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Windows In Your Pocket

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Windows In Your
Pocket

Created:
September 9, 2005

By:
Björn Fröhlecke

Category:
PCs & HowTo

Summary:
The Bart PE Builder
software utility takes
Windows XP and shrinks
the OS to your USB
flash drive. Besides
converting your mini-
drive into an emergency
boot disk, you can use
All it takes is a minor error in the Windows Registry or a the utility to load a Web
virus infection, and your operating system can become browser, media burning
software and more - to
unbootable. But with a properly configured USB flash drive have handy anywhere
on hand, you'll always have a compatible replacement no you go.
further away than your pocket or keychain. In addition, the
flash drive can also provide a secure browser and virus
scanner, and lets you take your favorite DVD burning and
Office software with you wherever you may go. P150: With HDD
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All that's needed is a bootable USB Flash drive with at least
What's with the funny
green links? 256 MB of storage capacity and a Windows Setup CD.
Using the program Bart PE Builder (Freeware), you can
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Information Bart Lagerweij's free utility, PE Builder, condenses the original setup data for
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