Updated Gandalf’s Windows 10 x86 PE

2015/11/05 | By | 44 Replies More

This is is the my second release of a Windows 10 x86 PE.   Dotnet 2-4  is included in this build. Also there is a wider range of apps (listed below) included as well.

7Zip Archiver and archive manager Defraggler Disk Defragmenter
Winrar Powerful archiver and archive manager MBR Fix Fix master  boot record errors
MS Paint and Worpad Microsoft’s basic image and text editors Macrium Reflect Backup and disk imaging solution
CCleaner System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool Media player classic Classic Windows media player
MalewareBytes Famed malware- killing machine Dism Gui This app enters those hard to remember dism commands for you.
HWiNFO Hardware information and diagnostic tool Snipping Tool Screen capture application.
Trend Micro HouseCall Online virus scanner Eset Antivirus Online virus scanner
Double Drive  Driver backup application Ultra Surf Secure Web Browsing
Winmerge File comparison tool Opera Web Browser  Fast, simple and safe way to get around on the web.
Pale Moon Browser Alternate web browser. Ntpwedit Change or remove passwords for local system accounts
Virtual Keyboard Virtual Magnifying Glass
DiskCryptor Disk encryption application similar to Bitlocker Bitlocker Microsoft’s disk encryption application
Sysinternal Suite 10 useful apps VLC Media Player
IrfanView Image Viewer FastStone Image Viewer
Mozilla FireFox Another great browser Easy BCD Boot management tool
Snipping Tool Take snapshots Drive Snapshot Disk imaging solution
MyLan Viewer Network/IP Scanner Rufus Utility to format and create bootable USB flash drives
Wise Data Recovery Recovery program to get back deleted photos, documents, videos, emails etc WinToolkit Customize Your Windows Installation
Gimagex  Gaphical user interface for the ImageX tool Treesize Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs
Google Chrome & Ad Blocker  Popular and fast web browser Plus others
Desktop2.jpg

Desktop

Portable-Menu2.jpg

Portable Menu

Start-Menu2.jpg

Start Menu

OneDrive-icon (1)                                                                                  mega-icon (1)

Download Button5                                                              Download

It’s a very large download almost 1.5gb  so be patient it can take 20-40 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download.  After downloading burn the bootable ISO file to  USB using rufus or similar program to create your bootable USB. A BIG THANKS to everyone over at theOven.org

Some shortcuts in the Start menu will not work since I removed these licensed versions of the app for my personal use.

Checksums for Gandalf’s_Win10PE_x86_ver.11-02-2015.ISO

MD5: F1F7ECC33DA48EF552CB98AAE4E0BBCC
SHA-1: EFF0E9D6A7F6D0C4B1832FC2D88FDB54EB58AEC6
SHA-256: F874CC76AE0308BF29BA002B1C716CBD1A6CB06BF003AF642975B74B6CFCC158
SHA-512: 567F3F6AC018E8F14FAF2DFCF955A5FB2003019045810CBC1516EB2428750389D684E9795
4EEBE550E5B2216883F21B5EFF1F8E645FB56E2861350F47C7723C8

 

 

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  1. mgforce says:

    Thanks for your efforts in making this Boot Disk. Appreciate a lot. I will download and give it a try.

  2. Chris Quirke says:

    Thanks for this! I want to use this as a data recovery platform, but AutoChk chews on at-risk drives, which is deadly in this context. How can I add the registry setting to disable AutoChk, and ideally prevent other post-Win8 fiddling with whatever it finds on hard drives when it starts up?

    Currently, my only safe option for GPT Win8+ drives has been WinPE 3.0 and XCopy, as this is based on the Windows 7 code base; able to read GPT but too old to try and boot it or fiddle with the Win8+ bootability aspects of it.

    My skills were strongest in the Bart PE era, so I’m not so hot on WinPE, USB booting, and weakest on troubleshooting GPT boot failures.

  3. Chris Quirke says:

    I used 7-Zip to look at the System hive within these Win10 PE 32-bit, and Win8.1 PE 32/64 dual-boot projects, and I see you have already set AutoChk to be disabled in the newer Win10 project. Cool! I’ll try retro-fitting that to the Win8.1 PE 32/64 .iso

    Two questions…

    1) Any chance of a Win10 PE 64-bit with WoW support for 32-bit apps?

