FAQ

1. What can be added to the USB disk with WinSetupFromUSB?
2. Does it support multiple sources of the same type?
3. My internal disk is not shown during first (Text mode) part of Windows XP (2000, 2003) setup
4. There is error 0x0000007B on blue background (BSOD) at start of XP (2000, 2003) Setup
5. Program does not display my USB disk
6. Are customized Windows sources supported?
7. What do the advanced options do?
8. My system won't boot from USB
9. Is (U)EFI supported?
10. How do I add another Windows or Linux source?
11. When adding NT6 (Vista and above setup or PE based utility) ISO occupied space on the USB disk is 150-220 MB more than my source
12. Is the program free and may it be freely redistributed?
13. XP/2003/2000 Setup is very slow when copying files at Text mode phase
14. How to report bugs or problems with the program?
15. How to remove already added sources?
16. How to edit boot menu names?
17. I am unable to add Linux/Other grub4dos ISO because it cannot be de-fragmented
18. Why I cannot boot other sources in UEFI mode, only Windows ones?
19. Is Windows Secure Boot supported?

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  1. WinSetupFromUSB is an amazing utility. I love it. I have a question, I prepare a master USB installer using this which worked fine for several weeks. Later on something unknown happened and on booting PC from this USB, there was no “OS to install” selection page. Instead it had a prompt on back screen with grey text. I thought USB flash drive was “perhaps” corrupted so I formatted it and once again created “universal installer for PC” having WinXP, Win7, WIn8, Win10, WinServer2008 etc. etc. once again it worked fine for couple of time but once again it ended up with only a prompt on black screen and no page appeared for selection of desired OS to install.

    • What’s the prompt on that black screen? Does it say anything? Are you booting every time in same mode, be it BIOS/compatible or UEFI? Is the USB disk reliable?

      • On booting from USB, first screen appears with a menu asking to choose F1 to continue boot to Grub4dos (default) and F2 for launching PLoP boot manager. Screen waits just for 1 or 2 seconds and select the default which instead of going to OS selection page (when working fine…the page with cyan background and entries for available OS installer) next screen appears with stating GRUB4DOS version on the top and following text thereafter:
        [ Minimal Bash-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB list possible command completion. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible combinations of device/filename. Esc at any time exists. ]
        grub> _

        Pressing escape takes to another mane with following enteries:
        find /menu.lst. /boot/grub/menu.lst. /grub/menu.lst
        commandline
        reboot
        halt

      • On booting from USB, first screen appears with a menu asking to choose F1 to continue boot to Grub4dos (default) and F2 for launching PLoP boot manager. Screen waits just for 1 or 2 seconds and select the default which instead of going to OS selection page (when working fine…the page with cyan background and entries for available OS installer) next screen appears with stating GRUB4DOS version on the top and following text thereafter:
        [ Minimal Bash-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB list possible command completion. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible combinations of device/filename. Esc at any time exists. ]
        grub> _

        Pressing escape takes to another mane with following enteries:
        find /menu.lst. /boot/grub/menu.lst. /grub/menu.lst
        commandline
        reboot
        halt
        ========
        UDB disk is reliable, using BIOS in Legacy mode, installer was made using FAT32 FS

        • Grldr, which is grub4dos boot loader, can’t find its config file menu.lst and drops to shell.
          I would run chkdsk to see if the file system is corrupted. Might happen easily with FAT32, especially if disk is unplugged without using safely remove hardware button for example. Check also if menu.lst is present in root directory.

  2. Can you help me once more…I went and added one more program while free space on my usb was about 1,5 GB and iso of that program is 648 MB. Winsetupfromusb says: Couldn’t defragment because of free space and something…I chose Cancel and it said Job Done. Now Usb drive still has 744Mb free space. Will that program not work correctly? is there a way to remove it?

    • It’s extremely unlikely that disk had enough contiguous free space so that the file can be defragmented, given how little free space left.
      It’s WinContig used internally for defragmenting files, but I highly doubt other program would have succeeded.

      As a rule of thumb, such sources have to be added first to freshly formatted drive, when there is plenty of contiguous free space.

      There is a FAQ above how to remove source.

  3. That program gave fatal error when loaded and says couldn’t load file because its fragmented…I checked fragmentation on Usb and it is 29%. The program I was trying to add is ESET SysRescue Live disk and I also want to add Kaspersky Rescue disc. Both of them weight about 1.2 GB, free space before I added ESET SysRescue Live disk was 1.5Gb. What should I do now?

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