Product Requirements

System Requirements for Active@ Boot Disk (Win Edition)

Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008
Additional requirements:
  • Pentium II processor or higher
  • 512 MB or more RAM
  • A CD/DVD drive or a USB mass storage device to boot from


In addition to the above, you must be able to turn on power to the machine and you must have access to the system board BIOS setup.

Because the Active@ Boot Disk ISO image has been created using the Microsoft Windows PE (Pre-installation Environment) 3.1 operating system, you have access to many new Windows 7 SP1 features using the Windows 7 user interface.

The bootable image contains a variety of plug-ins, drivers and other 32 bit applications. The best aspects from version 3.1 are the ability to create and use a re-writeable RAM disk, and the recognition of USB keys.

Here are some more advantages in Windows PE 3.1:

  • You may use the new Windows 7 style standard dialogs, like File Open, Save As, and so on.
  • Security Updates: Support for SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is included.
  • PnP (Plug and Play) support: Hardware devices can be detected and installed while Windows PE is running. This supports any in-box PnP device, including removable media and mass-storage devices. This means that you can plug in a mass-storage device to use for data recovery or data backup.
  • Automatic writable RAM drive: When booting from the CD/DVD drive, Windows PE automatically creates a writable RAM disk (drive X:) and allocates 32 MB of the RAM disk for general-purpose storage. By using compressed NTFS, the 32 MB is addressable up to 60 MB. This drive space may be used to recover files or folders.

Note: There are two Active@ Boot Disk packages being redistributed. One is a public 10-days evaluation FREE DEMO that can be activated with a registration key. This package contains a standard WinPE 3.1 set of drivers and standard RAM disk having 32MB space available. This is a minimal size configuration. Another package has been supplied to clients after purchasing a registration key. This full package contains 200 additional driver packs for USB3, Mass Storage Devices and Network cards, as well as has a RAM disk of 128MB size. It requires ~20MB more disk storage space and consumes ~70MB more RAM when boot up than minimal package does.

Note: After the Windows operating system and Active@ Boot Disk have started, the boot CD/DVD can be removed from the drive. A new CD/DVD can be inserted into the drive and you can read from it or burn data to it.


How the system RAM is used

The ISO for Active@ Boot Disk was created from Windows PE (Pre-installation Environment), a lightweight version of Windows Vista.

When booting from the CD/DVD drive or from a USB storage device, Windows PE creates a writable RAM disk (X:) and places itself on this drive for loading. While Windows is booting up, it loads itself into RAM. After Windows has started, the boot CD/DVD may be removed from the drive or the USB flash card may be removed from the USB port. Starting with 512 MB of RAM, all that is left is about 225 MB of available space to work with.


Requirements for Using Active@ Boot Disk (DOS Edition)

To use Active@ Boot Disk (DOS Edition), you must have the following computer hardware:

  • 386 processor or higher
  • A CD/DVD drive
  • No RAM restrictions (4MB or more)