Windows 8 based PE boot disk with explorer shell and many great utilities

This is my newly created customized Windows 8 PE x86 boot disk with windows 8 explorer shell and many great diagnostic and repair utilities.

I have updated the iso  on 06.07.13 to include two imaging /cloning applications.  Drive Image XML and Drive Snapshot. Shortcuts for each  in the start menu and on the desktop.

ISO bootable image includes the following open source free apps

·         Google Chrome 26

·         Opera 12

·         7Zip

·         MBR Fix

·         ServiWin

·         Regshot

·         AMSN

·         ANote

·         Eraser

·         Filezilla FTP

·         Foxit PDF Reader

·         Infran View

·         Multi Res

·         Notepad ++

·         Process Explorer

·         Process Hacker

·         Tree Size

·         Tweet Deck

·         IMDisk Virtual Disk

·         Defraggler

·         VLC

·         Virtual Keyboard

·         DriveImage XML

·         Drive Snapshot

·         All the basic windows apps

·         Plus much more

All portable apps are listed in the Windows Start Menu under all programs.


If you prefer to use the Portable Apps menu instead then run the Portable Apps Menu shortcut on the desktop.  The portable apps menu also allows you to download more apps by selecting the Apps>Get more apps. These freshly downloaded apps will only be available during the current session.




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It’s a large download (about 500mb) so be patient it can take 10-20 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download. After downloading burn the bootable Gandalf’s_Win8PE_x86.ISO file to CD, USB or mount  the iso.

ImgBurn silent installer

ImgBurn is a lightweight open source CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

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For those who may need to install ImgBurn to users silently.  Download this packaged executable from my skydrive link below.

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FileZilla silent Installers for x86 and x64

FileZilla is an excellent open source FTP client.

For those who may need to install FileZilla  to users silently. Download the packaged executables for both the x86 and x64 versions below.

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7-Zip 9.22 x86 and x64 silent installers

7-Zip is a excellent open source  file archiver with a high compression ratio


For those who may need to install 7-Zip  9.22. to users silently. Download either of these packaged executable’s for x86 or x64 from the link below.

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Notepad++ 6.3.2 silent installer

Notepad++ is an excellent free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.


For those who may need to install Notepad++ 6.3.2. to users silently.

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Skype 6.3 Silent Installer

Skype is for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are.

For those who may need to install Skype 6. to users silently. Download this packaged executable from my skydrive link below.

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