MVP Tool - CUSTOM ATI WINPE BUILDER
18.6 Advanced (01/22/2019)
Changelog - Version 18.6 is fully compatible with all versions of Acronis 2019. It is backward compatible with Acronis 2018, 2017 and the most current version of 2016. It is also fully compatible with all publicly released versions of Windows Operating System 10, 8.1, 8 and 7. It also supports the incorporation of multiple Acronis products into the same WinPE media (True Image, Universal Restore, Disk Director, Acronis Revive, Snap Deploy and Backup)!
Due to the larger size of the Advanced version, (about 140Mb), we are unable to post it directly in the forums so everything has been moved to the Acronis MVP Google Drive.
Basic is no longer supported and considered deprecated since the release of Acronis True Image Home 2018. Please use the advanced mode; trust us, you’ll like it and it's every bit as easy to use.
Advanced - just as easy to use to build your WinPE rescue media as the old Basic version! It does everything that Basic did, but also includes options for Bitlocker support, ISCSI support, a web browser, file explorer, explorer shell, 7zip association, PDF association, custom tools, screen resizing and more! As of 18.2 (and newer), additional Acronis products can be added to the same WinPE rescue media if they are already installed on the system where the media is being created (True Image, Universal Restore, Disk Director, Acronis Revive, Snap Deploy and Backup).
WHAT IS THIS?
MVP ATIPEBuilder is essentially a batch script tool designed by MVP's: Bobbo_3C0X1 and Mustang, with collaboration from Steve Smith and Enchantech and testing by other MVP's.
This tool can be run on any 32-bit or 64-bit system that is using Windows Operating System 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, as longs as there are compatible versions of Acronis products already installed on it.
This tool does NOT work with legacy versions of Acronis True Image Home (Early versions of 2016 and earlier) and there are no MVP plans to provide support for them, due to variations in the Acronis provided WinPE content. Additionally, newer Acronis products are designed to have better compatibility with newer hardware technologies and current Operating Systems and we believe that using more current versions of Acronis products is beneficial for users looking to migrate to these newer technologies.
Anyone with a Windows 7, or newer, Windows OS and has a current version of a supported Acronis product, may use this tool to build CUSTOM 32-bit or 64-bit Acronis Bootable Rescue Media. This will be especially useful for those of you that have 32-bit only UEFI systems or the OEM manufacturer has set the SATA mode to RAID in the BIOS and it cannot be changed. This tool also supports automatic driver injection in both the 32-bit and 64-bit media creation process, with support already embedded for the latest PCIE NVME hard drives and Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST).
Whether using this tool to build 32-bit or 64-bit customized WinPE Acronis Bootable Rescue Media, the resulting media can also be booted in legacy mode for ANY system (32-bit or 64-bit), where the bios supports legacy/CSM booting and/or UEFI mode for ANY system where the bios supports UEFI booting.
WHY DO WE NEED IT?
If you have a 32-bit only UEFI tablet or laptop that came with an eMMC flash hard drive, or any system that came with a PCIE NVME hard drive, you may have found that 32-bit/64-bit Linux Acronis Bootable Rescue Media and/or the default 64-bit WinPE Acronis Bootable Rescue Media won't detect your hard drive. This is because the manufacturer has set the bios SATA mode to RAID and/or:
01) Prior to the release of Acronis True Image Home 2018, the default version of the Acronis Bootable Rescue Media was based on Linux and typically did not have RAID controller drivers such as Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), which are needed to detect newer hard drives when the SATA mode in the bios has been set to RAID by the manufacturer. Although Acronis True Image Home 2018 (and newer) has options to build rescue media with WinPE or WinRE, and also includes driver injection now, it still has some limitations compared to this tool.
02) Driver injection is now built into the MVP tool and additional drivers can seamlessly be added "on-the-fly". By default, we already provide the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) drivers (if you choose to run the driver injection option) so that anyone using the latest NVME PCIE hard drives can create media that will support it out of the box - even if the manufacturer has set the SATA mode to RAID in the bios. (Note: if your system has a custom RAID controller such as LSI or Rocket-RAID, you may still need to add those drivers into the driver folder before running the tool).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
What we've done with this tool is simply emulated the Acronis default media builder process, but enhanced it. We take full advantage of the provided 32-bit and 64-bit WinPE tools that Acronis provides. We have added a section for CUSTOM / AUTOMATIC driver injection too! The entire process is handled with Microsoft DISM commands from the WinPE ADK packages so that we can include the ability to add custom drivers, copy drivers from the local system into the build, include Bitlocker support, ISCSI support and native OS language support. Furthermore, instead of limiting the WinPE media to just True Image, it will search the system for all installed Acronis products such as True Image, Universal Restore, Acronis Revive, Snap Deploy, Backup, and include them in the recovery media.
CAVEATS / CONSIDERATIONS / RECOMMENDATIONS
01) This is not an official Acronis tool, but they like it a lot and have been supporting development. It has even been integrated into the application for easy access. However, we recommend checking the MVP Google Drive to ensure you are getting the latest version. We've tested it thoroughly and feel that it is not only useful, but safe to use. If you do have issues, please be sure to post here in the forums for assistance.
02) The tool should always be run with Administrative Privileges to ensure that the script has the proper access for making changes where necessary. We've taken precautions to ensure that the script is always run with admin access (even if you forget). All current advanced versions are now an EXE that forces admin access before launching. However, please still try to always right-click and "run as administrator" whenever possible - just to be sure though.
03) On some machines, the tool may flag as an untrusted file under Windows Smart Screen or may even flag as malware. Working with Acronis, we are now releasing "signed" versions of the tool to alleviate this issue (18.4 and newer), but different antivirus programs may behave differently. This tool is not malicious and contains no malware. You can safely run it without fear, but please do so only if you are comfortable doing so.
(01). MVP WinPE Builder (02). MVP LogViewer
(03). MVP Google Drive (04). Cleanup Utility
(05). Cloning Correctly (06). Clone vs Backup
(07). Community Tools (08). Contact Support
(09). Product Documentation (10). OS MBR vs UEFI
(11). BOOT MBR vs UEFI (12). Common OEM Drivers