This page is being created by TurionAltec
There may be a number of reasons why you might not be able to boot into your normal operating system
The only tools Microsoft gives end-users is the recovery console, which is extremely limited in capability, and DOS boot disks, which do not have built in support for NTFS, or long file names, and is also limited in what it can do to “fix” a Windows XP system. Other options include a Live Linux Distro such as Knoppix, however they still don't give you access to Windows applications.
The Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows is a stripped down version of WindowsXP that will boot off of a CD-R or USB drive, and is hardware independent. The core technology is Bart PE, similar to Microsoft's Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment). Unlike BartPE, UBCD4Win includes a number of hardware drivers, and system utilities already included, with little configuration necessary. Due to Microsoft's licensing restrictions, complete bootable ISOs can't be distributed, but instead the builder is distributed, and it will build the CD using Windows system files you provide.
You must be licensed to use the Windows source files used to build UBCD4Win and any machine you boot with UBCD4Win must be licensed to use Windows XP From the BartPE FAQ
In order to make a BartPE installation, your must have a properly licensed copy of the operating system. BartPE does not grant users who do not have a proper Windows XP/2003 license the right to use a BartPE installation. Also, according to the Microsoft EULA for Windows XP/2003, a user may not simultaneously use more installations of these operating systems than the user has license(s) for. This also goes for BartPE. In practice this means that the user may not use, for instance, a single license installation on one computer while simultaneously using a BartPE installation (created using that license) on another computer.
This guide will show you how to build a bootable CD and USB drive you can use on your Eee.
Technically the program is capable of also using Server 2003 media and can also try to pull files off of an in use installation, but using a Windows CD is ideal. Preferably you should use SP3 level media, though SP2 might work as well. If your media doesn't have SP3 included, you can Slip stream it using the builder.
The plugins button at the bottom will allow us to control the configuration of additional software. We needn't concern ourselves with this right now
In Windows Explorer, navigate to the UBCD4Win program folder. There's a couple files of interest here.
We cannot make a bootable USB drive until after we've built the project in the steps above. Warning: this process will delete all contents of your USB drive. To create a bootable USB drive, follow the following steps:
If the BIOS is not set to OS install: Finished, it will take a long time to boot (over half an hour). During the initial boot screen, press ESC to bring up the boot menu. Select your USB drive, and enter. Shortly you should get a boot menu. There are a number of tools on the drive. For now select: Launch “The Ultimate Boot CD for Windows”, and hit enter.
A “now loading” process bar will move across the bottom of the screen. I've found this goes quite slowly. Once the progress bar has filled up, the machine may appear to hang. Be patient, it may take up to seven several minutes to continue.
Eventually you will get a standard “Windows XP” startup splash screen, and it will load into a GUI. On the 4G it may take a couple minutes to progress past the Pre-shell screen.
You should will now be booted into your UBCD4Win. At this point you will be asked if you want network support. This is for Ethernet support only, select yes if you do.
Without extra drivers added, the 4G will only be available at 640×480 resolution.
As a comparison, booting off of a CD, I've found other computers take around five minutes total, and provide at least 800×600
The UBCD4Win includes a variety of useful tools built in, and gives you access to built in windows tools
In addition, most “portable” applications can be launched, allowing you to do additional tasks like instant messaging, or word processing.
There may be an additional program that you want to use in the UBCD4Win environment that isn't built in, or isn't available as a portable application. You can add plug-ins to add the functionality. In the case of some software, due to licensing restrictions, the plugin that you download will require you to copy files from the program folder.
If you do not have service pack 3 already slipstreamed into your installation media, you can use UBCD4Win Builder. I highly recommend using nLite to create a slipstreamed XP-SP3 install disc, so future OS installations are done directly to SP3. You can slipstream SP3 into any previous service pack level, without having to do the intermediate steps. For example you can go SP0→SP3, SP1→SP3, SP2→SP3
To slipstream service pack 3 you need:
The steps to slipstream SP3 are as follows:
It will now start integrating service pack 3. Once it has completed, it will put the output files in C:\UBCD4Win\win-slipstreamed Use this as your source when building a boot disk.