What is a pre-installation environment ?

I have recently downloaded and used BART PE (Pre-installment Environment). The software was great for the purpose I used it for, i.e. getting access to all the files that Windows XP PRO locks up when running). However, can somebody explain the main purpose of a preinstallation environment and what does the term "Rollout" mean ?
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Peter
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Which version of XP Pro?  Can you please explain a bit more about your environment, and goal?  It helps to get you what you need quicker.  Rollout could be delivering service packs, Hot fixes, Updates.... Getting a snapshot of existing environment may be critical to recovery.  Too little known here.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
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PeterHughes01Author Commented:
Hi astaec,
I'm using XP SP2 HOME EDITON. The main goal I had in mind was to look at some files that XP locks up when it's running. Actually it is pure curiosity. I have always been fascinated by that which I cannot have access to. After surfing the net I found BART PE and was amazed at how simple it was to get access to password protected files and EVERY OTHER FILE. I started a dummy account and called it TEST ACCOUNT and I put a password on it. I then simply booted the machine with BART PE and Bingo!, read all those files in that folder AND EVERY OTHER FILE ON THE MACHINE!

However I am sure BART PE is not designed as a tool to get around security. Is it a tool to ready a hard disk for a new operating system ? Or perhaps to create new partitions ?
The BART PE help files are not very informative.
Thanks
Peterhughes01

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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
YIKES!

If I were in your shoes, and since you have XP SP2 and Microsoft still has FREE tech support, I'd use their Free TechChat interface or the free Email/Phone support number to get them involved.  I'm swamped this week, but will check back when I can and keep my thinking cap on.   Others may stop in here with additional insights and recommendations.

Free XP SP2 Help and Support
http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?gprid=6794 

I'm using XP SP2 Pro, and a fellow expert here has a web site I find very informative and includes a Video with step-by-step details on the functions and features of this new upgrade.  Very enlightening, so include that link here as well, in case it helps you as it did me.

***** This is an excellent link, very informative, and thanks to
Fatal_Exception for showing me this! It includes a step-by-step video about XP SP2 and the new features and configuration option overview. Top Notch!
http://65.24.134.81/KipSolutions/SP2/SP2Overview.htm *****
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Thank you... I'm very pleased I could be of help to you.   If more is needed in this regard, please comment and I'll respond when I can.  Best wishes, ":0) Asta
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Paul SDesktop Support Manager / Network AdministratorCommented:
if you want to learn more about bartpe try this page:

http://www.paulscomputerservice.net/index.php?body=./software/bartPE.php

bartpe is basically limitless. you could use it as your primary OS and carry it with you if you configured it right.
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