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  1. 1. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB Sea ch hi ie Download BackTrack5 Install Win8/7/etc. from ISOs Win7ToGo 53 Win8ToGo Win8 Dual Boot Grub4dos Hirens (USB) Easy2Boot How to make a Restore partition Sitemap RMP epUSB home page Tutorials, How Tos and Guides > Leave a Comment • What can RMPrepUSB do? 01 - Ho o image a Windo em • RMPrepUSB Quick Start Guide ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and • RMPrepUSB User Guide & FAQs • RMPrepUSB FAQs ImageX • Version History • RMPartUSB FAQs • RMPartUSB Commands • Users Forum (reboot.pro) Unique hits • Reported Bugs • Licensing Con ac Me (dona ion ) La e Si e Ne Hot Tips - good value/performance Note: Imaging systems using ImageX is USB Flash memory pens not recommended for fully configured U ef l E e nal Link (and Windo systems which have special ACLs (e.g. 7/8 ISO ) file access rights) or reparse points - you Do nload are expected to use ImageX on Download syspreped images only. Latest Beta version & downloads for the tutorials The following are the issues when you T o ial , Ho To and G ide use the ImageX.exe tool as a backup mechanism: 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE File extended attributes are lost. USB d i e and ImageX The ImageX.exe tool only applies 02 - How to create a USB drive that reparse points that are symbolic will install one of many choices of links or junctions. Windows OSs (Vista/Win7/Server Sparse files on the system are 2008/XP) captured and applied. However, 03 - How to install Windows XP the sparse files are no longer from a bootable USB drive sparse after they have been 04 - How to boot from USB using applied. free VMware VM under Windows Object IDs on files are lost in the 05 - CHROMIUMOS - a browser OS capture process or in the apply on a USB Stick process. 06 - YouTube Video Tutorials (Win7UBCDEeePC XP) 07 - All about Fake USB flash memory drives 08 - Make a bootable USB drive for the NORTON SYMANTEC RECOVERY DISK/TOOL 09 - How to make a bootable BACKTRACK 4/5 (linux) USB drive 10 - Boot BITDEFENDER Rescue . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 1/8
  2. 2. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB CD from USB as an ISO file 11 - Make a free bootable image recovery USB flash drive using FINNIX 12 - Reset a Windows User password 13 - How to find Windows User passwords using OPHCRACK 3.4 14 - Crack or clear your BIOS password with PC CMOS CLEANER (also uses Parted Magic) 15 - How to emulate USB booting using Qemu Manager 16 - How to boot to different WinPE versions using a single boot.wim that contains multiple images 17 - StartOS - a Windows-like version of linux on a stick 18 - ISO Files - Burn, Extract or Mount an ISO file 19 - Create your own RMPrepUSB package using Nullsoft Scriptable Installer (NSI) 20 - Add MEMTEST86+ memory test program to your grub4dos menu.lst file 21 - GRUB4DOS TUTORIAL - How to use grub4dos and make pretty menus! 22 - How to boot PCLINUX (and most other difficult linux versions) without using a flat-file structure 23 - How to fix a corrupt USB drive that causes Windows or RMPrepUSB to stop responding 24 - How to boot Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4WIN/XP) from a USB drive (and even from an ISO file) Con en 25 - Securely ERASE (wipe) your hard disk of ALL data (before 1 How to image a Microsoft Windows disposing of it) system using a bootable WinPE USB drive 26 - Send and sniff commands and ImageX to/from your USB device (and see 1.1 Requirements what your BIOS would see!) 1.2 Procedure 27 - Diagnose how your BIOS boots 1.2.1 1. Install WAIK and create a USB drives Windows PE folder 28 - Recover files and photos from a corrupt SD card or any drive (free) 1.2.2 2. Make a bootable USB drive 29 - Boot Hirens Boot CD as an ISO 1.2.3 3. Boot the target system and take file from a USB drive (versions 13 & an image 14 & 15) 1.2.4 4. Restoring an image 30 - How to install XP onto a Hard 1.2.5 5. Connecting to the network Disk from an XP ISO on a bootable 1.2.6 6. Preparing images for USB drive duplication . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 2/8
