March 30th, 2008
WinPE additional plug-ins(packages) These additional packages will increase the size of your boot Wim; The name of the package followed by description is below…-WinPE-FONTSupport-<region>-Packages - Additional font support for ja-jp, ko-kr, zh-cn, zh-hk, and zh-tw.
-WinPE-HTA-Package - HTML application support
-WinPE-MDAC-Package - Microsoft Data Access Component support
-WinPE-Scripting-Package - Windows Script Host support
-WinPE-SRT-Package - Windows Recovery Environment component (OPK only)
-WinPE-WMI-Packages - Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) support
-WinPE-XML-Package - Microsoft XML (MSXML) parser support
See my last post to view the correct syntax to enter if adding one of the above plugins.
Tags: , .wim, boot.wim file, plugins, scripting plugin, vistape boot, winpe, winpe boot, WINPE PLUGINS, winpe wmi plugin, wmi plugin
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March 17th, 2008
WinPE boot media in 5 easy minutes
- Download the WAIK/OPK installer from MS here:
- Install it to default dir’ for ease of use.
- Go to the newly installed WinPE command prompt and enter the following syntax (each line should be entered separately) green text are comments
xcopy “c:\Program Files\Windows WAIK\Tools\x86″ mount\x86 /cherkyi
Now choose components to add if required, I recommend the scripting plug-in:
peimg /install=WinPE-Scripting-Package mount\Windows
Now adding drivers, example, for NIC’s use the VISTA drivers + have the drivers ready on your C: drive in a folder i.e. C:\Drvs
Peimg /inf=”c:\drvs\b57driver.inf ” mount\Windows
Peimg /prep mount\Windows
imagex /unmount /commit mount
del iso\sources\boot.wim /q
imagex /export winpe.wim 1 iso\sources\boot.wim
oscdimg -n -bc:\mywinpe\etfsboot.com c:\mywinpe\ISO c:\mywinpe\winpe_x86.iso
- The last 5 lines there are prepping the .Wim to be finalised and then exported to the .iso for burning.
- Now burn the .iso it’s already bootable so no need to mess around, Nero will do just fine.
- Boot the source PC to the CD and test it out
- See my next post for Capturing an image and applying an image etc using imagex
March 13th, 2008
Just a quick note to check back soon, I will be posting an easy guide to another everyday conundrum; How to quickly put together a WinPE 2.0 boot disk (for use in roll-outs etc) but without the need for any third party tools.
The reason I’m doing this is simple; although winpe 2.0 (final version) has been around now for over a year or so people still are not using it as much as they could/should be in the live environment. Perhaps they are scared of learning new tricks, perhaps they are not uber geeks with time to waste on new tricks?
Whatever the reason if you read the Microsoft pages they will tell you its as easy as a,b,c and 1,2,3 and there are no problems to be had…But anyone that has messed around with previous versions of PE (or given up and gone to Bartpe) will know that with different hardware and OS configurations making these discs work right is not ‘easy’!
My guide will cover some major issues that i discovered and will CERTAINLY save you the time trawling the web to find the solutions. Also included are downloads that can be put to use with no tweaking or changes necessary AND a fix for the dreaded ‘Uber bug’.
Check back soon.
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February 23rd, 2008
Devcon + XP upgrade… a quick and smooth ‘how to’ guide:
Devcon simply put is the command line version of Microsoft’s Device Management that you will be familiar with in windows 2000 and above.
If your like me and have been unimpressed by the devcon resources you found on the web then this should help you. I recently completed an XP upgrade rollout with the help of Devcon and it was incredibly useful (yes I know upgrades suck but ‘they’ insisted).
Step2) Now ask yourself what am I going to be using devcon for??…This article will focus on driver installation for a specified hardware device after an XP Upgrade/install.
Step3) you need to have a windows distribution share if you are installing over the network. This article will not cover that. But its in the Distro’ share that your unattend.bat should be that will copy all the necessary files to the local pc before the upgrade starts. Here is an example of Unattend.bat (you can remove the Rem statements):
copy \\ServerName\Windist\I386\unattend.txt c:
REM This line copies the unattend file to the local pc
xcopy /e /i \\ServerName\Windist\I386\Dell_Drivers c:\DellDri
REM This line copies everything that you have put into the Dell_Drivers folder to local pc
\\ServerName\Windist\I386WINNT32.EXE /copysource:Dell_Drivers /unattend:unattend.txt /s:\\ServerName\Windist\I386
REM this last long line starts the upgrade
(using the unattend.txt file)
Step 4) your devcon script; for this you will need the Hardware Id of the device or devices that you are going to install. Some people say that the easiest way to get these ID’s is from Devcon itself but I say NO! Here is the easiest way to get Hardware ID’s
From the reference computer in windows open computer management and then device manager. Find the device i.e. network card and right lick à properties à then click on the details tab this will display a drop down menu that shows all the various ID’s the device uses. Write down the first Hard Ware ID in full.
Now create a new text file for the script, see below for example of the syntax required (this is all one line):
c:\DellDri\WinXP_nicDell620\devcon.exe UPDATENI “c:\DellDri\WinXP_nicDell620\b57win32.INF” PCI\VEN_14E4&
Notice that for this device I only needed the first part of the hardware ID. Devcon found the device and then applied the .inf; it will return a ‘successful’ message when completed. When creating the above script SAVE IT WITH A .CMD extension preferably.
[GuiRunOnce] Command0=”c:\DellDri\WinXP_nicDell620\DellNic.cmd” Command1=”c:\DellDri\WinXP_nicDell620\ShellStyle.cmd”
AlsoSee this website for other useful info on the subject of upgrading. As described the unattend file does skip allot of references in the unattend.txt when performing XP upgrades.
-Create a folder that contains Devcon.exe and the driver files for the devices, also your Run Once scripts will need to be in here!
-Make sure this folder is copied to the destination PC HDD before the upgrade starts (using a script is easiest)
-Create the Devcon script and save it as .cmd then add the final path to the script into your unattend.txt file in the GuiRunOnce section as above.
-Run the upgrade and when complete logon to the pc and your scripts should run.
February 19th, 2008
Yes this is the first post! We had to start somewhere.