How to create windows 7 winpe bootable usb drive

A boot disc is very useful because it can be used to perform troubleshooting tasks on an unbootable computer. Most of the time software that belongs in the category of data recovery, antivirut & hard drive backup/restore provides the option to create a boot disc which is sometimes known as rescue disc. Although these software can run from Windows, they are actually most efficient when run offline from a bootable disc.An example scenario is you’ve sầu accidentally deleted an important tệp tin. You can of course install a không tính tiền data recovery software such as Recuva & attempt to recover the deleted tệp tin. However installing it on the computer will face a potential risk of the installed program overwriting the deleted file. To increase the chance of recovering the file, immediately shut down the computer, boot it up with a bootable WinPE disc and run Recuva from the Windows PE environment.

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A boot disc is normally based on either Linux or Windows PE. Linux is commonly being used because the operating system and most third buổi tiệc ngọt tools are không tính phí, the generated boot disc is more compact in kích thước & can run on slower computers. As for Windows PE, it has the best hardware support & most users would be familiar with it such as the hard drive sầu naming convention (C:) in Windows compared khổng lồ Linux (/dev/sda). However, Windows PE may have sầu a higher system requirement because the lachạy thử Windows PE 5.1 already need at least 512MB just for the base and adding more drivers, packages, or apps will obviously require more memory.

Here we have sầu a menu of free boot discs based on Windows PE that come with a collection of useful tools which we think that every computer technician or even a normal user should have sầu to h&.


1. Paragon Rescue Kit 14 Free Edition

Paragon Software is well known for their hard drive management software. Other than shareware, one of the freeware applications they offer is the Paragon Rescue Kit 14. It comes with a bunch of useful tools such as backup/restore khổng lồ virtual disk, postmortem backup/restore, boot corrector lớn fix MBR/boot.ini/BCD/EFI boot parameters, undelete partition to restore partition that has been accidentally deleted, & tệp tin transfer. Unfortunately the registry editor and password cleaner lớn remix the local Windows user tài khoản is only available in Linux but not in Windows PE.

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Paragon Rescue Kit 14 does not require Windows Automated Installation Kit nor Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit khổng lồ build the recovery truyền thông if you’re creating from a Windows 7 or newer operating system. The builder will simply use the WIM image of the current operating system. However vì take note that you will need to lớn install WAIK or ADK if you want the builder to create the ISO image file.

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During the building process, you have the option to enable the advanced mode that allows lớn add storage và network device drivers, network configuration such as detecting the network interface automatically, & mounting a network chia sẻ automatically after boot. You will also need to provide the product key and serial number which can be obtained for free at their official trang web.

Download Paragon Rescue Kit 14 Free Edition


2. Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition is không tính tiền for non-commercial use only. It is able to lớn create a Windows PE boot disc containing a few modules khổng lồ help in recovering a crashed Windows by repairing boot errors, recover files after accidental deletion, cloning & creating disk image, recovering Windows serial number and resetting user trương mục password.

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Building a Windows PE with Lazesoft is as easy as clicking on the “Burn CD/USB Disk” button. You can choose to build a specific WinPE version ranging from Windows 7 khổng lồ 8.1 for both 32-bit và 64-bit by clicking the Options button. The builder will automatically download the necessary components to lớn build the WinPE if your computer does not have the files.

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The Windows File Manager button found on the Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition disc is not really a fully featured tệp tin manager like Windows Explorer where you have two tree view panes to easily manage files. You can however launch a third buổi tiệc nhỏ file manager from the Windows Recovery button, go to lớn the RepairTools tab and clichồng on Lazesoft File Manager.

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Download Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition

3. AOMEI PE Builder

AOMEI Technology, the company that is well known for their PC backup software called Backupper, released a freeware program called PE Builder late last year lớn help users easily build a WinPE-based bootable truyền thông media with just a few clicks. AOMEI PE Builder is able to build a Windows PE by using the Windows Recovery Environment that is found on newer version of the Windows operating system such as 7 and 8, so there is no need to lớn download & install WAIK or ADK.

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The Windows PE built by AOMEI PE Builder looks more lượt thích a normal Windows desktop because it comes with Windows desktop and Explorer which is not found in the Windows PE built by Paragon Rescue Kit or Lazesoft Recovery Suite. Other than that, AOMEI Backupper, AOMEI Partition Assistant và Windows Recovery Environment is included by default. You can also embed 3rd tiệc nhỏ portable tools such as 7-Zip, Everything, IrfanView, Notepad++, Q-Dir, Recuva, SumatraPDF, FileZilla, PENetwork, QTWeb, BOOTICE, NTPWEdit và OSFMount to the Windows PE by ticking the checkboxes. Custom drivers & files can also be added.

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Do take note that the current version 1.4 & all older versions might not build a working Windows PE & this is caused by some compatibility issues with the recent Windows updates released by Microsoft. If you urgently need to build a working Windows PE using AOMEI PE Builder, you can bởi it from a Windows 7 computer with the 2 Windows updates KB3022345 và KB3045999 uninstalled. This workaround only works in Windows 7 but not in Windows 8.1. AOMEI is aware of this issue and is currently working on a newer version to fix this problem.

Download AOMEI PE Builder

4. Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE

If you’re looking for a pre-built Windows 8.1 PE, look no further và just use Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE because it is packed with useful programs. It has a desktop, explorer, start menu replacement with StartIsBaông chồng, compression tools, image viewer, hard drive tools, video clip player, OpenOffice, remote access tools (Ammyy Admin, Remote Desktop, TeamViewer), anti malware such as ClamWin và MalwareBytes, and many more!

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Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE is 1.8GB in form size & in an ISO image format. You can burn it khổng lồ a DVD or install it to a USB flash drive sầu using Rufus. Both X86 & X64 versions of the 8.1 PE are available khổng lồ download. All the tools embedded to lớn Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE are either free or trial versions which means it’s miễn phí from pirated programs.

Download Gandalf’s Windows 8.1 PE

5. WinBuilder 2015

WinBuilder năm ngoái is the new and completely rewritten tool of WinBuilder 082 which has not been updated since 2011. The old WinBuilder 082 comes in a nice graphical user interface with buttons & graphs while the lachạy thử WinBuilder năm ngoái runs in a simple window that accepts commands, similar to a command prompt. This new version of WinBuilder runs on Java which means it can also run on operating system other than Windows such as Linux và Mac OSX.

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The old WinBuilder 082 is supposedly easy enough to use involving only two steps but may be difficult khổng lồ troubleshoot the problem if there are errors during the Windows PE building process. The new WinBuilder is even easier by typing a single commvà “AUTO” inkhổng lồ the window, & the whole process of building a Windows PE bootable disc is fully automated including the downloading of the Windows ISO image file.

Currently there are 18 portable software tools that can be added to the Windows PE automatically through WinBuilder năm ngoái by typing the commvà “install appname” in the program. The plugins available to install can be listed by typing “install list” in the program window. For example, khổng lồ install Recuva, simply type “install recuva” in the window. Do note that there is no need to lớn type the complete plugin name because the program accepts partial filenames.

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Download WinBuilder 2015

Additional Notes: You can build a WinPE 5.1 which is based on Windows 8.1 using the old WinBuilder 082 through Win8.1SE. You will need lớn download the Windows 8.1 enterprise evaluation ISO, extract it lớn your hard drive or mount the ISO to lớn a drive letter, point the source directory to the extracted/mounted Windows 8.1 files, và cliông xã the Play button. Optionally, you can also change the configuration settings by enabling/disabling the scripts found at left h& navigation tree.


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