Steps to Create the Windows XP Emergency Rescue Disk
1. Copy the contents of the Windows XP SP 2 to a local folder on the HDD and name it something that you can remember, for instance, “rescue1."
2. Create another folder on the HDD and name it “BartPE." Double click on the BartPE Builder file you downloaded. Copy all the extracted files into the “BartPE" folder.
3. Look for the directory named “Plugin" in the “BartPE" folder. In this folder, create another folder and name it “xpe."
4. Extract all files from XPE and copy them to the “xpe" folder located inside the “Plugin" folder.
5. Click the Up Arrow in Windows Explorer to select the “BartPE" folder. In the folder, look for the file named PEBuilder.exe. The file has a red icon with the letters PE. Double Click the file to execute it.
6. Once the file starts running, you will be presented with the terms and conditions that you need to accept to continue further.
7. As the process of creation of the rescue disk proceeds further, you are prompted if the windows installation files are to be located automatically. As you have already copied the Windows XP SP2 CD to the local HDD in the step 1, you can specify the location to save time.
8. Now, we are all set to create the Windows XP Emergency Rescue Disk. In the Media output section, select “Burn to DVD/CD."
9. Before we burn the CD, we need to select the essential components. Most of them are automatically included by XPE. For others, you need to decide whether or not to use them. You are presented with a list of plugins from which you can select the ones you need. Unselect the following plugins as they can cause problems:
a. A43 File Management
b. Barts’ Stuff test
c. BartPE Installer
d. Drive Snapshot
f. PENETCFG (these are already included with the XPE)
g. Startup Group is also included in the XPE so we do not need it.
h. INCLUDE the RpcSS, as it is required to start some of the essential components of the Windows XP Emergency Rescue Disk.
10. Click the Done button.
11. Put the blank DVD into the DVD drive and click the Build button. Follow the onscreen instructions. When the operation is complete, the software shows a message that the Windows XP Emergency Rescue Disk is ready.
You can put the CD in the Drive and reboot to check if the boot CD is working. Please note that the boot sequence will be slightly slower as you are booting from the CD. You will find that the CD hosts an environment identical to the Windows XP. The Windows XP Emergency Rescue Disk created using this method is much more powerful as compared to the one created using the standard Windows Rescue Disk Wizard. You do not miss any partition when you use this. Almost all of the basic utilities are included in the CD.
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