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Windows 7: Making Windows PE disk

05 Jul 2010   #1
squid13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 
Making Windows PE disk

Does anyone know of some simple instructions on how to make a Windows PE disk for Windows 7 64 bit?


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05 Jul 2010   #2
theog

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Take a look here:
System Repair Disc - Create
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05 Jul 2010   #3
squid13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I was wanting to build one so I can use an Acronis plug in to use for booting to do a restore if I need to. The Acronis one uses Linux drivers and PE would use Windows drivers if I'm correct in that.
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05 Jul 2010   #4
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can't do it with 64 bit pe.

Virtually nothing useful will run in it.

You can do it with 32 bit pe. You will get of great apps. working in that.

The pe you are using is independent of the o/s you have installed.

As long as the programs you install in 32 bit pe are meant to operate on win7 , they will work fine when run from there - you can us them to image , restore, partition , etc your 64 bit installed o/s.

It works fine from my 32 bit pe3 media:

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Acronis is trickier to get going than many others - Paragon and Macrium apps. are easy to include and work beautifully.


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05 Jul 2010   #5
squid13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I guess I'd need to do the Windows PE 32 bit cause I see that Acronis is install in the Program files x86 which is 32 bit. Can get the plug in from there web site. All I need is simple instructions on how to build it. As far as repair disk I have my Windows 7 disk.
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05 Jul 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Si, is that the disk you helped me build recently?

How can we help others build one?
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05 Jul 2010   #7
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Similar , Greg - but I have a lot more going on in that one.

Unless you are familiar with mounting wims, adding a shell, loading the hives and inserting registry entries - you will find adding Acronis a very difficult task.

If you post up the plug in , I will have a look - it will give clues about setting up the driver.

It may be different from mine as you will have a different version.
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05 Jul 2010   #8
squid13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I just remembered I have the Plus Pack for Acronis. All I need to do is get the WinPE into the computer so I can show where it's at to the Plus Pack Wizard for building the PE disk.
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05 Jul 2010   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I was going to suggest you shell out the extra 30 bucks, or whatever it is to get the Acronis winpe.

What does it ask for in the instructions ?

You might be fine to use the 32 bit recovery disc for that. It depends what Acronis expects to find when you point it at winpe.

If that's the case, you can just put the 32 bit recovery cd in the drive, rt click the drive select copy.

Then rt click your HD ( e.g. your C partition ) and select paste.

It might accept that as the winpe base. ( I haven't used the plus pack - I built my own. )

On the other hand , if it's expecting you to download WAIK - you're in for a treat - it's a gigantic download.

If you can upload the .inf file from the Bartpe plugin - it would be interesting to see. ( It's only a text file )


If you're a Paragon user - you don't have to do all that. WinPe download is available with the paid versions - ready made, just boot it up. They don't charge extra , either.
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05 Jul 2010   #10
squid13

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit
 
 

I guess I'll have to digest all this and decide what I want to do, thanks to everyone for your responses. Didn't realize it would be so complicated.
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