If you haven’t already downloaded and setup a USB Flash Drive using the excellent Ventoy tool, you’ll want to do that soon. If you have already done so, please visit the Releases page at its new GitHub repository. Grab the new release and build a new UFD, or update an existing one, because the program has been substantiallly upgraded. I simply ran the program named Ventoy2disk.exe, and it immediately detected my old version 1.0.06 device. I then elected the upgrade option and it quickly and safely upgraded that UFD to version 1.0.12. Easey-peasy!
To build a new Ventoy UFD choose “Install;” to upgrade an existing one, choose “Update.” I chose Update.
What’s New and Improved
Earlier, its developer made the download available only at Ventoy.net, an extremely under-provisioned (and incredibly slow) website based in China. Now that it’s available on GitHub, the download is reliable and takes only seconds to complete (the latest version is 3,767 KB or 3.68 MB in size). Earlier I had to recommend that readers download the program from a link that Martin Brinkmann of Ghacks.net kindly posted to his site, because I tried to download it 5 times and was never able to successfully grab the whole thing (and each try took over 10 minutes to fail). So, for sure, access and availability are most definitely improved, and entirely welcome.
Feature additions and improvements to the program include (these are just noteworthy highlights: check the Releases page for all the details):
+ V 1.0.07 added support for Secure Boot. I noted in my discussion of V 1.0.06 that one had to turn Secure Boot off to boot to the Ventoy boot partition. With the latest versions this is no longer true, and makes the tool ever so much more convenient to use.
+ V 1.0.07 (and subsequent releases) added support for many more additional Linux Distributions
+ V 1.0.08 added support for hotkeys F1: memdisk mode; F2: reboot/halt; F3: Treeview mode, which can show folders in the boot menu
+ V 1.0.10 added support for filesystems NTFS, UDF, XFS, EXT2 thru EXT4 after Ventoy is installed or updated
+ V 1.0.12 added support for direct boot to WIM files
+ V 1.0.12 added an auto installation plug-in update so that advanced users can associate one or more installation scripts for the ISO files on the Ventoy partition, including the ability to prompt the user to choose a specific script.
In short, there was already a lot to like about this program (see Kari’s review for a seldom-seen Admin Toolkit piece from the Win10.Guru champion of “do it with Windows whenever possible” school of tool users). But these latest additions (and its improved accessibility) make it even better and thus also, even easier to like. Grab (or update) your copy today!
[Note] Thanks once again to Martin Brinkmann, whose Ghacks.net story Another look at the open source bootable USB tool Ventoy brought this update to my attention. Ewigen Dank, und nochmals Danke schön!
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.