Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) Overview

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


Windows PE Overview

Describes the benefits, common scenarios, limitations, dependencies, and supported drivers and technologies related to Windows PE.

Windows PE Process Overview

Describes the optimal environment and order of operations in Windows PE.

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