    2) Which NTUser.dat hive does one edit for these, e.g. to disable…
    – automatic restart on system crashes
    – disable GUI animations
    – disable AutoPlay/AutoRun.inf for all device types and letters
    …as I see no likely candidates in Users, nor ProgramData?

    Thanks!

  4. Chris Quirke says:

    Strange, and I see what you mean… when I first hit the site I downloaded what I thought was 64 with WoW, and indeed it is – but while commenting etc. the pages looked more like (x86) so that was what I thought I’d downloaded and why I asked about a 64+WoW.

    As to hives, I can find the system stuff OK, but the only NTUser.dat I can find is the one in Default. If PE works as a pseudo-install process, perhaps it spawns the user account from this at runtime?

    I also discovered WinTools in the 10 PE’s PortableApps, and it looks like that may make the build editing process a lot easier. The site’s Tutorials are good for info on what registry edit corresponds to what UI settings adjustments.

  5. eitan says:

    hi can you add mstsc for RDP
    thanks

  6. Mark says:

    I’d recommend posting the hashes for your ISO images on your website instead of the same repository as the image itself. If someone can compromise the image repository, it would be also trivial to change the hashes. Just a security observation and I know I’d feel better using the images with this verification change. Great work otherwise.

  7. Zim says:

    I changed the wallpaper, and now my taskbar and windows are a hideous vomit green color. Do you know if I made a theme in Win10, then copied it to Gandalf. Will it work?

    • gandalf50 says:

      no

      • Zim says:

        ok…thanks for the excellent work

        • gandalf50 says:

          for what its worth Windows 10 defaults to picking the color scheme based on wallpaper. Haven’t been able to get rid of that. If you avoid some primary colors in your wallpaper you should be OK. I had wallpaper that was 99% black or grey and a bit of red text. It picked the red for the menus, taskbar, start screen. Now that was hideous

  8. Nikto says:

    Thanks. Great job. Works with YUMI.

  9. beta says:

    Hi,,thank you for sharing this fantastic recovery disc, now dumb question time, would ot be possible to make this iso/wim a boot option under a UEFI boot menu? this would be SO handy as a recovery tool when/if windows becomes unbootable,gets a major virus,etc.

  10. SomeoneOnLine says:

    Thanks for this awesome tool. Any chance of updating it to Windows 10 1511? :)

    ~SOL

  11. Guest People says:

    Hi. I am using your Win 7 PE x86.
    I really appreciate your masterpiece work.

    and I have one question :
    Why Win 10 PE x86 doesn’t include any partition manage program?

    I often use partition manager in Win 7 PE x86 so satisfactorily that can’t go over to Win 10 PE x86.

  12. GMPOWER says:

    This is how I got this to boot on my UEFI, Unbranded UN-15MS10 tablet to be exact. I used Rufus 2.6.818 to write this to my USB stick. After selecting the iso image, change “Partition scheme and target system type” too “MBR partition scheme for UEFI,” and change “File system” too “FAT32,” then write the image to the USB stick. Put the USB stick into the device, and pressed F12 to enter my UEFI, and selected the USB stick under “Boot Override.” It then booted right into this PE. I hope that this helps anyone else that has trouble getting this to work with UEFI.

  13. Aqua Fyre says:

    What a better way to ring in the new year : than to download your latest offering.

    Much appreciated & a happy new year 2016 to you & your loved ones.

  14. Pajik says:

    One info missed. Is this live distribution or is this installable?

  15. jt2007john says:

    Subject: Updated Gandalf’s Windows 10 x86 PE second release 2015/11/05
    Link: http://windowsmatters.com/2015/11/05/updated-gandalfs-windows-10-x86-pe/
    Hi Gandalf, thanks for the excellent work.
    I wanted to load the update Version 2015/11/05 however the download stops from OneDrive allways just before completion at about 90/95%.
    I tried it with Firefox, GoggleChrome and latest Opera on two different computers: Allways ‘network error’
    The best ISO I got is full OK except the is BOOT.WIM at the SOURCES Folder. I tried MEGA-Download but this is not working…
    Any chance to get the BOOT.WIM from this ISO-Version seperately or can you please check the OneDrive-File?
    I loaded the 1st version without portable Apps which was OK, but I prefer to have the PortableApps-Version for better customization.
    Annother Question: How can I change the keyboard to German?