  3. 3. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB 31 - Boot and install Windows 7 or 1.3 Editing the contents of a WIM file Vista or Server 2008 (both 32 and 64 bit) from ISO files from a single bootable USB install drive How to image a Microsoft Windows system using a 32 - Create a USB drive with bootable WinPE USB drive and ImageX multiple Vista/Win7/Server2008 install ISO files in 3 simple steps! ImageX allows you to take complete backup of a Microsoft Windows 33 - How to create bootable 1.44MB and 2.88MB floppy disk images volume and save the image to a file. You can then restore any system with its original image in just a few minutes. 34 - The ZALMAN ZM VE200 SATA hard disk caddy with Requir ements DVD/HDD/FDD emulation 35 - How to make a bootable antivirus AVG RESCUE USB drive A Microsoft Windows system with a minimum of 3GB free disk space. 36 - Boot to Hirens Boot CD from a A USB flash memory drive or USB hard disk drive (a minimum of 1GB is USB drive (v13/v14/v15.1/15.1DLC) recommended). 37 - Create a DOS Bootable USB RMPrepUSB drive (using grub4dos) suitable for The Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit (WAIK). BIOS flashing A utility that can mount an ISO file (such as the freeware utility Virtual 38 - Create an iGel Universal CloneDrive). Desktop Converter (UDC) installer USB Flash pen P r ocedur e 39 - How to repair your USB Flash drive 40 - REDO, a Bare Metal Backup 1. Install WAIK and create a Windows PE folder and Recovery solution 41 - Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper (MSSS) ANTIVIRUS Beta Tool Using your personal Windows XP/Windows Vista /Windows 7 PC (not the target 42 - Make a mini Windows 7 system that you wish to image): bootable USB pen (using MAKE_PE3) 1. Download the Windows 7 WAIK ISO file (e.g. KB3AIK_EN.iso 1.7GB). 43 - Install Windows 8, Server You must agree to the Terms and Conditions. 2012, Win 7, 2K8 & Vista from 2. Download and install your ISO mount utility. (VirtualCloneDrive in this multiple ISO files on the same example) Flash drive 44 - USB Boot Kaspersky 2012 3. Double-click the WAIK.iso file. The WAIK Welcome window should Rescue Disk (AV) from an ISO launch. If not, double-click StartCD.exe on the new drive letter in Explorer. 45 - How to PXE boot grub4dos or 4. Install the .Net Framework Setup from the WAIK menu. WinPE (from a Windows 7 PC) 46 - Ubuntu 12.04/11.04/11.10 - 5. Install the MSXML 6 SP1 Setup from the WAIK menu. boot from ISO 6. Install the Windows AIK Setup from the WAIK menu. 47 - How to install Windows Vista/7/SVR2K8 onto a USB drive 7. Exit from the WAIK menu. (or any partition) 8. Click on Start Menu, All Programs, Microsoft Windows AIK, Deployment 48 - Is your BIOS lying to you about Tools Command Prompt to open up a command prompt window. its RAM memory size? 49 - Control your Notebook/Media 9. Type cop .. 86image .e e c: and press Enter. Centre PC from your main PC with Synergy 10. Type COPYPE 86 c:pe86 and press Enter. 50 - Prepare a bootable USB drive 11. using linux commands Type cop c:pe86 inpe. im c:pe86ISO o ce boo . im and 51 - How to edit or make your own press Enter. Language.INI file for RMPrepUSB 12. Type cop c:image .e e c:pe86ISO and press Enter. 52 - Boot the Win8 Consumer Preview edition as a VHD . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 3/8
  4. 4. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB 53 - Windows 8 To Go (boot Windows 8 from a USB drive!) 2. Make a bootable USB drive 54 - How to Fix Write-Protected Read-Only Disks 55 - Boot Slax from a USB drive 56 - Forgotten password - no 1. Connect your USB drive to the USB port. WARNING: All contents on the USB drive will be destroyed! problem with Kon-Boot! 57 - Automatic grub4dos menu 2. Double-click on RMPrepUSB.exe. scheme and hotkeys 3. Set the following options: 58 - Trinity Rescue Kit - boot from SIZE = MAX (default) USB VOLUME LABEL= WINPE (optional) 59 - Save or list all your existing BOOT OPTIONS = WinPEv2 [BOOTMGR] passwords FILESYSTEM and OVERRIDES = FAT32 + HDD (Note: If you want to store image files >2GB on the UFD use NTFS instead of FAT32) 60 - Add Plop to your grub4dos COPY FILES = Tick it menu Copy Folder = Type C:pe86ISO 61 - Run the OCZ SSD Firmware update ISO from a bootable USB 4. Click on Prepare Drive. Flash drive 5. The USB drive should now contain: 62 - Chainload syslinux from bootmgr grub4dos and vice versa imagex.exe 63 - Install XP and Win7 onto a sources (Check whether the folder contains boo . im) boot computer from one USB flash drive EFI 64 - Boot Abstradrome HDD Regenerator from an image on a 6. Now you can add any other files you wish to the USB drive. USB drive 7. When finished, click the RMPrepUSB Eject button. 