Standalone Win8.1Update_PE x64 or x86

2014/05/15 | By | 93 Replies More

New Win8.1 with Update PE available in standalone x86 or x64 versions.  This version includes many new requested apps including 5 different browsers, for those who are picky about their browser or for web site compatibility testing.

Note 1. WinPE boots in ram. For best results the x86 version requires at least 2.5 gb of ram and the x64  version with 3GB or more of ram. If you start getting strange errors when launching applications it is usually low memory issues.

Note 2. Give powershell 10-15 seconds to load all its modules on start-up.

Note 3. This is the Windows 8.1 Update Version 6.3.9600.17031

Note 4.  Anyone having issues with the x86 version download  the Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v3.iso version and let me know how it works for you.  Give it a minimum 2.5 gb of ram and give me feedback on how it works for you.

 Google Chrome  Internet Explorer 11
 7Zip  MBR Fix
 Clamwin Antivirus  Filezilla FTP
 Regshot  Drive Snapshot Disk Imager (use desktop icon if trial  expires)
 CC Cleaner  Process Monitor
 Process Hacker  Defraggler
 Process Monitor  Process Explorer
 Tree Size  Irfan View
 Disk Defraggler  Virtual Keyboard
 MS Wordpad  StartisBack (ctrl & win key for start screen)
 MS Paint  D7 Technician Tools (only x86)
 Team Viewer  PicPick Screen Capture
 Virtual Magnifying Glass  Maxthon Browser
 Opera  Firefox
 Gimagex  HijackThis
 HWiNFO  Media player classic
 Windows Hotfix Downloader  WinToolkit
 Win Merge  Wise Data Recovery
 Active Password Changer  Active Partition Manager
 Active Undelete  Powershell 4
 Remote desktop client  Rufus

Start Screen showing all apps



All Apps also listed in the Start Menu

Windows Start Menu under All Programs (see image below). If you prefer to use the Portable Apps menu instead the in run the Portable Apps Menu shortcut on the taskbar.  The portable apps menu also allows you to download more apps by selecting the Apps>Get more apps. These freshly downloaded apps will only be available during the current session


Portable Apps Menu






Remote Desktop client connected to Winodws 7 box


Powershell version 4

Powershell version 4



Start Screen displaying Apps by category


Start Screen displaying Apps by name

Start Screen displaying Apps by name


  . .X64 Version                    X86 Version                 .          .X64 Version

                                                                                         Brasil/Portuguese Keyboard 

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It’s a large download . The x64 version is 1.47gb and the x86 version is 920 mb, so be patient it can take 15-30 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download.  After downloading burn the bootable ISO file to DVD, USB or mount  the iso. A BIG THANKS to everyone over at and the Win8.1PE SE Project for the great work they have done in helping me create this WIN8.1PE disk

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Category: windows 8.1 update, WinPE

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  1. Dan says:

    X64 version works good. Tnx for adding Opera. But I tried the x86 version (update) on 5 different computers from i3770K Intel on MSI with 8 gigs to couple laptops to AMD desktop with quad core and 4 gigs ram to older desktops and ALL fail with 0xc0000017 error at boot. Tried from DVD, ext USB etc. Did my own mod to your earlier x86 version to add Opera and some other progs and it works fine. tnx for these nice PE versions.

  2. esowiki says:

    Even within Vbox x86 version gives Boot error.

    • gandalf50 says:

      It works fine for me in both Hyper-V and VMware Workstation. I have added a second iso to the x86 download folder called Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v2.ISO
      For those having issues with the x86 versuib try using that and let me know if it works for you

  3. loyalhudy says:

    x86v2 not working, 4GB RAM, Samsung notebook

  4. bish says:

    x86 & x86v2 are not working for me on usb, while x64 is working.

    may i know the user name and password in x64 so that i can connect to and share files on network ?

    thank you for great iso ! ^^

    • gandalf50 says:

      there is no password. If you want to share files on the network use your network credentials.

  5. esowiki says:

    X86v2 boots to the desktop, but there are problems eg. Chrome crashed as Firefox do.
    Tested in Vbox, next will try to boot from USB stick.

