Yes, this definitely seems to be superior to BartPE all around!
I fired it up on my old 1 ghz Gigabyte board computer and everything works without a hitch. No problems with missing drivers; network works flawlessly.
I'm presently downloading version 15.1 and will try that out on my new machine. Maybe it'll have all the updated drivers aboard for my new machine.
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With BartPE ... you had to compile it all yourself, using your own XP disc. Hiren's is all pre-compiled. Not sure how they get away with using an un-owned OS to do it ... maybe because XP is now old enough that no one would use Hiren's UNLESS they already own XP, Vista or W7.
I found instructions for putting it onto a memory stick too. I'll probably wipe one of my thumbdrives and put Hiren's on it. I can always add other stuff to the drive later.