Walkthrough: Create a Windows RE Recovery Media
This walkthrough describes how to create a recovery media using Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) and Windows PE. In the event of a system failure, you can boot the computer with this recovery media and attempt to fix the system.
To complete this walkthrough, you will need the following:
- A Windows RE image.
- A technician computer that provides all the tools and source files. For more information, see Building a Technician Computer.
- Blank media, for example, a USB flash drive (UFD) or CD-ROM. In this example, the storage size must be 256 megabytes (MB) or bigger, depending on how many additional applications you include in your Windows RE image.
Step 1: Create a Windows RE Image
If you have a Windows RE image, skip to Step 2, otherwise, create a Windows RE image as described in Walkthrough: Create a Windows RE Image.
Step 2: Create a bootable media
In this step, you create a bootable Windows PE media and replace the default boot image with your custom Windows RE image.
Select one of the methods for creating a bootable media.
Following the walkthrough instructions with one addition: Prior to copying or burning the image to media, replace the Windows PE boot image (ISO\Boot.wim) with your Windows RE image. For example,
copy c:\winre_x86\winre.wim c:\ISO\sources\boot.wim
You must rename your Windows RE image to Boot.wim, otherwise the image will not boot.