Preparing WinPE 3.0 for PXE-Boot

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This script is based of the scripts provided by the german institution “Regionales Rechenzentrum für Niedersachsen” (R|R|Z|N).

It creates all necessary files in one folder including the boot files in one step.

You just need to upload the folder to your tftproot folder and make a copy of the bootmgr.exe from within the Boot folder to your tftproot folder.

At the end you will get a rudimentary WinPE with a simple Command Prompt.

If you want to have a more advanced WinPE take a look at this article.


Microsoft Windows AIK for Windows 7
This script needs to be run from an administrative Deployment Tools Command Prompt.


@echo off
rem Erstellung von WinPE-Images und Rauskopieren der benoetigten Dateien
rem vgl. Microsoft-TechNet, Walkthrough: Deploy an Image by Using PXE
rem Auszufuehren innerhalb der WAIK-Eingabeaufforderung f. Bereitst.
rem 20090826-HH
Set PXEDest=C:pxe-tftp
Set OSFolder=Boot
Set x86wim=winpex86.wim
Set x64wim=winpex64.wim
Set createx64=false
if exist %PXEDest% rmdir %PXEDest% /s /q
mkdir %PXEDest%
mkdir %PXEDest%%OSFolder%
rem Create WinPE-images
if exist %PXEDest%winpe-x86 rmdir %PXEDest%winpe-x86 /s /q
call copype.cmd x86 %PXEDest%winpe-x86
if exist %PXEDest%winpe-x64 rmdir %PXEDest%winpe-x64 /s /q
call copype.cmd amd64 %PXEDest%winpe-x64
rem Dateien architekturunabhaengig, amd64 hat aber zusaetzlich wdsmgfw.efi
imagex /mount %PXEDest%winpe-x64winpe.wim 1 %PXEDest%winpe-x64mount
xcopy %PXEDest%winpe-x64mountWindowsBootPXE* %PXEDest%%OSFolder% /s /e
imagex /unmount %PXEDest%winpe-x64mount
copy “%ProgramFiles%Windows AIKToolsPEToolsx86bootboot.sdi” %PXEDest%%OSFolder%
copy %PXEDest%winpe-x86winpe.wim %PXEDest%%OSFolder%%x86wim%
copy %PXEDest%%OSFolder%pxeboot.n12 %PXEDest%%OSFolder%pxeboot.0
if “%createx64%“==“true” copy %PXEDest%winpe-x64winpe.wim %PXEDest%%OSFolder%%x64wim%

rem BCD-Erstellung fuer PXE-Boot von WAIK-Windows-7
rem vgl.
rem 20100716-HH
pushd %PXEDest%%OSFolder%
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -createstore BCD
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -create {ramdiskoptions}
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {ramdiskoptions} ramdisksdidevice boot
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {ramdiskoptions} ramdisksdipath %OSFolder%boot.sdi
for /f ” usebackq delims={} tokens=2″ %%i IN (`%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -create /d “WinPE-x86 Boot Image” /application osloader`) do set GUIDx86=%%i
if “%createx64%“==“true” for /f ” usebackq delims={} tokens=2″ %%i IN (`%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -create /d “WinPE-x64 Boot Image” /application osloader`) do set GUIDx64=%%i
echo GUID x86: %GUIDx86%
if “%createx64%“==“true” echo GUID x64: %GUIDx64%
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -enum
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx86%} systemroot Windows
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx86%} detecthal Yes
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx86%} winpe Yes
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx86%} osdevice ramdisk=[boot]%OSFolder%%x86wim%
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx86%} device ramdisk=[boot]%OSFolder%%x86wim%,{ramdiskoptions}
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx64%} systemroot Windows
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx64%} detecthal Yes
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx64%} winpe Yes
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx64%} osdevice ramdisk=[boot]%OSFolder%%x64wim%
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -set {%GUIDx64%} device ramdisk=[boot]%OSFolder%%x64wim%,{ramdiskoptions}
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -create {bootmgr} /d “WinPE BootManager”
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -timeout 30
%systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -default {%GUIDx86%}
if not “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -displayorder {%GUIDx86%}
if “%createx64%“==“true” %systemroot%system32bcdedit -store BCD -displayorder {%GUIDx86%} {%GUIDx64%}
goto end

echo Transfer the "%OSFolder%" folder from %PXEDest% to the tftp-root folder of your PXE-Server.


PXEDest defines the folder where the script will work in

OSFolder defines your folder which needs to be uploaded to your PXE-Server

x86wim and x64wim defines the naming of the wim files you’ll get

createx64 if set to true will additionally create a rudimentary 64Bit PXE environment

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