Win7RescuePE is built to be a simple and flexible tool for System
Administrators and advanced users. Win7PE
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 tool focused at providing rescue capabilities
with as small amount of ram usage as possible for a win7 envrionment ( 256Mb ).
Unlike other Vista / Win7 projects it boots PE directly from the boot media instead
of into ram using a wim file.
Win7RescuePE 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
Windows Automated Installation Kit
- support for a big number of SATA/RAID/SCSI/NIC drivers
- capable to read and write on NTFS/FAT32/FAT partitions
- full support for networking
- automatic definition of hardware devices
- booting from CD/HDD/UFD/Network
- compatibility with Microsoft Windows Vista
- no uptime and starting processes limits
- 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 Win7RescuePE.
To make things convenient it's recommended that you to copy the content of the
DVD disk to 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.
- Win7RescuePE requires minimum RAM of about 256 Mb at run time.
- 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
Important building steps
- Download the Win7RescuePE project. This is done by adding the
joshua.winbuilder.net/Projects to the available
servers on the winbuilder download page.
- 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
\ 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 "Win7RescuePE".
More detailed information about this project and its internal functions can be found
on this page: How it works?.
Full building instructions for the Win7RescuePE project can be found as this
Note about virtual computers
For better results it is recommended to use the free
/ VMWare workstation,
or test Win7RescuePE 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
Eliminating spaces from folder paths may also assist in debugging.
Q: How to start networking support?
A: A Script for
is included in the Net folder. For further details about PENetwork click the link.
Q: How to configure a static IP address?
A: You can configure network settings at build time with the PENetwork
Q: Win7PE doesn't load using Qemu.
A: It is not possible to load Win7RescuePE 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 the
dedicated to this project.