- [SOLVED]Trying to get multiple versions of Windows 2003 to co-exist on the USB hard drive.
This applies to anything that uses WINPE1 (Windows FLP install, BartPE, ERD Commander, etc)
As PE was initially intended to be run off a CD the original structure for them would be inside the [i386] folder.
If your PE came from a USB source it would be in the folder [minint].
It's not important which folder it is in because we will rename them once it is copied to the USB hard drive anyways. Make sure you copy winbom.ini to the USB root as well.
The convention you should stick to is:
So once we have the folders copied to our hard drive and renamed appropriately we will need to also copy the setupldr.bin file from the [minixx] folder to the root of the USB and rename them according to this convention:
Now you will need to change the first occurrence of txtsetup.sif in PELDx to notsetup.sif.
gsar -sBT:x00:x00:x00\:x00:x00:x00txtsetup -rBT:x00:x00:x00\:x00:x00:x00notsetup %USB%:\PELDx -b -o
Change all occurances of minint to minixx.
gsar -i -o -s\minint -r\minixx peldx
WinFLP requires all additional folders on the CD to be on the USB root, such as the [Setup] which houses the flp.wim which setup requires. So as a rule of thumb: copy all folders from the source CD for WinFLP, ERD Commander and BartPE to the root of USB drive and rename the i386 folder to minixx.
WinFLP's setupldr.bin has a checksum protection which will error if you hex edit it, I suggest you use BartPE's one.
Ok this is not much of an automated process but it is somewhat more streamlined than my original concept.
Dump all your Vista sources onto the USB hard drive (11 gigs for me - x86 + x64 Vista + x86 + x64 Server 2008) - Best if they are in a separate folder... tree view for mine is below
| |--->Modified BCD store
First thing is to copy the BOOTMGR file along with the [SOURCES] and [BOOT] folders from any Vista source to the root of the USB hard drive. You can delete the Install.wim from the [SOURCES] folder.
Now what you will need to do is create a new Windows PE 2.0 (x86) from WAIK - I won't go into details about that here but it's very simple. Reason we use the x86 version of WINPE2 is because the 32bit version of WINPE2 can launch the setup of both 64 and 32 versions (with some tweaking as discussed below).
Mount your WINPE2 image on a local hard drive folder with read/write and you will need to modify your WINPE2 with:
Create a text file in [mounted_wim_folder]\Windows\System32\ and name it: winpeshl.ini
Edit the winpeshl.ini with:
What the winpeshl.ini file will do is start up WINPE2 and run whatever your AppPath program is as a shell. So you can make a simple DOS batch menu for you to select whichever Vista/Server 2008 you want to install. What I did was made an autorun program using Autoplay Studio which will prompt me with 4 options and whatever I click on, it will launch a batch file which will run the setup for that OS. Two important things you need to keep in mind is:
1) You will need to find the USB hard drive before you can launch the setup. So you may want to add this line to your batch files:
FOR %%i IN (C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z) DO IF EXIST %%i:\usb_tag_file SET USB=%%i:\
You can then launch the setup by adding this line to your batch file:
2) You cannot load a x64 setup from a x86 WINPE2, the workaround for this is to copy contents of the SOURCES folder (including Setup.exe but excluding boot.wim and install.wim) from the x86 version of the Vista source. **IMPORTANT** do not overwrite the install.wim in the destination folder or you will just be installing the x86 version!
Once you have modified the WINPE2, make sure you commit the changes. If you have more than one WINPE2 on your USB, you will then need to edit the bcd store inside the BOOT folder on the root of your USB using bcdedit.exe - if you don't have any other WINPE2, you can just copy the BOOT and SOURCES folders and the BOOTMGR file from any Vista source to the <ROOT> of the USB hard drive, then name your newly created WINPE2 as boot.wim and copy it over to the SOURCES folder and overwrite the original.
So now, from your USB's grub4dos menu, load the bootmgr on the root of your USB it will then load the bcd store. If you have more than one WINPE2 it will load the BOOTMGR menu, if not it will load into the WINPE2 that you have created. Once that WINPE2 loads, it should load your batch menu or VBS or if you really want to be fancy... an autoplay application.
Multiple Windows 2003
The process of getting multiple sources of Windows 2003 onto your USB hard drive is pretty much the same as making multiple sources of XP with a few more extra steps.
First, you will need these files:
Cracked setupldr.bin : http://www.msfn.org/board/post-a9193-crack...PLDR-1-.BIN.zip
ModifyPE : http://unattended.ms...al/MODIFYPE.EXE
- Copy and replace the cracked setupldr.bin to the i386 folder of your source before you use usb_multiboot.
- Create the source using usb_multiboot, for this example we will assume the source folders are [$WIN_xx$.~LS] and [$WIN_xx$.~BT]
- [left]Goto [$WIN_xx$.~BT] and you should find both setupdd.sys and setupdd.sy_ Delete setupdd.sy_ and apply the following to setupdd.sys
modifype.exe setupdd.sys -c