How to Create a WinRE Image

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How to Create a WinRE Image
Recover your computer system in case of a start-up failure. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Windows Recovery Environment, or Windows RE, is a tool activated when a computer fails to start. Windows RE assists users in repairing their computers by allowing them access to system recovery options, even when the operating system won't start. Creating a Windows RE image helps prevent total system loss in case of a failure. Creating a Windows RE image is easy using the Windows Automated Installation Kit.

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Things you need

  • Windows Automated Installation Kit

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    Create Windows PE Image

  1. 1

    Download and install the Windows Automated Installation Kit.

  2. 2

    Press "Start", and select "All Programs."

  3. 3

    Highlight "Windows AIK", and select "Windows PE Tools Command Prompt." You will use Windows PE to create your Windows RE image.

  4. 4

    Input "mkdir c:\winre_image" into the prompt that opened. Hit "Enter" and type "mkdir c:\winre_mount."

  5. 5

    Create and mount a copy of the image using the "ImageX" function. Type "imagex.exe /export /boot e:\sources\boot.wim 2 c:\winre_image\winre.wim "Windows RE"" into your command prompt and press "Enter." Then type "imagex /mountrw c:\winre_image\winre.wim 1 c:\winre_mount" into the prompt and press "Enter" again.

  6. 6

    Launch Notepad by pressing "Start", "Accessories" and "Notepad." Type in the code "[LaunchApp] AppPath=x:\sources\recovery\recenv.exe."

  7. 7

    Press "File", "Save As..." and select "All Files" from the "Save as type" drop-down menu. Save the file as "winpeshl.ini" into the directory "System32" located in your new Windows RE directory.

  8. 8

    Save the completed image by typing "imagex.exe /unmount /commit c:\winre_mount" into the command prompt and pressing "Enter."

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