FlashBoot Free Updates
If you are a registered user of FlashBoot, then you can get free lifetime updates for FlashBoot. Just download latest demo version from the website and apply your license key to it, by copying license_key.xml to FlashBoot installation folder, usually C:\Program Files\FlashBoot.
Oct, 09 of 2013 Minor update 2.2d released.
FlashBoot has been updated to accept license keys generated by Avangate.
Apr, 02 of 2013 Minor update 2.2c released.
Installation of Windows 8 to USB thumbdrive: This version fixes problems with non-functional Windows Update and inability to create System Restore Points.
Feb, 28 of 2013 Minor update 2.2b released.
FlashBoot now supports conversion of Windows Vista/7/8 installation DVD to USB thumbdrive with NTFS filesystem. This feature is useful for customized DVDs with 4Gb+ \sources\install.wim file.
Feb, 27 of 2013 Minor update 2.2a released.
FlashBoot now turns off swap file (in registry settings) when installing Windows 8 to USB
Feb, 26 of 2013 New version 2.2 released.
Apr, 26 of 2012 Minor update 2.1s released.
Fixed a bug in UTF-16 conversion code (special case for surrogate characters)
Mar, 08 of 2012 Minor update 2.1r released.
FlashBoot NT password editor: Fixed shared library loading error (which occured when mounting NTFS partitions).
Mar, 06 of 2012 Minor update 2.1q released.
FlashBoot now runs on Windows 8 (Consumer Preview).
Feb, 03 of 2012 Minor update 2.1p released.
A bug in UDF Unicode filename conversion code was fixed. Windows 7 and Windows Vista DVD discs and ISO files should work as expected now (some of them were not recognized by FlashBoot 2.1d-2.1n).
Dec, 12 of 2011 Minor update 2.1n released.
Jul, 02 of 2011 Minor update 2.1m released.
Jul, 01 of 2011 Minor update 2.1k released.
Changes in EBCD (v1.2b -> v1.2d) were backported to FlashBoot Password Editor.
Jun, 30 of 2011 Minor update 2.1j released.
Changes in EBCD (v1.2a -> v1.2b) were backported to FlashBoot Password Editor.
Jun, 16 of 2011 Minor update 2.1i released.
Changes in EBCD (v1.2 -> v1.2a) were backported to FlashBoot Password Editor.
May, 25 of 2011 Minor update 2.1h released.
FlashBoot installer for Windows XP now quickformats target disk.
May, 23 of 2011 Minor update 2.1g released.
Changes in EBCD (v1.1k -> v1.2) were backported to FlashBoot Password Editor.
May, 01 of 2011 Minor update 2.1f released.
Fixed a few bugs in the implementation of new features introduced in v2.1e.
Apr, 29 of 2011 Minor update 2.1e released.
Note for users of console version: ConvertWinVistaInstallCDorDVD scenario was renamed to ConvertWinVistaOr7InstallCDorDVD, almost all scenarios have new option: -reserve. Specify it as -reserve 0 if you want to keep status quo.
Apr, 28 of 2011 Minor update 2.1d released.
Mar, 23 of 2011 Minor update 2.1c released.
Added auto-adjustment of size of filesystem within wntsetup.img for Windows XP Installation CD Conversion scenario.
Mar, 15 of 2011 Minor update 2.1b released.
More BIOS compatibility enhancements in FlashBoot Stage2 Loader.
Mar, 13 of 2011 Minor update 2.1a released.
BIOS compatibility enhancements in FlashBoot Stage2 Loader:
Mar, 11 of 2011 New version 2.1 released.
Fixed longstanding BIOS compatibility bug. Error occured when booting from FlashBoot-formatted USB disk and reads as:
LBA not available CHS not available Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to reboot.
Mar, 07 of 2011 Minor update 2.0w released.
Demo bootability date interval changed from [d, d+30days] to [d-2days, d+30days] where d is a formatting date. Reason: compatibility with time zone differences between formatting and booting machine.
Mar, 04 of 2011 Minor update 2.0v released.
Fixed assertion failure 103/KC2WF which occured when raw-copying USB disk to USB disk of smaller size.
