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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!

Kari