I have a PE based on XP, created using BartPE, that's a ten year old project. I also created a LiveXP project disc a couple of years ago, based on W2K3. I also have a Win7-based PE that's not of my creation. None of these are universally applicable. Old reliable (XPPE) doesn't boot on most newer PC (Vista and above), even with the DriverPacks Mass Storage drivers slipstreamed in. LiveXP is a little better, however is much better than XPPE booting from USB media. And the Win7-based PE doesn't like XP-class PCs very much. Can't ask questions about it or do anything to it, as it was given to me.
My real question: is there a project (not limited to what I've already tried) that will work on almost every platform, from an old Dell Optiplex PIII clunker to a year-old Windows 7 laptop (not concerned about Win8 PCs for now), so I can have a single PE disc ? Obviously, it would have to be x86-based, but otherwise I want something much simpler than my XPPE disc which includes the kitchen sink. My next project would just focus on a full suite of DriverPacks Mass Storage/LAN/Chipset drivers, Ghost, SmartDriverBackup and a couple other odd programs.
Since I no longer work in a store, I don't have the facilities to experiment and compare different projects/systems, so I'm looking for just a head-start on a PE project that's most likely to meet my criteria. Thanks in advance for your consideration.