Creating a Windows PE Boot disk
Windows Automated Install Toolkit (WAIK)
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Don't panic! This doesn't mean that it was removed from the Windows Vista DVD, but it does mean that our corporate customer's will now need to use the boot.wim from the Vista installation media to install WinRE on the harddisk or on WDS.
The OPK has not changed and WinRE is still part of that WinPE. If your customer has access to the OPK, they can use that in the meantime.
If a customer attemps to mount the WinPE.wim file from the Windows AIK and install the SRT optional component (which is WinRE) using PEIMG, SRT will not be listed as an option. Unfortunately, the “BuildWinRE.cmd” file is still included in the C:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Recovery folder. If a customer runs this batch file, it will fail because the component isn't there.
As a workaround, corporate customer's or those of us with access only to the Windows AIK can use the boot.wim from the Vista installation media to install WinRE to the harddisk or on WDS. Instructions are expected to come out soon, but until then, for those of you that want to get a head start or for those of you who receive calls on this, the instructions are posted below.
Note: I only posted Part 1 as the only thing that has changed is how you create the WinRE image. For the remaining steps, please refer to the topic titled “Walkthrough: Build a Windows Recovery Solution” in the Windows PE CHM file included in the Windows AIK. Just ignore Part 1 and replace it with the following:
Part 1: Creating a Windows RE Image
In this section, you will create a customized Windows RE Image on your technician computer.
Step 1: Copy Windows PE from the Installation Media
In this step, you will create a directory structure and set up a Windows PE image for editing.
1. On your technician computer, click Start, point to All Programs, then Windows AIK or Windows OPK, and then click Windows PE Tools Command Prompt.
The menu shortcut opens a command prompt window and automatically sets environment variables to point to all the necessary tools.
2. Create a directory for the Windows PE image and a mount point
3. Copy the Windows PE image from the installation media using ImageX
imagex.exe /export /boot e:\sources\boot.wim 2 c:\winre_image\winre.wim “Windows Recovery Environment”
4. Mount the image using ImageX
imagex /mountrw c:\winre_image\winre.wim 1 c:\winre_mount
Step 2: Add custom Windows RE scripts
In this step, you will add a custom Window RE scripts to your image. You will create a script called winpeshl.ini that will launch the Windows RE shell at startup.
1. Using a text editor, create a file called winpeshl.ini that contains the following text:.
2. Copy this file to \Windows\System32 directory in your working Windows PE directory. For example,
copy winpeshl.ini c:\winre_mount\Windows\System32
Step 3: Add mass-storage drivers (optional)
If necessary, you can include third-party drivers (.inf) in your Windows RE image by using the peimg.exe /inf command. For example,
Step 4: Add custom tools to Windows RE (optional)
You can customize Windows RE shell by creating an .xml file called WinREConfig.xml. WinREConfig.xml enables you to define custom support and diagnostic tools within Windows RE. This step is optional. For more information, refer to the Appendix.
Step 5: Save changes to the image
In this step, you will save all the customizations into the image file.
1. In a Windows PE Tools Command Prompt window, unmount the image by using ImageX. For example,
imagex.exe /unmount /commit c:\winre_mount
2. Copy the Windows RE image and related files onto a UFD device
copy c:\winre_image\winre.wim f:
copy “c:\Program Files\Windows AIK\Tools\PETools\x86\boot\boot.sdi” f:
copy “c:\ Program Files\Windows AIK\Recovery\setautofailover.cmd” f:
This completes Part 1 of installing Windows RE. To install the Windows RE image onto the hard disk, follow the instructions in Part 2a or Part 2b. To create recovery media, for example, a CD-ROM, you can create an .iso file of your custom image and burn it to a CD-ROM. Follow the instructions in Part 3.