No time for extended commenting. I’ve got to clean out the “to-blog” hopper and time is winding down for the night.
However, I was wonderfully surprised to find that WinPE 4.0 (WinPE for Windows 8) came along for the ride.
I haven’t had time to break it open and start playing with it in custom WinPE builds (as I am known to do) however I now have a watchful eye out for tips, tricks and material related to WinPE 4.0 building so when the time is right, I’ll be ready to go.
- Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) Technical Reference - Microsoft TechNet
- Installing the Windows ADK - Microsoft TechNet
- WinPE 4.0 Windows 8 Developer Preview - MSFN Forum
- Windows Developer Preview – Create a WinPE 4.0 Boot ISO - StealthField blog by Cory Calahan
- Windows 8 Preview- How to create a WinPE 4 boot image - Windows-Tools blog
- Win8PE - reboot.pro - list of WinPE building projects that use WinPE 4.0 as the source code
- 2012 March, Com!, Leopard Project - Gallery - reboot.pro -magazine pages for a special WinPE building project
- LiveXP 2012 - reboot.pro (not WinPE 4.0 but I couldn’t pass up linking).
- multiPE - reboot.pro - WinPE building assistant that can use source material from XP-Win8 WAIK sources.
- Windows 8 Preview - Howto - Creating a WinPE boot image with .NET Framework and PowerShell - Deployment Research blog
- PowerShell scripts to create a WinPE 4.0 wim/ISO - jbmurphy.com
- Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1 - Anything about IT blog
- Copying command-line tools from Windows into WinPE, don’t forget the localization files - Anything about IT blog
- How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE - Anything about IT blog
- Drivers and Downloads - Dell [United States] - Collection of Dell system drivers for inclusion in WinPE builds. Wish I had found this pack a long time ago…
Sometimes--ok most times--once you start working with WIM files, particularly the BOOT.WIM file that forms the core of your WinPE build, you will need to add some items to it. While you can mount/commit/dismount the WIM file from the command line, it may be a bit clunky to the uninitiated. A nice GUI-manager for DISM will go a long way.
- GImageX - AutoItScript - This has been my hands-down favorite tool.
- Windows Explorer context menu for managing WIM files - Anything about IT blog - If you prefer to do your mounting work via the context-menu, this is a clever way to do so.
- Je Jin's DISM Tool