    • gandalf50 says:

      Did you give vbox more than 2.5 gb of ram?

      • esowiki says:

        Vbox testing with 1536kb 2048kb 2688kb all testings failed.
        Kingston 2GB USB stick made with Rufus failed, your X64 version works like a charm with same stick build with Rufus too.

        • gandalf50 says:

          thanks for the feedback. will look into the x86 issues

          • gandalf50 says:

            I have added another version of the x86 version Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v3.iso
            Anyone having issues download this version and let me know how it works for you.
            Give it a minimum 2.5 gb of ram and give me feedback on how it works for you.

          • sidispa says:

            x86 version Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v3.iso failed to load with same error on Dell.
            x64 works fine.
            Many thanks for great PE!

  6. esowiki says:

    short test shows X86v3 now working within Vbox (2560kb) but booting from USB stick still failed.
    USB testing with LG Notebook and Asus Z86 based desktop computer.
    X64 working with both computers without problems.

  7. csm says:

    I have a problem with mounting with pre-boot authentification a system partition with TrueCrypt. The error is it cannot set the US keyboard. I noticed that the option “Change input method” in Control Panel is not available, hence the posible cause of error?. The nonsystem partition can be mounted. Any chance to resolve this? Thanks P.S. I tried only x64 edition because of drivers in another backup software that I use.

  8. sidispa says:

    Tests were done on a Dell workstation T7500 4GB and USB 2GB using Rufus (Trend OfficeScan has to be disabled because it blocked the writing of autorun.inf)

    Gandalf’s_Win8.1SE_x64_& _x86_dual_boot v1.1
    Both boots worked OK, with DVD and USB

    Same results with Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x64

    Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v3 failed with DVD and USB. After finished the loading the boot failed with the 0xc0000017 error.

    Thanks for your quality work.

  9. Steve says:

    Hello Gandalf,

    Could you please integrate the Bitlocker Drive Encription into the 8.1PE? I think it is not a space eater and could help me (and others) a lot.

    I’m not an expert in making PE environment but if you give me detailed instructions maybe I could make it for myself :)

  10. Steve says:

    Next question: How should I integrate other keyboard layouts?

    • Steve says:

      I solved it with a 3rd party app. Its working good.

      I would like to integrate a little bit harder application Acronis True Image 2014… do you have any idea how to do this? :S

  11. Henk says:

    Thank you very much for this PE version, very handy. I used it primarily to remove viruses and repair the boot sector.

    When the PE is booted, the harddisk of the pc or laptop is the C: drive. So sometimes it’s not possible to change the partitions. How can I avoid this?

  12. sinai says:

    Soon, it will be better than Hiren’s Boot CD.
    Good work!!!!
    I follow your work and wait for the next version.

  13. John says:

    I’d like to ask 2 things
    1. is it possible to install to HDD. i ‘d love to have a small partition that will act as recovery -emergency and dual boot between my present installation and this special
    2.If it possible can u add Office Support (like Open Office or Libre Office) along with Ms Access Runtime and Word/Excel/Powerpoint Viewers ….Imagine this scenario…you have prepared a paper and a nasty virus has wrecked the system just before u go out and present it…so dual boot to PE open the document voila…no harm done

  14. Moscka says:

    Download links are offline.

  15. Amit says:

    How to load win 8.1 PE into USB Pen drive

  16. scott says:

    downloaded x86 version
    Using Rufus
    pointed rufus to ISO…

    getting Stop 0xc0000017

    any ideas?

    • gandalf50 says:

      This error seems to be associated with memory – or lack of it.
      How much RAM do you have?

  17. scott says:

    Thanks for the reply..
    Using Dell Latitude e7440 with 8GB of mem

    • gandalf50 says:

      Just so I understand your question, you a getting the error when using rufus? or when booting the usb?

