Windows Live CDs and USB Boot-Sticks
WinBuilder - Windows Live CDs
WinBuilder is a program for creating Windows based Live-Systems (WinPE) for system maintenance and data-recovery. You can create one in conjunction with a CD/DVD or ISO image of a Windows OS. That way you can recover files from corrupted systems or you have your own little Windows system for to go. Little cause an ISO of a simple 32-bit system with only a few extra programs could be only approx. 500 MB and you can burn it onto a CD. If you want a 64-bit system with extra programs, you have to be very carefully or you'll need a DVD. Sure, using a flash-drive is the better choice but there are some computers out there which will not allow booting from USB and then you MUST use a CD or DVD.
ISO-Images which are created with the Media Creation Tool, are NOT qualified! You can download ISOs directly via the Windows ISO Downloader (.NET Frameworks required). With WinBuilder you can select a project like Win7PE which then will be downloaded. Add software apps of your choice, create and burn the ISO-Image or create a flash-drive.
Program-Screenshots: WinBuilder Win8.1SE x64
Boot screens: Gena Win8.1SE x86/x64
You can realise the Dual-Boot e.g. via ISO within ISO.
System-Screenshots: Gena Win7PESE Win10PESE
Screenshot of Win8.1SE x64 with some started apps thru the PStart launcher from the same flash drive, NOT with the integrated script cause that way I can use PStart on any computer with Windows installed and from the WinPEs on my USB-Stick.
Backgrounds: Lightning collection from Rob Margel and DesktopNexus.
Do you have more than one WinBuilder ISO file and want to have them together on one flash-drive and be able to boot from each one? Here's my guidance for building a Multi-Boot USB-Stick with Easy2Boot! Set it up, scroll down to WinBuilder ISO-Files, chose and try one of the options and add also some Linuxes.
Gena (XP), Win7PESE, Win8.1SE and Win10PESE projects!
Naturally you need to know how to boot from flash drives.
USB Boot-Sticks and Multi-Boot
Easy2Boot and RMPrepUSB - Build a custom Multi-Boot flash-drive under Windows or Linux! Multi-Boot means, you can have multiple Systems in Live-Mode (Windows PE and Linux) on your flash-drives. For a first test, QEMU is integrated.
Easy2Boot has it's own page with guidance and lots of screenshots.
Beginners may should start with YUMI!
YUMI - Portable, Multi-Boot, easy to use, no emulation!
Screenshots: Program and boot screens.
Persistence is available (only FAT32) for most Ubuntu based systems!
You should defrag all the ISOs on your bootable flash-drive!
Puppy Linux with persistence is standard cause of Puppy's savefile but it's not so easy with YUMI. Solution: You have to place the savefile within the Puppy folder when asked on first Puppy shutdown from the YUMI drive!
Nicer menu labels? Simply edit the menu files (e.g. antivirus.cfg).
IMPORTANT: If you used Boot-Sticks and left it plugged in while booting into Windows or you insert the Stick under Windows and you see an error message, you may have to update the BIOS and create a new Boot-Stick or look here for a solution!
USB Boot-Sticks and Single-Boot
Universal USB Installer (UUI) - A Windows program which let you create Boot-Sticks with Live systems like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Knoppix and openSUSE for your USB thumb drives, in a very easy and convenient way. Screenshots
UNetbootin - Like UUI but for Linux, Mac and Windows. Screenshot
UUI and UNetbootin: Persistence for most Ubuntu based systems!
Rufus - Like UUI and also easy to use. Screenshots
Test ISOs and Boot-Sticks under Windows: MobaLiveCD and USBFastBoot.