Creating a bootable WinPE USB Key

1. Download AIK
2. Format the USB key from Windows Vista
3. Start a command prompt and run the following commands:

Diskpart
select disk N* ( N - your USB Disk number, check it twice)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=fat32
assign

4. Setup Windows PE


From the machine that you installed the Windows AIK go to the start menu and select "Windows PE Tools Command Prompt" from under the Windows AIK program folder.

Run Copype.cmd x86 c:\winpe_x86 ( replace x86 to amd64 if you prefer 64-bit version),
copy any tools you want available to the C:\winpe_x86\iso folder such as imaging tools if you want to use this for capturing images (imagex, wimscript.ini)

5. Copy Windows PE to USB Key

6. Run xcopy c:\winpe_x86\iso\*.* /s /e /f X:\
X - USB drive letter

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