Bart's PE Builder helps you build a bootable Windows CD or DVD from the original Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 setup CD.
You will have a complete Win32 environment with network support, a graphical user interface (800x600) and FAT/NTFS/CDFS filesystem support. It's useful for testing systems with no OS, data recovery or virus scan.
What's great about Bart's PE Builder is that it has many plugins that extend the operating system and allow you to do many tasks:
* Access USB drives.
* Load the CD with SSH, Remote Desktop Client and VNC so you can use the boot CD as a workstation.
* Recover deleted files.
* Defragment the hard drive (much faster that defragmenting from a boot HD).
* Use Internet Explorer and Firefox from the boot CD to surf the web.
You can get Bart's PE Builder here. You should copy the XP setup files on your hard-disk. Before building the Windows Live CD, visit PEBuilder Plugin Repository and Paraglider PE Plugins to get some plugins.
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