Create a Windows 7 PE Bootable USB Flash Drive (32 bit and 64 bit)

  1. Download Windows 7 AIK ISO file
  2. Burn the ISO or extract it to a folder (e.g., using 7zip)
  3. Run StartCD.exe
  4. Choose the “Windows AIK Setup” option
  5. When complete, navigate to Start->all programs -> Microsoft Windows AIK -> Deployment Tools Command Prompt
  6. In the Deployment Tools Command Prompt window, issue the following commands.
    Note: if needing a 32-bit version of Windows PE, replace “amd64 with “x86”

    copype amd64 c:\WinPE_amd64
    copy c:\WinPE_amd64\winpe.wim c:\WinPE_amd64\iso\sources\boot.wim
  7. Insert your flash drive
  8. Launch diskpart (Start button-> then type diskpart)
  9. Locate your flash drive with this commandlist disk
  10. Select it, format it and make it bootable (in this case the flash drive was disk 1) using these commands:
    select disk 1
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick label=WinPE_amd64
  11. Determine what drive letter has been assigned to your flash drive
  12. The last step is to copy files to flash drive (in this case drive letter of the flash drive was F:
    xcopy c:\WinPE_amd64\iso\*.* F:\ /
  13. If you want to create an ISO to use later:
    oscdimg -n -bc:\winpe_amd64\ c:\winpe_amd64\iso c:\winpe.iso
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