WinBuilder

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WinBuilder is a free application designed to create small bootable environments. In the main distribution a standard set of scripts is included, wich will create a bootable ISO image from a Windows XP or Windows2003 Install CD. WinBuilder runs well on Windows XP/XP-64, Windows 2000/2003 and Windows Vista. It doesn't run in Reactos 3.0.

What is Winbuilder?

Why WinBuilder?

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Using Winbuilder

WinBuilder is based on script projects wich are included inside the package. By default the standard project will create a 50Mb bootable windows environment with the option to use xoblite or explorer as the default shell.

Other projects like nanoXP and more recently picoXP will create a very reduced version of windows environment around 14Mb or even smaller in some cases.

How to start:

  • Extract all files to any empty folder, and run WinBuilder.exe
  • Select your source folder (usually your windows CD files) in the Paths tab window - screenshot
  • Press play to start and see the results
  • The package includes QEMU, a GNU PC emulator wich will show how the created ISO file will likely boot on a normal computer, you should however check the Log window in case any errors occur and the emulated computer doesn't seem to boot.


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Working with Winbuilder scripts

The scripts are guides to the boot building process, here's a few more informations on how to properly use them.


Create a new script See how you can create a new script


Syntax - how to properly write a script

Using Encoded Files - information regarding how to handle binary files encoded inside scripts

Interface - manipulating the interface to get more control over scripts

Updating scripts - a small guide to create online updates for your scripts


All projects are based on using a windows installation CD (or the files from a CD) as source. These files are not included inside any of these projects, so please ensure you read the Microsoft EULA regarding this type of procedures and use a properly licensed CD copy of the Microsoft Windows Operative System to create your booting environment.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I can't make my windows run, why?

  • Try to see if there are any errors in your log window, if it contains errors, see if you're using a valid windows source for your project.
  • If you're sure that you are using a good windows source, try to get as many information as possible from the error.
  • Check in the Boot Land forums to see if anyone has reported a similar problem (use the search tool if necessary)
  • If nobody reported a similar problem, or you still haven't found a solution, post your log file on the forums to let other users take a look and see what's going wrong.
  • If no errors are found on the log window, and you still can't boot your project, you should try to search for answers in the forum and/or post a topic question to let others help you solve it.



Is my windows CD good to be used?

  • Most projects will work using Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003, there are a few know issues regarding some releases of windows XP, we recommend using a retail version of Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2003 R1 or R2. If you don't have a source to use - you can download a free trial version of Windows 2003 R2 directly from the microsoft site and use it to create your projects.

It is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/default.mspx



I'm not programmer, how do I start making my own scripts?

  • You should look at the source code from other authors, all the action starts on the [process] section, and the code is written in a way that let others understand and change it easily. Any doubts you have along the way don't be afraid to ask in our development forum


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