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Grub2 + wimboot to boot .wim file in EFI mode
2016-06-30, 04:47 (This post was last modified: 2016-07-08 04:14 by Ryan.)
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Grub2 + wimboot to boot .wim file in EFI mode
Hi there,
I am trying to boot.wim file using GRUB2 EFI + wimboot.
The boot.wim file is extracted from Windows installation .ISO

Before that I successfully boot boot.wim file using iPXE in both BIOS and EFI mode.
Here is my script code:

kernel ${boot-url}/wimboot/wimboot gui pause
  initrd ${boot-url}/wimboot/bcd            BCD
  initrd ${boot-url}/wimboot/boot.sdi        boot.sdi
  initrd ${boot-url}/wimboot/boot.wim        boot.wim
  boot || goto failed

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Then I converted the above code to use only GRUB2 and wimboot (without iPXE):

menuentry "Wimboot" {
    linux16 /wimboot/wimboot gui pause
    initrd16 newc:bcd:(loop)/boot/bcd \
           newc:boot.sdi:(loop)/boot/boot.sdi \

It boot fine in BIOS mode and show the same screenplay as it was in iPXE BIOS case. But in EFI mode, I only got black screen and never get into the setup menu.

Since the screen was black, I did not get any notifications that wimboot is in EFI mode (In EFI mode, wimboot uses BOOTx64.efi instead of bootmgr.exe). So my questions are:

1. How to ensure that wimboot get into EFI mode? Does it need iPXE to get wimboot into EFI mode, or wimboot can alone doing that?
2. In my opinion, the first code runs in iPXE environment, the second code runs in GRUB2 environment which may cause the problem. But how to fix it?
3. As I understand, iPXE only support chainload in Network mode (script file must be load off the network). Could iPXE support chainload in local (script file in local disk)?
chain /local-root/myscript.ipxe
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