Win7PE is built to be a simple and
flexible tool for System Administrators and advanced users.
can be loaded on a regular or crashed system. It allows the user to
get full access to all disks in order to restore data, check for
viruses, fix system boot problems, or transfer data over via network and the Internet.
This project is meant
to be a universal tool with the flexibility to grow with your needs.
Win7PE is created as a project
(set of scripts) for WinBuilder.
You are free to customize it in any way you want. All you need for this
project is a licenced copy of Microsoft Windows 7
(any edition) or the free download of the
Automated Installation Kit (WAIK).
- support for a big number
of SATA/RAID/SCSI/NIC drivers
- capable to read and write on NTFS/FAT32/FAT partitions
- full support for
- automatic definition of
- booting from WIM images
- booting from
- compatibility with
Microsoft Windows Vista
- no uptime and starting
- Source machine should be Windows XP
sp2 or above.
- Winbuilder Version 074 or above.
- For the build source you will need a Microsoft Windows 7 DVD or installed Windows
Automated Installation Kit
(WAIK) to create a working Win7PE. To make things convenient it's recommended that you to copy the content of the DVD
the hard drive. You can create only basic builds with WAIK, it does not include Windows explorer.
- An installed copy of the Windows
Automated Installation Kit
(WAIK) is required to provide the tools for mounting and creating WIM files
and to inject additional drivers.
- Win7PE requires minimum RAM of about 768 Mb, recommended 1 Gb or above
- Need Minimum Free HDD space 4gb recommended.(for mount boot.wim and
- This project only runs from NTFS partitions to allow handling WIM images.
- USB 512Mb or above for USB Booting users
- Download the Win7PE project. This is done by adding the
win7pe.winbuilder.net/Projects to the available servers on the winbuilder
- Open the second tab in WinBuilder marked "Source" and browse
to the folder containing the Windows 7 or WAIK files (Source directory).
- If the WAIK is not installed to the default location then select the
Build \ 0 - Preconfig script and update the the path to the installed WAIK. Note
even if the WAIK was selected in the previous step this is still necessary
if the WAIK is not installed to the default location.
- Click on the "Play" button to start Building "Win7PE".
More detailed information about this project and its internal functions can be
found on this page: How
Note about virtual computers
results it is recommended to use the free
workstation, Sun VirtualBox,
or test VistaPE builds on a real computer.
Win7PE needs to mount WIM files with write permission. This is
only possible running this winbuilder project from an NTFS partition.
Some users also reported success after using a shorter pathname for
their winbuilder folder, such as C:\WinBuilder or C:\Win7PE.
Eliminating spaces from folder paths may also assist in debugging.
Q: How to start networking
Scripts for both
PENetwork and PeNetCfg are both included in the Net folder.
For further details about PENetwork click the link.
Q: How to configure a static IP
A: You can configure network settings
with the latest PENetCfg or at build time with the PENetwork script options
Q: Win7PE doesn't load using Qemu.
A: It is not possible to load
VistaPE using Qemu at the moment.
Q: Error loading winload.exe
A: This error is most probably induced
by mistakes in building process. Check for errors while running
WinBuilder in the log.
If you still have any questions, you are welcome to search for answers in our