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Disk mamangement with powershell from within WinPE

Q: Disk mamangement with powershell from within WinPE

Good Morning.
I managed to have a bootable USB stick running WinPE with storage support.
I run the get-disk, get-partition and any "reading" cmdlet with no problems.
When I try to "write" on the disk, let's say, when I want to create a new partition, the cmdlet simply does nothing.
I run the new-partition cmdlet after having double checked the parameteres and the powershell runs for about 1 second and returns to the prompt.
No error messages. Simply it returns to the prompt.
When I check for the new partition, the powershell simply has done nothing.
The unused space is still there an no partintion has been created.
I see the same behaviour with all the other "writing" cmdlets, such as resize-partition.
Could you please help me to figure out what am I missing?
Many thanks for your kind help

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Preferred Solution: Disk mamangement with powershell from within WinPE

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


I'm having problems with a Win7 desktop that will not boot -- and my best guess is that the chipset drivers need to be reinstalled.

The problem with the PC is that it refuses to recognize any USB keyboards or mice connected to it.

I have tried ALL the USB ports, front and rear, and several different keyboards and mice -- ALL of which I know to work because they work fine connected to other PCs.

The lights on each keyboard flash briefly when the PC boots but after that, pressing any keys has no effect -- which makes it difficult to use any CD or DVD that requires pressing a key to select a menu item -- which is the case with the HP Diagnostics disk.

I know I can TRY using a WinPE disk just to see if that works, but I'm asking because I don't have the PC at home (it's not mine) and it's several hours roundtrip to get to it. I'd just like to know if anyone has booted using a WinPE disk and been able to then install drivers.

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Installing drivers from WinPE disk

It depends what drivers and what format they are in if they have a .inf file and you copy those over it should find it with plug and pray if its drivers needed at boot time it may not work

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Hi all I am following some microsoft documentation that says to use the command Wpeutil createpagefile C:\pagefile /size=256wpeutil is not recognized

is what I get.

Here is where I found the microsoft page. Install Windows PE - Windows 10 hardware dev under install WinPE.

Any idea as to why I am getting this? I have tried navigating to the folder that has wpeutil and when I try to run it I get

Application was unable to start correctly

A:Issues with creating WinPE disk

I have never made one but after reading that for 2 minuets it seem like the proper command is
Wpeutil createpagefile C:\pagefile /size=256
Have you ever looked at this site

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Hi, I made a WinPE Emergency disk for recovery, I also made a partition backup of my system which I put on a USA 1TB external drive.

Nothing is wrong with my system but I just wanted to check to see if I could access the backup image.

But when I boot from the CD I get past the 'Windows is loading files' page, then to a different page with the EaseUS logo, but the load bar only goes 1/8th of the way before my computer reboots itself.

The same thing happens if I use the EaseUS Linux version of the CD.

Could it be an error made during the burn process?

A:WinPE Emergency Disk won't Load, PC reboots

You could try another burn, maybe with another burning app or at a lower speed or with a different brand of disk, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is just EaseUS being finicky.

I use both EaseUS and Macrium. My EaseUS Linux disk works. My Macrium Linux disk does not, so I made a WinPE disk to use with Macrium.

Sounds like an example of why imaging is not highly reliable to begin with--maybe you ought to try Macrium or Acronis or another choice. One may work perfectly every time and the other may give you fits that you can't explain.

Success seems to be related to the hardware involved. There may be something about your hardware that conflicts with EaseUS.

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Hi ,
I want to run some 32bit applications in a 64 bit WinPE4.0 (or 5.0 both are ok) . I know that a WOW64 subsystem is needed for this to happen. But I don't know how to include this WOW64 to my WinPE4.0 image using Windows ADK. If anybody have an idea about
this please share.

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I used Malware Bytes and AVG and Avira and Spybot and Microsoft Security Center and online scans........

These removed and fixxed all my virus and spyware problems except a IE redirect I was working on.....

I used Super WinPE Disk and now windows will not boot!

Windows was working good before this (aside from the viruses and malware) ...stupid stupid... argh!

No boot options work.

I have run chkdsk /r from recovery console.... nothing

I figured all was lost so I used WinPE to save my files to an external usb harddrive.

Then I did something stupid.... I ran a XP Home CD from boot and chose install...
then it found a previous version and I chose to fix it. It looks like I may have ruined the
windows install by doing this.

I can still see all the old directories from the old windows install on C: drive when using WinPE

not sure what to do next.....


