This is a multi-bootable CD which put 5 different versions of Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) onto one single CD. These 5 versions of WinPE are Windows PE XP-SP1 [Version 5.1.2600], ERD Commander 2003, Windows XPE [English Edition] & Windows XPE [Chinese Edition] (still in experimental stage) and Windows PE 2003 [Version 5.2.3790]. Coming together with the WinPE's on the same CD are installed programs of large varieties, enabling us to accomplish tasks in different area.
- Windows PE XP-SP1 [Version 5.1.2600], i386 folder renamed as \WXPE
- ERD Commander 2003 [Version 4.0], i386 folder renamed as \ERDC
- Windows XPE 2004 [English Edition], i386 folder renamed as \XPEW
- Windows XPE 2004 [Chinese Edition], i386 folder renamed ast \XPEC
- Windows PE 2003 [Version 5.2.3790], i386 folder renamed as \W2K3
Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) is a minimal operating system based on the Windows XP kernel. It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (GUI, 800x600) and FAT/FAT32/NTFS/CDFS file-system support. The Good thing about WinPE is that it can boot from a CD, and we can customize it by adding various programs so that it acts as a min-Windows XP system running on CD. By booting the CD into WinPE, it is very handy for us to test system with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, performing virus scan and so on. WinPE will replace our DOS bootdisk experience in no time!
Regular Windows Preinstallation Environment will normally boot into the Command Console where we can enter any supported commands. A shell is then expected so that we can run the commands and the installed program more easily. Instead of using the Windows Explorer which is too big to be set as the default shell, NU2Menu and GeoShell is chosen as our replacement Windows Manager while Bluebox provides us an alternate right-click pop-up menu as well as a multi-function tool bar.
You can also switch to the other 2 alternate shells: The Total Commander or the ERD Commander 2003. Installed programs can be run by just one or two clicks because more buttons have been configured into the Command Bar of the Total Commander, and more icons/shortcuts have been put onto the Desktop of the ERD Commander 2003.
Tweaks have been made onto the 5 WinPE's to push their resource limit boundary to a even greater extent.
It is possible to establish a Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) on Hard-Drive C:. You can then boot and run the WinPE on your Hard-Drive. This is a very useful way to learn and custom-make your own WinPE. You need to have a Windows XP-SP1 CD to accomplish the following procedure:
Using Boot Scriptor Version 1.2.18, the CD is now able to display BSI & BMP images during the booting time.
The CD is bootable directly into a Main Menu (both GUI and TEXT based are provided) from which you can choose to boot WinPE XP-SP1 [Version 5.1.2600], Winternals ERD Commander 2003, Windows XPE 2004 (English or Chinese Edition) or Disk Commander 1.1.
The following features may not be available in some CD's due to their limited capacities: In addition to booting to install Windows PE family products, the Multi-Bootable CD is also capable to boot the Rescue Menu 1 and Rescue Menu 2. Rescue Menu 1 contains 16 Advanced Boot Options: MS-DOS 6.22, PC-DOS 7.0, Win98 + CMD Support, Win98 + NTFS Support, Partition Magic 8, Partition Recovery, NAV & Ghost 2003, Bart's Network, SCSI-Tools, CDROM Boot-Disk , EZRecovery, Drive Image 6, SpinRite 5, NetWare Boot-Disk & NT-Password Administration. Rescue Menu 2 contains another 8 Acronis Boot Options: TrueImage, TrueImage Server, Disk Editor, Drive Cleaner, Migrate Easy, Partition Expert Full, Partition Expert Save and Recover Expert. (There are 2 hidden boot options which are not shown from the Menu's: Alt-F9 will boot the GNU/Linux (tomsrtbt) while Shift-F9 will boot the Acronis OS-Selector.)
Credits are given to:
1. PEBuilder, MSNET & CDROM Boot Disks are Copyright (c) 1999-2003 by Bart Lagerweij
2. Boot Scriptor, Loader & ILoader files are Copyright (c) 1999-2002 by Michael K Ter Louw, Bart Lagerweij & Gary Tong.
3. ISOLinux amd Memdisk are Copyright (c) 1994-2002 by H. PeterAnvin
4. Henk - Wonderful Nu2Menu"
5. Requiem/Tadw - Broke all Limits
6. Requiem - Great Screen Res Tool
7. The Truth - Super PEShell & PENetCfg
8. EJMyers - GeoShell ver 2
9. Sherpya - XPE Plugin
© Michael K.H. Au-Yeung, last modified on December 30, 2003