      • anwar says:

        ” Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
        1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
        2. Choose your language settings, and then click “Next”.
        3. Click “Repair your computer.”
        If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
        Status: 0xc0000017
        info: There isn’t enough memory available to create a ramdisk device

        • gandalf50 says:

          The last line of your error message says it all :info: There isn’t enough memory available to create a ramdisk device

  18. Giroberto says:

    I am trying to format another usb drive inside of winPE using rufus, when I try GPT mode rufus tell me to install 7zip, and on MBR rufus only format the drive, but do not copy the files, anyone else with this problem?

  19. Sim says:

    Thank You for this PE. I have been trying to make a win 8.1 pe using winbuilder but your one is way more better than mine so I give up!
    and I also wanted to ask if would you mind if I edited your pe to add some stuff. Thanks again.

  20. Sergio says:

    First I want to thank you so much for this amazing ISO. (Using x64 and it runs very nice).
    I have a question about changing the language input method, is that possible? I`m from Brazil and I`m temporally using this tool because I`ve lost my HD and I`m using this tool as an emergency (some college works and projects). Anyway, I`m just wondering if that is possible or if there is some tool for this purpose.
    Thanks again and great job.

    • gandalf50 says:

      It would probably have to be done at the time of image creation. I will look into seeing if there is a way to inject the languages.

  21. Juan C Diaz says:

    Are you working on a new version of this PE?
    I would like for the upcoming PE to have a way to read the computers specs and pull a full report on it. :) D7 does that but does not do the full specs. :(

    PS. Is there a way I can install the PE on a USB and is there a video on how to do it. Much appreciate it.

  22. Mark Prziborowski says:

    I downloaded the X86 version and this is what it said. This seem’s strange as I have downloaded previous versions with no problem.

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

    1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart and restart your computer.

    2. Choose your language settings, and then click “Next.”

    3. Click “Repair your computer.”
    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

    Status: 0xc0000017

    Info: An unexpected error has occurred.

  23. larry says:

    Your creation is both a piece of art and a magical key! like my regular keys, I tend to misplace them — especially when I need them most. Like another commenter said earlier, I would love to install this on a small partition of the hard drive permanently so I won’t have to go looking for my USB key when I need it most. Can you offer any guidance on how to do that? Great work.

    • larry says:

      By the way… I did show SOME initiative and attempted to add your PE to my hard drive by :

      I created a vhdx disk file using diskpart

      Create vdisk file=c:\WinPE.vhdx maximum=5000
      Attach vdisk
      Format vdisk fs=fat32 quick
      Assign letter=t

      Then I applied the boot.wim image found in your sources folder from the PE

      imagex /apply boot.wim 1 t:

      Then I tried adding an entry to the BCD store by copying the current one

      bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Boot WinPE”

      Bcdedit gave me a GUID of the newly created OS entry which I used in the following commands

      Then I applied some settings:

      bcdedit /set {GUID} osdevice partition=t:
      bcdedit /set {GUID} device partition=t:
      bcdedit /set {GUID} winpe yes
      bcdedit /set {GUID} detecthal yes

      The menu option showed up when I booted but if I select it my system starts the repair process and diagnosing my PC and is ultimately unsuccessful.

      Was I even close?

      • gandalf50 says:

        You’re close. Let me check a few things and will get back to you.

        • Larry says:

          I tried a different approach. i was able to copy your Win PE boot parttition to a 6GB partition of my main drive which is an SSD. It boots great, really fast, right into your great PE.

          I have copied onto the second partition that i created on the drive a VHDX file which is tested and bootable. I am not sure how to get that to appear as an entry in the boot manager. I’d like to boot and hae the VHD as the default boot drive and your WinPE as an additional option.

          Any suggestions? Please?

  24. Unified says:

    What a great piece of work. Really appreciable! I have been using HBCD for a very long time and that development is bit slow lately. This will come really handy. Thanks once again :-)

    Do you have a newsletter option in this site so all subscribers gets regular updates?

  25. hugui says:

    Hi good afternoon, I have downloaded the image “Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x86v3” and have tried several USB and various programs to create bootable USB, but it gives me an error, it seems that you are missing files, anyone can help me ?, many thank you.

