BartPE Software for Windows XP and older Windows Operating Systems.
BartPE Software and PE
With ERD Commander no longer
available you best bet is with this alternative ERD...
Note: This is NOT
Microsoft ERD Commander Software!
Copyright (c) 2000-2007 by Nu2 Productions. All rights reserved.
What is the Preinstalled Environment Builder?
An Emergency Repair Disk ...
The builder helps you build a Preinstalled Environment
bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows
XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC
It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical
user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS file system support. Very handy for
burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus
scan and so on.
This will replace any Dos boot disk in no time
PE Builder is not a Microsoft product and does not create Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Using PE Builder does not grant you
a license to Microsoft Windows PE or to use the Windows XP or Server 2003 binaries in a
manner other than stated in the End-User License Agreement included in your version of Microsoft
Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has not reviewed or tested PE Builder and
does not endorse its use.
Please do not contact Microsoft for support on the preinstallation environment that has
been created by PE Builder!
Microsoft does not provide support for PE Builder or for the preinstallation environment
created by PE Builder.
The Preinstalled Environment Builder program (pebuilder.exe) runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/BartPE. It does
not run on Windows NT4/ME/9x.
To avoid any confusion, the bootable CD generated by PE Builder should be called by its nickname BartPE!
Because Microsoft in it's infinite wisdom has decided that the new 'Recovery
Console' in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10, and Windows Server 2008+ are more than adequate [chough,
chough!] it has discontinued support and selling ERD Commander.
I have used
BartPE for some years, I originally found Nu2 about nine years ago
when I was looking [research!] for some obscure drivers for a network card that
someone decided to throw away the driver support disk.
From making boot floppies to making a recovery CD Nu2.com has done an excellent job.
I have built all versions of the PE boot CD's. I carry them when I go out on
jobs. I have even converted one version to a bootable USB flash drive, now that
will save your pocket!
With ERD Commander you have to know how to modify an ISO image to insert
programs you want on the CD, with Bart's PE Builder you can add the programs,
tools, or utilities prior to building the boot CD.
The only drawback to creating your own bootable CD with Bart's PE Builder is that
you have to know what drivers to add to the CD, in other words you have to know
your target hardware. The PE Builder does have a lot of generic drivers for USB,
SCSI Drives, RAID Array, and other support.
If you are going to use a Preinstalled Environment Software for your IT
Toolbox I suggest you use rewriteable cd's until you have the build process down
and a good tested cd.
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I am rating BartPE 9 out of 10, why 9 of 10? Because this is not a buy it and run
it type of deal. You need to build your CD and you need to know what hardware
you are going to build the CD for. Using the generic drivers may or
MAY NOT work
for your environment.
Here is the web page to get you started: His
Preinstalled Environment bootable live windows CD/DVD
This is free software not shareware or a program
you have to buy. That said Bart has done an excellent job with this free tool.
page for a tutorial.
If you use it consider going to the bottom of his
page and make a donation, I did.
02/15/14 - I checked Bart's site and he
has stopped updating this program, too bad, I thought he might figure out away
to do the same for the convoluted boot loader for Vista and newer Windows
09/04/17 - Bart has closed down his web site, so read on....
By the way
even if you made this disk you can not use it to correct Vista and newer
operating system errors...
Do you have a Windows 7 / 10 ERD? Want to know how to make a custom Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) for yourself? Check this out.