Windows PE Walkthroughs

Published: February 29, 2012

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

You can build a custom Windows PE solution by customizing a base Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) image (winpe.wim) provided with the Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK). You can to add optional components, language packs, boot-critical or other drivers, and your own applications. You can then optimize the image by using profiling, create bootable Windows PE media, and boot into memory to perform additional customizations.

For an overview of the customization process, see Building a Windows PE Image with Optional Components.

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Walkthrough: Create a Custom Windows PE Image

Customize a Windows PE image.

Walkthrough: Create an Optimized Windows PE Image with Profiling

Reduce the size of your custom Windows PE image by using profiling.

Walkthrough: Add Multilingual Support to Windows Setup

Add language support to Windows Setup by adding language support to the boot.wim and install.wim files.

Walkthrough: Install Windows PE to CD, USB Flash Drive, or USB Hard Drive

Create bootable Windows PE RAM disk on a removable storage device, and boot into memory.

Walkthrough: Flat-Boot Windows PE

Boot from Windows PE media that you created in Walkthrough: Install Windows PE to CD, USB Flash Drive, or USB Hard Drive, create bootable Windows PE flat disk on removable or fixed storage, and then flat boot Windows PE from the storage device instead of booting into memory.

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