Daylight Savings Time in WinPE

A number of WinPE enthusiasts have expressed concern that Daylight Savings Time (DST) is not supported in WinPE.  DST is the practice of setting clocks forward one hour in the spring and back one hour in the fall.  WinPE ignores DST, so if you are running your WinPE system during a transition period the time…

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Trim your wim in only three simple steps

The smallest possible wim sizes can be achieved by following these steps: Install only the optional components (OCs) you need Use peimg /prep to remove the extra OCs you didn’t install Use imagex /export to recover the space left behind by the deleted OCs The x86 en-us WinPE 2.0 winpe.wim packaged with the Windows AIK weighs…

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Vista has RTM’d!

Last Wednesday, Windows Vista was released to manufacturing. This means that the RTM version of the Windows AIK (Automated Installation Kit) will be released within the next couple of weeks. Why should you care? Because the Windows AIK contains the RTM version of Windows PE 2.0! Get ready! Stay tuned for a pointer to where…

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Nifty WinPE 2.0 Review

James Bannan over at APC has posted a nifty review of WinPE 2.0 over at http://www.apcstart.com/site/jbannan/2006/08/1082/windows-pe-20-a-tiny-version-of-windows-for-system-maintenance. Next time I’d like to see him try out peimg.exe, which is the new WinPE offline customization tool. You can try it out for yourself by downloading from http://connect.microsoft.com/ — the RC1 WAIK package should be posted up there…

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Download WinPE 2.0 Beta 2 now!!!!

Hello again! It’s been a while since my last post. I just got back from TechEd in Boston, MA. Many thanks to all who attended my talk. During my presentation, I promised that when I got back to Redmond that priority #1 was ensuring that EVERYONE can download WinPE 2.0. Today is that day my…

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Vista WinPE @ Techready 2

Last month I presented some of the new Vista WinPE features at Techready 2 at the Seattle Convention Center on Jan. 10-11. Techready 2 is a Microsoft internal conference designed to get our employees, partners, and field sales reps up to speed on our new products. It turns out that they booked a room to hold…

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Hello World!

This blog, created by the WinPE product group, is the first step in an effort to help unite the existing WinPE community, and introduce people to WinPE who haven’t used it. Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment) is Microsoft’s core deployment, diagnostics, and recovery technology. That’s marketing speak. In technical speak, it’s a special purpose, small-footprint operating system…

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