Updated: October 20, 2013
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2
Use the Winpeshl.ini file in Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) to replace the default command prompt with a shell application or other app. For example, your shell app might provide a GUI for deployment engineers to choose a method of installing Windows.
To add a customized app, create a file named Winpeshl.ini and place it in %SYSTEMROOT%\System32 a customized Windows PE image. For more information, see WinPE: Mount and Customize.
[LaunchApp] AppPath = %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Fabrikam\shell.exe [LaunchApps] %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Fabrikam\app1.exe %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Fabrikam\app2.exe, /s "C:\Program Files\App3"
The Wpeshl.ini file may have either or both of the sections: [LaunchApp] and [LaunchApps]. The apps listed in [LaunchApp] and [LaunchApps] run in order of appearance, and don’t start until the previous app has terminated.
AppPath entry to the path to your app. You can use a fully qualified path, or you can include environment variables, such as
%SYSTEMDRIVE% to describe the path.
[LaunchApps] section to run apps with command-line options.