Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) Reference

Published: February 29, 2012

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) is a minimal Windows installation environment that supports a limited Windows API and limited services. Windows PE 4.0 is based on the Windows® 8 kernel running in protected mode.

In This Section


Booting Windows PE from RAM Disk

Determine how Windows PE will boot and where it will run.

Building a Windows PE Image with Optional Components

Build the Windows PE image.

Windows PE Tools

Learn about the tools and settings that are related to Windows PE.

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