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#1 billonious

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:35 PM

Hey, if i have understood right, winPE must load in RAM, in order to make windir (I386 dir) writeable. Am I right? To make it, it needs FBWF script? Is there any other way?

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 10:45 PM

Try USB or Hard disk.

There is also Diskless Angel but it's not free.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:55 PM

Hey Nuno, I may miss something. You mean that there is no free (ware) way to have a winpe in optical disk with i386 writeable ? Nor a i386 emulation method in ramdisk [something like temp\%system32% folder in ramdisk] ?

It could make winbuilder more flexible if system files [sys, dll, inf, reg] could be added.

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[edited because of lack of brain]

:cheers: It has just come in my mind that the first time I made a winbuilder livexp iso (once in the past summer) the system directory was writeable.

My problem is that being a newby I had (and still have) no idea how it was done. I had downloaded WB and made some tries, without looking deeper in its functionality. This old project folder is now deleted :cheers: and as a result I can't figure it out. I have kept only this old ISO (which has a temporary writable root] . By looking in some files (ex. project info), I may find how it was done. I have very weak memory :cheers:

Nuno, do you think that the red line (=ramdisk) below is the key for writable root?

[Project]
ProjectName=LiveXP
ISORootName=LiveXP
RamISORootName=LiveXP_RAM
BootISO=C:\WinBuilder070\ISO\LiveXP.iso
HoJoPELevel=2
LangID=00409
TextID=00409XP
AllID=00409XPSP2BB2

[Created]
Date=?et 18/07/2007
Time=04:47 pζ
HostOS=Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
Locale=00000C01
WinBuilderVersion=070

[Scripts]
Retrieve Project Info=Version 011 at 2007-07-18 04:47:48
Make directories=Version 005 at 2007-07-18 04:47:54
HoJoPE Hives Factory=Version 027 at 2007-07-18 04:48:01
Build Model=Version 028 at 2007-07-18 04:48:04
Copy and Expand files=Version 007 at 2007-07-18 04:48:21
Explorer=Version 026 at 2007-07-18 04:48:33
Misc Settings=Version 011 at 2007-07-18 04:48:34
RAMDisk=Version 011 at 2007-07-18 04:48:37
Display Properties=Version 004 at 2007-07-18 04:48:49
Wallpaper=Version 4 at 2007-07-18 04:50:01
------some applications were listed here----


[RamDrive]
DriveLetter=X:
Settings=B:



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Posted 06 December 2007 - 12:42 PM

Hi billonious,

I think you're on right path to learn more about this method.

RamDisk is a RAM based disk that is created after Windows boots up and is used as temporary space to place files - it doesn't make your root files writable.

What you're looking for is Ram Boot and this only comes typically available using files from Windows 2003, or using a write filter (XP embedded or WinPE2.0 - VistaPE) - there is also FBWF (File Based Write Filter) - this has been extensively discussed and using the search functions should bring you the most relevant informations with what you need to know.

Look on the nativeEx and NativePE projects - they are adapted for this use and you can find the scripts responsable for creating a RAM Bootable ISO inside.

You can download a Windows 2003 trial version to use as source from here: http://www.microsoft...llinstruct.mspx

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VistaPE also comes with this option as default.

Happy testing! :cheers:

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 02:53 PM

tanx Nuno for your advices, I am falling in tests! :cheers:

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