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Nuno Brito

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WinBuilder is a freeware utility that enables you to create boot disks based on Windows XP/Vista.


This is a very flexible program to which a lot of talented people have devoted time over these last years to create and publish completely free of charge for everyone to enjoy.

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Some projects like LiveXP will create a XP Windows PE based boot disk based on a Windows XP SP2 Install CD and produce a very small CD image sized around 31Mb~300Mb that can include a very extensive set of features, freeware programs and full support to SATA drives and network connections.

This project also includes freeware tools to create bootable USB pendisks with easy to follow instructions.

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Our goals are simple - create truly efficient boot disks using only legal and freeware tools.


You can download the latest projects and WinBuilder versions at http://winbuilder.net

There is a quick start guide here --> http://winbuilder.net/help/

More screenshots --> http://winbuilder.ne...autogallery.php


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For Windows PE 2.x there is a very good project that allows to you customize completely WinPE 2.x images.

It is called VistaPE and more informations can be found here --> http://vistape.net/v...creenshots.html

VistaPE can produce boot disks based on WinPE 2.0 using the WAIK or any normal Vista Install DVD as source and instead of giving a command prompt like WinPE it will allow you to use the explorer shell and add as many programs as necessary.

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Requirements:

  • You will need an Internet connection to download new scripts and projects from the download center
  • You need to run this program as Administrator under XP or Vista
  • Under Vista you will need to disable the UAC (User Account Control) to handle registry hives



WinBuilder is freeware and you're welcome to bundle it inside your own project distribution and website if you wish.

The projects you find on the WinBuilder site are also freeware and all build steps are composed with simple text files that contain instructions (scripts) of what should be copied or modified - this means that everyone can look inside the script source and modify it as needed.


Hope this introduction wasn't very lengthy - have fun building your boot disks! :)

Edited by Nuno Brito, 06 June 2008 - 02:59 PM.



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So, this is kind of like a BartPE, but a build it yourself way?

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Its kind of like BartPE, but better.

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Cool. Now if only I knew how to use it. No tutorial?

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No tutorial needed :D its like magic click the play button and ... poof its done :D

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Cool. Now if only I knew how to use it. No tutorial?


ispy made a good tutorial here: http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=4264

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Also take this opportunity to mention that we are now beta testing the new 075 version.

Everyone is welcome to try it out, download it from here: http://winbuilder.ne...oad.php?list.12

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Edited by Nuno Brito, 06 June 2008 - 02:48 PM.


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wb 075 Beta 5 (18-Sep-2008)


Download:
http://winbuilder.ne...oad.php?view.34

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This has been a long beta to finish, Peter almost reached all possible letters in the alphabet and beta 5 is a more mature version that is starting to be more turned towards a stable release.

Experimental support for writing/reading hives without resort to win32 functions was also added but is not yet finished due to some bugs in the code that will need to be solved with some luck in time for beta 6.

Other than this, hope you enjoy the beta and let us know what you think!

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Hi;
Im French newbe so first of all, please forgive my bad English.
Im trying to make WinBuilder work from 10 days, today. I dont want absolute directives, I should like learn by myself. So:
- is there a way to launch a failed process (script like UXP or others)from the place it failed (yes mine are quite usely failing) I mean another way than step by step following the script tree?
- is there a way to choose to copy only the new files PE in UXP wich start reseting then re copying the source disk?
- in the same way is there an option to download ONLY the new items (either the new ones selected, either the new ones changed on the official server)?

Few questions without response even in Google, MSFN, Bootland.

By the way WinBuilder looks like a great tool.

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Hello,

You will need to provide more details. You see, winbuilder is merely a boot disk engine and there are several projects using winbuilder that create very different results and boot disks.


One advice: If you're not reaching success, try with another Windows Install source, preferably one in English just to test if it works or not.

Also: When an error occurs, you can save the log onto an HTML file that is called log.html

If you post it online, it makes things easier for everyone.

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You say that nobody replied on Boot Land?

Where are your topics, I usually track all winbuilder related discussions and didn't saw yours.

Take care and best of luck!

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Hello;
I'm really glad you aswer ( and so quickly).
First I dont say nobody replied on Boot Land, but yesterday I got a warning as there is no more member registering.
This is on again today, so I register and I'll post there according to my progress with WBR.

I have a problem with source, I have no CD but a recovery partition (HP pavillion). I burnt 1 DVD and 1 cd which contain XP install but also "preload" applications. Its hard to find out what are the files strictly usefull for XP source.
This is the subject of the remark about copying the whole disk source. In my case XP media center + HP applications are #5.5Giga. If I could avoid copying again and again, it should be great!
By the way I have no access to another official XP CD Install (so no way to choose another langage ?)

Others remaks; Yesterday night I got errors on compiling then I send you a message, then I shut down the computer. Today I restart WBR, no change neither on the source neither on the options BUT COMPILING SUCCESS !
Well nearly success, no way to record my path for Nlite, even after modifiing it in window field...I had to reinstall it in the defaut path. But I egt errors "(nlite-2-process.script) Unrecognized command:"

I send you log.

Again, thanks for your help.
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PAYA

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hello;

further post about winbuilder will be at boot land forum

thanks for reading

Regards




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