65 - Make a grub4dos bootable CD or DVD 66 - WifiWay wireless security linux OS from a grub4dos USB drive 3. Boot the target system and take an image 67 - Boot Fedora 16/17 from a USB drive using grub4dos 68 - WEE (wee63) and WEEsetup.exe - an alternative bootloader The following actions are performed on the target system (the one that you want to 69 - Boot over the internet with iPXE take a backup of): 70 - FbInst and other popular USB 1. Connect the USB drive to the target computers USB port. utilities 71 - Grubutils - menuset, wenv, 2. Switch on the target computer and press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS Setup menu. (eg F1, F2, DEL) bios and other grub4dos helper utilities 3. Check whether the Legacy USB support is enabled, and configure the 72 - Easy2Boot - a grub4dos Boot Order so that the USB drive will boot first. Ensure that the BIOS USB- multiboot drive for beginners that is ZIP mode setting is set to Fixed Disk and not Removable Disk (if available). easy to maintain! 4. Save and Exit the BIOS menu. The target system should now boot to 73 - Try Porteus with persistence the Windows WinPE environment from the USB drive. booting from an ISO using Easy2Boot 5. To find the USB drive and hard disk drive letters - type No ePad, 74 - Boot Winternals ERD then click on File, Open and click on the Computer icon. You can now see how your hard disk volumes are lettered in WinPE. Assume that your USB Commander from ISO or flat file Flash drive has the letter F: and you wish to backup your C: drive in the structure instructions below. 75 - Test your memory (RAM/DIMMs) 6. Exit from Notepad. 76 - Quickly setup PXE booting to 7. At the command prompt, type F:image /c ap e c: install any Windows OS! f:m bac k p. im "m c ommen he e" /no pfi /c hec k 77 - Create a multiple partition, / e if and p e En e . multi-boot USB Flash drive under Windows 8. When this is completed, a backup of the C: drive is available in the . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 4/8
  5. 5. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB 78 - Run live XBMCbuntu from a mybackup.wim file. multiboot USB drive 9. If, at a later date, you wish to take another backup, you can append 79 - Make an RM Connect CC3 this to the previous backup as follows: image /append c: Multi-Station Build USB Flash drive f:m back p. im " econd back p" /check / e if /no pfi 80 - How to retrieve files from a No e: ImageX using single-instancing, so adding computer without booting it to an subsequent similar images does not greatly increase the size of the .wim file. OS! 81 - Make your own automatic You can backup other volumes from the hard disk, by following the above procedure. image restore partition 82 - Install XP to hard disk from 4. Restoring an image ISOs using WinPE v3 83 - Download ImageX, BCDBoot and other WAIK tools U ef l A icle 1. Boot to WinPE from the USB drive Advanced Format (4K sector) hard 2. Format the target drive volume first (otherwise the existing files will still disks remain). Eg Type fo ma C: Fix USB 3.0 This device can perform faster System Tray 3. Type image /appl f:m back p. im 1 c: /check / e if message! No e: If you want to restore the second backup that you made, replace the 1 with 2 in the above command. Download a whole website and view it offline using wget! If needed, you can use DISKPART to partition and format a blank hard disk first as Getting started with the Raspberry follows. Pi (RPi) DISKPART / dpa . Boot from CD/USB/Floppy to access an NTFS partition where the file dpart.txt contains the lines: Reboo .p o T o ial LIS DISK Si emap SEL DISK 0 CLEAN CRE PAR PRI SIZE=100000 ALIGN=16065 FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="MYDRIVE" quick ASSIGN LETTER=J ACTIVE CRE PAR PRI ALIGN=16065 FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="BACKUP" quick ASSIGN LETTER=K LIST VOL SEL DISK 0 SEL PAR 1 LIST DISK LIST PAR DETAIL PAR EXIT In case of an XP image, type Boo ec /n 52 J: or you may see a bootmgr is missing error when you attempt to boot the XP target system. The drive letters assigned in the diskpart script above are used to prevent conflicts with existing volume letters. When the system reboots, the active partition (J: in this example) will become drive C: and the other partition (K:) will be given the D: drive letter. No e: The ALIGN=16065 text portion is needed only to boot a pre-setup stage XP image (i.e. an image that will run Setup.exe or Setup32.exe when it boots). You can usually omit this portion of text for most Windows images. Bootsect.exe can be found in the WAIK, under ToolsPEToolsx86. Before you reboot the system, you can also make any small adjustments to the files on the J: drive as you have direct access to these files (for instance, you could copy files or folders to drive J: or K: or add a link to the Windows Startup folder so that a program runs on first user log-in). For instance, a simple prep.cmd script file to automatically install Windows XP image onto a new hard drive in approx. 5 minutes from a bootable WinPE USB flash memory pen drive would be as simple as: . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 5/8
  6. 6. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB diskpart /s dpart.txt imagex /apply mybackup.wim 1 J: bootsect /nt52 J: echo Finished! - Press a key to reboot pause>nul wpeutil reboot If you have p oblem boo ing o Windo 7 or Vista, you may have problems with the BCD. Boot to WinPE and use bcdedi /en m / to view the BCD settings. To fix BCD boot issues, you can use the following procedure: 1. del C:bootbcd 2. bootrec /RebuildBcd Now test it to see if that work ed - if not repeat step 1 and then sk ip to step 3 onwards... 3. bcdedit.exe /createstore c:bootbcd.temp 4. bcdedit.exe /store c:bootbcd.temp /create {bootmgr} /d "Windows Boot Manager" 5. bcdedit.exe /import c:bootbcd.temp 6. bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} dev ice partition=C: 7. bcdedit.exe /timeout 10 8. del c:bootbcd.temp Now we hav e a clean, work ing bootloader. But we need to add a Vista/Win7 entry to it: 9. bcdedit.exe /create /d "Windows Vista" /application osloader use "Windows Vista2 or "Windows 7" as appropriate bcdedit.exe should return a message with a GUID for the newly -created entry , something lik e this: The entry {c0dfc4fa-cb21-11dc-81bf-005056c00008} was successfully created. Youll need to use the v alue that bcdedit.exe returned for y ou below, along with the driv e letter for the driv e that Windows is installed to: 10. bcdedit.exe /set /set {default} dev ice partition=c: 11. bcdedit.exe /set {default} osdev ice partition=c: 12. bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} dev ice partition=c: 13. bcdedit.exe /set {c0dfc4fa-cb21-11dc-81bf-005056c00008} path Windowssy stem32winload.exe 14. bcdedit.exe /set {c0dfc4fa-cb21-11dc-81bf-005056c00008} sy stemroot Windows A nd, last of all, tell the Vista/Win7 bootloader to boot the new entry by default: 15. bcdedit.exe /display order {c0dfc4fa-cb21-11dc-81bf-005056c00008} 16. bcdedit.exe /default {c0dfc4fa-cb21-11dc-81bf-005056c00008} Tip: Right-Click on the top-left command shell window icon and select Mark , then highlight the GUID in returned in step 8 and press {Enter}. The use the same icon to paste the GUID into the command line for step 9 and then use {UP-A RROW} to edit the command line for the next commands. 5. Connecting to the network WinPE can connect to a network. You can then save and restore images directly from a network folder or your own computer. Check the example procedure given below: In the example, we will connect to a shared folder on Freds Windows XP office computer named FredsPC. The read/write shared folder that Fred has made on his office PC has been named sharefld and Fred is on the mydomain network and has a username of freddy and a password of mypassword. 1. Connect an Ethernet cable and boot to WinPE from the USB drive . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 6/8
