Building A Windows Live CD

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Building A Windows Live CD

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Windows XP LIVE CD      Any PC user can create a CD that runs Win XP without being installed, and use it to troubleshoot and recover crashed machines.                       This is one of the best written and best composed tutorials I have seen so far, and not only is it well done but it is  extremely useful for anyone as a first aid kit but especially to Network Admins, Systems Admins/Engineers.    Let’s get started ☺      Please go to the next page …                      ...

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1.       Windows XP LIVE CD      Any PC user can create a CD that runs Win XP without being installed, and use it to troubleshoot and recover crashed machines.     Posted by:  blackram@projectallabout   Edited by:  CairaC
2.                     This tutorial was posted by blackram@projectallabout .  GR8 Tutorial man!  This is one of the best written and best composed tutorials I have seen so far, and not only is it well done but it is  extremely useful for anyone as a first aid kit but especially to Network Admins, Systems Admins/Engineers.    Let’s get started ☺      Please go to the next page …                      2
3. .::*CREATE YOUR OWN*::. .::*WINDOWS XP LIVE CD*::. INDEX        Introduction                  …………………………………………          Page 4  Let’s Get Started               …………………………………………          Page 5  What You Need                ………………………………………………..             Page 5  Last Notes                ………………………………………………..             Page 6  Create your own Windows XP Live CD          …………………………………………          Page 7  Create Plug‐ins for Programs      ………………………………………………..      Page 8  Change the look and feel      ………………………………………………..      Page 9  BONUS            …………………………………………  Page 11      Contact details …………………………………………  Page 12     3
4. INTRODUCTION Any PC user can create a CD that runs Win XP without being installed, and use it to troubleshoot and recover crashed machines. A live CD contains an OS configured to run directly off the CD, ie, it need not be installed on the system. Just pop the CD into the system’s drive, boot from it and the OS will be up and running, without tampering with the OS loaded on your system’s hard drive. This can be a very handy tool for network administrators for tasks such as, recovering data from crashed desktops or doing other troubleshooting tasks. Companies that want to demonstrate their software products to clients could also use it. They would, however, need to integrate their product with the OS that is running on the live CD. Similarly, educational institutes could use it to provide training to students, or even cyber cafes could get diskless workstations, boot them off a live OS and provide Internet access. As we can see, there are plenty of uses for a live CD. Most live CDs till now had been based on Linux, with the most popular one being Knoppix. But, now there’s a live CD that runs Win XP. In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how you can create one.     4
5. LETS GET STARTED WHAT YOU NEED The first thing you need to create a live Win XP CD is a licensed copy of Win XP. Next, you need a tool called Bart’s PE-Builder v3, which is free and a substitute for WinPE (a tool from M1cr0soft that also creates Win XP live CDs). You can download this tool from here: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/#screen.htm It comes as a zip file, and there’s a wizard that takes you through the building process when you unzip and run it. First the wizard will ask you for the path of your Win XP installer CD. Next, it will give you a plug-in list from where you need to select programs that you want to put on the live CD. There are some very useful programs for system recovery, such as Nero for burning CDs, Ghost, Snapshot, DOS 16-bit support and Easy Recovery Pro.     5
8. CREATE PLUG-INS FOR PROGRAMS Let's see how to create and add plug-ins for programs to your Win XP live CD. To illustrate, we'll create and add a plug-in for a disaster-recovery tool. The data-recovery tool has two files; one is an executable file (abc.exe) and the other is DLL file (xyz.dll). Copy both the files in any folder (let's say recovery folder) and then create an .inf file (say, datarecover.inf) in this folder. This file helps to install the above- mentioned files to the desired location. Win XP live CD has a run XP look and feel. To create a .inf file, write the following commands in a Notepad file. ; datarecovery.inf ; PE Builder v3 plug-in INF file [Version] Signature= “$Windows NT$” [PEBuilder] Name=”Data Recovery Tool” Enable=1 [WinntDirectories] a=”Programs\ datarecovery “, 2 [SourceDisksFiles] abc.exe =a,,1 xyz.dll=a,,1 [Software.AddReg] ;Add to Start Menu\Programs 0x2,”Sherpya\XPEinit\Programs”,”DataRecovery Tool”, “%SystemDrive%\Programs\ datarecovery \abc.exe” Note that 'Sherpya\XPEinit\' associates other plug-in tools with XPE plug-in. To add the plug-in, save the file and copy the entire folder in the plug-in folder, which is found in pebuilder\Plug-in. Now, when you run pebuilder.exe, you will find the data-recovery tool plug-in that you just created in the plug-in list window. To incorporate this plug-in into your live CD, enable the plug-in and create an ISO image of the Win XP live CD.     8