WinPE beginner

Hello,
I’ve just started messing around creating my own Windows PE flash drive and/or boot DVD.
I’m using WinPE builder and have been able to make a USB drive that boots directly to the command prompt.
I’ve played around w/ portable applications and so far have been able to get a portable file explorer to work but not easy. I must change drives & folders to run the setup for the program. The install works from drive F that is installed on drive X, but what’s weird when I’m through w/ WinPE, what’s created on the X drive seems not to stay. When I’ve finished the install the portable file explorer will work and looks as it should, but I do believe there’s a way to make the file explorer startup automatically instead of me going through the manual setup each time…this is where I’m at now. If it’s possible, I want to start the file explorer up automatically when WinPE boots instead of the command prompt, and I believe this can work through the startnet.cmd but haven’t had any luck w/ that yet.
As you can tell, I’m a severe WinPE beginner.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
add the portable explorer to your winpe
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749312%28v=ws.10%29.aspx


   Create a text file called Winpeshl.ini by using a text editor (such as Notepad) with the following structure. For example,
    [LaunchApp]
    AppPath = %SYSTEMDRIVE%\myshell.exe
    [LaunchApps]
    %SYSTEMDRIVE%\mydir\application1.exe, -option1 -option2
    application2.exe, -option1 -option2

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   Set the AppPath entry to the path to your shell application. The path can either be fully qualified or use environment variables, such as %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Myshell.exe. The AppPath entry does not support command-line options.  Save the file to %SYSTEMROOT%\System32 of your customized Windows PE image.     Recapture your Windows PE image
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Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:
Hi,

The mistake you are making is thinking that WinPE is like a normal OS. It isn't. It loads into memory only so the X drive is not a physical disk at all it is memory so when you reboot content it is lost. You therefore cannot treat it like a portable USB and install anything to X:.

To make anything permanent you have to edit the WIM file which is what unpacks into RAM, add files manually and edit the INI file as David has shown.

Mike
kevluck373Author Commented:
I've got the file manager to come up now at the start, but for some reason it will lock up not too long in use. This is another problem I'll deal w/, but as stated before, I have some severe learning to do.
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