Create a WinPE USB or ISO  

    Create a WinPE USB or ISO

    Create a WinPE USB or ISO

    How to create a Windows Preinstallation Environment bootable USB flash drive or ISO image
    Published by Category: Installation & Upgrade
    02 Jul 2018
    Designer Media Ltd

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    Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) boot device belongs to every geeks toolbox. A quote from Wikipedia:

    WinPE was originally intended to be used only as a pre-installation platform for deploying Microsoft Windows operating systems, specifically to replace DOS in this respect. WinPE has the following uses:
    • Deployment of workstations and servers in large corporations as well as pre-installation by system builders of workstations and servers to be sold to end users.
    • Recovery platform to run 32-bit or 64-bit recovery tools such as Winternals ERD Commander or Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE).
    • Platform for running third-party 32-bit or 64-bit disk cloning utilities.

    Creating a bootable WinPE USB or ISO is fast and easy. This tutorial will show how to create one for your purposes.

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    1) Download latest Windows 10 ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit) or Windows Insider Preview ADK

    2) You may of course install the full 7 GB ADK, but for our purposes you only need components Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment:
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    3) When installed, open Deployment and Imaging Tools interface elevated by right clicking it in Start > W > Windows Kits and select More > Run as administrator:
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    4) The prompt is quite long. Shorten it by jumping to root of the C: drive with command cd\ (#1 in next screenshot)

    5) Create WinPE files with following command (#2):

    copype amd64 D:\WinPEx64
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    Replace path D:\WinPEx64 with your preferred drive and folder name. The above command creates PE files to be used to boot a 64 bit machine. If you will make PE for 32 bit machine, replace amd64 in command with x86:

    copype x86 D:\WinPEx86

    6) Plug in a USB flash drive, note its drive letter. Enter following command, replopacing path D:\WinPEx64 with actual pathe to folder where you created the PE files, and drive letter I: with actual drive letter of your USB drive:

    MakeWinPEMedia /UFD D:\WinPEx64 I:

    If you want to create a WinPE ISO, change the /UFD switch to /ISO and add path and filename where you want to create the ISO file:

    MakeWinPEMedia /ISO D:\WinPEx64 F:\WPE64.iso

    You will be warned that the USB flash drive will be formatted, Accept with Y:
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    That's it!

  1.    21 Aug 2018 #1

    What to expect


    Please excuse basic query, I have never used this before. Anyhow I prepared the bootable usb and when I tried it I get a box with X:\windows\system32> command prompt showing. Is this right?

    I am attempting to follow the Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase "Restoring a UEFI/GPT System image to MBR" where it says Open a Windows command window. To open a command window click the icon [C:\] on the taskbar.

    I dont seem to have a taskbar, but seem to be at a command prompt already. Confused....
    Last edited by keithjr; 22 Aug 2018 at 11:10.
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  2. Posts : 233
    Microsoft Windows 10 x64
       14 Sep 2018 #2


    Thanks Kari for this tuto

    I created the ISO with "MakeWinPEMedia /ISO D:\WinPEx64 F:\WPE64.iso"
    I simply copied all files of the ISO to a dedicated partition (2GB) on a second disk
    I can now select & boot directly from the BIOS to this partition (F8 on Asus) without doing anything else

    My only issue : Anyway to automatically select a default keyboard different that operating system language ?
    (French Keyboard with US Windows)

    some info Wpeutil Command-Line Options | Microsoft Docs

    This works :

    wpeutil SetKeyboardLayout 040C:0000040C
    It will affect all other programs run hereafter.

    Another cmd window (with the new keyboard layout) can be opened with:
    start cmd
    (Dont’t close the initial cmd window. That will make Windows PE restart)
    Next step could be adding these sommands above to \Windows\System32\Startnet.cmd

    or better WinPE: Add packages (Optional Components Reference) | Microsoft Docs
    Last edited by D4ni3l; 14 Sep 2018 at 15:04.
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