A:Used Super WinPE Disk while doing malware removal now no boot!

I decided to do a destructive restore on the Emachine by pushing F11 at start.

Of course I backed up all my files onto my WD MyBook.

My computer has never been restored and i've had it for 5 years+.

I'll update this once i've done all the Microsoft updates and installed protection and then
plug-in my WD MyBook and scan.

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Hi, I have been trying to track down a problem where WinPE was locking my domain user account out while imaging a PC over the network. I found that my account gets locked out when the time/date is incorrect on the WinPE machine (when I am connected
to a network share).
Is there a way of automatically setting or doing a time sync with the time server when WinPE first boots? I would also like to be able to do this without providing any domain credentials.

It's also worth noting that we use the
same boot image for locations in different time zones.
Also, if someone could explain why this locks my account out then I would be really happy... :)

Yeah Buddy!

A:Set time and date in WinPE automatically (WinPE 3 and 4)

Actually.. try this
net time /DOMAIN:<YourDomain.TheWhole.Thing> /SET /Y
This has the advantage of hitting the local/near server so it 'should' set it to the correct local time.

Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

How to ask a question that is fixable.

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Hi All,
I have to find the disk utilization as per user using powershell.
I can do this with UI like -:
1) Right Click on This PC.

2) Go to properties from drop down and go to advanced settings

3) Click on User profile's setting then we can see the users and there usage.
Now I want to do this programmatically.
I've requirement like if a particular user usage is more than 2GB space then he should get automatic email trigger.
How can we do this with powershell?


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I need some help getting the below to work. I must use WinrM witrh a server list.. can anyone help ?

$sessions = get-content D:\Powershell\Space\Allservers.txt | New-PSSession
$block = {
function Get-DriveSpace
param( [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]$computer , [int]$thresholdMultiplier=.20 )
[string]$filter = "DriveType = '3'"
Get-WmiObject -class win32_logicaldisk -filter $filter -comp $computer |
Select-Object Name,@{label="SizeMB";Expression={[Math]::Truncate($_.Size / 1MB)}},
@{label="FreeMB";Expression={[Math]::Truncate($_.FreeSpace / 1MB)}},
@{label="WarningMB";Expression={[Math]::Truncate(($_.Size * $thresholdMultiplier) /1MB)}}|
Where-Object{$_.FreeMB -le $_.WarningMB}
} catch {
Write-Verbose "Error $Error in getting disk space for $computer"
[string]$body = Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock $block -Session $sessions | Select sizeMB,freeMB,WarningMB | Sort WarningMB | ConvertTo-Html
Send-MailMessage -SmtpServer " " -From " " -To " " -Subject "Servers Less Than 20% Free" -Body $body -BodyAsHtml

A:Powershell script for disk space - pssession

Hello and welcome to the forum.

I think I know the member who can help you I will forward this to him.

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2017-04-20 10:35:38Successfully sent task to the Device Management Gateway 2017-04-20 10:35:44 Task has been retrieved by the Agent. 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Successfully configured BootCommand to "disable". 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Successfully configured WFType to "". 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Successfully executed ConfigWriteFilter task. 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Successfully executed common task. 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Map repository to: Master Repository 2017-04-20 10:36:18 Successfully sent task to the Device Management Gateway 2017-04-20 10:37:45 Task has been retrieved by the Agent. 2017-04-20 10:37:50 Deploy files using repository Master Repository. 2017-04-20 10:37:50 Successfully downloaded RenameTC.ps1 to C:\Windows\ from /Repository/Files/ToDeploy/Make a Change Template. 2017-04-20 10:37:50 Successfully executed DeployFiles task. 2017-04-20 10:37:50 Successfully executed common task. 2017-04-20 10:37:50 Successfully sent task to the Device Management Gateway 2017-04-20 10:37:56 Task has been retrieved by the Agent. 2017-04-20 10:38:06 Execution result (below): 2017-04-20 10:38:06 C:\Windows>powershell C:\Windows\RenameTC.ps1 2017-04-20 10:38:06 C:\Windows\RenameTC.ps1 : File C:\Windows\RenameTC.ps1 cannot be loaded 2017-04-20 10:38:06 because running scripts is disabled on this system. For more information, see 2017-04-20 10:38:06 about_Execution_Policies at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170. 2017-04-20 10:38:06 At line:1 char:1 2017-04-20 10:38:06 + C:\Windows\RenameTC.ps... Read more

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Hello everyone. I joined the forum today and hope you can help me out. On my work desktop I am running Windows 7 and I want to upgrade PowerShell version 2.0 to 4.0 as a minimum or 5.0. I've read many articles on fixing Windows PowerShell issues but my case seems to be a little different.

