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How To Boot Multiple ISO from USB using Multiboot USB Menu

SK Mezanul Haque

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39 Responses

  1. FL says:

    How to do that with Linux ? Not with MS.Windows.
    Please help !

  2. Robert says:

    When I try to boot off my disk, it does not provide any of the availble isos to boot off. It initially just goes to some sort of grub command line and then i hit ESC and it gives me the options for command line, reboot or halt, but none of the ISOs. Just to confirm, do I just dump the iso (e.g. ubcd411.iso) directly in the USB root directory or does it need to be in a subdirectory. Do i also need to configure something so that it knows that the iso is there? I am definitely able to boot off USB as I have tried successfully to do single boot for most distributions.

    • Mezanul says:

      Hello Robert,

      First of all, I would like to apology for the delay in replying you.

      Can you please elaborate, if you followed the exact same procedure to create your Multiboot USB stick, as I couldn’t produce the error in my machine? Please provide some more details.

      For your second query, yes you have to just dump the ISO images of the Linux distributions in the USB root directory. If the ISO you are dumping is in the supported list, then no, you don’t have to configure anything.

      I have also sent this reply in your mail. Because, if you had subscribed to comments, we recently had to do some work in the database and all the subscriptions to comment list got lost in the process.

  3. Tzvika says:

    Guys! I want to make a USB drive with multiple windows
    installs/isos (win7/xp/etc).
    Can I do it with this tool? If not, can some1 suggest
    a possible solution?

  4. zappa79 says:

    I have done everything on this tutorial and it works nice with linux, but I also wanted to add a windows 7 installation!

    I copied the ISO file to the USB and added this to the menu.lst

    title Windows 7
    find –set-root /windows7.iso
    map /windows7.iso (hd32)
    map –hook
    root (hd32)
    chainloader (hd32)

    When I tried to install, it first seemd to work fine, the installation started up, but when it comes to the part where you can select wich drive to install to, it´s empty! Then I get a error message saying: “A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driverfloppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.”

    I would appreciate if anyone could shed some light over this!


    • Feras says:

      Extract files of Windows 7 and put it on the root disk flash disk
      Then added this to the menu.lst

      title Windows 7 ultimate
      find –set-root /bootmgr
      chainloader /bootmgr

      It is Working 100% with Hiren’s BootCD

  5. venkat says:


    iam installing multimboot.exe
    installing sucessfull, working fine.
    but how can i add hirenboot iso .is possible.

  6. John Nelson says:

    I finally got this set up, and though I trimmed some of the Linux Distros, the remaining ones work great and it’s a great tool.
    I Converted one of the Ubuntu sections to run Mythbuntu and it works great.

    However, I can’t get it to run Puppy Arcade, Ubuntu Studio, or Ylmf. I downloaded the latest multibootiso file (0.4.6) and will try the Ylnf but the Puppy Arcade and Ubuntu Studio I can’t solve. Can you help.
    Thanks in advance,

  7. John Nelson says:

    I got Ubuntu Studio to work, or at least run the install process since there is no Live CD support. Still can’t get Puppy Arcade or Ylmf to install. I get Error 15: “File not found” for the initrd.lz file on Ylmf, and the Puppy Arcade can’t find the file PUP_420.sfs and halts. Please help.

    In the case of Ubuntu Studio, the script goes like this:
    title Install Ubuntu Studio 10.04
    find –set-root /ubuntustudio-10.04-alternate-i386.iso
    map /ubuntustudio-10.04-alternate-i386.iso (0xff)
    map –hook
    root (0xff)
    kernel /install/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntustudio.seed boot=casper persistent iso-scan/filename=/ubuntustudio-10.04-alternate-i386.iso splash
    initrd /install/initrd.gz

  8. James says:

    Help i accidentally installed to my c: drive and now it boots up the list of iso files how can i remove it from my pc to make it boot up xp again!

  9. John Nelson says:

    To recover XP may not be easy, but it is possible.

    Start with http://mybootdisks.com/
    You will need ot get a Windows XP recovery disk, or something similar. Running sys.com from DOS prompt. There are lots of “Windows XP Boot Disks” on the internet but be careful with them. If you have your own, or can create a recovery disk on another computer running Windows XP you are better off.

  10. John Nelson says:

    As for th elink, I’ll follow it and see how we do. It has some interesting and useful info I think I can use.

