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WinPE8.1 Help!

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Hello to one and all of you who are so helpful and kind with there time and expertise sharing with those lesser knowledgeable people on this forum such as myself.
I have a Winpe8.1x64.ISO with quite a few preinstalled as well as portable apps which are very useful and most of the programs I use on regular windows work when installed in
while using the said PE OS, what I want to know is how can I make the changes, programs and registry settings persistent so I wouldn't need to install or edit them each time I
use the PE.

I have already done DISM to include necessary drivers, I have also tried using Regshot, exporting the entire PE registry and also the Hives which were modified or changed and added
them using Wintoolkit to boot.wim but when I boot the ISO with the updated boot.wim it didn't boot was asking for "winload.exe" which suggested the registry entries I added somehow
messed with the building/booting process of the ISO.  I have also tried applying boot.wim to a vhd which worked and booted but each time I boot the vhd a new administrator account is
created e.g "administrator.001, administrator.002" and so on are added to the "Users" folder in the system root so even if the changes were saved basically a new account is used each time
I boot.

I was thinking that if I boot into the original ISO make the necessary changes i.e (install programs, pin to taskbar/startmenu, wireless password and so on) I could then export the entire
registry, then add the exported .reg file to the PE ISO and during or after boot run a script/command to add/merge the .reg file to the registry therefore all the necessary changes would be
there after booting into the PE and I wouldn't need to retype my wireless password and so on over and over but I don't know how to do that.

In a nutshell I would basically like to know if there is anyway to get an applied boot.wim image from PE to vhd persistent (to load saved changes), what is the best way to add registry settings
to a boot.wim or how to load an entire/part of the registry after booting a PE ISO?

Sorry about such a long post I hope it was explained thoroughly enough.
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PE is not the way to go if you want to keep registry changes.


Registry changes are permanent in Portable and Mini 8 VHD (booting as FILEDISK)

as made by VHD_W8_Compact.exe from fresh installed full Win81 VHD used as Source.



Edited by wimb, Yesterday, 01:00 AM.




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i have a lot of ram and my way of doing is to create a vhd like 60 or 120 Go

install all i need and updates , then i do a copy of it and remove as much as i can [ easy if you use an lited-install disc or some tools here ]


then you can reduce the size of the vhd using windows disc management . my vhd is about 6656 Mo and the pc is having 16 Go .

i use grub4dos to copy in ram the vhd .


if i want to make a little change i boot on the vhd without loading it in ram 

for big changes , i use the first vhd and then redoo a copy...and so on...

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