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version 1.0 Beta 7 / 0.

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Date added: 02 Feb 2012

Last Update: 04 Jan 2011

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Install operating systems using your USB drive

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This application will offer you the solution to installing Windows or Linux version using a USB flash drive.

How to start:
1. First make sure you have a properly formatted USB disk or flash media.
It must have a MBR and an active partition set.

a) USB flash media- format it with RMPrepUSB selecting "Boot as HDD" and "XP bootable" options.
Note that it will DELETE all partitions. NTFS is reported faster on some systems, your USB stick parameters are also factor.
Whereas NTFS generally is not recommended for USB flash media, if you are not planning excessive usage, but rather occasional installs from it, then it should be safe to use it as long as you can boot from it.

There is another way to format USB flash media- to use filter driver, such as Hitachi microdrive filter driver or dummydisk.sys (included, look in FILES\MULTIpartitionUSBstick folder). Using such driver will 'make' your stick to appear to Windows as fixed disk. In this case, when formatting Windows will write MBR on in with partition information.
You may now use Disk management console, or third party programs to make multiple partitions and format them as you desire.

NTFS performs way faster on some systems, or with some USB sticks. However, keep in mind that depending on usage and USB stick quality, it may "wear it out" quicker.

b) USB hard disk- format it from within Windows and make sure you set active partition!

In both cases USB boot is not guaranteed! That depends on your BIOS/motherboard, how disk is formatted and what file system etc.
In general FAT16 is the best bet for compatibility, next is FAT32, then NTFS. In some cases different format tools may set improper geometry.

2. Select your sources

3. Select target disk from the drop-down menu. Windows Setup can be started only from the first partition on the disk! It does not have to be active. Sorry, this is limitation from Microsoft- in case of removable USB disk, it can't read any partition than first.
If your USB disk is not shown then:
· It's not inserted
· It does NOT have an active partition
· It's NOT formatted in FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS

What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]



· fixed issues on some new systems when XP/2000/2003 Setup hangs during text mode

· fixed grub4dos menu.lst entries when detecting the number of hard drives connected

· fixed custom boot menu titles input box when adding multiple similar XP/2000/2003 sources

· grub4dos, included tools and programs updated

· fixed issue with incorrectly detecting if source is Windows 2000

· flushing USB disk write cache is now performed internally, rather than using external programs




Changes on the new version:
What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 7: January 4th, 2011

· fixed issues on some new systems when XP/2000/2003 Setup hangs during text mode
· fixed grub4dos menu.lst entries when detecting the number of hard drives connected
· fixed custom boot menu titles input box when adding multiple similar XP/2000/2003 sources
· grub4dos, included tools and programs updated
· fixed issue with incorrectly detecting if source is Windows 2000
· flushing USB disk write cache is now performed internally, rather than using external programs



What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 6: June 15th, 2010

· fixed bug in the created menu.lst when adding PartedMagic/Ubuntu variants or other ISOs



What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 5: June 15th, 2010

· added option to display all connected disks in case one needs to prepare eSATA etc. drives.
· improved detection of USB disks at start of GUI mode in case of 2000 / XP / 2003 setup
· added support for adding Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu ISOs
· added option for shared BTS OEM folder if several sources need to share same OEM folder. Use tooltip for info.
· experimental option to prepare source to be installed on USB, to be tested further.
· better handling in case 2000/XP/2003 install is on machine with 2 or more internal disks
· at start of GUI mode, after own setup.exe and setup.cmd are finished, setup.exe from th esource is executed, no matter another fake or the original one. Thus BTS presetup.cmd for example is executed by it's fake setup.exe.
· added option not to check for and install grub4dos MBR. One would have to take care of chainloading grldr by other means.
· updated many of the included programs



What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 4: June 15th, 2010

· fixed issue with non English versions of Windows XP/2003
· fixed bug when program directory is on the same USB disk and partition which is being prepared
· removed dependencies on Windows Scripting Host, in case it's broken.
· BootIce, Grub4Dos, SysLinux, RMPrepUSB updated to the latest versions



What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 3: June 15th, 2010

migrate.inf is generated internally based on PNP Id in case of removable or DosDevices values if fixed type, now USB disk letters should be fixed to U,V,W,X if preparing on Vista and above. Drive letters are U,V,W,X for each primary partition, in case of USB stick- U,V and W are for 6,7 and 8 &ParrentID&0:
· log box for keeping an eye what's happening
· BTS' presetup.cmd is merged into setup.cmd
· cmd window at start of GUI is now hidden
· grub4dos menu entries polished
· various other fixes



What's new in WinSetupFromUSB 1.0 Beta 2: June 15th, 2010

· using completely different procedure for the setup, only one boot from USB required, boot.ini problems solved, hence no "HAL.DLL missing" etc. errors.
· no files are deleted in all versions of Windows, no matter USB hard disk or stick
· XP/2000/2003 setup can be placed on any primary partition. Multiple setups are supported, up to 99 per partition.
· PLoP boot manager added by default. Useful to speed up USB boot process on machines supporting boot on USB 1.1 and lower speeds only.





Version History
Version 1.0 Beta 7 / 0.2.3 added on: 02 Feb 2012


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