drive to a Windows system and use Explorer, you cannot run DLCBoot directly, unless you mount the ISO first.

These issues can be overcome if we create a 'flat-file' .imgPTN file. We can 'switch-in' the .imgPTN file using SWITCH_E2B.exe and then get full access to all the contents and it also allows us to MBR (32&64-bit) and UEFI-boot (64-bit only).

Making a .imgPTN file

Use the DLC Boot 2016 GUI to make a new bootable USB Flash drive and test that it works. Now simply drag-and-drop the USB drive icon/letter onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut to make a .imgPTN file from the whole USB drive.

If you don't have a spare USB flash drive...

After extracting files from the .rar download, drag-and-drop the DLC Boot 2016 v3.2 folder (which will contain just 4 files and 3 folders: EFI, DLC and boot) onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut. This will make a 2GB .imgPTN file.

You can use the ISO instead to make a .imgPTN file:
1. Drag-and-drop the DLC 2016 ISO file onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut
2. Choose a size of at least 2050MB (increase this, if there is insufficient space when it extracts the files from the ISO)
3. Delete the \DLC1\Boot\cd.c32 file (if the file is present, some of the utilities - e.g. change wallpaper, will assume it has booted from a non-writable CD!)

Tip. Use a file extension of .imgPTNauto so that it does not prompt you to switch partitions when you select it, but just loads the CSM menu immediately.

P.S. I see a 2017 version is now released. If the 2017 download table is not visible in Chrome, use MS Edge browser to see the new download link table for 2017. Make a .imgPTN file from a spare flash drive that you make using DLCBoot.exe.

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