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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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 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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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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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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How do I make a UFD that will boot on UEFI?

I have been trying for more hours than I'd care to admit to get a bootable UFD (USB Flash Drive) with Windows PE on it. There are loads of tutorials, all of which I've been trying in succession, but ...
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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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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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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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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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How to change Windows PE registry values from within Windows PE

I have a Windows PE (Win7) image which I can boot but the hostname is randomly set. I know I can change that behavior by setting the following registry keys: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does Windows PE 7 took so long to load

I have a Windows XP computer which I'm upgrading to Windows 7. I insert my bootable USB disk, select to boot from the USB, and now it took like forever to load. How can I fix this? Specs: CPU: ...
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Where on a bootable Windows PE USB drive should I put custom executables?

I have made a bootable flash drive with Windows PE edition corresponding to Windows 7. Now I want to add an executable file to the flash drive so that I can run it manually inside the PE environment. ...
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Install an image of Windows7(with some installed programs) through LAN, without Windows PE limitations, is it possible?

Im trying to install windows7 (with some basic programs) on many PCs throught LAN, I have read that I can do it via PXE tool, like AOEMI Backupper PXE boot tool, or Serva PXE, but both ways uses ...
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How to stop a driver from running in Windows PE

My computer has unfortunately succumb to an error caused by AVG Anti-virus and upon boot of my computer it tells me that certain .sys files are either corrupted or missing. Upon searching the ...
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Where is the HDD driver needed to detect Win7?

This question is related to the following question. Clonezilla stopped. Can "sgdisk -z /dev/sdx" destroy all the data on sda? Win7 don't boot. I used the Win7 installation disk. And I ...
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Does there exist a live-cd of Windows 7 or 8?

I know there a few Windows live-cd's that were based on Windows PE. But does there exist a live-cd of the normal Windows too?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to run BASIC script in Windows PE?

I work for a computer hardware business. They've got automated installations over a file server in their network, where they clone a Windows installation to a hard drive and then run Windows PE to ...