Category Archives: DiskPart

Wireless Support WinRE 10 – Part Two

In my blog “Wireless Support WinRE 10 – Part One”, I explored an idea of using Windows 10 WinRE.wim image and an optional component (Feature Pack) called WinPE-WiFi-Package to provide support for adding wireless drivers to WinRE. My understanding is that WinRE.wim is just a modified version of a WinPE image, so I can use all the tolls and scripts available for customization of WinPE images.
Here, I will use PowerShell script to automate process of creating WinRE with wireless support.

How this script – Create-BootableWinReUSBDrive.ps1 automate process
1. You need to have Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) installed
2. Download WinRE-Wireless.zip package from the download section, under Application folder. After you download the file, please do the following:
3. Unzip the file (in my example C:\ WinRE-Wireless).
4. Connect your external USB Drive to your computer.
5. Find the PowerShell script named: Create-BootableWinReUSBDrive.ps1 (Important: there are two files: Create-BootableWinReUSBDrive.ps1 and WinRE-Build.ps1).
6. Ran as administrator the script named Create-BootableWinReUSBDrive.ps1, which opens a form as an interface to collect all necessary info for the second script named WinRE-Build.ps1 and create Media files that are necessary to make the external USB drive bootable.

Again, this is a two steps process, as described in my previous blogs and shown in the picture below:

Picture 01: in the first step you make your selections and start creating Bootable Media files.
During the first step, please make your selection: select the 32 or 64 Bit Architecture, custom (HTA or PowerShell) tool for WinRE boot option menus, the WinRE.wim file source folder, and the source folder named WinRE-Wireless by clicking ‘Browse Source’ button; once this folder is selected, please click ‘Start’ button to start creation of the Media files (i.e. the files and applications essential for booting USB drive). Important: do not close PowerShell Command line windows as shown below.

Picture 02: WinRE Wireless Media files being created, do not close command line window

Once all Media files are created, please proceed to the second step in order to make External USB Drive bootable. First click on ‘View Drive(s)’ button to display all available drives. Click the radio button to select the file system (FAT 32 or NTFS) to be used to format external USB drive(s). Finally, click ‘Run’ button to format selected USB drive(s) and copy all Media files.
Important: The column named ‘Partition Type’ with its green / red background color will help you distinguished the USB drive that reports itself as Fixed/Removable. The Removable USB drive should not be used with FAT32 option which creates two partitions.

Picture 03: Select a drive, click a radio button and finally click the ‘Run’ button to format the selected drive and copy Media files to the selected USB drive.

Finally, at the end of the second step, you will have a bootable USB drive with WinRE image, wireless support and custom menu option created. If you boot your computer using this USB drive you will see the menu option for Custom Tool (in my example HTA tool) and WinRE detecting Wi-Fi networks.

Picture 04: Custom menu option and Wi-Fi support

To download the WinRE-Wireless application, please go to the site’s download section, and expand the Application folder. In the compressed download file I’ve included a script to export WLAN profile(s).


 

DiskPart GUI – Update

Almost two years ago I wanted to create a DiskPart graphic user interface (GUI) tool for all of my colleagues that do not like command line as much as I do. I used PowerShell to build a DISKPART script to automatically format USB drives as bootable. This script has been posted in a blog with title “DiskPart GUI PowerShell”  and since then it has been downloaded more than 1000 times.

Today, in this blog, I give you an updated script that I hope will be a nice addition to your existing PowerShell scripts and tools, particularly for your Bootable Windows PE USB Drives.

The start page is shown in the picture 1; on the left side you can view the information about detected computer’s drives and on the right side you can select one – and just one – option from a set of partition alternatives.

DiskPartGUI_StartPicture 1: Format Disk Utility start page

To format a drive with selected partition style, please select a drive and then select one partition option as shown in the picture 2. In my example, I selected drive 2 and recommended UEFI\GPT partition to format my external USB drive.

DiskPartGUI_SelectDrivePicture 2: Select disk drive and partition layout MBR or GPT

You have to click on Format Disk button and confirm you choice to start DiskPart and formatting process (as shown in the picture below).

DiskPartGUI_ConfirmSelectionPicture 3: confirm drive selection and partition style

Finally, the second text box becomes visible on the left side and displays the result of all actions produced by DiskPart application.

DiskPartGUI_FormatDrivePicture 4: the second rich text box displays the result of DiskPart actions

This script could be found in the downloaded section – folder Application. Hopefully it will reach thousand downloads just as its predecessor.