Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 2.0 is a minimal Win32 operating system with limited services, built on the Windows Vista kernel. It is used to prepare a computer for Windows installation, to copy disk images from a network file server, and to initiate Windows Setup.

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How to programmatically go into Windows Recovery Environment and launch a process

I have a requirement in which I need to run a process in Windows 7 which will reboot the machine in Windows Recovery Environment and launch another process from the RE. Can anyone please tell me how ...
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(Windows 7) Make computer image without computer name

I have a complicated installation process that I need to repeat on 20 computers. Rather than doing this process to them all, I thought I'd install everything on one computer and take an image to put ...
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How to add disk partition wizard in MDT 2013?

I have a deployment share in MDT 2013, and only use it to install Windows 7 on both new and old PC's and only from a USB drive (offline media). Is it possible to add a step in a task sequence, so the ...
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BCDEDIT : The requested system device cannot be found

I screwed up big time when for some sort of reason I unchecked the number of processors on msconfig. Now I cant boot. I have found a solution but CMD keeps giving me : The boot configuration data ...
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Sysprep.exe completely missing on both of my Windows 7 64bit machines. How should I find a workaround?

The sysprep.exe file is simply missing on my Windows 7 64bit machine. I tried to find it on another computer, but it wasn't found there either. I can't understand it, because on a lot of forums and ...
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Put an item in Startup folder without admin rights

I need to put a script in windows 7 (Enterprise) at startup after the login, but I don't have the admin rights. We need to put it for all users who use this computer. I share a computer at work ...
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Windows 8.1 missing WinRE.wim in WinPE

I'm trying to pull a Windows 8.1 .wim file down to a laptop (the same laptop that was the source of the .wim), and am following these directions from MS. Everything works until ...
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ISO is only bootable by CD, not USB

I have an ISO that I'm trying to get ready for PXE booting. After many attempts, I tried to check if it is even bootable by USB and it wasn't. Then I took a CD and burned the image onto it and it ...
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Find partition letters on physical drives using wmic

I am looking for a way to list drives and the partitions on them. Specifically I am looking to prompt a user for a drive to format and I want to show them the exists partitions so they can confirm ...
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Unable to deploy any x86 Windows version with LiteTouch_x64

In MDT 2012 Update 1, I configured task sequences for Windows 7 x86, Windows 7 x64, Windows 2008 R2, and Windows XP (x86). I also generated Windows PE for x86 and x64 versions. In WDS, both boot ...
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Win PE won't find my Network card

I'm trying to install windows7 x64 to a desktop with damaged optical drive. I have a laptop with windows7 x64 on which I'm trying to run a TFTP server for network booting of windows7 to my desktop. I ...
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Windows PE Recovery CD with explorer shell

I am trying to create a recovery cd using winpe so that I am able to boot with a minimal set of disk recovery tools. I have noticed that there are a few tutorials for pe 1 (winxp based pe) One looked ...
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Why does my VM hang on “Windows is loading files…” during a sysprep and capture task sequence?

My nice, well crafted reference machine will not boot at all! I'm trying to run a sysprep and capture task sequence (MDT 2010 and WDS off server 2012). I ran litetouch.vbs off the deployment share ...
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How to programmatically change windows data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is Sysprep? How is it useful? I have a WMI image to load a preload and preconfigured image of windows. We use Windows PE in a boot USB to load this and autoformat ...
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How to safely shutdown/reboot a Windows PE environment?

I read http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744537(WS.10).aspx and made a WinPE iso myself. It boots OK and I do something about diskpart, imagex and bcdboot, screen shot below: But I have ...
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Device imaging process Won't work first time

I'm having an issue regarding a disk imaging process. To get the machine into it's initial state, I first run a simple DISKPART CLEAN, and then restart the machine. I then boot the machine into a ...
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Is it possible to live-boot VirtualBox from a USB flash drive?

To clarify, I'm not asking if you can boot from USB from within VirtualBox. I would like to make a portable version of Windows 7 that I can run from a USB drive on any machine. I'm putting a distro ...
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How do I determine what device drivers I need from command line?

I need network access from a device running WinPE, but I don't believe that the WinPE image has the correct network drivers. Is there a way to figure out what drivers I need from the command line? I ...
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UBCD built for Windows 7?

UBCD4Win is a great tool, but I still prefer the Windows 7 interface much better. As well, it'd be nice to have up to date tools instead of older tools available, plus it'd be nice to run off of a USB ...
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Windows 7 installation using Windows PE

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (64-bit) using Windows PE (32-bit)? I am following the guide available here.
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Modifying MBR entries after implementing Windows 7 image

I have a computer whose hard disk I recently formatted. As soon as I implement a .wim image in the computer using the WindowsPE disc with imagex utility, two entries are shown in the mbr menu: one for ...
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Creating Windows PE boot cd with MyDefrag

As I would like to defrag the unmovable files. As far as I understend it is possible to do by running Windows PE. What is the easiest way of creating custom Windows PE image?
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Loud Fan in Windows PE

I have a machine running Windows XP and the fan is loud until the login screen comes up. It is quiet after that. If I use a PE disk the fan stays loud and never gets quiet. Why does it become quiet ...
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Install Windows 7 from HDD (with WindowsPE)

I am thinking it will probably be fastest to install Windows 7 from HDD (or network sometime later). I suppose I will need Windows PE, but I haven't done it b4, how do I go abt installing from this ...
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SHIFT+F10 while repairing Windows XP

When you repair Windows XP if you press SHIFT+F10 while Installing Devices is displayed on the screen it will take you to the Control Panel, where you can easily reconfigure the system. Is it a ...
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How to upgrade Supermicro BIOS from WinPE (Norton Ghost shell)?

I need to upgrade the BIOS on a Supermicro X6DAL-G/TG/XG/XTG system that runs Linux. It has no floppy drive, so I need to upgrade from CD or USB key. I've tried booting Norton Ghost 14.0 and using ...
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Free, scriptable, partition manager for Windows

Are there any free scriptable partition managers for windows that can create an EFI partition? (Identifier 0xEF) EDIT: It needs to run on Windows XP (BartPE) EDIT 2: So it seems Intel has a 32-bit ...