    Tanks very much & all the best – Regards Horst

  16. Horst says:

    Subject: Updated Gandalf’s Windows 10 x86 PE second release 2015/11/05
    Link: http://windowsmatters.com/2015/11/05/updated-gandalfs-windows-10-x86-pe/

    Hi Gandalf, thanks for the excellent work.

    I wanted to load the update Version 2015/11/05 however the download stops from OneDrive allways just before completion at about 90/95%.
    I tried it with Firefox, GoggleChrome and latest Opera on two different computers: Allways ‘network error’
    The best ISO I got is full OK except the is BOOT.WIM at the SOURCES Folder. I tried MEGA-Download but this is not working…
    Any chance to get the BOOT.WIM from this ISO-Version seperately or can you please check the OneDrive-File?
    I loaded the 1st version without portable Apps which was OK, but I prefer to have the PortableApps-Version for better customization.
    Annother Question: How can I change the keyboard to German?

    Tanks very much & all the best – Regards Horst

  17. Horst says:

    Hi Gandalf, I know now what the problem is:
    There is a timelimit of 2 hours loading from Onedrive and the download stops automatically thereafter.
    I’am at the moment in Spain and I have only a 1800 to 2.000 ADSL connection, but I would need a download time of about 2:20 hours – 20 minutes more bevor OneDrive stops the download automatically.
    Is there a possibility to extend this restriction to e.g. 2.5 hours?
    Thanks & regards Horst

  18. Horst says:

    Hi Gandalf,
    I resolved the problem today.
    I visited a public internet shop and downloaded the ISO there.
    Returning home I checked the downloaded with my bigest – but not completed – download and the difference was only 12 MB are missing which means, that I was assuming, that there is a timelimit.
    Thanks again for your excellent work!
    Regards – Horst

  19. Chris Quirke says:

    Memory leak? Affecting Intel graphics only, or more generic?

    I don’t know whether this is specific to the Win10 T2 x86 Gandalf PE, or others, and now that my session has crashed I can’t check which of the Win10 Gandalf PE I was using. Failure pattern:
    – boot a Gandalf PE session from 4G USB flash drive
    – do bulk file copy operations between hard drives over some hours
    – display may blink black, and recover
    – may see explicit “out of memory” error dialogs from Explorer
    – progresses to black-screen unusability

    At this point, the session may still be alive:
    – keyboard LEDs still respond to “lock” keys
    – pressing (not holding) case power switch may initiate OS shutdown

    This has happened a few times, on a modest-spec “frame” PC that works fine otherwise (including heavy sessions in other WinPE versions. I can follow up with WinPE version and PC spec details later; it’s one of those WinPE builds that is dumb enough to fall through to booting the HD (disaster, in 99% of cases needing WinPE!) i.e. “Press a key to boot USB…”

    These sorts of problems are tough to tshoot; my guess would be something integrated into the booted PE OS, e.g. drivers, Start Menu and other shell enhancements, and shell integrations such as WinRAR. It “feels” like a scalability-driven memory leak, and as it affects bulk file ops, I’d suspect shell integrations.

  20. Chris Quirke says:

    Errors in first post!
    – it’s the 64-bit Gandalf Win10 PE, may be pre-T2
    – it’s not Intel graphics, but a graphic card

    More details on the Gandalf WinPE version…
    – “Gandalf’s Win10PEx64”, says Computer, Properties
    – “Version 10.0.10240”, says Cmd.exe (WinVer not found)
    …and the PC hardware spec:
    – 2.60GHz Pentium E5300 processor, 4G RAM
    – Intel motherboard, can’t see what model; no integrated graphics
    – PCI Express graphics card in use
    – driven as “VGA Compatible” with “!”, says Device Manager
    – “Acronis Backup Archive Explorer” noted in Device Manager

    That Acronis may be a “smoking gun” if deeply integrated (as a “device driver”) and fiddling with files and archives underfoot.

  21. Jayro Jones says:

    Which file kicks off start.exe on drive Y:\? I wanted to edit it to also launch other portable apps at startup. But none of the config files in Windows/System32 that I can see have start.exe listed in them. Can you point me to the file?

  22. Ace says:

    Hi, can you please add new mirrors or update the existing ones? OneDrive no longer has the file, apparently, and Mega is a douche that doesn’t allow you to download more than 700MB without upgrading to a premium account.

  23. Bogdan says:

    Hallo
    can you add me to Onedrive ?
    THX very much, good job!

  24. io says:

    fix link please,

  25. grundug says:

    Hello there, can you please add me for the onedrive download?

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