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 e2p2
post Jul 26 2008, 02:36 PM
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I was trying to avoid having to mount a disk image with IMDISK. I use the x64 version of Vista and although there is a version of IMDISK made for x64 the latest updates to vista block any attempt to install an unsigned driver. There was a program that I have used before called BFI (Build Floppy Image). This utility allows the building of a Fat12 bootable floppy disk image. It can build the image file, inject the bootsector, and inject directories and files. If I could find a similar utility that would work with FAT16 images that would be great. I just have not been able to find it yet.
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post Jul 26 2008, 04:24 PM
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The point is that you need to mount the image anyway, in order to format it, otherwise you can use Winimage (remember that it is shareware) to copy to the image the files.
Does VDK or filedisk give the same problems as IMDISK?

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post Nov 3 2008, 06:46 PM
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Please, anybody what is possible to start from rw file system? I have the interes for boot-land projects with them hard rebuilding windows mostly when vLite, but i do not wish boot somes img file from hdd or booting from CD/DVD.
I need to install Vista PE directly. ???
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post Nov 4 2008, 08:18 PM
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VistaPE's current v12rc1 seems to have some very peculiar quirks when I try to use it on my USB flash drive. Most critically, I lose my cordless keyboard and mouse completely. And that happens regardless of whether or not I include any of the RC1 driver script options.

For details, please see http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6164 from which this has been "cross-posted" at ctmag's request.

EDIT: To avoid any misunderstanding, I should mention that I do have other WinXP-based PEs running perfectly in a multiboot set-up on the same USB drive. Perhaps I should also note that VistaPE's "Copy to USB" script does not do everything that is necessary for such multiboot set-ups. On a USB drive, it's necessary to manually rename the "i386" folder to "minint" and to edit the menu.lst file accordingly. In doing so, one must also keep in mind GRUB's case sensitivity. And don't forget to include a zero-byte "vistape.cd" file in the drive root.
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post Nov 5 2008, 01:30 AM
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QUOTE (Arvy @ Nov 4 2008, 03:18 PM) *
To avoid any misunderstanding, I should mention that I do have other WinXP-based PEs running perfectly in a multiboot set-up on the same USB drive. Perhaps I should also note that VistaPE's "Copy to USB" script does not do everything that is necessary for such multiboot set-ups. On a USB drive, it's necessary to manually rename the "i386" folder to "minint" and to edit the menu.lst file accordingly. In doing so, one must also keep in mind GRUB's case sensitivity. And don't forget to include a zero-byte "vistape.cd" file in the drive root.

I am very interested in how you set that up ...
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post Nov 5 2008, 04:14 AM
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Well, basically, it's just a matter of installing grub4dos onto your USB flash drive. VistaPE includes a script that will do that much for you, or you can also do that initial step manually if you prefer. I won't include detailed instructions for that part because they've already been repeated many times here and elsewhere. Here's one tutorial.

Once grub4dos has been installed into a drive's MBR, you can tell it's boot loader (grldr) to boot almost anything just by editing the menu.lst file that it uses. Recent grub4dos versions will even boot self-contained *.iso files directly. For example, I use it to include a boot option for the AcronisMedia.iso file that is created for my TrueImage and Disk Director rescue applications.

Previous versions of VistaPE used to include a script in the "Other OS" group that would let you add WinXP-based PEs (e.g., BartPE-Core) into its final multiboot build, but that capability is currently missing from VistaPE v12rc1. In any case, it was never completely satisfactory in handling USB flash drive set-ups. So the do-it-yourself approach is probably just as easy anyhow.

1) Having installed grub4dos on your USB flash drive, copy the complete set of folders and files for the OS/PE that you want to add onto that drive. For WinXP PE, that's the "ntldr", "peldr", "winpe.sif" and "ntdetect.com" files plus the complete contents of the "i386" and "programs" folders.

2) Rename the "i386" folder to "minint".

3) Edit the grub4dos menu.lst file to add the appropriate entry or entries. For WinXP PE, that would be as follows:

title WinXP PE on Drive
chainloader /minint/SETUPLDR.BIN

title WinXP PE in RAM
chainloader /minint/S_SETUPLDR.BIN

That's it. But remember that grub4dos is case sensitive. So be careful about those chainloader entries.

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EDIT: I suppose I should also include the entry for booting AcronisMedia.iso just in case somebody else wants to add that option. Assuming that the ISO file is located in the root of the drive, the menu.lst entry is as follows:

title Acronis Rescue Media
find --set-root /AcronisMedia.iso
map /AcronisMedia.iso (hd32)
map --hook
root (hd32)
chainloader (hd32)
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post Nov 5 2008, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE (Arvy @ Nov 5 2008, 06:14 AM) *
I won't include detailed instructions for that part because they've already been repeated many times here and elsewhere. Here's one tutorial.


Just for the record, currently most complete and up-to-date instructions/help are right here:
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showforum=66
http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=5187
http://diddy.boot-land.net/grub4dos/Grub4dos.htm

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post Nov 5 2008, 12:15 PM
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Thanks. That last one from diddy is very complete and well organized. And I especially like its dedication. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) Well done.
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