[Solved] [WinPE] Create Desktop Shortcuts

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by IAmTheDude, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. IAmTheDude

    IAmTheDude MDL Member

    Oct 12, 2011
    #1 IAmTheDude, Sep 20, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2015
    Hey all!

    This is a small follow up question from my post here

    I have created a Win10PE using explorer as its shell. Everything works great.

    Last hurdle is this:

    USB is set out like -

    /W7UX64/..(files from iso)
    /W7UX32/..(files from iso)
    /W81X64/..(files from iso)
    /W81X32/..(files from iso)
    /W10X64/..(files from iso)
    /W10X32/..(files from iso)

    What Im looking to achieve is when the PE desktop loads it has shortcuts to the setup.exes already on the desktop.

    I can manually use explorer to launch them and they run and install Windows fine but would like to get them placed on the desktop for ease of use.

    Is this possible?

  2. IAmTheDude

    IAmTheDude MDL Member

    Oct 12, 2011

    Maybe this was the long way round but it does exactly what I want!

    When the PE boots the USB is mapped to Y.

    In normal Windows I used vsubst to mount a folder as a drive with Y as the letter.

    Duplicated the folder structure in the root of this new drive and copied setup.exe to the correct location.

    Then I pulled to the desktop shortcuts to each setup.exe and renamed them.

    Mounted boot.wim with DISM and copied these shortcuts to /Users/Public/Desktop and unmounted.

    Works perfectly :D

    Now I have awesome 10 based WinPE which boots to a working 10 desktop with shortcuts to each setup.exe :)

    Can now fit 7 x86/x64, 8 x86/x64, 10 x86/x64, Server 2008, Server 2012 as well as have Office 2010 and 2013 setup files all on one USB from which I can install any OS :clap:

    I also pulled the files from the Macrium Reflect rescue ISO and merged them in my boot.wim, created a shortcut like above and now have Macrium running from my own PE as well :D

    On top of that, as each OS has its own $OEM$ folder doing its business its now easier to adjust or edit without fiddling around with an ISO (like Easy2B etc).

    Now my next task is to merge this in with DaRT as the downside to this is that even though all OS's have their DaRT in the boot.wim, it cant be used as its running from the exe o_O

    Loving it :)
  3. mabaega

    mabaega MDL Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2010
    it seems interesting to try

    What equipment do you use ( software needed ) , and how do you make it ?
    Would you explain step by step to make it? plzz :worthy:

  4. tanush62

    tanush62 MDL Novice

    Feb 18, 2014
    #5 tanush62, Sep 25, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2015
    Hi Dude, Please give us more detailed info.
    What options in pebuilder did You include, what exclude.
    Where to find vsubst, I couldn't find it. With "subst" doesn't work. How to add shorcuts to desktop?

    What about after restart? Windows need to restart after first part, how can it see substituted drive?