  26. artheim says:

    Trying to restore a Win 8.1 disk using XML DI with the standalone New win 8.1 based PE Dual Boot but it errors out with the error “Unable to retrieve drive layout”. It goes thru all the options to let me select the source backup and the target partition. The same levels of the standalone and DI XML were used to make the backup without error. One interesting item I noticed is that the memory is indicated as 0 available in the about from the help option of DI XML. I did not get the option to allow the standalone to boot to the x86 version – it automatically booted to the 64bit version. Any ideas? Thanks,

  27. Chunck says:

    Do you succeed to keep WOL working after a wpeutilshutdown ?

    It seems that shutdown a winpe turn off all the components, and the workstation is no longer reachable for a wake on lan

  28. Weirdbeard says:

    Thanks for a fantastic Win81PE build! I was in the process of putting one together myself so I can retrieve the license keys from my Mom’s broken laptop and install on another computer. Then I stumbled across your efforts here. Much appreciated! I just wanted to pass along info about a utility I found indispensable for solving my issue. The app is called “LicenseCrawler”. All you have to do is mount the computer’s registry hive in regedit and run the app. it will dig out any license keys that are recorded and encrypted there. I am not sure if one of the apps you have included already does this. So far, I haven’t found it. If one does not appear on your build, you might like to add this to your mix. Thanks again!!

  29. Raimund says:

    Hallo gandalf50,

    Is there any chance to change the language of this wonderful win8…PE.iso
    dynamically , or is there a download of this projects x86 , x64 , x86&x64 where i can change the language self before creating the iso.


    PS:sorry for my bad english

  30. KevinB says:

    Can DiskCryptor be added as an App. I need to decrypt a broken Windows 8.1 bootup

  31. James Smith says:

    How do I get my wireless on my lenova x60 laptop to work on your windows8 live iso?

    • gandalf50 says:

      Copy your lenovo wifi driver to a folder on your usb stick. When logged into the iso, open device manager and find your network card with the missing driver. Right-click on it and select update driver software. On the next screen choose “browse my computer for driver software” and then browse for the location on your usb stick where you put the driver files. Once the driver is installed, start your pe network manager . On the wifi tab chose “start” . Now select your wifi network adapter and it should display a list of available wifi networks you can join.

  32. Elfern Rivers says:

    This is a good job , as a Win 8.1 Pe boot.
    But, forgive my ignorance,what helpful can be to have most of the tools , that can’t be run/scan an Offline OS.
    I burned the latest x64 PE , burned good. Boot is something slow(I have 3G ram).
    As state before in this site,the OS installed in physical computer gets the letter C: . I just tested 2 or 3 tools , and always pointed to X: .

    Another mention,just to give your attention.
    I extracted the wim(1.4GB some) , and put it in a Win 8.1 USB bootable pendrive , load with other boot tools(i just used the wims).
    When i try to boot your wim ,after Loading files comleted ,gives an error complaining about some signature(maybe the error is 428).

    I’m just an enthusiast. I already tested.used other guys tools. And i rare ocassions, I give a comment.

    Again,forgive my ignorance,and thanks for your patience.

  33. Jimb0 says:

    I have a new DIY system with Asus Z97 Deluxe MB & Intel i7 using UEFI to boot from a SSD to Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Full Version.

    I have tried several different boot disks & disk rescue/recovery disks that will not fully load and subsequently end with a blue screen message.

    Please advise if you have a WinPE version for this system. I have just now downloaded “Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x64.iso” & “Gandalf’s_Win8.1PE x86 x64 dual” and will burn these to DVD.

    I suspect these are not the requisite versions, however, I will give these a try.

    Thanks for your input.

  34. Ventiman says:

    I am trying to get this to work from an Multiboot flash disk. I use YUMI ( as an installer. YUMI does not (yet) support your iso’s. I tried the ‘Use unlisted iso’ and ‘W-Vista/7/8 installer’ option, but neither would boot. Do you have any suggestions how to configure the multiboot installer?

    Great work Gandalf, keep up the good work!

    • concerthiker says:

      I use Yumi as well and was able to load “unlisted ISO” for the Win7PE and Win81x64Pe with grub. I also keep lan and wlan drivers from (or ones specific for common hardware I work on) in a folder on the USB drive in case the NICs aren’t included in the PE build.

