Questions tagged [windows-pe]

Windows PE (Pre-installation Environment) is a lightweight version of Microsoft Windows, used for deploying, installing and repairing Windows operating systems.

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Windows 10 PE Unable to map network drive anonymously

I'm trying to set up a imaging environment. The idea is to use DISM to apply WIM images (Windows 10 Pro) over the network. I am able to boot into Windows 10 PE. I have network connectivity via DHCP. ...
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Windows Server 2008 install: wpeinit -unattend:unattend.xml does nothing

I'm trying to set up automated installations of Windows Server 2008 x64. I have it working using a DVD and autounattend.xml on a USB key, but now I want to make it work over PXE so I don't have to ...
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ImageX in Windows PE is complaining that the subsystem is not present

I'm trying to use ImageX from the Windows PE command line. When I run a capture command from the console cmd> e:\imagex.exe /capture <whatever> I get a nasty error like the subsystem ...
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How can I mount an ISO Image in Windows 7 WinPE?

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that I want to set up like this: It boots WinPE It has useful diagnostic and system maintenance tools There are several .ISO files of operating system install DVDs on ...
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How can I run a PowerShell script during the specialize pass of a WDS deploy?

I'm setting up Windows Deployment Services (WDS) for Windows Server 2012 unattended deployments using the default boot.wim file found on the install media. I have a PowerShell script that performs ...
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Installing to an iSCSI target and booting it without PXE

I'm running Windows Server 2012 R2, Standard Edition and have set up an iSCSI target, which I'm wanting a client to be able to: Connect to in such a way that I can install Windows 7. Allow client to ...
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WinPE slow dhcp crashes LTI

Is there a good way to make a LTI installation wait for an ip address before its trying to start the installation wizard? I currently get errors when i boot my PEimg that only says the network path ...
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Error loading my BCD when trying to PXE boot to Windows PE

I'm trying to set up an ubuntu server with pxelinux, so I can boot Windows PE using PXE. On the client machine, I can see that pxelinux itself works, but the next screen is this: Here is what I did: ...
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Installing drivers on a Windows system using WinPE Preinstallation Environment

How can I install an INF driver to WinPE 3.0 when it is mounted with DISM? Once WinPE 3.0 is running, how can I install drivers, using their INF, to an offline system? The offline system can be ...
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Live WIM image capture?

Is there a tool that can capture a live Server WIM image? Without having to boot the server into WinPE and use imageX. A free or commercial tool would be OK. Thanks!
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PXE boot windows PE from Linux

I'm attempting to get a Windows Preinstallation Environment to boot over PXE from a Linux server. The end goal will be to install Windows but that's pretty easy once I can get WinPE to start up (I've ...
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SCCM 2012 Windows PE issues

Just got some lenovo X240, i7 with touch screen.. I got two issues when trying to enter Windows PE. (PE enviroment is 8.1) 1: First of all I don't get anything in the 'image selection: .. its blank.....
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Security of BitLocker with no PIN from WinPE?

Say you have a computer with the system drive encrypted by BitLocker and you're not using a PIN so the computer will boot up unattended. What happens if an attacker boots the system up into the ...
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WDS updating raid drivers in an already existing image WIM

Here is my current setup. WDS installed on Server 2008 R2 for the new driverstore and multicast features. A Windows Server 2003 32bit Standard image built to support previous DL360 models. A new HP ...
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SCCM Task Sequence Error 0x8007000E

Booted up a VM into the SCCM OSD WinPE, entered password, and selected a task sequence. Before any packages were downloaded, I was hit with error 8007000E. The smsts.log file reports this error, and ...
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VM freezing during WinPE boot up

Got SCVMM 2012 R2 up and running, created a single VM w/ dynamic memory (512MB-4096MB) and a 40GB dynamic disk. The host is configured for NIC Teaming using switch independent configuration. I setup ...
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Disable Network connection in Windows PE

I am generating a WindowsPE boot stick with the Microsoft Automation Installation Kit 10 (host is Windows 10) for a amd64 target platform. Because i dont need network connections from within the ...
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UFD with Windows PE requires HDD Drivers to see local drives

hi I'm attempting to image a machine, but after following the instuctions listed on http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee523217(v=ws.10).aspx I have hit a problem. The reference computer ...
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Why is my WinPE 4 image growing and growing after every commit?

I am currently building a WinPE 4 ISO and I am wondering why the ISO file keeps growing after every commit and iso build. All i am changing is some lines of powershell code, which for sure are not as ...
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Utilise Netsh Wlan in WIn PE 4.0

We have been working with unattended domain joins using SCCM 2012. We used to use a command line step in the OSD to join the machine to the local wireless network prior to domain join. The syntax used ...
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Proper Imaging Procedures to Restore and Deploy Image with Separate System Reserved Partition

UPDATE: As per my experience here, no one responded. If I do not hear back from TechNet forum members about it, I will post a bounty here, if it makes a difference. I have banged my head against a ...
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automatic script execution in WinPE

I'm trying to instruct my image of WinPE to directly execute a script when it finishes loading. How can I do that? Do I have to modify Winpeshl.ini or Startnet.cmd or Unattend.xml? I have tried all of ...
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WDS install modifying BCD

Situation I am currently using WDS on a Windows Server 2012 R2 to deploy a Windows to Go disk. The idea is to make it possible to deploy a W2G disk from any workstations, including computers with ...
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Create IBW Disk for Windows 10

I am currently changing our OS from Windows 7 Embedded to Windows 10 IoT LTSB Enterprise 1607. In Windows 7 Embedded we created a IBW disk using Windows Embedded Standard 7 Image configuration editor ...
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How to distribute a custom WinPE disk

I'm looking into creating a WinPE disk that runs a custom cleanup utility that can be distributed to clients. I'm hoping to get some clarity on how companies legally distribute custom WinPE disks ...
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How do I troubleshoot “Failed to get staged packages for package” error when attempting to remove a provisioned app from an offline Windows 8.1 image?