To begin, I have the following prerequisites on my computer:
Windows 7 SP1
.NET 4.5
Here is the list of all .NET versions on my computer:
v2.050727 2.050727.5420 SP2
v3.0 3.0.30729.5420 SP2
v3.5 3.5.30729.5420 SP1
Client 4.6.01055
Full 4.6.01055

The version of PowerShell that I have access to is 2.0. When I try to install Windows Management Framework 4.0 (x64: Windows6.1-KB2819745-x64-MultiPkg.msu) I get the following message: "Update for Windows (KB2819745) is already installed on this computer." but when I look for it in "View installed updates" or "Uninstall or change a program", it doesn't show up. I've done searches for it on my computer and came up empty. Powershell does not show up in my "All Programs" list, Program Files / Program Files (86) or its Common Files, or in the local or roaming user files. The only place I see remnants of it such as the powershell.exe file is within C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-powershell-exe_31bf3856ad364e35_7.3.7601.933_none_3989ef6dcae7e4a9 and a few other folders like it within the winsxs directory. I don't even think the version 2.0 I am a... Read more

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Not sure what happened but this was double posted. Please see the other post with this title. Thank you.

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My computer shipped from the factory (Dell) with Windows 7 x64. I recently did a clean ('custom') install of Windows 8 Pro x64. The install went very well, no problems. To install Windows 8, I booted from a USB flash drive.

I actually have two licensed copies of Windows 8. The other copy is on a DVD. To test the functioning of my DVD drive, I tried to boot from the Windows 8 disk. The computer would not boot. My computer had no trouble booting from the USB flash drive version of my Windows 8 installer, obviously, but it won't boot from a disk version of same.

As a further test, I tried to boot my computer from my original factory Windows 7 install disk. The computer successfully booted from this disk.

I therefore concluded that my computer can boot from a disk made with WinPE 3, but it will not boot from a disk made with WinPE 4, even though it will boot from a USB flash drive made with WinPE 4. I tried to boot from other bootable disks made with WinPE 4 - none would boot the computer. Other bootable flash drives made with WinPE 4 have no problem booting my computer.

My computer is partitioned with a MBR and uses a BIOS. I made no changes to my BIOS settings, and unfortunately there will be no more BIOS updates for my computer.

Should I just accept that I cannot boot from disks made with WinPE 4, or is there some way around this? I'm not too broken up about this because, after all, I have no trouble booting from WinPE 4 flash drives. And disks are on the way out, anyway.

A:PC Will Not Boot From a WinPE 4 Boot Disk

I use Macrium Reflect and I believe their recovery disc is WinPE 4. I also have a legacy BIOS and I can never get that disc to boot on the first try. It actually starts and then the screen goes black. What I have to do to get it to stick is leave the disk in the DVD tray and manually power down. Now, I apply power the second time and I am able to get to the BIOS boot menu. Once there, I can select the boot from DVD and it works. It would be interesting to see if you could get yours to work the same way. I offer no technical merit behind what happens in my particular case.

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Does anyone know of a network driver that is compatible with the EliteDesk 800 G2 SFF in WinPE? I tried loading the different drivers from HP's website, but none of them seem compatible with WinPE 4.0. Thanks...

A:WinPE 4.0

@Razor0823? What is the model number or device ID of your network controller??? REO

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Q: WinPE

I'm new to Paragon Backup. Is there any way to get a Recovery CD with a WinPE restore environment? The rescue disk made for me by the program seems to be in DOS format. I have a feeling a restore from that will take hours, if not days. I downloaded the program from Paragon which burns the rescue cd by itself, but that thing shows so many errors trying to boot up that it just freezes. I posted this on the Paragon forum, but so far no replies.



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I have a client boot a winpe 4.0 boot image from wds.  I cannot ping the client from the server, but I can ping the server from the client. Firewall is off on the server. is there something wrong with the boot image? It seems like a driver issue but
it pings one way but not the other.

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Hi everyone,
I have been trying to write a powershell script in order to encrypt multiple drives with Bitlocker and then wipe them afterwards (per our ITSec team). I created a WinPE 10 boot disk using the ADK and added all of the necessary packages (WinPE-WMI,
WinPE-NetFX, WinPE-Scripting, WinPE-PowerShell, WinPE-SecureStartUp).