  35. Mark says:

    I tried to run portable virtualbox (missing dlls were copied in system32 and WOW64 to resolve errors) and i’m still unable to run it, no errors are shown. Can you give me some advice or can you integrate it in next iso?

  36. Spawn says:


    Your PE build is great, thanks.

    For my job I really need version with only few programs and few extra drivers (scanners, printers, etc). Can you tell me, please, can i modify it by myself? DISM and imagex could not extract it…

    Sincerely yours, Salin Sergey.

  37. ronL2015 says:

    Your Gandalf’s_Win8.1uPE_x64.ISO is outstanding. I’d like to make a request to have the Macrium Reflect rescue environment added to your next version. Thanks.


    Hi Gandalf,

    thanks for the work, x64 version of Win 8.1 U PE is running fine, but x86 v3 is ( yet ) not booting. Just to report :

    SYSTEM : HP Elitebook 2730P , Medion Red Dot Award 2003 Pentium IV ( pure x86 HT ) , Dell PowerEdge 2950 XEON Server , Fujitsu-Siemens P IV Eco , diverse Notebooks ( P-Mobile, P-4 Centrino, Centrino Duo, Core Duo, Core 2, Athlon, Turion, Turion X2 ; All Systems run with min. 3GB up to 48GB RAM DDR-II Unbuffered / Fully Buffered / with and without ECC .

    MEDIUM : USB-Drives :: A:[ Kingston 2GB USB 2.0 ( first Thumb of that size manufactured , over 10 years old now ) ] , B:[ Medion 32GB µSDHC Class 10 in USB-Adapter and SD-Adapter ( direct Boot ) ] , C:[ Sandisk 8GB Class 10 µSDHC in USB- and SD-Adapter ( direct Boot )
    ] , D:[ ext-USB HDD 3.5” 1.5TB SATA-600 USB-III ] , E:[ ext-USB 2.5” 750GB SATA-300 USB-II ] , eSATA [ diverse HDDs ] , F:[ direct Boot from IDE 40GB ( 32GB-Limited ) ATA-100/-133/-166 ( UDMA 4,5,6 ) .

    PROBED : DD , Ubuntu / Gnome ” Disks ” , Yumi , XBOOT , Grub4Dos , SysLinux, Grub 2


    Sorry for the short-handed Resume of stuff i tested with. I hope you might tinker once again about the x86 version.

    To spend a-lil-some-o-hope : Via Yumi booting from Grub loads the BootMGR but fails with …0x7c ; Via XBOOT ( direct ISO boot ) boots up but hangs when coming to driver-load ; direct burn to Flash-Drive via DD and similar leads to no-Boot ( no Boot-Sector in ISO ) ; Mounting ISO or USB as boot-media for Virtual-Box leads to no-Boot ( again no BOOT-Sector in ISO ) or quits with …0x7c ; Mounting USB to QEMU runs like direct Boot in XBOOT ( hangs when it comes to driver-load ) ; only Boot that seem to run up to short-before-finally-there is via Fedora 21 Workstation inside Boxes on the Turion X2 and in Fedora 19 with KVM/QEMU on XEON by setting up iso as image mirrored in ram booting via pxe ( virtually ).

    Hmmm, that’s it, for now.

    Any chance you go after it, again ? If so, please let me know.

    Thanks for reading.

    S466531257 BOSS

  39. Miguel says:

    Is there a torrent download link for these .. been struggling to download this for 2 weeks now ..
    Keeps failing near the end, and download managers don’t download this either…..


      Hi Miguel,

      you can download via DownThemAll-AddOn for FireFox. Works definately. Don’t forget to let the checksum be compared to be sure.

      S466531257 BOSS

  40. sewerurchin says:

    First, thank you very much for all of the work that you have done. My issue is minor, but I figured that I would mention it in case it helps someone else. While booted into Win 8.1 PE, I tried to run Hard Disk Sentinel from a flash drive. I got an error saying that is couldn’t find ‘icmp.dll’. I copied it from a Win 8.1 system, put it on my flash drive and it worked fine. You might want to consider adding it to the image if you think it would be worthwhile.

