The Complete Procedure
1. To start off, create a folder on your hard disk and name it “XPSETUP". You need to do this if you want to use Windows setup CD instead of the preloaded "C:\I386" folder. Now copy all the files and folders from the Windows setup CD into “XPSETUP" folder. Note that this is not necessary but it is useful in speeding things up and it can also help avoid potential problems at later stage
2. We need another folder – create it on your hard disk and name it “rescue" or something similar. This will be used to store the files for creating the Windows “live" CD.
3. Find the BartPE file you downloaded earlier, now double-click on it. Say, it was named “pebuilder3110a.zip", double-click it and the files contained will be shown. Copy all the files from this folder into the “rescue" folder, which you created in Step 2.
4. The “rescue" folder will now contain the files that you earlier extracted from the BartPE Zip file.
5. Now look for the “plugin" folder and open it. Then create a new folder inside it and name it “xpe".
6. Double-click the XPE cab file you downloaded earlier, which was called “xpe-1.0.7.cab" or something similar, and when the contents are shown, drag all the files in the window to the empty “xpe" folder.
7. Close all open windows and then open the “rescue" folder.
8. In the “rescue" folder, you will see a red icon, labeled “pebuilder" or “pebuilder.exe". Double-click on it to start up the BartPE Builder program.
9. When the BartPE program starts up, the license agreement is shown, and if you agree, click "I agree".
10. A message will appear asking if you want to search for Windows installation files. You should click “No" since you have already copied the files from the CD to your hard disk.
11. You will be asked for the “source" field. Click the “…" button near the empty “source" field. In the dialogue box that appears, select the folder in which you copied the Windows setup disk files and then click on OK.
12. If you do not have a Windows CD/DVD drive but a folder “C:\I386" on your hard disk, you simply need to select “C:" instead of “C:\I386" - PE Builder will automatically be able to get the files from the I386 folder.
13. When you see the "Media output" section, select "Burn to CD/DVD".
14. Click on the "Plugins" button, which is at the bottom of the window.
15. In the newly opened window, there will be a list of programs, affixed with “Yes" and “No". The programs with “Yes" will be included on your rescue disk and the ones with “No" will not.
Note: The full list of programs is not visible – some of them require you to buy the software and add them manually. Nero Burning Rom, for example is not a free program and you will need to manually copy its relevant files into the appropriate folder.
16. Click the “A43 File Management Utility" line and then click on the “Enable/Disable" button, which is at the bottom of the window. Notice that the “Yes" flag changes to “No". Do the same for the following items:
Disable the following :
• Bart's Stuff Test (free edition)
• BartPE Installer v2
• Drive Snapshot
• PENETCFG: Automatically start PE Network configurator
• PENETCFG: PE Network configurator (the Truth)
• Startup Group. Not needed since we have XPE
Now, enable the following:
• RpcSS needed to launch DComLaunch Service first - SP 2 only
When all this is done, click the “Close" button.
17. Insert a blank CD-R/CD-RW into your CD drive and then click on the “Build" button. A message will be shown, asking whether you want to create a folder or not, click “Yes". The Windows License will appear – if you agree, click on “I agree". You will now see a new window, displaying the progress of PE Builder.
18. In case9 an error is shown during the process, use the “<<" and “>>" buttons at the bottom to go through the errors. If the error “Error: SetupDecompressOrCopyFile()" is shown, it means that either your setup disk is missing some files or you are not using Windows XP SP2 for your source.
1. If no problem occurs, PE Builder will begin to burn your CD, as soon as it finishes collecting the files. When all is done, you will see a message “Building done..." You can now click on the "Close" button to quit PE Builder.
20. Finally, it is now time to reboot your PC with your Windows rescue CD, this is to test your Windows “LiveCD". The startup time would be slower than usual because you are now booting from a CD instead of a hard disk. Similarly, you will also notice the loading and running of programs takes bit longer, which is normal for any OS when running from a CD
Now the windows 2000 recovery disk is complete and ready to be used at any time of need.