Since there’s a version of WinPe for x64 & x86 (& itanium) I like to keep both x64 & x86 on my USB stick. Essentially copying the each version to the root of the USB stick as needed. Meaning at any one time I have three copies of WinPE on my USB stick. Other applications I copy directly to my USB stick, so that I don’t have to remount the image every time i need another application added.
Shortly after Windows 7 was released came a new version of WinPE, WinPE 3.0 on the Windows Automated Installation Kit.
Preparing the USB stick.
select disk 7
create partition primary
select partition 1
format quick fs=fat32
Make sure you select the correct disk by adjusting the third command above.
Getting WinPE 3.0 Quickly
I’ve already done this so I’ve uploaded it to save you some time. The new Windows AIK is 1.75Gb my files are 170Mb & 146Mb for x64 & x86 respectively. I’ve detailed the packages I’ve used below.
- Both x86 & x64 versions are available.
- WMI, HTA & Scripting Packages
- ImageX copied to the image (System32 folder).
Once you’ve downloaded the file above, you can either copy the contents of the version of WinPE you wish to use to the root of the USB stick.
Creating a WinPE 3 Image
To create your own customised WinPE 3 image, you can follow Microsoft’s instructions here. The page details all the packages you can install and how to install them. The commands I used for each version are below.
Remember to run the Deployment tools Command Prompt As Administrator.
32-Bit WinPE 3
64-Bit WinPE 3
Once you’ve followed all the instructions you can copy the contents of c:\<architecture>\ISO\ to the root of the usb stick you are using.