When I attempt to remove provisioned apps from an offline Windows 8.1 image, most of the apps I want to remove cause no problem, but attempting to remove Microsoft.Office.OneNote causes an error. The ...
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How can I use Task Scheduler from WinPE?

I need to run an exe at midnight each day. Problem is that Task Scheduler doesn't exist on WinPE. What can I do?
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Dell Power Edge Diags and Firmware Updates from a WinPE environment

I am looking for a way to upgrade all firmware on Dell PE servers from within a WinPe environment. We are a reseller and I already have an environment set up to transfer ownership of the servers to ...
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Run PowerShell-Script from Server in unattend.xml

Currently we are Deploying our Windows 10 Machines with Windows Deployment Services(WDS) with a unattend.xml file for basic settings. From time to time there are machines which won't activate windows ...
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Configure HP RAID in Pre-OS environment

I need to set the RAID configurations of a HP machine during the provisioning process of OS deployment. I have come across a tool named Praid.exe but having read the documentation I get the impression ...
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Lightweight File Manager for use in a Windows Preinstallation Environment [closed]

I need a free (preferabally open source) lightweight file manager for Windows that can run in a stripped down Windows Preinstallation Environment. It doesn't matter if it is text-based or GUI but must ...
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WinPE 10 WIM shows 0x80004005 setup error (cannot determine language)

I have created a basic WinPE 10 boot.wim, which is deployed by PXE through WDS. Unfortunately, when it attempts to launch setup.exe the error: Windows could not determine the language to use for ...
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Blinking Cursor when booting restored Ghost image

I create automated deployment scripts for universal workstation images and I've found something I can't work through. I'm hoping someone else has come across this before and I'm just not searching ...
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Question about Installing Windows 7 - Unspported Device requires a Driver Disk

In a Windows 7 DVD I see two big files: boot.wim and install.wim. My assumption is that I can modify boot.wim to affect the Windows Preinstallation Environment itself. Is this assumption correct? To ...
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Using spanned images (.swm) with ImageX /ref switch

I can't seem to find any working examples of usage of the /ref switch with ImageX. Can anyone provide known working syntax?
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Can I determine which network driver was used when booting to WinPE from Ghost?

I'm trying WinPE pre OS to boot laptops for ghost 11.5, and I need to set the NIC to 100_full for compatibility with the switch. I've found how to do this by modifying the inf files but there are ...
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WinPE diskpart can't attach vdisk

I created WinPE 3.0 and didn't modify it in any way. I want to attach a vdisk (.vhd file) while running WinPE but I can't attach it, no error is shown, no indication that diskpart didn't attach it, it ...
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Remotely Installing Windows 2008 on SunBlade 6000/6250… any gotchas?

I'm preparing to remotely install Windows 2008 Standard onto a 6250 blade module mounted in a SunBlade 6000 chassis rack. Are there any gotchas (aside from the predictable issues related to bandwidth ...
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WDS boot image doesnt want to start

I'am using Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2. I Have virtual machine of generation 2. My goal is to boot Windows PE boot image from WDS server using PXE. PXE boot seems OK. WDS starts its ...
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Deploy Windows To Go on external drive using Network boot, WDS or SCCM and WinPE

We are doing a project for a IT school, each student have an external drive (WD My Passport enterprise) and we are trying to deploy Windows To Go on these drives. Each student should be able to flash ...
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Error in Office 2010 when deploying as part of .wim?

We're deploying Windows onto PCs with a very simple VM image setup, capture, and deploy using WinPE and imagex to create a single .wim with no network dependencies or capabilities involved in the ...
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Best imaging practices (specifically sysprep to a .wim & network deployment)?

Note: As you may have seen in my other question regarding the data integrity of a .wim, I know this is a very "rigged" method of doing things. I've been the one heading up that whole area for our ...
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SCCM Reboot at beginning of task sequence

For legacy purposes, we don't pxe boot directly from sccm but have a separate wds server that we pxe boot from, and upload sccm's boot wim (among others, again for legacy purposes) to that server. ...
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Finding correct driver for winPE

I need to find a network driver that will work in WinPE for a HP8300 SFF desktop deployment. The network device is an intel 82579LM. I don't need someone to find a driver for me - I can handle that. ...
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Device imaging process Won't work first time

I'm having an issue regarding a disk imaging process. To get the machine into it's initial state, I first run a simple DISKPART CLEAN, and then restart the machine. . Diskpart sel disk 0 ...
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Windows 7 64-bit machine won't shutdown after installing and uninstalling WAIK to create WinPE disc

I can shut it down by not logging in which suggests a profile issue, but I'm wondering if there is a known issue. -TIA
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Am I allowed to add RDC to a WinPE boot Image? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I am trying to emulate what a user has suggested here: Use WDS to provide a WinPE image (that contains a RDC client) ...
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WDS Unattended File (Language and WDS Authentication)

I want to be able to automate the initial language selection and WDS auth credentials. I am guessing I can't set that in an answer file to be provided by WDS? How can I achieve this?
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SCCM 2007 R2 Win 7 Deployment client restarting after WinPE boot

I have tried to deploy windows 7 through SCCM, I have it all setup. On the first deployment the PC boots into PXE gets an IP then loads the WinPE. It then shows a starting windows box. The box then ...
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Why won't my Windows PE RAM Disk (CD-ROM) boot?

I created a Windows PE RAM disk (CD-ROM) from the instructions on technet. I'm on a Windows 7 x64 system and my "reference" system is the same. I changed the boot priority to CD-ROM first on the ...