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#1 kevluck373



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Posted 27 July 2016 - 01:02 AM



I posted this in a WinPE group but didn't know there was a group for WinPE 8


I’m a severe WinPE beginner, but I’m trying to build my own working WinPE from scratch. There are a lot of premade WinPEs you can download, but would be something to be proud of if I can get it going myself.


I can easily make a bootable USB driver, but what happens is after the boot screen it comes to a command prompt and stops waiting for input. I use the steps below to create the USB drive:


1.  copype amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64

2. Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\WinPE_amd64\media\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /MountDir:C:\WinPE_amd64\mount

3. Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:\WinPE_amd64\mount /commit

4. MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 F:


I hope to get something like Windows explorer to start; desktop icons, start menu, etc. However, this is the part where I’m really stuck at. It seems explorer++ is only a file manager, but it doesn’t show any desktop w/ a My Computer and so on. I’ve been surfing around and found something called bsexplorer. Does anyone know about bsexplorer or another way of getting to the Windows desktop?


Will I need to create a wpeinit to make the desktop start as I want, or is there another way of making an windows explorer start?


My laptop has Windows 8 so I can’t make Windows 10 PE.


I realize I’m a severe beginner, but would appreciate any tips or ideas.


Thank You

#2 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 10:18 AM

The best thing you can do to get the hang of it is to try the QuickPE project, here:



you create with it a working PE in no time with a (very minimal) set of additions.


Since the whole project is made out of a handful of (very simple) batch files, you can learn from it how to make your own through manual commands and later modify the batches to re-automate the generation of the PE.


Technically, you build out of a Windows 8 "source" a PE 4.0, and a PE 5.0 from a 8.1 source:


Win8PE (SE) is the name of a Winbuilder project to build a more complete PE



You have to understand how these projects are not "pre-made PE's" (that cannot be redistributed) but rather "building projects" that allow you to create a PE build out of your own files and that you can customize to your needs.




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