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Novicorp WinToFlash Change Log

1.11.0000 06/20/2017

  • Improved partitioning and formatting algorithms, error reporting
  • Added GRUB4DOS bootloader support for fully functional copy of Windows on a USB drive aka Windows To Go

1.10.0000 06/06/2017

  • Added an option to install fully functional copy of Windows from any WIM file to a USB drive aka Windows To Go
  • Spelling fixes in the interface

1.9.0001 05/23/2017

  • Added More Options dialog into the Bootable USB Wizard
  • grub4dos binary and boot MBR and PBR code updated to the latest version 0.4.6a 2017-05-15

1.9.0000 05/16/2017

  • Added exFAT file system support
  • Added an option to set user's background for Multiboot USB menu
  • Added an option to customize screen mode from text upto 1280x1024 for Multiboot USB menu
  • Fixed problem with wrong bootloader installation on NTFS file system and usb-zip partitioning
  • Added features to fix automatically some damaged/edited license files
  • Added Ready screen into Bootable USB Creation Wizard
  • Updated multiboot items database with bunch of new records (see full List of supported multiboot items in 1.9.0000)
  • grub4dos binary and boot MBR and PBR code updated to the latest version 0.4.6a 2017-05-12

1.8.0000 05/02/2017

  • Added automatic cache for downloaded ISO files for multiboot USB creation. No need to re-download an ISO every time you need one, WinToFlash will copy it from the cache instantly!
  • Added an option to start Windows Recovery for Windows Setup items on a multiboot USB
  • Added protection from second WinToFlash start from the same folder and following data corruption
  • Updated multiboot items database with bunch of new records (see full List of supported multiboot items in 1.8.0000)
  • grub4dos binary and boot MBR and PBR code updated to the latest version 0.4.6a 2017-04-21
  • Bootable USB Test updated to version 1.3.0000. See Bootable USB Test Change Log for more info.
  • Tested with Windows 10 build 15063
  • Some internal code optimizations for better stability and speed

1.7.0000 04/18/2017

  • New user friendly "Multiboot item add" dialog added
  • Updated multiboot items database with bunch of new records (see full List of supported multiboot items in 1.7.0000)
  • grub4dos binary and boot MBR and PBR code updated to the latest version 0.4.6a 2017-04-02
  • First Start Wizard unexpected crash fixed if application can't find gif file for license installation animation
  • "Transfer Wizard" and "Advanced transfer dialog" windows are now sticky to the main app window
  • Spelling fixes in the interface

WinToFlash Multiboot Manager updated to version 1.5.0000:

  • fixed problem with font not loaded at boot
  • fixed problems with boot time file paths error

1.6.0001 04/04/2017

Bootable USB Test utility updated to version 1.2.0001:

  • Added support for Win7 Taskbar Effects

WinToFlash [The Bootable USB Creator] updated:

  • Added support for Win7 Taskbar Effects
  • Small other interface fixes

1.6.0000 03/28/2017

  • Added big button for multiboot menu on the main application screen
  • Added full support of extra long file paths up to ~32K characters (WinNT API native file \\?\ mode instead of 260 legacy chars limit) for file operations and application itself
  • Singleboot options and drive service options separated to 2 different tabs, "advanced mode" tab removed
  • Improved stability of the application and drive lock algorithm
  • Added "Process Steps" tab to the multiboot menu
  • Improved USB drive Wipe option - it shows a progress bar correctly
  • Improved image restore option - it can start checkdisk automatically at the end of the process
  • Improved logging - WinToFlash will now log Started from binary, Start folder, Current directory from the environment, Current roaming writedir and Current local writedir at startup
  • Improved logging - WinToFlash will now log full source file path on the file system and ISO/RAR/ZIP/DMG/etc. image
  • WContig support app updated to the latest version

Bootable USB Test utility updated to version 1.2.0000:

  • Removed all 3rd parties utilities
  • Added an option to test-boot a CD/DVD image or an IMA floppy image
  • Improved stability of the application and drive lock algorithm
  • Changed checkbox from "Start Virtual PC in Read-only mode" to "Don't save file changes"
  • Checkbox above is checked by default now

