WinPE: Wireless Support in WinRE 10

When running dism /Get-Features agains the Windows 10 WinRE.wim, there is a Feature Pack installed called WinPE-WiFi.  You won’t find this in Boot.wim or ADK WinPE.wim, or as an ADK Optional Component.

Feature Name : WinPE-WiFi
State : Enable Pending

So what can we do with this?  Apparently if you have Wireless Drivers installed in WinRE (they are there by default for Surface Pro systems), you can use wireless with a few easy steps.

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WinPE: Boot WIM’s Explained (The Practical)

This is a continuation of my last post WinPE: Boot WIM’s Explained (The Physical).  The outstanding question that I left is which Boot WIM to use.

If you want a lightweight no frills WinPE, use the WinPE.wim in AIK / ADK.  If you want a full Recovery Environment, then use WinRE.wim.  Don’t use the Boot.wim for anything.

Use Boot.wim to Replace WinRE (using MDT or DaRT)


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WinPE: Boot WIM’s Explained (The Physical)

Before getting too deep into updating WinPE for OS Deployments, it is important to know where all the Boot WIM’s are and what they are used for.  To keep this post simple, I will focus on x86 Boot WIM’s only.

AIK and ADK WinPE.wim

If you are using MDT, then you are certainly using AIK for Windows 7, or ADK for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.  Before Importing an Operating System in MDT, the default Boot WIM used will be from the AIK or ADK installation directories.

On my Windows 8.1 x64 system, with ADK installed, the x86 Boot WIM is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\x86\en-us\WinPE.wim.

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Deals: Microsoft Office 365 Home 1 Year + Microsoft Lumia 640 Windows Phone AT&T

If you follow these steps you will get a deal on Microsoft Office 365 Home and a Microsoft Lumia 640 Windows Phone.

If you already have an Office 365 Home subscription, this won’t work for you, sorry.  Also the Office 365 Promotion with the Lumia 640 expires August 14, 2015.

Buy the Phone for $79.99

You have a few options for buying the phone.  Either option will be a GoPhone in Orange Clamshell Plastic

The kit will include the phone, USB Charger, USB Cable, SIM Card, and Manuals

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WinPE: Diskpart Partition Scripts

If you have been keeping up with my posts on Partitions, then you need to add some files to your WinPE to make your life easier.

GitHub WinPE-Create-Partitions

  1. CreatePartitions-BIOS.txt
  2. CreatePartitions-UEFI.txt
  3. DiskpartBIOS.cmd
  4. DiskpartUEFI.cmd

Add these 4 files to your WinPE Extra Files.  They should reside in X:\Windows to function properly.  Once they have been added you can run either of these two commands from a CMD Prompt

  • diskpartbios
    • Partition 1 – 984 MB System
    • Partition 2 – Windows (OSDisk)
  • diskpartuefi
    • Partition 1 – 984MB Windows RE tools
    • Partition 2 – 200 MB System
    • Partition 3 – 129 MB MSR
    • Partition 4 – Windows (OSDisk)

Partitions will be created from Disk 0 automatically (and yes it will clean the drive so be warned).

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