Create a Windows Bootable Rescue Disk

Windows 2000 and XP doesn’t make it super easy to create a emergency rescue disk. Before these OSes, you could always pop in a book disk and boot up to command line and handle the PC easily. There is a tool which makes it easy to create bootable CDs or DVDs for your installation of Windows. The tool is called Bart’s Pre-Installed Environment (BartPE). From their website:

“Bart’s PE Builder helps you build a “BartPE” (Bart Preinstalled Environment) bootable Windows CD-Rom or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 installation/setup CD, very suitable for PC maintenance tasks.

It will give you a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800×600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. Very handy for burn-in testing systems with no OS, rescuing files to a network share, virus scan and so on. This will replace any Dos bootdisk in no time!”

The program is free. Check it out at http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/.

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