1.5.0000 03/15/2017

  • Added support for text license files
  • Added converter application for license files (both convert binary to text and text to binary license file)
  • Improved multiboot item add dialog
  • Improved checkdisk option
  • Fixed some problems with NTFS formatting
  • Added option to create full binary image of a USB drive
  • Added option to restore full binary image of a USB drive
  • Added full support of latest Windows 10 release
  • Other small changes to fix bugs

1.4.0000 10/07/2015

  • Added setup programs to install WinToFlash [The Bootable USB Creator] as regular Windows program automatically ==
  • Added button to download ISO file from WinToFlash directly in Multiboot Item Add dialog
  • Removed AntiSMS executable and changed AntiSMS profile to work with ISO bootable files from AntiSMS project directly (both WinXP and Win8 edition)
  • Other small changes to fix bugs

1.3.0003 09/30/2015

  • Improved "Add Item" dialog in Multiboot USB profile, added filters for known ISOs
  • Added direct download link and link to the download page for ISOs in the Multiboot USB profile
  • Bootable USB Test app integrated into WinToFlash
  • Bootable USB Test app updated with more option for virtual HDD

1.3.0000 09/24/2015

  • Added new instrument - small application to test bootable USBs with virtual PC named Bootable USB Test
  • Interface improvements in the Advanced mode bootable USB Creation - added hints for file system, partition scheme, CHS policy. Design of * this tabs is now more informative
  • Manual parameters for Master Boot Record and File System are now in the separate windows
  • Added new partition scheme USB-HDD/256 with BIOS and UEFI support (single partition starts from sector 256 in the first partition record of the partition table)
  • Added new partition scheme USB-HDD+ with BIOS and UEFI support (single partition starts from sector 64 in the last partition record of the partition table)
  • Added new partition scheme USB-HDD+/256 with BIOS and UEFI support (single partition starts from sector 256 in the last partition record of the partition table)
  • Updated CHS policy to work with new HDD+ modes
  • Added new GRUB configuration files to work with new HDD+ modes
  • Added Windows 10 picture to the bootable USB profile for Windows Vista/7/8/10

1.2.0007 09/07/2015

  • Fixed Error #15 problem in Multiboot Manager on NTFS volumes
  • Fixed language file error on Russian version of Windows (locale code 1049)
  • Changed geometry of the "Core" tab in the Options dialog for better Multilanguage support
  • Added support for more ISOs in the Multiboot mode, now WinToFlash can create multiboot bootable USBs with unlimited number of following

Live CDs, Operations Systems and Antiviruses:

  • Microsoft Windows: Windows 10 (any edition), Windows 2008 or 2008R2 (any edition), Windows 2012 or 2012R2 (any edition), Windows 7 (any edition), Windows 8 or 8.1 (any edition), Windows Reset Password, Windows Vista (any edition)
  • Antiviruses: AVIRA Antivirus, Antivirus Live CD (ClamAV), AvtiVir Rescue System, BitDefender Rescue CD, COMODO Rescue Disk, Dr.WEB Live CD, ESET SysRescue, F-Secure Rescue CD, G Data Antivirus, Kaspesky Rescue Disk, Panda Safe CD, Symantec PC Tools, Vba32 Rescue
  • Live Utilities: Acronis Backup and Security Rescue CD, AOMEI Backupper, Boot-Repair-Disk, Clonezilla, Darik's Boot and Nuke, GParted, Hirens Boot CD, Minitool Partition Wizard, Parted Magic, Ping Disk Image/Restore, SYSTEMRESCUE-CD, Trinity Rescue Kit, UFS Explorer Emergency CD, UBCD Live, Ultimate Boot CD
  • Non-Windows OS: Android x86, ArtislX Live DVD, ArtisX, AVSTRUM Latvijas Linukss, Bach Box Linux, Bodhi Linux, CAINE BlackHole, Calculate Linux Desctop, Calculat Media Center, CentOS, Core Plus Newring, CrunchBang-Waldorf, Debian Linux (any edition), deft, deft zero, DSL 50MB Live BizCard CD, edubuntu, EduPUP, Fedora Linux (any edition), Finnix, G4L Disk Imaging, GALPon MiniNo, Gnublin, Gubuntu, ipredia OS, KALT, Knoppix Linux, KODIbuntu, Kubuntu, LinuxKidX, LinuxMint, live.linuX-gamers, lupu, dyne bolic, MUSIX, mythbuntu, Netboot CD, Niblex, Overclockix, PCLinux OS, Picaros Diego, Puppy Arcade, Sabayon Ferensics, SlackO, SLAX LiveOS, SliTaz Linux, tiny core linux, trisquel, Tyny Core, UberStudent Linux For LEANERS, Ubuntu, xPUD, xUbuntu, Zillya Live CD