When I boot to the WinPE, I can launch powershell and launch my script, however I get an error that I cannot encrypt a drive with Bitlocker in a WinPE without initializing the TPM. I tried importing the tpm cmdlets module but
it doesn't seem to load in a WinPE. I then imported the Bitlocker module and tried using Enable-Bitlocker and using different protectors besides the TPM such as a StartupKey, PasswordProtector, etc. but get a message that "Bitlocker can only be used for
provisioning or recovery purposes when the computer is running in the pre-installation or recovery environments."
Is there any way to import the TPM cmdlets into a WinPE or encrypt a drive from a WinPE using a powershell script (and not a task sequence to utilize the Bitlocker pre-provisioning)?


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How to create WinPE bootable?
I tried with AOEMI but it didnt booted.

A:WinPE bootable

Hello forwinhelp,

If you like, you could create a recovery USB flash drive to boot from for WinPE.

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

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İ downloaded the above İSO from WHS's site and will burn it on a CD.As i do NOT wish to install Macrium on my laptop,i need instructions on how to take an image and on how to restore the image taken.

İ would appreciate detailed instruction

Thank you.

P.S The Write Speed on my İMGBURN is set to MAX.Should that be changed or left at that speed??


What's wrong with installing Macrium Reflect FREE?? You're going to need it installed in order to be able to run it to produce the "image" backup anyway.

The standalone boot CD (from that ISO) is simply a standalone bootable way to get to the WinPE recovery program version of Macrium Reflect which can then RESTORE one of these "image" backups you've taken, assuming you have it available on some external media (like a USB drive) which is accessible to WinPE when you boot from the CD.

Macrium Reflect also can add itself to the Boot Manager menu of your standard Windows, so that when you boot your machine normally you will see it as a boot option (just like one of multiple OS choices might be on your Boot Manager menu). That's a nice flexibility from installing the product for real. This way you don't need to use the standalone bootable CD if you don't have to... i.e. if your hard drive has not physically crashed but you just want to restore Windows from some "image". In this case, just boot to Reflect from the Boot Manager menu off of the hard drive, select the "image" to be restored, and go. The same internal/external hardware which is available to your regular Windows will also be available to Reflect booted this way, from the Boot Manager menu.

With the standalone boot CD, if you have unique external drive or USB 3.0 adapter etc. which requires some special driver (only if the device is not already supported by WinPE) then you'... Read more

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I have WAIK and I am trying to set it up to make a bootable disk. I already have made one, but
I left out the drivers. This is what I have and was wondering if this is correct for adding additional drivers for other PC models?<o:p></o:p>

Make Win PE Disc

copype.cmd amd64 c:\winpe_amd64


copy c:\winpe_amd64\winpe.wim c:\winpe_amd64|ISO\sources\boot.wim


dism /mount-wim /wimfile:C:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:C:\winpe_amd64\mount


(starting here is where I am adding the drivers)<o:p></o:p>

Dism /add-driver /image:?C:\WinPE_amd64\mount? /Driver:?C:\(DriverLocation).inf


(Verify they were added)<o:p></o:p>

Dism /get-drivers /image:?C:\WinPE_amd64\mount?


dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /set-allintl:en-us


dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /get-intl


dism /unmount-wim /mountdir:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /commit


copype.cmd amd64 C:\winpe_amd64


imagex /mountrw c:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim 1 c:\winpe_amd64\mount


copy C:\winpe_amd64\winpe.wim C:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim


imagex /unmount /commit c:\winpe_amd64\mount


oscdimg ?m ?o ?u2 ?udfver102 ?b... Read more

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I have WAIK and I am trying to set it up to make a bootable disk. I already have made one, but I left out the drivers. This is what I have and was wondering if this is correct for adding additional drivers for other PC models?