  7. 7. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB prepared earlier. 2. Type IPCONFIG /all and check whether you have the valid IP address (not 3. If valid IP addresses are not listed, your WinPE operating system does not contain the correct drivers. To rectify this, copy the correct Windows 7 network driver files (INF/CAT/SYS etc) to your WinPE USB drive, e.g. to the folder F:NETPE. Then on the target system, type d load F:NETPE .inf (where xxxxxx.inf is the name of your driver inf file). Note that all driver files should be present (including xxxxx.inf, xxxxx.cat and xxxxx.sys). Wait for one minute and then type ipconfig /all again. You can also try typing ne cfg - inpe to re-initialise the network stack. 4. Type IPCONFIG and check whether you have the correct Default Gateway and DNS Suffix listed. 5. To connect to a network share folder, type NET USE N: F ed PC ha efld /U:m domainf edd press Enter, and when prompted for the password type m pa o d. 6. You can now use the N: drive to keep your WIM image files and even backup to the network or restore from the network. 6. Preparing images for duplication If you want to use the Windows image on another computer, you must first prepare the operating system for duplication before you image it. This is because the computer name and Domain Security IDs are contained in the image. The normal way to remove these identifying values is to use the Sysprep tool. For XP systems, you must acquire the correct version of Sysprep.exe from the XP installation CD - see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577 for details and use the Reseal button. C:Sysprepsysprep.inf controls what happens on first user boot. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems, Sysprep.exe is already in the operating system. C:WindowsSystem32PantherUnattendUnattend.xml and C:WindowsSystem32OobeOobe.xml control what happens on first user boot. Ensure you remove all other instances of unattend.xml from all drives (including your USB drive if it is attached when you boot the OS after sysprepping.) Please research on the Internet for more information about Sysprep. Tip: When you first boot to a new operating system, the first Windows Welcome screen will be displayed (called the OOBE or Out-of-Box-Experience). If you pressCTRL+SHIFT+F3 at this point, you will be asked if you want to go into Audit Mode. In Audit Mode you can install software and generally prepare the OS for duplication, without creating any user accounts. When you have finished configuring the system, click on the reseal/OOBE button on the sysprep window to shutdown the system (for Vista/Win7 choose OOBE+Generalize). You can then image it using ImageX as above. After imaging, allow the system to boot to test out the image on the hard disk. If it is not successful, restore the image and then use the CTRL-SHIFT- F3 key combination to enter Audit Mode again and fix any issue. Editing the contents of a WIM file . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 7/8
  8. 8. 9/7/12 01 - Ho o image a Windo em ing a boo able WinPE USB d i e and ImageX - RMP epUSB Using the WAIK, you can mount the backup that you have made to a folder on your office hard disk and then edit the files in that folder which directly edits the image. In this way you can make small adjustments to the image contents (eg moving, deleting, adding or editing files), without needing to boot the target system, make the changes and then re-capture the image. This can be done as follows: 1. On the office system, launch the WAIK command shell (right-click - run as administrator) window using the Start Menu. Close all other cmd and Explorer windows. 2. Type mkdi c:mo n to create an empty folder 3. Type di m /Mo n -Wim / imfile:C:m back p. im /inde :1 /Mo n di :C:mo n 4. You can now use Windows Explorer to edit the image which you will find at C:Mount. Note: If using Windows XP, you are advised to hold down the SHIFT key when deleting files or folders in the image. 5. When finished, commit the changes using the command: di m /Unmo n -Wim /Mo n Di :C:mo n /commi No e: If you do not want to keep the changes, use /di ca d instead of /commi . Read the WAIK .chm help files for more information. Tip: I would recommend you always use the /check / e if switches with ImageX. Some BIOSes have bugs which can cause wim file or restored file corruption - you have been warned! Sign in | Report Abuse | Print Page | Remove Access | Powered By Google Si e . mp ep b.com/ o ial /ho - o-image-a- em- ing-a-boo able- inpe- fd-and-image 8/8