And any other ISOs with syslinux or GRUB bootloader.

1.2.0003 09/01/2015

  • Multiboot USB is now easy as 1-2-3! We added support for many popular Live CDs like: DrWEB, BitDefender Rescue CD, COMODO Rescue Disk, Panda Safe CD, AvtiVir Rescue System, FSecure Rescue CD, Android x86, Kubuntu, Acronis Backup and Security Rescue CD, Symantec PC Tools, Windows Reset Password, DSL 50MB Live BizCard CD, live linuX gamers, Niblex, Ping Disk Image Restore, SLAX LiveOS, Trinity Rescue Kit, xPUD and any other syslinux-based CDs
  • Fixed "language file error" problem on non-US Windows in Mutiboot profile
  • Fixed false Error report to logs for UEFI procedures

1.2.0000 08/28/2015

  • Multiboot added! Now you can create a Bootable USB with UNLIMITED number of bootable items on your USB drive. First version of WinToFlash * Multiboot Manager will support any Windows from Windows Vista to Windows 10 (ISO Image required). Multiboot bootable USB creation is available in the Advanced mode.

1.1.0001 08/11/2015

  • Interface fixes
  • Improved logging
  • Small bugs fixed

1.1.0000 08/04/2015

  • Added full Windows 10 support for bootable USBs and WinToFlash start under Windows 10 x86/x64, core 10.0.10240
  • Added UEFI auto turn-on option for Windows Vista/7/8/10 and WinPE 2.x-5.x bootable USBs, if efi files presents on the image
  • Added support for Lenovo recovery images
  • Some languages fixes

1.0.0000 07/04/2015

  • And we're out of beta we're releasing on time

0.9.0038 06/30/2015

  • Added storage size auto limitation if storage is > 2Tb
  • Geometry fixes in interface
  • Windows 8 image updated
  • Translation authors file moved to the documents folder
  • Feedback save to binary file added
  • Changed base address to 0x00010000

0.9.0034 06/26/2015

  • Added support for online help system
  • Added NULLFILE.TXT into every empty folder for unzipped sharing support via torrent
  • Files reorganization inside zip
  • Fixed some memory leaks
  • Some small bugs fixed

0.9.0030 06/19/2015

  • Fixed problem "No Drives Found" under WinPE environment like BartPE. Now WinToFlash Portable (all editions) can work under most WinPE editions and enumerate USB drives like under standard Windows installation
  • Some code optimization for speed improvements
  • WinToFlash [The Bootable USB Creator] now log add USB drives found parameters into the log file ==

0.9.0025 06/13/2015

  • New Windows-native USB drives search subsystem, WMI support for this operation removed
  • Improved drive lock algorithm
  • Fixed problem when WinToFlash lists a USB drive twice
  • Memory leaks fixed
  • Interface improvements
  • Crash fixed when no drive letter found for a USB drive

0.9.0010 05/21/2015

  • GUI improvement: show WinToFlash edition in the application header
  • Memory leaks fixed