Make Win PE Disc<o:p></o:p>
copype.cmd amd64 c:\winpe_amd64<o:p></o:p>
copy c:\winpe_amd64\winpe.wim c:\winpe_amd64|ISO\sources\boot.wim<o:p></o:p>
dism /mount-wim /wimfile:C:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:C:\winpe_amd64\mount<o:p></o:p>
(starting here is where I am adding the drivers)
Dism /add-driver /image:?C:\WinPE_amd64\mount? /Driver:?C:\(DriverLocation).inf<o:p></o:p>
(Verify they were added)
Dism /get-drivers /image:?C:\WinPE_amd64\mount?<o:p></o:p>
dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /set-allintl:en-us<o:p></o:p>
dism /image:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /get-intl<o:p></o:p>
dism /unmount-wim /mountdir:C:\winpe_amd64\mount /commit<o:p></o:p>
copype.cmd amd64 C:\winpe_amd64<o:p></o:p>
imagex /mountrw c:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim 1 c:\winpe_amd64\mount<o:p></o:p>
copy C:\winpe_amd64\winpe.wim C:\winpe_amd64\ISO\sources\boot.wim<o:p></o:p>
imagex /un... Read more

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I would like to understand the differences between WinPE v6.0 (Win2008) and v6.1 (Win7) w.r.t display.
I have the HTA file which is running in the both versions of WinPE. The difference that I see is in WinPE v6.0 the HTA execution fits to the screen, but in WinPE v6.1 I see there is a vertical scrollbar and the buttons are not fit in the screen. the HTA
file is not changed in this execution.
Any ideas why the same HTA file doesn't fit in WinPE v6.1?
Appreciate your help!

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I?m a severe WinPE beginner, but I?m trying to build my own working WinPE from scratch. There are a lot of premade WinPEs you can download, but would be something to be proud of if I can get it going myself.

I can easily make a bootable USB driver, but what happens is after the boot screen it comes to a command prompt and stops waiting for input. I use the steps below to create the USB drive:
1.  copype amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64
2. Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\WinPE_amd64\media\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\WinPE_amd64\mount

3. Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\WinPE_amd64\mount /commit
4. MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 F:
I hope to get something like Windows explorer to start;
desktop icons, start menu, etc. However, this is the part where I?m really
stuck at. It seems explorer++ is only a file manager, but it doesn?t show any
desktop w/ a My Computer and so on. I?ve been surfing around and found
something called bsexplorer. Does anyone know about bsexplorer or another way
of getting to the Windows desktop?
Will I need to create a wpeinit to make the desktop start as I want, or is there another way of making an windows explorer start?
My laptop has Windows 8 so I can?t make Windows 10 PE.
I realize I?m a severe beginner, but would appreciate any tips or ideas.
Thank You

A:WinPE 8 beginner

There are few steps to install Windows Preinstallation Environment.

Prepare the Windows PE filesAdd drivers or packages to Windows PEInstall Windows PE on a USE flash drive
Please check the steps and troubleshooting the issue in the link below.
Also we could check the link below about
WinPE: Create USB Bootable drive.

Hope it will be helpful to youPlease
mark the reply as an answer if you find it is helpful.
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I am attempting to create a WinPE dual boot with both Windows 7 32 and 64 to use with imagex to image my computers.

I have no problem creating a WinPE 32 and 64 seperatly on 2 usb keys. I would like to have 1 key with 32/64 on it. I can't seem to create a boot menu prompting me 32 or 64 enviroment on 1 key.

Any clues? Tutorials hidden somewhere i can follow?

Thanks in advance.

A:WinPE 32&64 bit dual boot

You can put 32bit.wim and 64bit.wim on usb and create a BCD with two loader entries - one for 32 bit another for 64 bit.

To start use the WinPE 32 as base.
1) Add 64 bit .wim file to USB
2) Create second loader entry in BCD(on USB) by copying existing entry.
3) Adjust second entry (its path).

Same as creating dual-boot on HDD.

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Macrium 5.0 WinPE.iso is an updated 64 bit recscue CD for Macrium Reflect

I needed to restore a HD image from my portable USB HD so I booted my 64 bit laptop with this CD, it told me that it required a driver for the USB port to work and asked for the location that it should scan to look for the driver. I was really desperate so I pointed the app to the C drive. After 10 minutes or more of scanning, it located the required driver and worked flawlessly!!

A Windows 7 64 bit driver working on a Win PE is that crazy or what?

I was lucky this time that my hard disk was in tact and could use it to load the driver. If the hard disk had a roblem, I would have been in a bind

I don't trust CD-R media as after some time the data on it evaporates so I'd like to put this iso on a flash drive. How do I do that?

A:Macrium 5.0 WinPE iso problem

Hi netadict. try this tutorial. MACRIUM REFLECT - Create Bootable Rescue USB Drive. It is for the Linux disk but if you substitute the WinPE disk it will work.

