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Boot Windows PE 2/2.1/3

Boot Windows PE 2/2.1/3

Ishan jain
With Microsoft releasing Windows PE to general public, booting from USB has been child's play, and a lot of system rescue tasks has been made easy.

You can install Windows NT 5.x (2000/XP/2003) without using any sophisticating tools. And installing Windows on a DVD/CD drive less (i.e. Asus Eee) PC couldn't be easier.

How to create a bootable WinPE USB:

  1. Download Windows AIK for Windows 7 (Note: Download is roughly 2GB)

  2. Install Windows AIK (Installed size is roughly 1.5G)

  3. Start Deployment Tools Command Prompt

    Start > All Programs > Microsoft Windows AIK > Deployment Tools Command Prompt
  4. Create a new directory on C:\

    mkdir C:\WinPE
  5. Create a new WinPE

    copype x86 C:\WinPE\WinPEx86
  6. Make USB bootable (replace {drive} with your USB driver letter, eg. F:)

    cd C:\WinPE\WinPEx86\ISO\boot
    bootsect /nt60 {drive}
  7. Copy content to USB (replace {drive} with your USB driver letter, eg. F:)

    copy C:\WinPE\WinPEx86\ISO {drive} /S /E
  8. Boot you computer with USB (Note: You might need to allow USB booting in BIOS)