Boot Windows PE from RAM Using a CD (Standard 7 SP1)


This walkthrough describes how to create a bootable Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 3.0 RAM disk on CD or DVD. For information about the benefits and methods of booting from RAM, see Boot Windows PE from a RAM Disk.

Hardware and Software Assumptions

To complete this walkthrough, you must have the following:

  • An x86-based or x64-based computer running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003.
  • A CD or DVD burner and image-burning software to create a bootable CD or DVD.
  • A blank CD or DVD.

Step 1: Set up a Windows PE build environment

Step 2: Customize the Windows PE image

Step 3: Create a bootable CD

  1. On the computer on which you installed Windows Embedded Standard 7, run the following command to create an .iso file:

    oscdimg -n -bC:\winpe_x86\ C:\winpe_x86\ISO C:\winpe_x86\winpe_x86.iso

    To remove the Press any key to boot from CD prompt from the boot process, remove the bootfix.bin file from the Boot directory in your mounted image.

    To create an AMD64 EFI .iso file, run the following command:

    oscdimg -bC:\winpe_x64efi\efisys.bin -u2 -udfver102 C:\winpe_x64efi\ISO C:\winpe_x64efi \winpex64efi.iso
  2. Burn the .iso file onto a CD or DVD.

Next Steps

To load an application or a script into memory with Windows PE, you must create a customized Windows PE image. For more information, see Create a Custom Windows PE Image.

See Also


Boot Windows PE from RAM Using a UFD
Boot Windows PE from RAM Using a Hard Disk Drive