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I am working with winpe 3.0.
i want to play audio in winpe environment.
can anybody please tell how to enable audio in winpe??

A:enable audio i winpe


You may need to add audio driver to WinPE, you can refer this article to add drivers to WinPE3.0:

Hope that helps.
HuangLeo Huang
TechNet Community Support

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I have been having the hardest time using PXE to get our new 7480 laptops to image using SCCM.I have included all the x64 folder of the Dell WinPE 10 driver cab in the boot image. Does anyone have experience with which drivers to use? It appears to get far enough in the process that the boot image starts but then when it goes to check the network connection it restarts the laptop.

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When using Macrium for imaging it is highly recommended to burn the WinPE recovery CD. With the free Macrium version that involves the download of the 1.7GB WAIK (Windows Application Installation Kit). That can take several hours.

For your convenience I have uploaded a ready made .iso of the WinPE recovery disc to my Fileswap site. That can be downloaded in appr. 8 minutes which clearly beats the WAIK download. Once you downloaded and unzipped the folder, you can burn it directly to a CD with e.g. ImgBurn.

I draw your attention to the fact that this WinPE CD can also be used to make images. That may be convenient in case you do not want to install Macrium on your PC.

Here is the link. Note that Fileswap makes a 15 second pause before you can download from their free service. I guess they want to sell me their Pro version.

My Macrium tutorial was updated accordingly.

A:Macrium WinPE .iso download

Once again your imaging expertise surprises me. Thanks for your good work, downloading as we speak.


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I need to create a winPE boot CD for use with my backup software (Paragon Backup & Restore 10.2 free). The one created by Paragon free is a Linux boot CD that does not work correctly for me. They do have a WinPE CD but it comes with the $69 paid version.
I checked on the web and it seems pretty complicated to create my own WinPE requiring me to first install a 900 MB free program (WAIK) to create it with. Is there no simple way to create a WinPE CD right from my installed Windows 7 home premium 64 bit system (or XP system) or by simply downloading a WinPE CD iso?
Finally, how is a WinPE boot CD different from the boot CD the Windows 7 system creates?

A:create WinPE boot CD

These instructions come directly from Microsoft TechNet

Walkthrough: Create a Custom Windows PE Image

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I want to install Ubuntu onto my laptop and eliminate the Windows partitions.  BIOS updates are a problem however.  I want to put a WinPE image on a USB stick that I can run the Dell .exe files from, but so far I've only gotten an amd64 WinPE image to run, which can't run the BIOS update executables because it doesn't have WOW64.
1)  Has anyone successfully built a 32-bit WinPE image for an XPS 13 laptop?
2)  Are there any special BIOS boot settings to get it to work?  AHCI vs. RAID?  [No] Secure Boot?  Which EFI boot image on the USB stick?References:

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my system is windows xp, sp3, c drive got a lot of word document, I forget password

I use XP bootable cd and from cdrom to boot up the system, after that, I enter windows PE, but when I double click C drive, it says c drive is not formated.

how to enter c drive and view word document

A:winpe can't access C drive

You HDD might have failed. In Windows PE go to the Command Prompt and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter. If that fails, then download the ISO image for Drive Fitness in my signature, and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the Short and Extended tests on the HDD.

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Hello, I need driver WinPE 5 x86 for hp elitebook 840 g3. I download ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp73001-73500/sp73204.exe I have try with WinPE5_1.01\x86_winpe5\network\intel\P00KEKB2, it's don't work. Where i can find the good driver? Thanks,

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I want to know if LDM disk management is supported in vista based winpe 2.0 environment. I found VDS (Virtual Disk Service) has replaced LDM and works well in winpe 2.0 environment.

It would be grateful is someone provides any comment on LDM functionality under winpe 2.0 environment.


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Good Evening.
I'm dealing with a recovery option for my computers.
My aim is to create a "recovery partition" containing a winpe wim file to boot from, a computer image wim file to use reinstall the computer itself, and a sort of HTA interface containing a button "Reinstall this computer".
Everything goes fine, but while winpe is running, I cannot figure out how to guess the letter assigned to the recovery partition, where the winpe wim file (and computer image) is.
I have seen that WinPE assigns itself, to the %systemdrive%, an "X:" letter, and start assigning letters to the partitions traditionally beginning from "C:".
So I could simply count the partitions on my hard drive (assuming I have one), and guess the letter assigned to the recovery partition.
What I want to do is "generalize" this condition and find, from within winpe itself, "the letter assigned to the partition where the winpe.wim file the computer has booted from, is".
If so, the code will always work, even if I move the recovery partition.
Is that possible?
I hope to be clear in my explanation.
Thanks in advance for your kind help.