0.9.0004 05/13/2015

  • Fixed problem with Unexpected error in Wizard Mode
  • Added zero-sized drives filter feature to skip empty USB card readers in the available devices list
  • Fixed some GUI problems with untranslated text strings
  • Fixed licensing error with activation file installation when no \License\ folder exists

0.9.0000 04/29/2015

  • Added NTFS support
  • Added USB-FDD mode support
  • GRUB updated to the latest version
  • Fixed "Can't lock the drive" error under Windows XP/2003
  • Interface improvements

0.8.0122 04/15/2015

  • USB storage size limitation added. Now you can limit your 16Gb bootable USB drive to 1Gb or other size if you need so for compatibility with your bootable image
  • interface improvements
  • fixed bootable USB profiles naming procedure, all illegal characters like *,? in file name will be auto-fixed

0.8.0117 04/07/2015

  • fixed problem with suspended feedback loadup
  • WinToFlash will now ignore folder "System Volume Information" on the USB drive for emptiness check procedure (part of smart format notification)
  • fixes in Hiren's bootable USB profile

0.8.0111 04/01/2015

  • "The list is empty" problem fixed if no USB drives inserted when pressing Run button or saving Bootable USB Profile
  • Now WinToFlash updates license type in main form header after license file installation in the first start wizard
  • Some errors fixed with huge USB drives

0.8.0103 03/24/2015

  • WinToFlash will warn you if file is too big for current file system on your Bootable USB drive
  • Print names of files found on the screen for "Collecting Parameters" step

0.8.0100 03/19/2015

  • added Hiren's Boot Live USB creation support
  • FAT32 CHS file system format will use CHS for partition end sector address, so it can't be more than 8 Gb now and it's 100% compatible with CHS addressing with big USB drives >8Gb
  • added caching for operations with image files like ISO and all archives like RAR/ZIP/7ZIP/CAB, WinToFlash will create bootable USB from ISO/RAR/etc. faster
  • CHS Policy added. You can control how WinToFlash will format your bootable USB drive - use Standard CHS calculation or write max values to force BIOS to use LBA calls or write zeroes to do the same with some motherboards

0.8.0096 03/14/2015

  • fixed problem with freezes when reformatting USB drive from NTFS to FAT16/FAT32
  • fixed "Format Unknown Error" problem when formatting USB drive under Windows Vista, 7 and 8
  • Cancel button added to "Can't lock the drive" dialog
  • More informative new interface in Wizard and Advanced mode
  • Fixed some "Disk error" messages for FAT32 file system on a boot time
  • New page with source selection to Wizard added
  • WinToFlash can now read ISO images and all archives directly when creating bootable USB, it won't unpack it first to the %temp% folder
  • Speed up in files copying process
  • WinToFlash won't validate EULA.txt file for Windows XP bootable USB any more
  • Fixed boot problem with XP Recovery Console Live USB with GRUB bootloader
  • Speed up in Storage Erase mode

0.8.0059 01/19/2015

  • Translation authors file updated
  • Added "Print EULA" label in the About dialog
  • Some spelling problems fixed
  • Update system bug fixed

0.8.0055 12/15/2014

  • Added Windows 10 Beta support
  • added .esd files support for Windows Vista+
  • added Arabic language
  • spell fixes for English language
  • speed improvements
  • many crashes and bugs fixed
  • network protocols (update check, feedback, etc.) bugs and freezes fixed

0.8.0009 12/21/2013

  • Added Windows 8.1 support
  • Added option "Copy all files and folders from original CD" for Windows XP/2003
  • Language bugs fixes

0.8.0000 08/01/2013

  • Added ISO, RAR, ARJ, ZIP, 7z, CAB, DMG support
  • Added enumeration of USB drives as a dropdown list
  • Added option to enumerate HDDs too
  • AntiSMS updated to version 4.1
  • Help file updated
  • General fixes and speed improvements
  • Language bugs fixes

0.7.0057 03/26/2013

  • Spelling bugs fixes
  • Speed upgrades and optimizations

0.7.0054 08/21/2012

  • Tested and added Windows 8 RTM (6.2.9200) support
  • Removed products.ini file check from Transfer Wizard for Windows Vista/2008/7/8

