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#1 Tokener


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Posted 06 August 2021 - 06:07 AM

How to add custom PE to Bootmenu via PE-Customizer

This should work on all NT6 systems with bootmgr (Vista to 10). Details may vary.

Here: Windows 10x64

Run PE-Customizer as Administrator.
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Check you have Wimlib-imagex correctly specified.
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---Create custom PE---
Here: run [PE from ESD].
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Select favorite Windows ESD file. Check UEFI requirement!
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Select target path for resulting PE. (No spaces in path!)
Here: next to WindowsRE
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Check settings and start process.
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---Add custom tools to PE---
Here: BBLean (Included in Archive)

Run self-extracting file as Administrator.
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Specify a location for archive to be extracted.
Here: Desktop (subfolder will be created)
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Select this subfolder in the PE-Customizer GUI (Add Files).
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[COPY] Base-WIM.
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[INJECT] additional files.
Here: BBLean (previously extracted)
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[BUILD] PE. (oscdimg not required - ignore warning, if appears)
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---Add PE to Bootmenu---
Change Boot menu style to legacy. (optional)
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Select [PE to BCD], check settings and start process.
Here: label for boot menu entry set to CustomPE
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When finished, close Windows, restart and switch to PE entry.
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Start PE system.
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If you want to remove the PE entry from boot menu:
Select [BCD Modification][Remove BCD Entries]
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Select entry and [Run User Func] to remove it.

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You can see by the timeline it took 16 minutes to do this. (ESD download not included)

In real mode it can be done in a few minutes.


Good luck   T.

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