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MVP Tool - CUSTOM ATI WINPE BUILDER

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CURRENT VERSION: 

18.6 Advanced (01/22/2019)

How To Tutorial: MVP Tool - CUSTOM ATI WINPE BUILDER

README----Basic Vs. Advanced MVP_ATIPEBuilder

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. 

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Hi guys. Thanks for latest build. I already built a USB drive and boots and works correctly. I noticed a minor difference between this build and the previous. An extra level of folder is added compared to V18.2. Everything worked OK. See attached image.

 

 

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thomasjk

I just uploaded a modified version with a slightly fixed folder structure (as I noticed the names didn't match exactly). 

Unfortunately, different .zip programs behave differently so we've opted to keep a folder within the .zip to ensure that all of the embedded contents don't extract as individual files/folders on someone's computer.  That can end up being "messy" if extracting to a folder with other content already in it (like the root of C: drive" and may confuse some people too.  

If you use 7zip and right-click on the .zip file, navigate to the 7Zip menu item in Windows Explorer and then select "extract files", you'll end up with the double folder structure that you're experiencing.  The same behavior occurs when using the Windows 10 default tool if you right-click the .zip file and then select the "extract all" option.

To end up with a single folder structure, instead...

If you use 7zip, right-click and select "open archive" and it will open to the main folder automatically and then you can just copy and paste the folder out of it and it will only have the one folder name structure.  The same behavior will occur when you use the Windows 10 default tool and right-click and select "open", which will then allow you to just copy and paste the folder with the single folder structure too. 

Alternatively, feel free to cut the contents out of the second folder and move them up a level and then delete the empty folder.  The name of the folder wont' matter since the script is coded to run in whatever the "current folder" is that the application is launched from.  As long as everything is in one folder, regardless of the name, it should operate just fine.

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Hello,

I'm not sure if this is where I should post this, but after I entered my USB Flash drive letter (E:) so that I can create a bootable USB Flash Drive, the utility failed and was unable to FORMAT my flash drive (64GB KINGSTON).  How can I create a bootable flash drive with the WinPE that I just created?

Thank you.

Ron

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Hi Ron,

Make sure you are just typing

E:

and nothing else when prompted (assuming E: is indeed the correct drive).

Also, It is typically recommended that you use a 32Gb or smaller (down to 2Gb) flash drive.  Some systems cannot boot a flash drive that is larger.  

You could try the 64Gb drive again as a test, but I'd recommend doing a full format in Windows first (not just a quick one) to ensure it is completely wiped with no hidden partitions (Windows can only see one on USB flash drives but there could be others from a previous tool like Rufus or some other WinPE builder).  To do this, just locate the drive in Windows file explorer, right click and "format".  Then unselect the quick option and go have a beer and watch a show as the full format may take awhile.

It may be easier to grab a smaller thumb drive if you have one available to be on the safe side though. Please see this Acronis KB article:  https://kb.acronis.com/content/58108

 

 

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We've added a how-to video tutorial to the stickies now - for those wanting to know how it works or what it does, please check it out.

How To Tutorial: MVP Tool - CUSTOM ATI WINPE BUILDER

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This tool is so nice! Thanks alot for making it...

Im using a version om summer 2018. Is there any reason for me to make a new USB boot stick with the newest MVP tool?

 

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Peter, if the version you have is working, it should be fine.

Mustang made some of the code better for creating A WinRE version and the ability to add in Acronis Revive and a few other under the hood things during the  build process, but the final product should be pretty similar to what you already have now. 

Check out the change log though. Personally, I always build a new version when Acronis releases an update to True image and then use the latest MVP build then. But that's more so I can have the latest Acronis application (although sometimes it fixes some bugs but introduces new ones - usually nothing major though).

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Just wanted to note that the current version of the tool is working with the 2020 beta without issue.