Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 2 – Customizing the Wallpaper

As a follow up on my earlier post Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1 I want to share with you how to customize the WinPE wallpaper. Credits go to blog reader “Max” who responded on a question from reader Carl H. In WinPE 4.0 the wallpaper is not called winpe.bmp as in previous versions of WinPE but winpe.jpg. Also the winpe.jpg has special permissions so overwriting the file would require Read More …

Copying command-line tools from Windows into WinPE, don’t forget the localization files

To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not available within WinPE. So if you need a command-line tool from Windows such as icacls.exe you just copy the executable into your WinPE sources and you’re done. But hey, when booting into WinPE and executing icacls.exe, nothing is displayed, the command itself however works. Unfortunately just copying the the executable alone isn’t Read More …

How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the shutdown.exe command-line tool that can be used for shutting down or rebooting a system within a script or just from the command prompt. WinPE however is only a minimal operating system primarily designed to act as a preinstallation or recovery environment. To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not Read More …

Windows 8 – Script for customizing WinPE 4.0 – Part 1

Today I want to share with you a small script I’ve put together for customizing WinPE 4.0 that will ship with Windows 8. I’ve rewritten the script based on some existing script code we already use today, but wanted by purpose a small independent script that I can hook in between the standard scripts provided within the ADK sources, mainly for familiarizing myself with anything new within WinPE 4.0. When you install the Windows Assessment Read More …

How to add drivers to the Windows Defender Offline Tool

Back in January I wrote a post about how the Windows Defender Offline Beta Tool works and mentioned that the preparation wizard does not have an option to inject drivers. This can be a problem when WinPE does not recognize the disk or when you wish to have network connectivity. I had promised to explain how to add drivers to the Windows Defender Offline Beta tool, but actually forgot about writing a follow up post Read More …

Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool with custom ISO files

Most of you are probably familiar with the Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB or a DVD. Now the Tool works great with the original Microsoft Windows 7 ISO files, but when you want to use the tool for your own customized Windows 7 installation ISO files you might get an error as shown below. Now luckily the tool Read More …

Remote Management of AMT/vPro machine with WinPE and VNC

Intel vPro/AMT enabled systems allow you to remotely reboot a system from a redirected CD-ROM aka as IDE-R.  So if one of your users devices doesn’t boot its OS properly anymore, you can remotely boot that system with a diagnostics CD that you have stored on your local disk drive. As long as that recovery CD has a text based interface such as the SystemRescueCD the system can be remotely managed through the remote VT100 Read More …