Gandalf’s Windows 10 PEx64 Redstone 2 Creators Update Coming Soon

2017/09/01 | By | 38 Replies More

Here’s a screenshot of the desktop.  I have to test all the apps and shortcuts still and then write up the post . I hopefully will have it completed by the end of the weekend. ☺

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  1. ChrisR says:

    Win10 1703 Creator Update. It seems that I am followed :smile:

  2. Cesare says:

    Thank you so much for making this new Windows 10 PE 64-bit version. Please make sure that Desktop Gadgets are available, and that all of the display and audio drivers are installed into the build and working properly.

    Please thoroughly test all of the installed applications to make sure they all work properly as well.

  3. mgforce says:

    Thanks for the sneak peek. Appreciate the efforts and eagerly waiting for release.

  4. captainmidnight says:

    Looking good my friend, anticipation is killing me 😀😉

  5. Split74 says:

    Thank you so much for the preview! Can’t wait for the update! Will there also be a 32-bit version?

  6. Cesare says:

    Please make a 64-bit version of Windows 10 PE Redstone 2 bootable .ISO image file.

    Please be very patient and thoroughly test all the programs, apps, and drivers to make sure they work properly.

    The audio and display drivers must be universal so that they properly work on any computer model. The display drivers must be 1600 x 900 pixels so that the resolution correctly fits my monitor.

    The gadgets gallery must be added into the Windows 10 PE Redstone 2 – 64-bit build like the desktop gadgets in Windows 7. I want the gadgets gallery back again.

    Thank you.

    • gandalf50 says:

      No Gadgets. They are antiquated. What do you think this build is? The cesare customized build. IF you’re lucky the audio and video will work on your system.

  7. Split74 says:

    LMFAO … OMG..I would be embarrassed to post demanding crap like that … hope they at least donate money for this “Cesare customized build” and or learn common sense. Be happy with what you get kids!…lol Thank you so much for putting in time to make these Gandalf50!I would be happy with just a base image… these are easy to customize.

    FYI … you should consider making these similar to the Hiren’s CD (app wise) .. this way the image would be smaller and apps would just load on demand from the root source. Much faster windows booting this way and easier for you to update apps. Just my two cents – Great work otherwise!

    • oldRossy says:

      Split74 – I couldn’t find a way to PM you but I just wondered if you have a link or two that would help me do just what you say – ‘base image… these are easy to customize.’

      I did follow Gandalf’s Video tutorials and his Links but didn’t spot anything.

      If anyone else watching wants to offer a link then please do so – this isn’t a PM…

      Cheers, old Rossy

  8. oldRossy says:

    Split74 – I concur 110% – WinPE is surely intended as a tool to be used as and when the primary O/S can’t be run.

    If you want custom setups then buy the MS license and install / customise whatever *you* regard as good for your needs.

    Keep up the good work Gandalf… oldRossy…

  9. Farting_Dog says:

    I’m looking forward to this, hopefully it’s released soon! :D

    • gandalf50 says:

      There is a slight delay with the build. It seems that after I make some edits to the wim it does not want to boot into windows. It goes as far as the start-up sound and then just sits there, never completing the login. grrr. Working on it. And I have a date tonight, first one since my wife’s passing, so wish me luck.

      • Qual says:

        Bring a rose with you for her.
        success assured ;-)
        Have a fine evening together.

      • Farting_Dog says:

        Good luck on that date buddy! :D

      • Qual says:

        Gandalf, your problem sounds familiar to me.
        I use a customized version of your 1607 x64 WinPE iso, which is extracted to my Win10 system partition and added to the Win10 BootManager Menu. So the WinPE loads from harddisk. After a warm reboot from Win10 into your WinPE now and then the same problem happens to me. To me is seems to be a RAM-memory conflict (occupied memory address). My workaround is to shutdown the computer and then run WinPE from a cold boot.

        Keep up your good work.

      • Bob.Omb says:

        Most likely because of your modifications to the login as admin script…

      • Bob.Omb says:

        You are bypassing most of win10pe.cfg with custom shortcuts which I’m sure you already know, (this was smart so people can add stuff after the fact) and altered the switchtoadmin.ini etc etc I’m sure that’s where the problem is coming from. Most likely related to pecmd failing to load the shell, I’m sure its something stupid but man it sure sucks having to wait to test the build after each attempted fix lol =) build times are a nightmare but you do good work so I’m sure you’ll figure it out…

        • gandalf50 says:

          thx, I think i have isolated it to the admin account. For now I may just stick with the system logon and it seems to be working. Will run a few more tests to be sure

          • Bob.Omb says:

            Add a batch to the autorun that grabs the SwitchtoAdminLogon.log(or maybe SwitchtoAdminLogin.log in your case) from system32 after boot and copies it to the root of the c:\ so you can see whats happening…That file will display any errors once the script completes, the hard part is getting to it from a blank screen. Will taskmgr(ctrl alt delete) open?