    Thank you,

  11. Joe says:

    I loaded this to a bootable USB, copied in a few iso’s but when I boot I get a GRUB commandline, hitting escape get’s me back to a 4 item list of commands

    find /menu.lst (This expands out if I hit e-edit)

    But no list of iso’s, Sounds like the same problem Robert had back in April.
    Any ideas?

  12. Dan says:

    i’m having the same problem as joe and robert, the files i’m using are from the pen drive site. 1 the redo backup and recovery
    2 ophcrack xp
    3 avg rescue cd iso’s , I did put one not one the list it’s a recovery console iso, but none of them show. I appriciate any help.

  13. John Nelson says:

    Okay, now Ylmf 3.0 works great but not sure what changed.

    Does anyone know what I put in my menu.list file to get the following ISO’s to boot?
    Dream Linux 3.5
    Puppy Arcade 8

    Please help, and there is an update to MultiBootISO at http://www.pendrivelinux.com …great software.

  14. Sundar says:

    Please have a look at this page for installing and booting multiple live linux distro from



    • Ronnie says:

      BRILLIANT! Thanks for the link to Ubuntu Forums, I’m about to make a multiboot USB with Mint9, Puppy 5 and Tiny Core (as a test).


  15. Nate says:

    Getting a lot of fragmentation (error 60) when trying to boot a distro?

    The FAT filesystem is so prone to fragmentation that with just one copy of an ISO it is not uncommon for it to get fragmented. Based on this, checking for file contiguity (i.e. analyze fragmentation) of each ISO image file after it has been copied onto the USB stick is very helpful in preventing headaches later.

    Just thought I’d pass it on to those who (like myself) might not know this at first.

    So for those who might not know thishe little bit of extra effort to check (and correct if necessary) for this initially is worthwhile.

    after every ISO copy to the USB stick

    should be made a standard installation step as part of the guide – this would save some unexpected headaches later on.
    I wonder if it is possible to design this setup using something other than FAT on the USB stick. FAT is prone to fragmentation, and in copying ISO files from my hard drive to the USB stick they often fragment. I was often getting the error 60 due to this until I started anayzing and have to be de-fraged on the USB stick. In addition to the extra time and effort in dealing with this, defragmentation in flash memory can shorten the lifespan of it due to the increased frequency of read/write/deletes.

    Still, I prefer this method over the others I’ve seen. It might be good though if

  16. voipster says:

    Just want to know if its possible to add Windows XP to it as I can only see it supports Vista and 7 but not xp. Is there a way to add XP?

  17. carlos says:

    why is it when i try to run off the boot menu i get a error 15 file not found?

  18. Patrick says:

    I have the same problem as some of the others. I run MultiBootISOs- ,select the usb disk I want to use, I tick the format box, I chose ANY of the iso’s from the list and get this when I try to boot:

    GRUB commandline, hitting escape get’s me back to a 4 item list of commands

    find /menu.lst (This expands out if I hit e-edit)

    Not sure what the problem is, I think grub may not be installing correctly onto the USB stick ?

  19. Naman says:

    i really wanna include chrome os in multiboot…. like rest of the distros.. is there a way to do that??

  20. Marcus says:

    So, no one’s gonna comment on whether or not an xp ISO will work with this? Cause Id really like to not frag my netbook just because there’s no info anywhere on this, I see its supposed to work with vista and 7 so can I assume that this will work with a slipstreamed xp ISO or no?

    • Marcus says:

      btw Its a legal copy that I own and have the licenses and have slipstreamed to include sp3 and the aspire one drivers. Also I’ve used this for many other distro’s and everything has worked fine, My concern is that since windows (no version) that I know of has a live desktop that this will only work for live version distros or will it work more or less like it would if I just popped the xp disk into the dvd drive?

  21. Ramesh Kumar says:

    i have follow the above menction detail for multipal multiboot usb but usb is not bootable or not woriking
    this is not help full for us

  22. Gurlal Sidhu says:

    hi I tried it,it boots from usb menu works fine but. not complete the task.I hav put three Iso,one windows xp,2nd is xp live cd[Bartpe] and 3rd is kaspersky rescue iso.when i select win xp cd it work till setup is starting windows crashes and drive are not loaded where to instal windows

  23. Gurlal Sidhu says:

    hi I tried it,it boots from usb menu works fine but. not complete the task.I hav put three Iso,one windows xp,2nd is xp live cd[Bartpe] and 3rd is kaspersky rescue iso.when i select win xp cd it work till setup is starting windows crashes and drive are not loaded where to instal windows.

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