Modify WinPE


Okay , I am sure you have all been there in one or two rare occasions :
You perform a bare-metal deployment , something goes wrong ( yes , it does happen sometimes ) you open your command prompt in WinPE and try to verify the logfiles.

Oh shoot, I don’t have trace32 on my WinPE and my keyboard is in Qwerty.

Now you can modify your PE boot image but this means you have to potentially do this again after an update of the SCCM installation.

So the following sequence shows you how to set the correct KB layout and add trace32 to your PE in your Task Sequence. Easy…
Just remember , if an error occurs before these steps are executed … Then your PE won’t be modified. ( of course )

So First set the KB layout using a custom task. ( Belgium – Dutch here )


Now add the trace32 executable with a simple copy command. Use a package that contains the necesarry files.


Now add some additional registry information to avoid the annoying pop up asking if you want to associate trace32 to the .log file type extension.


The registry entry contains the following keys.


Success.

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