      • Bob.Omb says:

        Your old switchtoadminlogin.ini works perfectly for me (not logon, but login) If your doing an BLexact and secure update just reimport your original SwitchtoAdmin.ini – SwitchtoAdminLogin.ini – SwitchtoAdminPrepare.ini from your redstone 1 build and you should get to a desktop fine, works for me…

  10. Cesare says:

    Please fix the boot problem in the Redstone 2 of Windows 10 PE as soon as possible. I want a perfect build of Windows 10 PE – 64-bit – Redstone 2 .ISO image.

    • Bob.Omb says:

      ^^^^ This guy right here…lmao – Hey buddy, stop telling people what you want and be grateful for what you get. Asking and being polite always works better that acting like an idiot…

  11. Victor Witkamp says:

    Cesare, here you go:

    Good luck Mr. Cesare. Please let us know when you will release your version. We’re all looking forward to it.

  12. Luke says:

    Gandalf I just wanna say that your windows PE save me and others uncountable hours of work. I am so grateful for your work. I will enjoy the new version as the last one. Thanks again.

  13. Split74 says:

    Hey oldRossy,

    What I meant with “Base image” was stripping most of the included applications down since this is being used as a custom support tool in my business. I’m basically adding custom applications, like Symantec Encryption support tools, Ghost, ex. to the existing image. I’m customizing the systems look.. backgrounds/shortcuts, etc, I’m also adding BGinfo and starting VNC server support as well. The easiest way, for me, is to work with the Win10pe.cfg file for any and all shortcut/start menu customization. The Autorun.cmd files is used to tweak more system details such as registry key imports, additional driver startups, etc. On the older Hiren’s CD’s I used to export and import the registry keys manually before compiling the WIN, it’s easier with the Autorun.cmd file. I using a multiboot USB that also includes the Hiren’s Windows 7 image… I’m adding attributes and the same application launching methods to Gandalfs build. This way my final WIM file is half the size and boots faster while all applications are compressed and shared between 3 images, only decompressing and launching as needed. I have Two Hiren’s Win7 images for separate Access and recovery of Symantec disk encryption support and one image for new Windows 10 PGP based encryption support. My boot USB/DVD is only about 4gb in size with all applications and the three windows based images. I’m using a DOS4Grub menu system that also allows me to start many Diagnostic ISO tools like HDD-regenerator,Memtest, spinright,etc without having to boot into WinPE.

    I have been building this code up for many years now, I’m thankful for people like Gandalf and Hiren for creating these types of images and saving us so much time doing it ourselves. Keep up the great work Gandalf! You are going to be a legend in history just like Hiren is for us IT geeks ;)

    Hope this info helps some.

    Hey Gandalf,

    With these new updated Win10PE redstone versions… does this just include latest applications and or service packs and or drivers? Just want to see if I should just use Dism on the current Win10 image I’m currently running and happy with or wait for this new version and customize it all over again? Just unsure what is really being update with these newer releases. What is your drivers source?


    • oldRossy says:

      Split74 – thanks for the reply, it gave me quite a bit of Googling already but you are obviously way ahead of me and getting all that into 4GB is almost unbelievable…

      My target user for *launching* the boot tool is my ‘extended family’ of (non-IT) people who I (remotely) assist on a part time basis.
      From what you have added (I too made a custom Hiren CD + menus but missed the Win’7 availability) I can see we have similar needs – backup, recovery, disk tools / management but I don’t need ‘deep’ encryption and stopped using the Symantec (backup) tools for Macrium. Just for my info’ which VPN did you choose – I used Hamachi which was ”magic’ until LogMeIn? bought it out.

      Does your multi-boot tool (Grub4DOS?) support UEFI? – if it did – surely that would defeat ‘Secure Boot’ for attacks by USB boot?

      I *assume* that DISM is the main(/only) tool that you use in the customisation so unless I hear otherwise I will explore that on one of my Win10 laptops…

      Again thanks for the info’ – I am sure there are others lurking here who will be doing similar things to your self.
      Is there a forum or even sub-forum (of that is even more specific to your (and my) needs?

  14. rcook says:

    With the demands and commentary I am amazed you even bother. I really appreciate your work. I am amazed you even bother to post some of the advice/requests.

    Thank you for your patience with all of us!


  15. DFAnton says:

    Please make sure that this rescue ISO can do my sewing. I expect my pants hemmed and on my desk by Tuesday. Thank you.

  16. bob.omb says:

    So are you having issues getting he login screen from blue to red?

    • gandalf50 says:

      If I login with the system account it seems to work fine and allow me to make changes to the wim.

      • bob.omb says:

        If you get Admin account working again I just posted registry settings the the oven for theming the admin login color. I included red in case you want it for your build.

  17. mgforce says:

    Thanks @gandalf50 for all the efforts and sweat put in to bring WinPE. Eagerly waiting!

  18. kretzu77 says:

    Respect for your work man.

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