0.7.0053 07/11/2012

  • Tested and added Windows 8 RC (6.2.8400) support

0.7.0051 07/08/2012

  • AntiSMS software added to fix boot blockers (send SMS to short number/buy something/etc. to unlock your PC problem) or viruses
  • Interface improvements
  • Help file on Russian language added

0.7.0048 04/25/2012

  • Bug with check disk unexpected error fixed
  • Updated all language DLLs with new code
  • WinToFlash Suggestor updated to latest version

0.7.0046 04/20/2012

  • Improvements in English translation
  • License key validation bugs fixed
  • Windows Transfer Wizard won't close main window after exit
  • WinToFlash won't auto load unverified translations

0.7.0043 04/05/2012

  • GRUB boot loader support added (only for Professional and Business License)
  • Removed unused menu items from the main screen
  • Real Windows 8 logo added
  • Start time WinToFlash logo fixed (removed pink dots)
  • Speed of .secure files processing improved

0.7.0039 03/28/2012

  • English (USA) version of EULA added as default
  • Russian version of EULA moved to \Documents\ folder
  • Added "How to remove this ad" links to the First Start Wizard
  • All temp files created by WinToFlash will be deleted automatically now after reboot

0.7.0037 03/21/2012

  • Suggestor sart code updated
  • Some spell fixes

0.7.0034 03/16/2012

  • First Start Wizard updated
  • Logs sybsystem updated
  • Speed improved

0.7.0026 11/07/2011

  • Progress bar in Wizard won't freeze on huge files like install.wim or driver.cab
  • Added completed present label into Wizard
  • Fixed some language bugs
  • Added new unexpected error window
  • First public release of USB drive speed test

0.7.0020 09/19/2011

  • New Setup Support Application
  • Fixed problems with office 2007 fix - Windows won't show Windows Files Protection dialog after first boot; SSA won't apply fix more than one time during setup
  • Now SSA fix boot.ini problem during GUI setup step
  • EULA problem fixed with Windows 8 Developer Preview (can't find file license.rtf)

0.7.0018 08/10/2011

  • Fixed problems with Collecting Parameters step crashed if you select Windows XP Media Center as a source of Windows XP files
  • SSA won't add \ on the end of \WINDOWS record in boot.ini
  • New informative dialogs instead of single Incorrect Source Of Windows Files message
  • Some misprints fixed in language files
  • Windows 8 logo added

0.7.0010 05/15/2011

  • Windows 8 M1-M3 support added
  • fix for Windows XP CD recognition
  • install.swm auto discover added in Wizard mode for Windows Vista/2008/7/8

0.7.0009 04/12/2011

  • fixed language error with button OK in Activation dialog
  • added support of file install.swm for Windows Vista/2008/7

0.7.0008 03/27/2011

  • Fixed some spelling bugs in English
  • Added 0x6B SESSION3_INITIALIZATION_FAILED problem fix (Professional Licensee and higher)
  • Logging error fixed in Advanced Mode transferer process
  • Added Downloading Ads label into First Start Wizard
  • Fixed double quotes problem with dosnet.inf file

0.7.0005 03/23/2011

  • First start wizard added
  • Disk Check option added
  • Banners system added for free license users
  • Office 2007 fix added into SSA
  • Windows 7 SP1 support added
  • Cancel button added into transfer dialogs

0.7.0000 01/12/2011

  • License support
  • New option: Transfer Windows XP/2003 Recovery Console to a USB drive
  • New boot logo
  • Speed improvements
  • Language improvements

0.6.0011 07/20/2010

  • Windows XP/2003 x64 support
  • fixed problem with string like I:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\"system32\ntdll.dll" in dosnet.inf

0.6.0008 06/27/2010

  • can not lock the drive problem fixed
  • folders options, logs and profiles will be auto-created if not exists
  • boot loader write operation for XP/2003 moved right after the drive format operation

