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AOMEI PE Builder Help

AOMEI PE Builder Introduction

AOMEI PE Builder is a powerful Windows PE creation tool. Relying on Windows software environment (Windows Pre-installation Environment), it can create a Windows PE system which carrying a Desktop and Explorer and furthermore can burn Windows PE system to USB flash drive or CD/DVD. The function of the Windows PE system created by PE Builder is similar to that of Windows system. Besides, the PE system has many common tools (backup and recovery tool and partition tool, etc) and also gives users the right to add tools or drivers as they want.

When users create Windows PE, it supports to add portable tools to Windows PE to specialize their own system according to their will. After starting the computer from the created Windows PE, users can execute many operations which are complex or even impossible in Windows. For example, when system cannot start, users can recover or restore it by entering Windows PE. In general, it is a practical and easy-to-use Windows PE system creation tool which certainly will bring you surprise.

System support:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)
  • Microsoft Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (all editions)

Presently, AOMEI PE Builder dose not support Windows XP/2003/Vista. For users who are with these systems, luckily, they can create Windows PE in systems supported by PE Builder and use the Windows PE in their own systems.

AOMEI PE Builder Operations

Before you begin

  • If you run AOMEI PE Builder on a 64-bit operating system, then the bootable Windows PE media that you created supports both UEFI/GPT boot mode and Legacy BIOS/MBR boot mode.
  • If you run AOMEI PE Builder on a 32-bit operating system which cannot support UEFI/GPT boot, therefore, the bootable Windows PE media that you created only supports Legacy BIOS/MBR boot mode.

1. Start AOMEI PE Builder and click “Next” in the first wizard page.

2. You can add tools and drivers which you frequently use here.

①、There are four categories of program built-in common software: File, Network, Security and System. You can choose and include some of them to Windows PE portable programs.

② “Add file/folder” can include the tools you need to Windows PE. AOMEI PE Builder will create a shortcut of a folder named “My Tools” on the desktop and put your added tools in the folder.

③ “Add Drivers Files” can add the drivers you need to a list and PE Builder will automatically install them to Windows PE system. Note that you can only add the driver files whose extended file name is “.inf”.

3. When files and drivers are added, click “Next” to enter the interface on which you can select to what media to create Windows PE.

As the picture shows above, you can create Windows PE boot media in three methods:

①. Burn To CD/DVD: Create a bootable Windows PE CD/DVD;

②. USB Boot Device: Create a bootable Windows PE flash drive;

③. Export ISO File: Create a bootable Windows PE ISO file.

4. Choose one of the three media as you wish. Here, we take creating Windows PE flash drive as an example:

5. Click “Next” after choosing “USB Boot Device”. As the picture shows above, AOMEI PE Builder will ask you to backup the important data on USB. Click “OK” and program will enter executing page and start creating as following:

6. When the creation successes, you can restart your computer and adjust boot order to USB device to enter Windows PE system (usually, you can enter BOIS system to adjust boot order. For detail operations, you can refer to the instruction of your computer or your motherboard). Click here “learn how to change the boot order of computer”. The following picture is what you can see when enter Windows PE.

AOMEI PE Builder Notes

1. Before creating Windows PE, PE Builder will check whether the system environment supports Windows PE creation or not. There are two kinds of environment support creating Windows PE: one is the system self-contained recovery environment (WinRE); the other is manually installed Windows AIK/ADK. If system has both kinds, program will pick recovery environment first; if there is neither, program will inform users with “download and install Windows AIK/ADK”. Just as what the following picture shows.

Note: There is no need for most computers to download AIK/ADK. They can create Windows PE directly. Therefore, don’t worry about it.

2. Because the UEFI/GPT boot is only supported by Windows 64-bit operating systems, the Windows PE media that is created by AOMEI PE Builder on a 32-bit operating system only support Legacy BIOS/MBR boot mode. However, the Windows PE media that is created by AOMEI PE Builder on a 64-bit operating system support both UEFI/GPT boot mode and Legacy BIOS/MBR boot mode.

3. Before adding portable software to Windows PE, you need to figure out whether your system is 32bit or 64bit. If AOMEI PE Builder is installed on a 32bit computer, the applications you add to Windows PE should also be 32bit; if the computer is 64bit, the applications should be 64bit. Only doing like this, the programs included in Windows PE can work normally. To check the type of your computer, you can right click the “Computer” on the desktop and choose “Properties” as follows:

4. In order to make the created Windows PE has a higher hardware compatibility, AOMEI PE Builder support adding hardware drivers to Windows PE. For instance, to make Windows PE can recognize your RAID hard disk, you can add RAID controller driver to Windows PE. However, you should make sure that the driver kit is complete before adding it to Windows PE and select the right INF installation file. Otherwise, the hardware cannot run though added successfully.

5. When execute the orders, program will firstly wipe the data on destination CD/DVD. If the destination CD/DVD is able to be wiped, please make a backup of the important data on it as the first picture bellow; if the destination CD/DVD has data and cannot be wiped, program will inform to change a CD/DVD which can be wiped as the second picture bellow:


6. Program supports Windows PE flash drive but not USB external disk. Before executing operations, program will firstly format the whole flash drive. Therefore, please back up the important data on it as the picture shows:

7. AOMEI PE Builder supports creating bootable ISO file. Then, you can use some third party burners to burn the ISO file to CD/DVD and flash drive to make bootable Windows PE equipments. If you can use VMware or VirtualBox, you can directly run the system in the ISO file through virtual machine.