    • Anna says:

      Hi, I am also having this exact same problem. However — icmp.dll already exists in the Windows/System32 folder in my WIN8.1 PE bootable. Did you copy and replace the existing file, or was there not an existing icmp.dll file to begin with? Thank you for posting this issue because it’s been hard looking for a resolution for this on the internet.

    • Anna says:

      As a follow up, this was resolved by placing icmp.dll in the flash drive root on the HDSentinel flash drive, not the 8.1PE bootable/drive. Worked — thanks sewerurchin for posting this!

      • sewerurchin says:

        Sorry that I never got back to about this. I’ve been away on vacation. I’m glad to see that you were able to solve your problem.

  41. Ilie says:

    Great Jobs and Thank you for All.

    I wrote the USB stick, but on boot ,on first page ,ask my for password bitlocker .
    Did you put a password?
    Thank you

  42. Ilie says:

    The problem was from my Write Software , I use now RUFUS and work fine.
    Thank you veri much.

  43. Nick Cooper says:

    The 64 bit working great for me. Any news on the x86? Would love to have this working but it fails for me off cd, yumi, rufus, Easy2boot and Zalman virtual optical.

    The dual boot version works fine in all cases.


  44. WhatMatters says:

    Thanks for this programs!

  45. Saruman says:

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all your work. It is phenomenal. I have a couple of questions though.
    How can I add more programs to the PE and make it permanent? For example to change the wallpaper. I would like to add more apps to the PE which makes my life easier. Do you create a WMI afterwards? How is the process? If is too much classified you can email me to
    Again, thanks a lot dude….

  46. Saruman says:

    Nah, my apps does not require an install, but there are some changes that I would like to make permanent in your image. How can I do that?

  47. Spongebob Squareballs says:

    Hey, any sign of a windows 10 pe? plz

    • gandalf50 says:

      It’s funny you should ask. I just made a win10x86pe with updateable usb apps that I will be posting in the next few days.

  48. Nottanumber says:

    Testing w/an HP ZBook 15 w/16 GB RAM.
    How to put this on an external USB HDD (2TB) w/2 partitions – one for WinPE and one for DATA (.wim files)?
    Rufus formats the entire drive, so I let it do that and then shrank the volume to 4096MB in Windows Drive manager, made the remaining drive a separate partition (DATA). Error 0xc0000017. I have 16GB RAM.
    I’ve tried ISOtoUSB, Rufus 2.3 (and 2.2), tried manually formatting the drive using diskpart:

    list disk
    select disk 4
    rem === Create the Windows PE partition. ===
    create partition primary size=4096
    format quick fs=fat32 label=”WinPE”
    assign letter=P
    rem === Create a data partition. ===
    create partition primary
    format fs=ntfs quick label=”DATA”
    assign letter=O
    list vol

    and copy/paste files to the WinPE partition.
    Also tried UltraISO, MagicISO, PowerISO, ImgBurn.
    I even tried creating the drive with DISM, which works fine and can boot to that (my usual method):
    MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 P: (this always works)
    and deleting the files, mount the iso and copy/paste the files to the WinPE drive – same error.
    I used Rufus to create the USB again, let it create the one partition (didn’t change anything) and tested it – same error. Is the 2 TB HDD capacity too big?
    I normally use a 500GB external USB HDD, but it died.
    Any ideas?

  49. Nottanumber says:

    I was able to get it to boot on an older laptop (HP 8540p). BIOS on the ZBook is set to Legacy boot, which is what the 8540 is set to. I tried disabling DEP in the BIOS. Same.
    I also tried your Updateable iso’s (both x86 and x64) and same outcome – no boot on the ZBook, boots fine on the 8540.
    However… I downloaded the Win8.1 SE and built a basic PE and it booted fine on the ZBook (as well as the 8540).
    Anyway, since I’m the only person in my world w/a ZBook, I’m OK with this.
    Thanks for your efforts!

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