Wpeutil Command-Line Options

The Windows PE utility (Wpeutil) is a command-line tool, included in Windows PE, that enables you to run commands during a Windows PE session. For example, you can shut down or restart Windows PE, enable or disable a firewall, set language settings, and initialize a network.

Wpeutil syntax

Wpeutil {command} [argument]

For example:

Wpeutil Shutdown
Wpeutil Enablefirewall
Wpeutil SetMuiLanguage de-DE


Wpeutil can only accept one command per line.


Creates a page file to a specified path and size. The default path is C:\pagefile.sys and default size is 64 megabytes. At least one option must be specified.


If a page file exists, the CreatePageFile option must be set equal to or greater than the current size of the page file or the command will fail.

CreatePageFile syntax

CreatePageFile [/path=<path>] [/size=<size>]

CreatePageFile usage

Wpeutil CreatePageFile /path=C:\pagefile.sys /size=128
Wpeutil CreatePageFile /path=C:\pagefile.sys


Disables extended character support for DOS-compatible file names (8.3 format) for the volume that contains path on target volume. This command only applies to NTFS volumes. The path on target volume must specify the root of the volume.

If disabled, all files that have been created with extended characters will be converted to a short file name.

DisableExtendedCharactersForVolume syntax

DisableExtendedCharactersForVolume <path_on_target_volume>

DisableExtendedCharactersForVolume usage

Wpeutil DisableExtendedCharactersForVolume C:\


Disables a firewall.

DisableFirewall usage

Wpeutil DisableFirewall


Allows 8.3 format file names to contain extended characters on the volume that contains path on target volume. This command only applies to NTFS volumes. The path on target volume must specify the root of the volume.


If you're installing an operating system in a language that has extended characters that are enabled by default, such as ja-JP or ko-KR, or using a copy of Windows PE in a language that doesn't have extended characters enabled, such as en-US, the installation will cause a Chkdsk error during first boot. Enabling this option before you install to that volume will prevent Chkdsk command from running.

EnableExtendedCharactersForVolume syntax

EnableExtendedCharactersForVolume <path_on_target_volume>

EnableExtendedCharactersForVolume usage

Wpeutil EnableExtendedCharactersForVolume C:\


Enables a firewall.

EnableFirewall usage

Wpeutil EnableFirewall


Initializes network components and drivers, and sets the computer name to a randomly-chosen value. The /NoWait option will skip the time where your PC would otherwise wait to acquire an IP address. If you don't use /NoWait, Windows PE will wait to acquire an address before it finishes loading your WinPE session. /NoWait is helpful for environments that don't use DHCP.

InitializeNetwork syntax

InitializeNetwork [/NoWait]

InitializeNetwork usage

Wpeutil InitializeNetwork
wpeutil InitializeNetwork /NoWait


Lists the supported keyboard layouts (Name and ID) for a given Locale ID (LCID) value. The keyboard layouts will also be updated in the registry under the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinPE\KeyboardLayouts.

For a list of valid Locale IDs, see Microsoft Locale ID Values.

ListKeyboardLayouts syntax

ListKeyboardLayouts <LCID>

ListKeyboardLayouts usage

Wpeutil ListKeyboardLayouts 0x0409
Wpeutil ListKeyboardLayouts 1033


Restarts the current Windows PE session.

Reboot usage

Wpeutil Reboot


Stops logging and saves the custom profile to the location the user specified earlier with the Dism /enable-profiling command. For more information about the /enable-profiling command-line option, see DISM Windows PE Servicing Command-Line Options.

SaveProfile syntax

Wpeutil SaveProfile <profile_file_name> "<description>"

SaveProfile usage

Wpeutil SaveProfile profile_file_name "short description"


Sets the keyboard layout in the current Windows PE session. This will take effect for processes after the command succeeds.

SetKeyboardLayout syntax

SetKeyboardLayout <keyboard_layout_ID>

SetKeyboardLayout usage

Obtain a list of supported keyboard layouts:

ListKeyboardLayouts LCID

To set the keyboard for en-US:

Wpeutil SetKeyboardLayout 0409:00000409


Sets the language. <language-name> uses the international language code format (for example, en-US for the U.S. English language). You can specify multiple languages in priority order, by separating them with a semicolon.

SetMuiLanguage syntax

SetMuiLanguage <language-name>[;<language-name>]

SetMuiLanguage usage

Wpeutil SetMuiLanguage de-DE;en-US


Sets the user locale. <language-name> uses the international language code format (for example, en-US for the U.S. English language). You can specify multiple languages in priority order, by separating them with a semicolon.

SetUserLocale syntax

SetUserLocale <language-name>[;<language-name>]

SetUserLocale usage

Wpeutil SetUserLocale de-DE;en-US


Shuts down the current Windows PE session.

You can also do the following in the Command Prompt window:

  • Click the Close button
  • Type EXIT and press enter

Shutdown usage

Wpeutil Shutdown


Populates the registry with information about how Windows PE boots.

After you run this command, query the registry using wpeutil UpdateBootInfo reg query HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control /v PEBootType

The results of this operation might change after loading additional driver support.

To determine where Windows PE is booted from, examine the following:

  • PEBootType: Error, Flat, Remote, Ramdisk:SourceIdentified Ramdisk:SourceUnidentified, Ramdisk:OpticalDrive
  • PEBootTypeErrorCode: HRESULT code
  • PEBootServerName: Windows Deployment Services server name
  • PEBootServerAddr: Windows Deployment Services server IP address
  • PEBootRamdiskSourceDrive: Source drive letter, if available.
  • PEFirmwareType: Firmware boot mode: 0x1 for BIOS, 0x2 for UEFI.

If you aren't booting Windows Deployment Services, the best way to determine where Windows PE booted from is to first check for PEBootRamdiskSourceDrive registry key. If it's not present, scan the drives of the correct PEBootType and look for some kind of tag file that identifies the boot drive.

UpdateBootInfo usage

Wpeutil UpdateBootInfo


Waits for the network card to be initialized. Use this command when creating scripts to make sure that the network card has been fully initialized before continuing.

WaitForNetwork usage

Wpeutil WaitForNetwork


During the Windows PE startup sequence, this command will block startup until the removable storage devices, such as USB hard drives, are initialized.

WaitForRemovableStorage usage

Wpeutil WaitForRemovableStorage

WinPE overview

WinPE: Mount and Customize

DISM Windows PE Servicing Command-Line Options