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)
- MDT has ZTIWinRE.wsf that if configured properly, will replace WinRE.wim with LiteTouchPE
- Windows IT Pro has a writeup on replacing WinRE.wim with the DaRT Boot.wim
- “You can now navigate inside the folder, rename the Winre.wim to Winre.old_wim and copy in the DART sources\boot.wim from your DART CD, renaming it to Winre.wim, as shown here.”
- Technet: Creating the Ultimate Recovery Image using the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolkit (DaRT)
- “Furthermore, you can use the boot.wim file to create a bootable recovery partition by using your company’s standard method for creating a custom Windows RE image.”
- Keith Garner: Windows Recovery (WinRE) in MDT Litetouch
- Technet Forum on MDOP (DaRT)
DON’T DO ANY OF THESE METHODS
So why not?
Because one thing that you want to make sure WinRE has is a Feature called WinPE-Rejuv. This is only found in WinRE. Unless you are an OEM like Dell, HP, or Microsoft, you simply don’t have access to WinPE-Rejuv, and if you are making a Recovery Image from WinPE.wim or Boot.wim, you won’t have this.
So what does WinPE-Rejuv do?
It is used by Refresh your PC and Reset your PC.
While they show up and look good, running them will only end in disappointment