Saturday, 5 September 2015

Easy2Boot v1.72 now available

I have just uploaded v1.72
    New plain background! Smaller file size and loads faster too!


As usual, you can use this version to update any E2B USB drive using the \UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd batch file included in the download.

Changes from v1.71 are:

  • .JPG wallpaper now supported (grub4dos 0.4.6a only). 
  • New default wallpaper
  • If press SPACE key during any menu enumeration, then enumeration will pause at end so you can see what files have been added to the menu.
  • Right-aligned menu text (RTL=1) for 'right-to-left' languages. 
  • Arabic language (minimal support). 
  • ! key during enumeration will display boot timings (same as set SHOWTIME=1 in MyE2B.cfg).
  • If use UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd or MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd, set NOHELPER=1 is added to MyE2B.cfg file if a Removable USB drive is detected. 
  • New grub4dos 0.4.6a version. 
  • UPDATE_E2B_USB_DRIVE.cmd now uses xcopy /d to update (if XP system only) - now only updates files with a later file date. Vista+ systems use RoboCopy as before.
  • Default menu timeout is now cancelled after you go to a submenu. 
  • Bugfix to Windows Install Menu not showing F9 and F10 in some languages. 
  • Check for Win10 bootmgr added.
  • Win10 install product keys added
  • To get CRC of an ISO, now need to use CTRL+SHIFT instead of just CTRL.
  • Various small bug-fixes and enhancements
  • Comment lines starting with #  in .mnu files are not added to the dynamic menu in memory (thus saving buffer space and allowing for more .mnu files to be added even if they contain lots of comment lines)
e2b-version-history page

JPG support

Note: To have a JPEG encoded default background, your own default file must still be named \_ISO\MyBackground.bmp even though it is actually a JPG file - or - just specify the filename in the MyE2B.cfg file - e.g. set MYWBMP=/_ISO/special.jpg.

'Web' progressive JPG files are not supported. If your .jpg file does not display correctly in E2B, then re-save the .jpg file using MSPaint to get it into the correct format.

Arabic language support

Although an Arabic language folder has been added, it only has translated headings and I don't know if those are correct due to lack of feedback. People seem happy to request these features for free but don't seem prepared to help with the translations! This new 'right-to-left' feature involved major changes to E2B and new grub4dos code had to be added and a lot of debugging was involved (many thanks to yaya for the new grub4dos improvements)!

E2B should now be able to support other right-to-left languages such as Urdu and Hebrew, so please let me have your translated STRINGS.txt files and F1.cfg files.

Instructions on how to add a new language are here. Contact me if you need help and feel free to just translate a few headings, etc. and then send me the files to check them first, before you attempt to translate all the strings.

Alternate Download Areas

OneDrive download area
Google Drive download area

Please let me know ASAP if you spot any problems with v1.72!

If you have tried 1.72 and it is OK, please tick the 'Interesting' reactions checkbox to let me know...