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VistaPE "Flat" (Directly from CD/DVD not in RAM) boot on USB device

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#1 ludovici


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:26 AM

Hello everybody ;)

I have seen a lot of topic about this subject but i can't find a simply method to boot my VistaPE "flat" (Directly from CD/DVD not in RAM) on USB device...

Fool the BIOS booting any USB stick as a Hard Disk, Tutorial...
Grub4dos, .iso images and (hd32) or (0xFF) mapping, Post here ONLY reports of working setups!...

Can you help me in the goal to create a VistaPE "Flat" on USB script?

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 12:01 PM

If only I could understand what you are asking....;)

You want to have on the USB stick a VistaPE .iso or a "normal" "FLAT" USB Stick, like the one here:

For the above, use the above. ;)

For the .iso use this:
(and the latter "loops" back" to "flat")



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Posted 29 May 2009 - 05:41 PM

If only I could understand what you are asking....

When (and most of all, if ;) ) you build a VistaPE environment you must choose first the Build Mode(l) between the following: Standard in RAM (boot.wim), MultiBoot or Direct from CD/DVD.
I think he means the Direct Mode. :)

Please, take a look here http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=3619
AFAIK I'm afraid that it still is not possible to run your VistaPe from your UFD when VistaPE is not built creating a WIM file (that's as Standard in RAM).
If it is no longer so, please somebody inform! :) ;)

Btw: I will edit my post here http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=61651 in order to add and to specify that built-mode. :angry:

#4 maanu


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Posted 29 May 2009 - 09:18 PM

im sorry to post it here , but it suddenly came in my mind while i was reading it (i dont know why since i have never build a VISTA pe ;) ) .

we know that we CANT use two vista pe builds either from usb or cd whatever .as there is hard coded entry there in /boot/bcd . (talking about wim method here )

now is it possible somehow to have both versions packed as .iso , and call them from GRD >?

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 06:40 AM

i have never build a VISTA pe

That is probably the reason of your perplexity. ;)
As already said: before the VistaPE creation you have to choose which Mode to use, the Standard in RAM mode is self-explicative and it automatically will create:
1) a Target folder containing some files&sub-folders (if you suppose to use only the ISO then you can choose in WinBuilder to automatically delete them at the end of the built process, but you also can choose to not delete them!) and that we call "Flat" VistaPE; in one of the above sub-folders there is the "boot.wim" file.
2) a ISO file (if you preventively choose to create it).
The two above "objects" have been built in Standard Mode (that's VistaPE running from RAM).
The two above "objects" can be run/loaded from a USB Flash Drive through grub4dos "menu.lst" entries, even staying contemporarely on the same UFD.

Booting from UFD of both VistaPE "Flat" and ISO built in "Direct from CD/DVD" mode is not (yet?) supported (AFAIK).
Once I somewhere read something about a "IMA" file creation (I think as a workaround), but I was not interested, so I'm not too sure and I do not remember enough.

Now, it appears as absolutely possible to choose from two different entries if to run the "Flat" version (that's the files&sub-folders containing the "boot.wim" file copied to the root of your UFD) or the ISO file: both of them will boot from your UFD (if created as Standard in RAM mode).
Not considering the space required on your UFD, it will be enough to copy to the root of your UFD either the "Flat" VistaPE and in the "boot" folder to copy the corresponding ISO file (and the two entries in grub4dos "menu.lst").
I assume that you referred to guimenez post here http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=68478
Both the above ones will be able to boot from your UFD just why they have been built in Standard Mode (VistaPE from RAM).

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