Oct, 22 of 2010 Minor update 2.0u released.
Sep, 05 of 2010 Minor update 2.0t released.
Fixed a bug in FAT32 formatting code which caused 100GB+ partitions to appear as smaller ones in Windows.
Aug, 04 of 2010 Important update 2.0s released.
Now FlashBoot Stage2 Loader can handle BIOSes which require disk reset (int 13h/ah=0) after each failed read or write.
Aug, 03 of 2010 Important update 2.0r released.
Now FlashBoot Stage2 Loader can handle BIOSes which support slow single-sector I/O only.
Aug, 02 of 2010 Important update 2.0q released.
This update should fix BIOS incompatibility problem which caused "LBA verification failed, falling back to CHS / disk error" message. See details in new section "Decoding Loader Messages" of the help file.
Jul, 24 of 2010 Minor update 2.0p released.
Jul, 24 of 2010 Minor update 2.0o released.
Jul, 19 of 2010 Minor update 2.0n released.
Jul, 17 of 2010 Minor update 2.0m released.
When write verification fails for default 2 Mbyte block, FlashBoot silently tries to split the block into 64 Kbyte chunks and retry the write operation for each chunk before reporting error to the user.
Version number "2.0l" skipped because of visual ambiguity with "2.01"
Jul, 17 of 2010 Minor update 2.0k released.
Errors of out-of-bound access to std::vector<T> and std::basic_string<T> are now assertion failures with enough information to track them to source file name and line number.
Jun, 17 of 2010 Minor update 2.0j released.
Size of all storage devices except floppies and CD/DVD drives is now displayed along with drive letter and vendor/model name.
Jun, 13 of 2010 Minor update 2.0i released.
Jun, 11 of 2010 Important bugfix update 2.0h released.
Jun, 10 of 2010 Minor update 2.0g released.
May, 30 of 2010 Minor update 2.0f released.
Raw copy scenario:
FlashBoot now prepends summary information (shown on the last wizard page) to the logfile.
Adobe Flash-driven screenshot gallery of Windows XP installation from FlashBoot-formatted USB thumbdrive added to website.
May, 19 of 2010 Minor update 2.0e released.
Bugfixes in BartPE conversion module
May, 17 of 2010 Minor update 2.0d released.
May, 17 of 2010 Minor update 2.0c released.
All x64-specific code moved to separate DLL, size of FlashBoot setup distribution effectively halved.
May, 13 of 2010 Minor update 2.0b released.
Fixed date conversion error which might occur at conversion of customized BartPE versions:
*** ERROR *** Failed to convert broken-down UTC time to time_t
May, 10 of 2010 Minor update 2.0a released.
When FlashBoot finishes formatting of USB disk, it issues soft replug to force Windows to rescan changed partition table. Unfortunately, some rare USB thumbdrives do not support soft replug. Formerly, FlashBoot printed error message like this:
Unmounting VFAT filesystem in partition #1 of physical disk #3 (E:) ... *** ERROR *** Failed to restart device USBSTOR\Disk&Ven_SanDisk&Prod_...: device restart required system reboot
Starting with version 2.0a, FlashBoot would issue warning rather than error in such situation. Warning message contains some instructions for user, aimed to explain better what it means and what should be done next. Warning message would be either
Unmounting VFAT filesystem in partition #1 of physical disk #3 (E:) ... *** WARNING for physical disk #3 (E:) *** Please DISCONNECT this USB disk from Windows and UNPLUG it.
- or -
Unmounting VFAT filesystem in partition #1 of physical disk #3 (E:) ... *** WARNING for physical disk #3 (E:) *** This USB disk was disconnected from Windows. Please UNPLUG AND PLUG IT BACK before using.
As before, vast majority of USB thumbdrives is processed without such warnings.
May, 05 of 2010 New version 2.0 released.
FlashBoot 2.0 is a major step forward towards improvement of the software and satisfying user needs. Its code was rewritten from the ground up since old version 1.4 released in 2006.
Here is a list of improvements:
All users who ordered FlashBoot V1 can upgrade to FlashBoot V2 free of charge, just by copying license key file to installation folder of FlashBoot V2.