Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media

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  1.    09 Sep 2018 #1

    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media

    As many know, hosting has been a long running issue with PE Rescue Media here...
    So limiting the available media , also limits the download demand on my free account(s)....

    What I would really like to see is Users building their own Custom PE Media Rescue Disks for themselves...

    Prior to Jan. 2015 I use to boot the Windows Setup Media and use Command Prompt, along with a Command Cheat Sheet to repair my PC's.. Then I found the website and the PE Projects they where developing - which allowed me a visual way to access my PC's through the use of WinPE in order to make those same repairs...

    Ever since then I have been active in the Development of WinPE and the integration of 3rd party programs over at ChrisR is a major player in the world of PE and is very well know for his contributions to the IT techs around the world.. His latest and greatest project is Win10XPE, and I have been working with ChrisR to help further the XPE development with program integrations...

    You would not believe how quickly you can build your own custom PE rescue media...

    Win10XPE How-To Quick Start Guide
    Win10XPE Project Release
    Win10XPE Optional Project Plugins
    Last edited by Kyhi; 3 Weeks Ago at 19:24. Reason: Update To Support Release 1809
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  2.    09 Sep 2018 #2

    Quick Start

    Download the Win10XPE Project and Extract the file...

    Copy Win10XPE folder to your Data Drive. (I prefer to use my D drive rather then my C Drive as to keep away from OS..
    If using Windows 10 as your Host OS - you will need to allow a Windows Defender "Excetption" for the Win10XPE folder ( I would suggest the same exception for any A/V software) in order to allow the program exe's to run without being blocked....

    Then Mount Your Official Release Windows 10 Setup Media ISO (it is suggested you copy the contents of the setup media to a folder on your Data Drive) but it is not required..
    Note: We do not add support for MS Preview Releases - all projects use Official MS Release Media

    When you run the Win10XPE.exe the builder will open
    Note: a link to Official Media Download is present on interface
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    Hit the gray box and point to the folder location or drive letter of the Setup Media..
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    After it finds the media that main screen will change now listing the Wim Info
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    You can use the scroll box to select "Pro" or make any other selection..
    Then Hit the Big Blue Play Button....
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    Sit back, watch and relax as the program runs...
    It will download several programs and features (Please allow it to do so) these downloads are designed as First Run only.
    XPE will open command prompt to extract files, download and run program commands (Please allow it to do so)

    After The Builder Finishes you will get an OK message..
    Browse to the folder location of Win10XPE and you will find your Custom ISO...
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    Now that you have created your FIRST custom PE with my default selections..
    You can change those selections by checking or unchecking program checkboxes in the left pane..
    if you click the program name in the left pane - the program interface will display in the right pane.
    Each program interface has the ability to select shortcuts and may have other options you can choose from...
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    Last edited by Kyhi; 25 Sep 2018 at 07:00.
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  3.    09 Sep 2018 #3

    Add Custom Drivers

    Here is the thing about adding custom "Drivers"
    If you can run through windows 10 setup without it asking you for driver files - then most likely you will not need to add them to your XPE...
    Some Drivers may require a reboot, it is not possible to install those drivers after PE is loaded, so they must be integrated in your XPE build.. I would suggest Booting XPE to test, before you commit...

    But basically you are going to export those driver from your Host with DISM
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    or copy the driver folders into a driver integration folder in XPE
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    Be sure to check the "Integrate Custom Drivers" Checkbox
    Those driver integration folders are sorted by Arch - and the driver folders are recursed
    Last edited by Kyhi; 16 Sep 2018 at 12:15.
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  4.    09 Sep 2018 #4

    Jimmy, out of curiosity. Is the option 'Run ALL Programs from RAM' the difference between your version from Bob's as you mentioned here?
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  5.    09 Sep 2018 #5

    YES, in the screen shot just above your post you will see a "Run all programs from ram" checkbox
    (Just below the HostOS boxes) ...

    Selecting it will override the use of the Scrollbox on every program interface - by placing all the programs into Ram..
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    Leaving the "Run all programs from ram" checkbox - unchecked
    Will allow you to select the program location on the program interface.. USB or RAM
    Last edited by Kyhi; 10 Sep 2018 at 15:28.
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  6.    09 Sep 2018 #6

    Thanks, that's what I thought.
    I just downloaded the Win10XPE.7z, from MEGA (took something like 30 sec) and then tried to download the Win10XPE_1803U_x64.ISO, but MEGA gives me this message "Unfortunately, Edge has an insufficient buffer to decrypt data in the browser, and we recommend you to install the MEGA desktop app to download large files (or use Chrome)"... so I need to find a way to download it, as I only use Edge (and IE, which gives the same msg)
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  7.    09 Sep 2018 #7

    Kyhi said: View Post
    Sign up for a free Mega Account... and install their App..

    Works just like dropbox
    I don't think I need a new one installed.... I'll try from my daughter's Chrome and if that doesn't work, I have no option but to sign up and install their app!

    Just a quick one. I see from your screenshot that I can select a program to be installed. If for instance I want the latest MBAM 3, how to include in my ISO this new version?
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  8.    09 Sep 2018 #8

    Thanks a lot bud!!!

    I'll give it a try to create my own (not so loaded as yours) for starters and see how it goes!
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  9.    09 Sep 2018 #9

    Kyhi said: View Post
    You would not believe how quick you can build your own custom PE rescue media...
    Win10XPE Project
    Attachment 203220
    Thnx for sharing... Look forward to trying it out in the near-future!
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  10.    09 Sep 2018 #10

    I have tried the new iso, but it refuses to boot - just the spinning circle.

    I do not think is the iso but a driver issue I have with my hardware. I always have an issue Windows on my amd device since 1803 not selecting the amd sata controller rather choosing the default Sata controller. I always use Macrium Reflect Redeploy and it sorts out the driver. I just know no way of doing that to a Winpe environment.

    PC boots fine from a Macrium Reflect Boot drive though. I somehow need to combine the two isos I think. Still, the old iso version works fine, and I know how to customise it.
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