Once again, I appeal to my friends at BC for help and guidance. I've been trying to do this on my own for a good while now. At this point, I feel it would be much better if I followed someone else's input/advice as everything I've tried or looked at resulted in some type of roadblock.
What I've tried:
WinPE for W7 SP 1 - (too advanced for me. The instructions are obviously for experienced & informed Win PE builders. Even though I read & reread the instructions several times in hopes to be successful)
WinBuilder - (supposedly creates a winPE disk for you. Unfortunately, the instructions I found were for version 80 & the version that I have is version 82. You'd think that versions 80 & 82 would be similar enough that the instructions would work OK. Not so, in my case anyway.
PLOP - (after reading the readme, I'm not too sure that this solution would work for what I'm needing, although it seems viable. This is obviously a foreign product since the English README.TXT version has a few grammatical errors and the fact that there is a German version, but for free I'd willingly overlook minor errors )
WAIK - (Windows Automated Installation Kit - Part of the WinPE installation. From what I can understand, only a small part of this rather large ISO is needed for the building of a WinPE??? ((still some confusion about this, took me a few of the re-reads to learn that)) )
W7 install.iso - (Thought this was what I needed too. After wasting 2 DVDs, I learned that I now have 2 copies of my W7 Home Premium DVD installation disks, one 32 bit & one 64 bit. OK, they're not a complete waste, just not what I'm needing.)
The above is the culmination of about 2 weeks total. Of course, I'm not talking about a solid 2 weeks as I've worked at this only off and on.
Explanation of what I'm needing/wanting:
I have back-up images on my wife's laptop that are stored on a USB external HD. In order to restore these images, I'm assuming that I would need to be in a Win environment since the back-up program is a Win App. The laptop is used a lot for critical tasks like paying our bills among other things. The laptop is getting a little old (approaching 6 years) therefore, it does not have a built-in DVD drive, the optical drive is a CD drive. If need be though, I can boot from an external USB DVD drive that I have as I've successfully tested this. Of course, I'd rather be able to boot from the built-in CD Drive for obvious reasons. Another not-so-obvious reason is that the wife, although quite knowledgeable is a non-techie. BTW, the app I use for back-ups/restore is DriveImage XML.
In my collection of optical disks, I have a rescue/boot disk, trouble is, it's Linux. Just stick it in, reboot & voila! I'm hoping for a Win version of this. Surely, this exists???
Edited by PieLam, 12 March 2018 - 12:38 PM.