RANT: Need Help Making WinPE Boot CD


I am getting so sick of this ■■■■ COMODO. You come out with this new improved BackUp version which does work well if one only has to restore files and folders within Windows. But, when something serious happens and the computer image backup is needed, users have to jump through a bunch of hoops to make a Windows PE boot CD.

I am sorry. But I am getting very disgusted here and I have a customer ■■■■ near screaming at me for recommending COMODO BackUp which is becoming a decision I am regretting.

Good God, I even tried just the easy way of restoring the image with the CB program in Windows 7. It tells me it is scheduled to run on reboot. OK. Fine. So I reboot and the restore starts and lasts for like two seconds then Windows 7 continues loading. I try rebooting again and now Windows 7 is corrupt so I have to do a quick reinstall of Windows 7. Try restoring the back up again and the same ■■■■ happens screwing up Windows 7.


Now I am ■■■■■■■ and I might lose a client. THANKS!

I finally got a Windows PE boot CD made after the help of a couple of YouTube videos. I even added the SATA drivers to it. I boot up, browse to the COMODO BackUp folder on the CD using command prompt, type in CBU.exe, and it tells me the language file is invalid. WTF?

So I see this…



So the whole point of making the boot CD is to access the hard drive that has COMODO BackUp installed on it which is also the same drive I want to do an image restore to?

Guys, with all due respect, that is DUMB! Make a bootable CD for us. Heck, add COMODO BackUp to the Rescue CD you already have. Allow us to hook up an external drive that has the image backup on it. Allow us to pick the correct hard drive to restore that image backup to. SHEESH!

So now here is what I was forced to do to get COMODO BackUp to do a successful image restore and make my client happy:

  1. Unhook the SATA cables from the two SATA RAID 1 drives.

  2. Hook up a new SATA drive big eough for a new Windows 7 install and to hold the image backup from the external drive.

  3. Install Windows 7 to new drive.

  4. Install COMODO BackUp.

  5. Reboot and hook up external drive with the image backup on it.

  6. Copy backup to new drive (C:) which took about 4 hours.

  7. Turn computer off and hook up SATA RAID 1 drives.

  8. Go to BIOS and make sure the SATA RAID 1 drives don’t boot before the new drive does allowing the new SATA drive to continue booting Windows 7.

  9. Boot into Windows 7.

  10. Tell COMODO BackUp to restore the image backup which it will try to do on the next restart.

  11. Reboot the computer. The restore will fail as it will start for a few seconds then Windows will load the desktop.

  12. When back in Windows, format the RAID 1 drive array (DO NOT FORMAT THE SYSTEM RESERVE PARTITION ON THE RAID 1 DRIVES).

  13. Open COMODO BackUp and have it restore the backup. It did it this time without a reboot. It took about 3 hours or so.

  14. Shut down the computer.

  15. Unhook just the SATA cable from the new drive.

  16. Turn computer on.

  17. It will boot from the RAID 1 drives.

  18. When in the restored Windows 7, plug the SATA cable back into the new drive.

  19. Open COMPUTER MANAGEMENT and click on DISK MANAGEMENT. Delete all the partitions from the NEW DRIVE ONLY. Then create a new SIMPLE VOLUME on the NEW DRIVE and format it.

Now please create the ability to create a COMODO BackUp Rescue CD with COMODO BackUp. I think it would be wise to have it make an ISO image with the necessary drivers from the computer doing and needing backups. This CD should be able to be booted into, have the exact same COMODO BackUp interface load, allow the user to pick the backup from an external drive, and where to restore it to.

Yea, I understand this scenario.

Like the good 'ol ntbackup days. If they worked on restore… >:(

I’m debating where to start recommending CB to clients for their possible backup solution. It looks to be a good backup program with a couple of obvious downfalls. Your’s being one of them, but for the cost of the software(FREE) a re-install of OS then restore isn’t really that bad.

What you could do to speed up your process is make a baseline installation and do a sysprep. Clone that installation to some file, with whatever imaging software you use(Ghost, Clonezilla, whatever). Whenever you needed to do a baremetal type restore, clone that sysprep’d img over to hard drive. Then do a restore from CB GUI. You probably want to install CB before doing a sysprep though, so it would already be installed.

You will need to do a little more research on making this type image and it may not work 100% of the time. Anyway, that should cut down on a lot of re-installation time.