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Encyclopedia > Windows Preinstallation Environment
Windows PE beginning to boot under Microsoft Virtual PC. It uses the same, minimal version of NTLDR(SETUPLDR.BIN) as Windows NT/2000/XP Setup.
WinPE uses the same kernel as Windows XP, hence, it displays the same splash screen.
WinPE 2005, immediately after boot, running the Factory.exe application, which can be used to install drivers on the system.
WinPE 2005, immediately after boot, running the Factory.exe application, which can be used to install drivers on the system.
WinPE 2.0 (Vista) running the shell (Command prompt) with several of the built in programs, Notepad, Registry Editor, and the Windows Task Manager.
WinPE 2.0 (Vista) running the shell (Command prompt) with several of the built in programs, Notepad, Registry Editor, and the Windows Task Manager.

Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) is a lightweight version of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista that is used for the deployment of workstations and servers by large corporations. It is also used by OEMs to preinstall Windows client operating systems to PCs during manufacturing. It can also be used as an alternative to MS-DOS as an OS by booting from a CD or USB flash drive instead of booting from a floppy or hard disk. Image File history File links Winpe_1. ... Image File history File links Winpe_1. ... Virtual PC is a virtualization suite for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems, originally created by Connectix, subsequently acquired by Microsoft. ... -1... Image File history File links Winpe_2. ... Image File history File links Winpe_2. ... A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ... A typical Windows XP desktop. ... Image File history File links WinPE2005. ... Image File history File links WinPE2005. ... Image File history File links Winpe. ... Image File history File links Winpe. ... For the item of stationery, see notebook. ... The Windows registry is a database which stores settings and options for the operating system for Microsoft Windows 32-bit versions, 64-bit versions and Windows Mobile. ... Task manager on Windows XP A task manager is a program used to provide information about the processes and programs running on a computer, as well as the general status of the computer. ... Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ... Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to a situation in which one company purchases a manufactured product from another company and resells the product as its own, usually as a part of a larger product it sells. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... A USB flash drive, shown with a 24 mm U.S. quarter coin for scale. ... In computing, booting (booting up) is a bootstrapping process that starts operating systems when the user turns on a computer system. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ...

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Overview

Originally WinPE was only meant to be used as a platform for deploying Microsoft Windows operating systems. In later versions WinPE has developed into a platform for the following uses:

  • Deployment of workstations and servers in large corporations.
  • Preinstallation of workstations and servers to be sold to end users, by system builders.
  • Recovery Platform used by larger system builders such as Dell Inc., Acer, HP and several others for use in Windows recovery.
  • Replacement for MS-DOS as a utility operating system used by technicians in system diagnostics and installation repair.
  • Platform for 3rd party windows utilities such as the newest version of Symantec Ghost

The package can be used for developer testing or as a recovery CD/DVD for system administrators. Many people on the internet have created customized WinPE boot CDs and included other third-party applications for different uses. Dell, Inc. ... Acer (LSE: ACID) (Mandarin:宏碁股份有限公司) is a Taiwan-based company which by 2004 had grown to be one of the worlds top five branded PC vendors, and now is ranked one among the top four PC vendors. ... HP may refer to: Handley Page Aircraft Company Harry Potter, a series of fantasy novels by British writer J. K. Rowling Hello! Project (H!P), a Japanese pop recording project Hewlett-Packard, a computer and computer peripheral company High Point, North Carolina High potency, a term used in biology, pharmacology... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


The current version is 2.0, based on the Windows Vista kernel. This version has introduced a number of improvements and extended the availability of WinPE to all customers, not just corporate enterprise customers. A kernel connects the application software to the hardware of a computer. ...


WinPE Versions

The following versions are known to exist:


Windows PE 1.0

Built from the first version of Windows XP Professional. Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Windows PE 1.1

Built from Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 (SP1). Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Windows PE 1.2

Built from Windows Server 2003 family. Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ...


Windows PE 2004 (1.?)

Built from Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Windows PE 2005 (1.6)

Built from Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. ...


Windows PE 2.0

Built from Microsoft Windows Vista. This latest version of WinPE differs in that it no longer requires a source CD as the files are built into the initial installation of the toolkit. This means that the download is now 900MB instead of the 60MB or so of the earlier versions. Once again it is possible to modify the bootable image created to contain a variety of plug-ins such as WMI access, Windows Scripting Host (WSH), additional drivers and other 32-bit applications (or 64-bit for the 64-bit version). The whole process of creating the bootable environment from WinPE 2.0 is made much easier by using Microsoft's BDD 2007 product, making the whole process free of the command line tools familiar to users of the older systems. The best aspects from the new build are the ability to use a re-writeable RAM disk (WinPE 1.x versions used a read-only RAM disk), and the hot-plugging of extra peripherals such as USB keys. The only downside currently is the large minimum memory requirement which now edges closer to 512MB to be on the safe side. Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ... The Microsoft Windows Scripting Host is distributed and installed by default on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. ...


See also

Windows Vistas System Recovery menu Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a set of tools included in the Windows Vista operating system to help diagnose and recover from serious errors which may be preventing Windows from booting successfully. ... BartPE is a Live CD version of the Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating systems. ...

External links

  • Windows PE Information
  • Windows PE 2.0 for Windows Vista Overview

 
 

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