0.6.0005 04/24/2010

  • speed improvements
  • WinToFlash will log files requested in case of "Incorrect source of XXX files" message. Log detail level: medium.
  • new logo
  • skin changes

0.6.0003 03/09/2010

  • speed improvements
  • feedback won't freeze when sending the message
  • feedback text loading problems fixed
  • warning picture when an update is available

0.6.0000 02/23/2010

  • MS-DOS transfer to USB support
  • Interface improvements
  • New formatting options
  • speed improvements

0.5.0023 01/30/2010

  • update wizard window will not freeze any more
  • point operation error fixed in update process
  • progress bar will move now in drive service mode
  • file Read Only Attr Remove is True by default
  • new interface language: Traditional Chinese (????) by ??
  • fixes for Spanish Traditional (Espa?ol - Castellano) by J.R.Laguardia and his sister

0.5.0020 01/18/2010

  • SSA will rename $LDR$ file too
  • added splash screen
  • speed improvement
  • update wizard will start updates check automatically if you click on update note @ main window

0.5.0013 11/28/2009

  • more x64 systems crashes fixed

0.5.0012 11/25/2009

  • boot.ini for Windows XP is .model now
  • read only bit remover for files
  • date and time of files saver
  • x64 systems crash fixed

0.5.0009 11/16/2009

  • Unicode support for log files
  • txtsetup.sif encoding errors fixed
  • SSA RenameFolder & UnRenameFolder commands error fixed
  • Smart format warning
  • CAPTCHA for format warning window
  • language library code optimization for faster load
  • update reminder window on close
  • geometry fix for format warning window

0.5.0000 10/20/2009

  • Unicode support for interface (not for configuration files and network protocols!)
  • Text files now are RTF
  • Cancel button in advanced mode
  • error messages replaced with warning for configuration files if they didn't exists
  • configuration files moved to \options\ folder
  • link from Wizard window won't close WinToFlash
  • auto selection of GUI language @ 1st start
  • new boot.ini for Windows XP/2003 setup
  • double double quotes problem at winnt.sif file fixed
  • update note, auto update check at start
  • reset button for language. will immediately load default language
  • on/off for statistics
  • new function - emergency boot loader
  • new SSA
  • sound for warnings and notes

0.4.0021 09/20/2009

  • link to Novicorp web site fixed at About dialog
  • spelling: Flash -> USB drive (for En-US)
  • quick link to language change window
  • logging changed for events Loading language and Language error
  • French translation made by human
  • Corrected Spanish Traditional translation for ANSI

0.4.0017 09/09/2009

  • added unexpected errors window and logging of this type of errors
  • added human translated languages: Simplified Chinese, Spanish Traditional, Norwegian
  • added file end window with autos of translations

0.4.0013 09/02/2009

  • fixed language DLL DLP_NotFound message at Windows version warning window
  • all DLL string errors will be logged
  • languages sorting in options window
  • new text string in Wizard source files chose dialog
  • support of printers directory
  • support of cmpnents directory
  • fixed Windows 2008 Server error (Incorrect source)
  • refresh command (in menu) will re-set all language string in main window

0.4.0008 08/16/2009

  • format warning window is outstanding now
  • added recommendation to turn off antivirus
  • logging of loading / exiting upgraded
  • date and time of WinToFlash start is now in statistics window
  • added note string to boot from USB every time before windows starts
  • transparency value now controlled by slider
  • added $OEM$ folder support
  • long update time problem fixed at logs window
  • transparency effects now looks better
  • fixed save window header string
  • translation of Export button at logs window
  • added new languages (translated by computer)

0.4.0000 07/30/2009

  • FAT32 support
  • Windows Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 7 support
  • Windows Vista PE, Windows 2008 PE, Windows 7 PE support
  • fixed mistake in parameters file with CD insertion request

0.3.0001 07/24/2009

  • not available

0.2.0011 07/19/2009

  • not available

0.2.0007 07/12/2009

  • not available

0.2.0005 07/08/2009

  • not available

0.2.0003 07/04/2009

  • initial release

See also