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
Describes the benefits, common scenarios, limitations, dependencies, and supported drivers and technologies related to Windows PE.
Describes the optimal environment and order of operations in Windows PE.