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    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]

    Win10XPE will help you build a lightweight desktop Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) for performing tasks or troubleshooting a Windows OS while it is Offline or for installing a Windows OS. It can be booted via USB drive, CD-ROM, or hard disk.

    Uses of WinXPE:

    •Set up your hard drive and prepare it for installing a Windows OS

    •Troubleshoot problems with the OS

    •Clone or Image a Windows system and later Restore it

    •Make changes to the Windows OS, when needed

    •Perform Recovery operations

    •Recover data from unbootable devices

    •And more…

    Win10XPE is a complete project based on Win10 Recovery Environment with many windows features added. Based on a new Concept, its main objective is to be simple, user-friendly and to be as fast as possible. Use the many XPE plugins available to customize your build to your taste.

    Win10XPE Project - 2023-08-23
    Download the Source Code (Above Link) and extract the Zip file to a folder
    Open Folder(s) > Then Extract the ( .7z.001 ) File Archive with 7-Zip
    See Post #3 Below for Quick Start How To Guide...
    Last edited by Kyhi; 24 Aug 2023 at 08:50.
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    Win10XPE Project Start Guide

    1) You will need to allow a Windows Defender "Exception" for Win10XPE (ie. Project-Directory-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 by your Host System....

    2) Download 7-ZIP 32-Bit x86 Installer or 7-ZIP 64-Bit x64 Installer to open the Project's File Archive

    3) Download The Win10XPE*.7z Project File(s) See Post #1 Above For Download Link

    4) Extract The Archive File(s) To Your Data Drive ( D:\Win10XPE )

    5) Download and Mount Your Official Release Windows 10 Setup Media ISO
    It is recommended you copy the contents of the "Mounted" Setup Media ISO
    To its own Folder on your Data Drive ( D:\Win10_Source_Media ) although it is not required..

    We do not actually support - MS Preview Releases - although most do test just fine..

    6) Browse To The Win10XPE Program Folder
    Read The > Win10XPE - How To Quick Start Guide

    7) Launch The Program Using Win10XPE.exe
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00006.jpg

    8) Hit the Gray "Select the Windows 10 Source Folder" Box and point to the source media folder location (you created above) or to the drive letter of the Mounted Setup Media..
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00008.jpg

    After it finds the media that main screen will change now listing the Install Wim Information
    You can use the scroll box to select "Pro" or make any other index selection..
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00009.jpg

    9) Then Hit the Big Blue Play Button....
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00010.jpg

    Sit back, watch and relax as the program runs...

    10) It will download several programs and features (Please allow it to do so) these downloads are designed as a First Run Only and they are required for the Project to be able to run and also for the Apps program files to be encoded into project. Win10XPE will open your command prompt to extract files, download files and run program commands (Please allow it to do so)... After The Builder Finishes you will get an OK message..

    11) Browse to the folder location of Win10XPE and you will find your Custom ISO...
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00012.jpg

    12) Mount the ISO as a virtual drive and Copy the Contents of the ISO to a Fat32 Formatted USB Stick...
    You will have to Set the Partition on the USB to Active in order to Boot the USB with a Legacy System..

    13) Boot your system from the USB Media you just created, to see what is possible with WinRE...

    **************************************************************************************************** ********
    So > Now that you have just created and Tested your FIRST PE BUILD with the Default Selections..

    It is time for you to Customize the Media with Your selections and Settings..

    You can change the App selections by checking or unchecking program checkboxes in the left pane..
    When 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...
    Win10XPE - Build Your Own Rescue Media [2]-screenshot00025.jpg

    After you have made your App Selections and Set the Options on the Apps Interface -
    Hit the Big Blue Play Button to Build Your Customized Version of Win10XPE -
    Browse to the New ISO created -
    Mount the ISO
    Copy the contents of the ISO to a Fat32 Formatted USB Stick -
    Boot from the USB Media and Test your Selected Customization's..

    Enjoy !!
    Last edited by Kyhi; 17 Jun 2023 at 19:55.
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    To avoid script confusion, no longer required by thread author
    Last edited by APT38; 08 Oct 2022 at 10:35.
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    Winodws 10

    Kyhi said:
    Prior Posted Project Updates Merged into My Updated Win10XPE 2021.06.27

    Update: 06.27.2021
    Updated Project Win10XPE_2021-06-27

    Updated: 07.06.21
    @Kyhi Do you have a change log for this version? I have found those very helpful in each upgrade.
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    my post #5 seems to have disappeared, -no problem to me, was only trying to be helpful to other users
    Last edited by APT38; 08 Oct 2022 at 10:37.
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    APT38 said:
    diff in Win10XPE_2021-01-16 and Win10XPE_2021-06-27
    compare shows script updates and file changes to

    PowerShell Core 7.1.3
    Acronis TrueImage 2021 bld 39184
    AOMEI Backupper 6.5
    AOMEI Partition Assistant 9.2
    Defraggler _file change (exe file change)
    Macrium Reflect 8.0.5994
    CPU-Z 1.96
    HWinfo 7.04
    WizTree 4.01
    VLC Media Player 3.0.16
    AnyDesk 6.3.2
    Google Chrome v91.0.4472.124
    Mozilla Firefox ESR 52.9.0
    NSudo 8.2
    Process Monitor 3.83
    WinNTSetup4 /
    Mega Optional Application Download 06.27.2021
    @Kyhi Thanks APT! I should have done diff myself :) Kyhi: Can you tell us what changed in the program configuration?
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    NotePad Registry
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    still looking for a work around for partition tools unmounting the Y drive
    I think its related to the letterswap.exe
    when running a partition tool and applying changes the Y drive is dismounted I have the Y drive with all the programs assigned to the root folder my drive for easy maintenance
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    X:\Windows\System32\LetterSwap.exe /auto /SetLetter Y:\CDUsb.y
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