How to Create WinPE Bootable Disk for All Windows OS

Brithny updated on Sep 25, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

PAGE CONTENT:
What is WinPE Bootable Disk
Why Need to Create a WinPE Bootable Disk
Method 1. Create WinPE Bootable Disk in Two Steps
Method 2. Create WinPE Bootable Disk with Windows ADK

What is WinPE Bootable Disk

WinPE, known as Windows Pre-installation Environment, is a lightweight version of different Windows OS, such as Windows 10/8/7/XP. It is a minimal operating system where you can prepare a PC for installation, deployment, and Windows servicing.

Why Need to Create a WinPE Bootable Disk

WinPE bootable disk supports to manage hard disk partitions when Operating System crashes, resize primary drive to reinstall other OS, and even manage partitions on a computer without Operating System. Moreover, it allows you to recover deleted partition, extend system partition, and rebuild MBR without losing any data. The most important thing is that the WinPE bootable disk can boot a crashed computer and boot a computer without OS. Here in this guide, we will tell you how to create a WinPE bootable disk in two ways.

Method 1. Create WinPE Bootable Disk in Two Steps

Creating a WinPE bootable disk is very complicated. It does not only contains many steps but also requires users to have advanced computer knowledge. As a result, we recommend a third-party tool - EaseUS Partition Master to help Windows beginners. EaseUS Partition Master is specialized in computer partition management. It allows users to resize, move, extend partitions, change SSD from MBR to GPT, and even migrate OS to HDD/SSD on computers without losing data under different Windows OS. More importantly, it can help users to create WinPE bootable disk with fewer steps.

Now download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the guide below to see the easiest method of creating a WinPE bootable disk.

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Step 1: Prepare a disc or drive

To create a bootable disk of EaseUS Partition Master, you should prepare a storage media, like a USB drive, flash drive or a CD/DVD disc. Correctly connect the drive to your computer.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the "WinPE Creator" feature on the top. Click on it.

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Step 2: Create EaseUS Partition Master bootable drive

You can choose the USB or CD/DVD when the drive is available. However, if you do not have a storage device at hand, you can also save the ISO file to a local drive, and later burn it to a storage media. Once made the option, click "Proceed".

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You have created an EaseUS Partition Master WinPE bootable disk now. You can manage your hard disks and partitions through the bootable drive whenever the computer fails to boot normally.

If you have RAID drives, load the RAID driver first by clicking Add Driver from the menu bar, which can help you add the driver of your device under WinPE environment, as some specific device cannot be recognized under WinPE environment without drivers installed, such as RAID or some specific hard disk.

Method 2. Create WinPE Bootable Disk with Windows ADK

Another method you could apply to is to use Windows ADK. This method is a little complicated. If you want to have a try, follow the step-by-step guide below.

Step1. Download the Windows ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit). It contains the CopyPE and MakeWinPEMedia command line utilities.

Step 2. Launch the ADK tool, select the "Install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit-Windows 10 to this computer" and click "Next".

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Step 3. On the subsequent page, click "Next" and "Accept".

Step 4. Choose the "Deployment Tools" and "Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)" options and click "Install".

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Step 5. Close the installation process when it's finished. Open the Start menu and go to "Windows Kits". Right-click "Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment" and head to "More" > "Run as administrator".

Step 6. When it runs, execute the command: copype amd64 G:\WinPEx64 (replace G:\ with your drive letter).

Step 7. Then execute the command: MakeWinPEMedia /ISO G:\WinPEx64 G:\WinPEx64\WPE64.iso. When you see "100% complete" and "Success", it means you've successfully created WinPE files.

Step 8. Now you can navigate to the G drive or where you created the WinPE files. There you will see a WinPE iso file.

Then you can connect the target disk to the computer, and burn ISO files to it to make it bootable. For this task, you can use Windows To Go (an available feature in Windows 10 Education/Enterprise/Pro and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise).

Step 9. Type "Windows To Go" in the search box to launch this tool.

Step 10. It will automatically search for all inserted USB drives. Choose the destination USB drive and then "Next" to continue.

Step 11. Click "Add search location" to search for the Windows installation ISO file and choose the mounted ISO file.

Step 12. On the next window, you can set a BitLocker password to encrypt your Windows To Go workplace.

At last, you will get a WinPE bootable disk for Windows 10.

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

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The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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