Ventoy Review

Ventoy is a multiboot tool used to easily create bootable USB drives for different operating systems. It’s user-friendly and supports both Legacy and UEFI BIOS booting; additionally, its update capability means updates can be applied without reformatting it.

Ventoy is designed to support various Linux distributions from one USB stick and is therefore ideal for users who frequently experiment with new Linux releases. Furthermore, it features support for UEFI Secure Boot.

Creating a bootable USB drive

Ventoy is a free, open source program that can assist in the creation of multiboot USB drives. Compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows OSes and both legacy BIOS and UEFI modes of operation; supports various partition styles including MBR and GPT; secure boot is supported; easy user experience are hallmarks of success for Ventoy users.

Once you have created a multiboot USB drive, it allows you to boot from it and select which operating system or tool you would like installed. This can be extremely helpful when trying to fix an inactive computer or recover data from corrupt hard disks; furthermore, creating such an OS portal allows system repairs or recovering files more efficiently.

Ventoy stands out by enabling users to keep using their USB device while installing multiple operating systems at once. Many tools that create bootable USB drives extract ISO images but limit use of your drive for other purposes (you cannot copy other files onto it). Ventoy does not restrict usage as such and enables continued usage while installing multiple OSs from various ISO files on it.

Ventoy allows you to easily create folders for each operating system and place its ISO files within them, and will recursively search through them before listing them in the boot menu. Each image can also have a shortcut which launches its installer when clicked. Furthermore, kickstart scripts or autoYast XML files for SUSE may be included along with preseed scripts for Debian or Red Hat/CentOS installations as needed.

Ventoy is a simple open-source and cross-platform app, designed for ease of use. You can install it onto any flash drive and work with major UEFI and legacy BIOS systems; additionally it’s available both on Microsoft Windows and Linux with both GUIs on each OS (for GUI support on Windows) as well as command line tools on Linux for use by advanced users.

Booting from a USB drive

Ventoy is an open source tool designed to make it simple to boot multiple operating systems from a USB drive. The tool creates a partition on the USB drive where ISO files can be copied in order to boot multiple operating systems from. Furthermore, this USB can also be used for storage backup or data purposes – saving space on hard disk drives while simultaneously booting them all at the same time! Ventoy supports Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X without the need for installations; simply download and use.

Ventoy makes using USB sticks easy: simply connect one and launch it. Ventoy will detect it and display it in its device box; installation typically only requires a few MB of space and takes several minutes before formatting your USB stick, creating partitions where files can be copied over, as well as creating an updateable file system on each partition without reformatting.

Once finished, restart your computer and select “Boot from USB”. Ventoy will present you with a list of operating systems to boot from USB drives – simply choose which one to boot and follow its on-screen instructions to use it.

Ventoy supports both UEFI and legacy BIOS boot modes, as well as many storage devices and USB drives. You can even copy multiple ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files onto one USB drive and Ventoy will provide a menu at boot time to select them – much easier and quicker than multiboot tools like YUMI! Plus it only weighs 18 megabytes compared to BalenaEtcher!

Changing the first partition

Ventoy creates a small partition on the first sector of your USB drive (LBA0 LBA1 in GPT formatted drives) called EFI System Partition to store EFI boot files and other files needed by Ventoy to operate correctly. Furthermore, Ventoy creates a main partition (typically 32MB FAT formatted drive) with ISO files needed to bootstrap Linux onto your USB Stick; this must not be altered or moved (nor should Partition 2).

Ventoy for Easy2Boot on Partition 2 may not always contain the latest configuration of Ventoy, so to switch in you need to run a cmd script on E2B agFM Partition 2, which will locate, download and create official Ventoy partition image files that you can switch in by running this cmd script on E2B Partition 2 instead. These will replace existing boot2disk/Ventoy for Easy2Boot files on this partition 2.

If your system requires Secure Boot to boot your USB stick, either of the images ‘no Secure Boot’ and ‘bypass Secure Boot’ should still work; however, some machines may still block Ventoy by adding it to their DBx blacklist database (usually just a dot or cursor). In such instances, either clear your DBx database using your BIOS settings or disable Secure Boot altogether; alternatively use Kaspersky-signed EFI files which should often work even without Secure Boot enabled (though may result in black screen with single dot/cursor), making this option appropriate should security concerns exist.

Changing the boot order

Ventoy is a free bootable USB creation tool that enables users to add multiple operating systems onto a single USB drive and choose which one they would like to boot from. Compatible with various ISO files and both UEFI and legacy BIOS systems, Ventoy also features an adjustable boot order so you can prioritize specific operating systems over others.

Ventoy stands apart from other bootable USB creation tools in that it uses a unique method to boot an ISO file. Instead of trying to emulate it as CDROM-like images, Ventoy emulates its contents as CDROM images to boot them – which may cause issues on some computers and doesn’t always work with all types of ISO files.

If you are having issues with Ventoy, try using the F7 text mode menu before selecting a payload file to help identify any non-booting or invisible issues (e.g. small displays with graphics corruption or blank screens when booting to some ISOs via UEFI; slow or unresponsive menu systems etc.). This should enable you to pinpoint any non-visible or non-booting problems more quickly (e.g. on small displays with poor resolution; graphics corruption when booting some ISOs through UEFI; slow or unresponsive menu systems etc).

Ventoy 1.0.78 allows users to change more than one file in an ISO file at once (previous versions only supported 1). By switching around these files in their order, users can alter the boot sequence of their operating system – however it must be remembered that this will only work if each UUID of each file is unique.

Since version 1.0.80, in addition to your primary boot menu you have access to some special boot modes through a secondary one: WIMBOOT, GRUB2 mode and MEMDISK mode. By default this secondary boot menu does not show; it can be displayed by pressing some hotkeys (Ctrl+w for WIMBOOT or Ctrl+r for GRUB2). Although not recommended in production environments.

Changing the boot screen

Ventoy is a free multi-platform tool that makes booting multiple ISO files from a USB drive easy and supports GNU/Linux, BSD and Windows systems. Furthermore, you can change the boot screen with ease using scripting; Ventoy works well with most Linux distributions including Ubuntu Debian Fedora CentOS openSUSE Deepin Manjaro Deepin Deepin Manjaro Deepin Manjaro Manjaro etc; also supporting Ubuntu Persistence Mode and GRUB2 Persistence Mode respectively.

Ventoy offers support for special ISO files or machines that require different boot modes than GUI mode, including WIMBOOT (Ctrl+w) and GRUB2 or MEMDISK mode (Ctrl+r). You can access this menu using hotkeys (Ctrl+w for WIMBOOT; Ctrl+r for GRUB2). To prevent it from being displayed again, the VTOY_SECONDARY_BOOT_MENU option in Global Control plugin can be used to disable it.

On some machines, Ventoy’s menu may be hidden or the cursor may move slowly. If this occurs to you, using F5 Tools–>Screen Display Mode–>Force Text Mode will force TEXT mode. Please be aware that this setting must be set every time Ventoy boots up; there will only be one time setting needed each time Ventoy boots.

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