This guide is aimed at first time users of WinBuilder and those attempting to create a VistaPE CD. It is based on Mustang's Guide.
VistaPE is an extremely useful tool that can be used for Windows system repair and recovery purposes. Let's assume you are here because you have found a need to use VistaPE, but don't know exactly how to go about creating it. By following the instructions in this guide, hopefully, you'll be able to successfuly create a VistaPE CD.
Download the latest stable version of WinBuilder from the link below and save to to a folder on your computer.
When the download is complete, extract contents of the file to the C:\WinBuilder074 folder.
Browse to the extraction folder and you can see the executable file WinBuilder.exe now exists in the folder and is ready to be run.
For XP, just double-click on the WinBuilder program to run it (or right-click on it and select Open from the pop-up menu).
For Vista, you'll need to run WinBuilder in Administrator Mode. Right-click on the WinBuilder.exe file and select Run as administrator from the pop-up menu. If you get a security warning, click the Run button to allow the program to run. If Vista's UAC is turned on, click Allow on the UAC pop-up window to let the program run.
WinBuilder will start and display the "Welcome" page. Click on the Download tab.
Wait while WinBuilder updates the projects list and displays them in the tree on the left side of the screen.
Uncheck the VistaPE 12 script as well as all the other project scripts. Below, I've unchecked Optional, VistaPE v.12 (Beta 2) and Live XP.
Next, add the VistaPE 11 server so you can download VistaPE 11. Click the Servers tab and then the Add a new web server button.
Type in vistape.net/archive and click the OK button.
The new server will be display in the list on the right and VistaPE 11 will now be a project option in the tree on the left. Leave the drop-down box set at Recommended.
Uncheck the following scripts which are not needed for your first build:
App >> CD Record >> Nero7
If you are using the Windows AIK as the source for your VistaPE build, also uncheck the Addons >> share script to avoid build errors.
Once you have the script selections correct, click the Download button to begin downloading the scripts. This may take a while depending on your internet connection speed and the size of the scripts you've selected.
WinBuilder will display the download progress. Wait until the downloading is finished before proceeding.
When WinBuilder is run after the scripts are downloaded, the main screen will be shown.
For now, just notice the locations of the following controls: The Scripts tab, the Play button, the Refresh button, the Script button, and the Paths button.
The Scripts tab should be selected by default. If it's not, click on it.
Several settings need to be changed.
Select the Main Configuration script by clicking on it in the VistaPE tree on the left. The options for the selected script will be displayed on the right.
Change the default Screen resolution setting to at least 1024x768 if you know your monitor can handle it (most can). If you are unsure, leave it at 800x600.
Select the Extended Configuration script. Then check the Mount folder with programs as drive Y: option.
Expand the Build section and select the 0 - PreConfig script. This is where the path to the Windows AIK (WAIK) is saved. The default installation folder is already entered. If you are not using the WAIK or you have installed it into its default location (recommended), leave the settings as they are. Otherwise, click the "Open Folder" button to find the installation folder for the WAIK.
Expand the Finalize section and check the 7 - Create ISO option.
Next, we need to set the path to the source of the VistaPE build. The source can be a standard Vista DVD or the WAIK.
Click the Paths button. Make sure the VistaPE project is selected and then click the "Open Folder" button.
Browse to the location of the source and click the OK button. If you are using the WAIK as the source, browse to the WAIK installation folder.
The Source directory will update to the folder you selected.
You are now ready to create your VistaPE build. Click the Play button to begin the build process.
The first time you run the VistaPE script, you will most likely get an error message stating that wimfltr.sys driver is not installed. Click the OK button to install the driver.
WinBuilder will open a new tab, the Progress tab, and display the progress of the build. When finished, it will return to the main screen.
You can view the build log by clicking on the Log button.
The created VistaPE CD ISO file can be found the the ISO sub-folder in the folder in which WinBuilder was installed. In this example, it is in the C:\WinBuilder074\ISO folder.
This ISO file can be burned to a CD using any ISO capable burning program (such as ImgBurn). If you are unfamiliar with burning an ISO file, the instructions here can provide a reference (you'll just be burning the VistaPE.iso file to a CD instead of the WAIK img file to a DVD).
Now that you have completed building a plain VistaPE CD, continue through the next steps (as needed) to finish it.