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I have heard Paragon will not be offering winpe media after 30-3-12.

If you have a Paragon product that comes with it - you need to d.l it before then.

I don't know why exactly - MS has changed the licensing terms - and I presume Paragon don't think it is worth it.

It is quite odd.

I only found out thru a couple of people who have been sent emails from Paragon Germany to that effect.

We will find out in due course if other software companies follow suit.

A:Download your Winpe media now

This morning I received an email from Paragon Software. States:

"You own a Paragon product with the WinPE recovery environment. We would like to inform you that Microsoft has changed its license conditions, meaning that we will no longer be allowed to offer you the Paragon WinPE as of March 30, 2012.
If you haven?t downloaded your WinPE from the Paragon website yet, we recommend you to do so by March 30, 2012. To do this, log in at Paragon My Account, download the WinPE and use it to create your boot medium in case of emergency. This is the most convenient way to restart your operating system without reinstallation in the event of system failure.
After March 30th, it will no longer be possible to download the WinPE recovery environment using your account! Customer service/support will not be able to send it retroactively!"

Only recently, Macrium Reflect started offering WinPE Recovery even for its free version. Going by the above I would think that this will apply for all the imaging software, paid or free.

So if you haven't created the WinPE Recovery module or downloaded it, do it before the deadline.

EDIT: A search indicates that it may only be a license dispute between Paragon and Microsoft. So may be it affects only Paragon users.

I understand that for every WinPE recovery Module sold, the software vendors have to pay a fee to Microsoft. So when MacriumReflect offered one with their free version, I was a little surprised. On this count I still wonder ... Read more

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Hi all,

I searched and didn't find anything, I hope I'm not posting something that's been discussed before.

Can anyone tell me how I can load the HKCU hive while in WinXP PE?


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Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to implement an option to change the keyboard input language in WinPE by modifying the registry and rebooting.

I made an autoit script that scans the reg key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts

...for available languages, populates a drop menu allowing the user to select a language, writes the selection to the following two keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload
HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload

...then reboots... presumably with the new input language in effect.

Trouble is, after a reboot the registry seems to be refreshed and the new setting doesn't keep. Can anyone recommend a more suitable method for doing this than modifying the registry? Is there a deeper source for registry settings that I can get to before the registry is initialized?


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Hi Guys,
I have meet a problem, i'm trying to create my custom WINPE enviroment with some kind of HDD tests, but i can't do that, i can't see the disk which is NVMe M.2 SSD. I was trying to add some extra dirvers like Intel Rapid Storage Technology, Chipset driver
for I2C, and still no fixed disk under the diskpart software. I was added HotFixes : KB2990941, KB3087873, and still lack of disk. Have you meet with this kind of problem ? I have to admite that the newest version of Windows 7, and WINPE from it,
see SSD. I have checked what drivers are added to boot.wim, and added them to my custom WINPE, and still nothig ;S.  I have to admit that i'm trying to solve this problem under the WINPE 3.1 32 bits.

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When trying to run BCDBoot I am receiving the error BCDBoot: Failure when attempting to copy boot files.

I am using a USB drive to boot to WinPE. When I use the exact same WinPE environment on a CD, I do  not have any issues with bcdboot.
I am booting WinPE from a USB, copying the .WIM file from a network share, and applying it to the local HDD on the PC.

I can copy and deploy the .WIM without an issue, and when using the same PE Environment booted from a CD, BCD works fine.
When using the USB it fails.
I have 4 volumes listed:
E: DVD Drive (empty)
C: System 100MB NTFS Primary Active
D: OS NTFS Primary
F: USB Drive
If I run bcdboot in verbose mode, I get the added message that it failed to create the system store.

I ran bcdedit /set {default} osdevice partition=d: and got the error BFSVC: Failed to open handle to bootmgr.
I have re-run copyPE, and copied the ISO folder back to the usb drive, and it still is not working.

Is there a specific thing you need to do to deploy a WIM file using a USB?

