P.E. stands for
Environment, and as far as I know to do this you have to know a lot about programming and the lay out of a CD or DVD.
Actually you can make the
PE disk if you want to mess
around with the install disk for Windows XP or earlier, at this time I have
not found a PE disc for Vista or Windows 7,
check this out.
The easiest way to build a Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) for XP or earlier is to use the BartPE system. Bart has already done all the hard work of converting the Preinstallation Environment to a bootable CD, all you have to do is configure the program for your requirements.
Such as SATA drivers, SCSI drivers, special Video drivers, and so forth that you might need to have handy when working on a computer that has Operating System problems.
You can read more about Bart's offerings here:
If you want to build a boot disk or USB drive have a look at this page:
www.nu2.nu/bootdisk Bart has shut down this web site.
For Vista and Windows 7 there doesn't seem to be much interest in
building a P.E. disk so for.
There is a way to make a PE disk more commonly known as an Emergency Repair
Disk (ERD), it is with a process called WinPE 3. You can find and download a
program that runs scripts to make your ERD. However I have found that it isn't
as easy as a normal program.
You have to set parameters for the scripts to run correctly to produce your
end product the ERD. And the scripts are written such a way that modifying them
is nearly impossible with out a degree in programming.
I searched for over two days to find one program that will do most of the
hard work but it has it's drawbacks, as I mentioned above modifying the scripts
takes a lot of insight and programming experience.
One of the drawbacks is collecting all the files you need
to make the ERD. Some files come from Microsoft others come from open source,
you may spend as long as five hours just downloading all the files (it took me
almost six hours from start to finish and then the ERD I made was very basic).
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I urge you to
make your own
custom ERD or you can use the Backup applet in the control panel
of Vista and newer Operating Systems to make the basic ERD as I point out below,
it may be useful but it lacks a lot of the tools a normal DIYer would want to
have on their boot media (IT Tool Box)...
Now the bad news:
To make the Microsoft Vista and newer Operating System
ERD you will need to make that from the Operating System itself from the Control Panel, select Backup and Restore, on the left hand column is the option to "Create a system repair disc", all you need is a cd/dvd capable of writing to a disk and a blank cd (you can use a dvd
but the size of the total space used is less than 100
This is not a GUI interface like the BartPE disk, there is a small menu to select different options to do your repair but if you were looking to use something like an AV program or Ghost then you have to do it through the command prompt.
Another draw back to this ERD is you do not get a choice on what is added to the
cd, if you want an imaging program you will have to have that on another drive,
and access it from the command prompt...
If you are in IT or repair tech you may want to consider building both the 32 bit and 64 bit ERD's for Windows 7. ( I have made three Vista ERD's, all were useless).
If you have Vista or Windows 7 see the
Windows 7 Ultimate Guide to learn more about what you can do with Windows 7
For more techniques and uses of the ERD or P.E. disks and making pen/flash
drives bootable with the ERD installed see the
Self Computer Repair Unleashed! 2nd Edition Manual