Step 5 - Getting the other utilities (linux/pmagic/password changer, etc.) to work
Other utilities may still not work correctly from just an ISO file (depends on what version of Hirens you have). To fix this you will need to copy the files from inside the ISO to the USB boot drive as follows:
\HBCD\Boot folder to the USB boot drive \HBCD\BOOT folder using 7Zip - you should now have a folder on the USB drive called \HBCD\BOOT and inside it will be about 16 files and the pmagic folder.
1. Copy or extract the
You can now test this works using RMPrepUSB QEMU or by booting from a real system.
If you just want to get the HBCDMenu working in MiniXP, locate the ISO file in Hirens XP Windows Explorer - right-click - select 'Mount as ImDisk Virtual Disk'. Then run the HBCDMenu.cmd file in the root of the new virtual CD by double-clicking on it. You can also copy the entire \HBCD folder to the root of the USB drive (F:\HBCD) so that is is automatically detected next time.
KonBoot may not work because it is booting from the USB drive instead of the CD (if it prints '2 HDD SWAP' then it should work), so HDD0 will be the USB drive and not the internal hard disk. To fix this, find the \HBCD\Menu.lst file and the KonBoot menu.
Directly under the KonBoot menu entry, add the line in red
title Kon-Boot\nWindows (any/blank password) and Linux (kon-usr) Login Without a Password
find --set-root /HBCD/Boot/konboot.gz | set iscd=
find --set-root /HBCD/Boot/konbootp.gz && set kon=konbootp.gz
map --mem /HBCD/Boot/%kon% (fd0)
if not "%iscd%"=="(cd)" pause --wait=2 HDD SWAP
if not "%iscd%"=="(cd)" map (hd1) (hd0)
Step 6 - Getting the DOS utilities to work with an NTFS drive
If your USB drive is NTFS and not FAT32, then you may need to follow these steps (but try a DOS Program first to check!).
Note: This step is NOT necessary for a FAT32 USB drive -
DOS Programs menu to work correctly, we may need to make and copy a DOS image file to the \HBCD\BOOT folder on your USB boot drive. Hiren as made this easy however as you can create this image file and copy it within mini Windows XP as follows:
In order for the Hirens
This MUST be done a real system booted to Hiren's Mini XP and NOT under emulator or VM that does not allow writes to the USB drive (or use QEMU in RMPrepUSB v2.1.709 or later which enables USB writes or use DavidB's Virtual Machine USB Boot utility+Oracle Vbox (see Tutorial #4 for details)).
Mini Windows XP on a REAL SYSTEM!
1. Boot to
My Computer icon on the Desktop and find the USB disk volume.
2. Double-Click the
\HBCD\Dos\dosimg.cmd by double-clicking on it
3. Now find and run
Enter when prompted (several times)
5. Ensure the new file is at
DOS Programs menu.
6. Close all Explorer Windows and reboot and try out some of the the
To save space, you can delete the entire USB \HBCD\DOS folder as it is no longer required.
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