Tuesday 25 February 2020

agFM v1.19 now available

v1.19 2020-02-25 - This version has a few bug fixes and improvements. The main one is support of .imgPTN and auxilliary partition images on partition 3 (no extension).
  • WinBuilder ISOs (e.g. Gandalf) now should work correctly (no yellow triangle desktop icon) when using (map) option or .isoPE file extension.
  • Support multiple .imgPTN files
  • Add support for WinPE .ini files and wipe on boot
  • Wipe \autounattend.xml and \unattend.xml in case booting from a Windows Install partition
  • Latest build of a1ive grub2 - improved File Manager
See the agFM page for more details.

About .imgPTN files

agFM v1.19 and later versions support auxiliary partition image files.
Auxiliary partition image files must have the same filename as the .imgPTN* file but must not have any file extension.
The file name must not contain any dots.
The Auxiliary file search is in this order of preference:
  1. Ptn3 (path)/(filename).
  2. Ptn3 /(filename).
  3. Ptn2 (path)/(filename).
  4. Ptn2 /(filename).
  5. Ptn1 (path)/(filename).
  6. Ptn1 /(filename).
  • Files with the extension .imgPTN or .imgPTNauto will replace Partition 1
  • If an auxilliary file exists with the same filename BUT NO FILE EXTENSION then that will replace Partition 3
  • If the .imgPTN file extension has '23' in it, then Partitions 2 and 3 will not be deleted
  • For UEFI-booting, the final partition table must be in ascending order and must not overlap each other. Since Partition 2 is the agFM FAT32 partition, any file used for Partition 3 must be located in the original Partition 3, otherwise the partitions will overlap or be out of order.
Note: Auxilliary partition image files should be placed in the 3rd partition to avoid UEFI boot issues.
E2B USB Drive partitions
Ptn1: NTFS E2B files
Ptn2: FAT32 agFM files
Ptn3: NTFS Auxilliary files + user files
Recommend always use .imgPTN23


Ptn1: FRED.imgPTN files
Ptn2: (empty)
Ptn3: (empty)
Ptn4: (empty)
Ptn1:\_ISO\ANTIVIRUS\FRED.imgPTN23 (recommended)
Ptn1: FRED files
Ptn2: FAT32 agFM files
Ptn3: NTFS Auxilliary files + user files
Ptn4: (empty)
Ptn1: FRED.imgPTN files
Ptn2: (empty)
Ptn3: FRED files
Ptn4: (empty)
Ptn1:\_ISO\ANTIVIRUS\FRED.imgPTN23 + Ptn3:\FRED  (recommended)
Ptn1: FRED.imgPTN23 files
Ptn2: FAT32 agFM files
Ptn3: FRED files
Ptn4: (empty)
FRED will also be detected if placed in the Ptn3:\_ISO\ANTIVIRUS folder.
See the E2B agFM page for details.

Secure Boot to large Windows Install ISOs

Method 1

1. Extract all contents of the Windows Install ISO to a new empty folder on your Desktop called 'FAT32'
2. Create a new folder on the Desktop called 'NTFS' and create a folder under it called 'Sources'
3. Cut (move) the two files in .\FAT32\Sources\Setup.exe and the large .\FAT32\Sources\Install.wim (or .esd)
4. Paste the two files into the empty .\NTFS\Sources\ folder
Note: .\FAT32\Sources folder must not contain setup.exe or an install.wim\esd file.
5. Drag-and-drop the FAT32 folder onto the MPI_FAT32 Desktop shortcut and use the default answers to make a C:\temp\Win10.imgPTN23 file
6. Drag-and-drop the NTFS folder onto the MPI_NTFS Desktop shortcut and use the default answers to make a C:\temp\Win10 file
    Note: you may need to increase the default suggested size if there is not enough room.
7. Copy the Win10.imgPTN23 file to the E2B first partition: \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN10\Win10.imgPTN23
8. Copy the Win10 file to the 3rd NTFS partition (either to the root or \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN10 folder
You can rename the files if you wish (do not use dots in the name).
Note: If your ISO has \x64\sources and \x86\sources folders, then replicate both folders in your 'NTFS' folder structure.

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