Sunday, 11 June 2017

Add bootmgr to your E2B drive

As you may know, E2B does not include bootmgr for legal reasons.

The Make_E2B.exe and the 'make' scripts look for the correct Win 8.1 version of bootmgr on your Windows system and will copy it to the E2B drive for you.

If you don't have the correct version, the E2B 'make' script will warn you that, in order to boot Windows .VHD and .WIM files, you will need to add it.

Note: E2B v1.93 now will download the bootmgr file automatically when you run Make_E2B.exe.


I now have uploaded a self-extracting .exe called Add_Bootmgr_to_E2B_pwd_is_E2B.exe to the E2B site and the Alternate Download sites.

It uses curl to retrieve the bootmgr file from the MS Enterprise Win 8.1 ISO (many thanks to JFX for the suggestion).

It is password protected because Windows Defender (and probably ther AVs too) do not seem to like curl and that is the reason why it is not included in the E2B download (and also it would add several more MBs to the E2B download).

Add_Bootmgr_to_E2B will automatically add bootmgr to the \_ISO\e2b\grub\DPMS\NTBOOT.MOD folder of any E2B drive that you have connected when you run it. Internet access is required.

It takes just a second or so to run.

Note: This has now been superceded by JFX's GWT utility, and the new Make_E2B script will automatically download bootmgr for you and put it on the E2B USB drive in the correct folder.

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