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Hello I need some directions on this problem.
I have build a custom PE Image containing a lot of extra packages like powershell and Dell utilities for configuring hardware. Through some command line menus the user can choose which kind of image he wants to apply and those scripts will try to make all
the deployment and even hardware and bios configuration. Those images are WIM files and this works really fine.
But now we need to add a bare metal restore tool into the soup. I've checked the "windows way" of doing things and wbadmin is the right tool to make those backups while the system is alive. The thing is there is no wbadmin tool on the WinPE 5.1
media or any other CAB we tried. The information available is a mess and I have no idea on why such basically useful tool isn't included on the WinPE solution.
I also tried the Deployment Tools but there was no wbadmin on the generated image. I tried mixing with DaRT but the only thing I got was an extra menu with some very specific tools to fix problems.
- Is there a sane and clear answer about why wbadmin is not present or was removed from Windows PE?
- Is it possible to include it?
- What is the clear way for bare metal recovery? I don't want to have to deliver a separate media just for restoring backups.

Thank you very much.

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I know this is a similar post to this one but that one is marked as resolved and I'm not so sure it is. https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/WinPE-driver-pack-for-T590/m-p/4520454#M... I'm having a similar issue. T590 pxe boots just fine, the MDT splash screen comes up but it fails to start loading the boot.ini settings and just sits there for about 20 seconds before rebooting. I am not able to hit F8 and bring up the cmd prompt.  I was getting similar results on the x1 carbon 7th gen until I got the WinPE drivers from here: https://support.lenovo.com/ca/en/solutions/ht074984 However, there are no WinPE drivers listed there for the T590.... I have downloaded the driver pack and added all of them into the winpe boot image just for testing purposes but it doesn't change the behavior. I've also read that this can be fixed by disabling the "Kernel DMA Protection" in the BIOS, however this did not change the behavior for me either. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/6930c036-e827-4579-bf38-64d6dd7113e7/mdt-wizard-do... Is there a reason that the T590 winpe drivers aren't available for download? It seems like a winpe driver issue to me but perhaps it isn't. Been struggling with this for the past few days so any help is appreciated. FYI - I am not using a docking station. Pxe booting with the ethernet cable directly plugged into the laptop. 

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In OS i can work normal. I can see and access every usb device i plugged in.
I have my backup on external disc. After reboot, the software cannot access in boot mode or when i boot WINPE with the backup software USB-Stick, the external USB-Hard-Disk. The external harddisk is a WD MyBook 4 TB. I also tried a second one, but i can also not reach him.
Thank you

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Hello all! This is my first post on this web site.

I have recently been asked at work to find a way to connect remotely to WinPE. We use it in an OSD environment for WinXP.

What I mean by "Remote Access" is - to simply be able to type a UNC path to access the WinPE build or to be able to completely remote control WinPE.

I know WinPE has built in networking for outgoing connections, but is there a way to enable incoming connections? You can ping from the WinPE box but you can't ping the WinPE from an outside system.

Any help or links to where I can find the answer will be greatly appreciated!

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I have an Asus G75VX with Win7 64bit Home Premium that is suppose to be installed on it from a Microsoft Win7 Home Premium 32 and 64bit DVD. Instead of installing windows 7 64bit it has a locked file path in the bios to boot to X: network volume with WinPE that installs WinNT 32bit Client Server software in User Mode on C:Virtual Network Disk Volume. I am not even the administrator of my own personal computer. Someone I do not know and have never met is. I was just given a profile in the users and administrators group. I took a look at the registry many times and the registry confirms the client server configuration. What is wired is that I purchased the software from Fry's and paid 216.00 for the DVD and I paid $1375.00 for the G75VX. The WinPE is actually an operating system on the X:volume. I know because I have been in it. There is no way to boot my notebook without the X: WinPE network operating system booting. If you attempt to recover the notebook recovers from X:. There are not even any Win7 installation files on the win7 DVD. The other things is that after install the fake operating system masquerading as win7 will pass the Microsoft Genuine Security scan. Take a look at X: on your computer and see if you have a second operating system to. I actually thing there are three or more on mine.

A:no way to boot my notebook without the X: WinPE

That sounds like a PE disk being read in your optical drive.

What evidence is there in BIOS setup that such a lock has been placed? Check every tab for anything which indicates this. Otherwise it sounds like fantasy. Your BIOS would be locked from entry if such hacking had been done. In that case you'd either reflash to the last BIOS version or ship to manufacturer to have it recovered to Factory Condition.

If there is nothing which provides proof of this in the BIOS then wiping the hard drive with Diskpart Clean All Command to do the same perfect install as Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 will leave nothing that can affect the new system at all.

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