Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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DBlake wrote:Here's a method to get explorer in WinPE that was supposed to work for the old Betas of Vista and WAIK, I'm trying it right now as I'm posting this.

EDIT: The way to get explorer works...half-way. I also got WinVer working 100%.
Only problem with explorer is that there is no start button, and you can't browse files with explorer.....

EDIT2: I don't think Explorer will be a good idea...the BOOT.WIM with all the files required for it to work in it is over 400MB. let's stick with LiteStep or Blackbox or something of the nature.
Hey, can you send me everything you need to get winver working? Also, I got sysinternals bginfo running which is kinda cool although it doesn't report the OS version correctly. Also, I couldn't get the start bar working either we definently are better off sticking to a 3rd party shell or winfile.

Also, I made a cool little thing with startnet.cmd every time WinPE boots it will auto run any cmd file with autorun and a number in the name. So autorun.cmd is loaded first then autorun_2.cmd and so on.

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I'll integrate your drivers for you, no problem.

Here's a little shot of bginfo running, sorry, I forgot to load a shell. As you can see bginfo works but doesn't report the OS version correctly.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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ok, what you need is a copy of XP (SP2 or SP3) and Vista (any SP) or 7 (if you are using 7's WAIK).

1. Copy the Branding folder from the Vista/7 machine's Windows Directory and put it in the corresponding folder on the mounted Windows PE image (overwriting any files hat are there).

2. copy Winver.exe from the XP machine's System32 directory and paste it in the corresponding folder on the mounted Windows PE image.

this should get it working.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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DBlake wrote:ok, what you need is a copy of XP (SP2 or SP3) and Vista (any SP) or 7 (if you are using 7's WAIK).

1. Copy the Branding folder from the Vista/7 machine's Windows Directory and put it in the corresponding folder on the mounted Windows PE image (overwriting any files hat are there).

2. copy Winver.exe from the XP machine's System32 directory and paste it in the corresponding folder on the mounted Windows PE image.

this should get it working.
Thanks, I'll PM you a link to the ISO that I've been working on. Which version of 7 have you been using for PE? I'm still using 7227 or whatever I was using in the original post.

I followed that guide to get winfile working in vista, instead of xp files I used files from the Server 2003 SP2 Evaluation Disk as Server 2003 is more similar to Vista than XP is. I also used them to stay out of a grey area of the rules, they are from an evaluation disk so I guess they can be distributed. My results can be downloaded below, I used both portions of the guide, so take ownership works as well. You should have no problem getting it working as your shell, or just running it as a program.

http://sharebee.com/2f8302f2

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Well here's what we have so far. I found some kinda hacked up GeoShell that loads nu2menu from BartPE as it's start menu. But here's the problem...GeoShell absolutely refused to load, something with shdocvw.dll So I tried the file from 7, Vista, and XP (since WinPE never had this file in the first place) NONE of them worked. So I kept researching and I found someone talking about using the dll from ReactOS. So I downloaded the latest SVN build and added that dll into my WIM and lone behold GeoShell and Nu2Menu autoloaded fine! I then added the entries for winfile into the xml file that nu2menu reads and tried loading it. It also works fine. Here's a screenshot of everything I've done so for.

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I guess I could have loaded winver.exe as well but I forgot. I also integrated my drivers and wildeye's.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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heres what i've accomplished so far:

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All Programs Integrated with BsExplorer:
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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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wow you guys are making huge progress in this...
cant wait to see the finial outcome
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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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It's possible to get some GUI with WinPE, look at some XP-based rescue CDs, or VistaPE, which answers "Can it be installed to HDD". If you can't install to HDD, just fire up a Linux liveUSB and "dd" it from there.
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I already have my PE booting from a flash drive. Which is pretty much the same method as an HDD.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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This project has been renamed to the Nookota Project. Further discussion of this project will be done here at the new project home page.

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Wow, very good to see progress in this... nice job.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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A critical Milestone for Nookota Project has been reached. Full changelog can be found here: http://nookota.sqweebs.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=6

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Id be happy to beta test this.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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good idea a Vista PE is a good idea.

This has been done but on XP maybe you could get some ideas or something from that.
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

I could help beta test this if you need a beta tester

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nookupeous, where is my spechal copy? I wants it
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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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We will integrate your drivers into Milestone 2, due to be released soon. There will be a lot of bugfixes in M2 (and hopefully full Network support).

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Any chance you could post a link to the new location of the project? the Sqweebs link isn't working anymore and I lost the link to it.

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We are currently in the progress of renting a server. In the next 5-7 days the new site should be up.

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I would like to test this. I have a spare computer with no OS. Where can I download this?

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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The Nookota Team and I are proud to announce that Nookota Project is out of private pre-alpha! More info can be found at THIS SITE.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Sure, I know this is an old topic, but I found something which may do some good for .net support on winPE:
http://www.deployvista.com/Blog/tabid/7 ... fault.aspx

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Nookota Project has been feature-locked at Milestone 2 until the new shell is alpha-quality, but yes, good article.

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Re: Low Resource/Low Footprint OS using WinPE

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Hey just wanted to say that I'm back and really want to keep working on this project. DBlake, I gotta register a new MSN account, I'll PM you with my information when I register it.

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