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I am searching and testing various methods for days now, and I haven't found any straight forward guide on how to make Multiboot USB flash drive that is capable of booting following:

  • Windows 8 instalation (Standard iso file)
  • Windows 7 instalation (AIO x86,x64 iso file)
  • Windows XP (Optional)
  • Any linux distro (Optional)

and some tools including

  • WINPE (with gimagex for .wim manipulations)
  • Hirens Boot CD
  • Ghost (for HDD cloning purposes)

Everything is fine with above mentioned tools, using grub4dos with custom gfxmenu: Grub4dos with custom gfxmenu

But when runing Windows 7 instalation ISO I am having this particular problem: CD/DVD driver missing

Below is menu.lst content from grub4dos:

timeout 10
default 0
gfxmenu (hd0,0)/message



### MENU START
title Boot From HDD
password --md5 $1$dMc3$BaQGJmKXts3aRdbn29JFd/
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
map --hook
chainloader (hd0,0)
### MENU END


### MENU END
title     Install Windows 7 AIO\n
password --md5 $1$dMc3$BaQGJmKXts3aRdbn29JFd/
ls /images/WIN7AIO.iso || find --set-root /images/WIN7AIO.iso
map /images/WIN7AIO.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)
### MENU END


### MENU END
title     Run Ghost\n
password --md5 $1$dMc3$BaQGJmKXts3aRdbn29JFd/
ls /images/ghost.iso || find --set-root /images/GHOST.iso
map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/GHOST.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/GHOST.iso (0xff)
map --hook
chainloader (0xff)
### MENU END


### MENU START
title     Run Gimagex\n
password --md5 $1$dMc3$BaQGJmKXts3aRdbn29JFd/
ls /images/gimagex.iso || find --set-root /images/GIMAGEX.iso
map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/GIMAGEX.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/GIMAGEX.iso (0xff)
map --hook
chainloader (0xff)
### MENU END

### MENU START
title     Run Hiren's bootcd\n
password --md5 $1$dMc3$BaQGJmKXts3aRdbn29JFd/
ls /images/gimagex.iso || find --set-root /images/HIRNESCD.iso
map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/HIRENS.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/GIMAGEX.iso (0xff)
map --hook
chainloader (0xff)
### MENU END

So what is it that am I doing wrong and is this problem solved by adding some kind of USB drivers for windows 7 iso or changing menu.lst content? Also is this even posible to have this kind of variety in one USB drive, as I haven't finished this little project but already worried that there will be future problems adding Win8,Winxp,linux iso's to grub4dos... For information, USB is 3.0 NTFS formated and Win7 custom install.wim file is over 5GB. I would be very greateful if someone pointed me to the right direction achieving this with straightforward guide or instructions!

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This with both UEFI/Classic BIOS support would be excellent. –  piernov Mar 25 at 20:04
    
I agree .. I wrote this... Make a multiboot windows USB key with Syslinux and FiraDisk. Formats with NTFS. Maybe you can do the linux part ... heheh sourceforge.net/projects/squirrelusb –  user315300 Apr 13 at 15:48

1 Answer 1

If you create a bootable USB with EasyBCD, you can add entries to ISO images on the USB stick itself. Windows Vista/7/8 setup environments should be bootable as ISO images loaded via EasyBCD, but if you experience problems then extract the contents of the DVD to the USB and add them as Windows PE entries instead (booting into the setup's install.wim file directly).

Windows XP's setup environment does not recognize that its setup media may be virtualized/not-really-there, and as such will not work unless extracted to the USB (i.e. you can't boot it up from within its ISO, and since it doesn't use .WIM files for setup, it can't be chainloaded via EasyBCD).

Disclosure: I'm the author of EasyBCD.

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