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stopping ghost32.exe from launching automatically in winpe

Created: 21 Jul 2010 • Updated: 23 Aug 2010 | 6 comments
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Basically, I have a WinPE USB flash drive that I created using the Symantec Ghost Boot Wizard utility.  It works perfectly... if you want it to launch ghost32.exe automatically.  I do not.  Does anyone know how to prevent it from starting automatically?  I just want the boot to finish at the command line, so I can launch ghost32.exe at a later time.

(I've attempted to modify the boot.wim file, but haven't had much luck.)

Thanks.

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EdT's picture

Check out my article:  https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/readyadventures-winpe

You can still download WinPE 2.0 (the vista version) and these instructions will take you through the process of generating boot media of all types, which should also give you a good head start on how to mount WIM files and then edit the content, before demounting the wim and updating the copy on your USB key or USB hard disk. At the very least, you can generate a WinPE boot system without any Ghost components and then add them in later, or just copy the files onto your USB device where you can run them once WinPE is booted

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sml1538's picture

Thanks.  This proved more useful to me, because now I can add other applications, besides Ghost.

ICHCB's picture

Also if you just REM out the ghost32.exe line in the ghost boot wizard durring the last screen before createing the boot disk.   You can put your own info here and it will run what you have told it to here.   

See my screen shot below for the lines that call ghost32.exe now have a REM so that they won't load  I have the myownbatfile.bat that is being called in the ghost folder that loads instead. 

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sml1538's picture

Weird.  I actually attempted to modify the start.bat file after everything was completed, i.e. when it was already on the USB stick.  When I added "rem" at that point, it didn't seem to work.  Do I have to explicitly modify the start.bat from the Ghost Boot Wizard?

Thanks.

EdT's picture

As a general rule, any files that are in the WIM, and thus will end up being on the X: drive (basically a RAMDRIVE running WinPE from the WIM), need to be edited either via the boot wizard before the WIM is generated, or edited by mounting the WIM, changing the required file, then committing the changes to an updated WIM.
On the other hand, any files that are visible on the USB media when viewed in Explorer, (and not when WinPE has been booted from the USB media), should be editable directly on the USB device.

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ICHCB's picture

The start.bat on the usb drive isn't the one ran in the ram drive.

Instead call to a batch file that you placed on the usb drive and then you can modify your batch file any time you need to make a change.   That is what I have done and I just update the .bat file on the root of my usb drive and then update my .gho files and menu to match what I need it to do.

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