Windows 8.1 X86 U1 PE with Updateable USB Portable Apps

2015/04/17 | By | 76 Replies More

This is the latest NEW Windows 8.1 x86 U1 PE. This  portable apps  on this version can be updated when needed or you can also add any new apps you need to the USB stick. New applications include Macrium Reflect, DiskCryptor,  Adobe Reader, Total Commander, FastStone Image Viewer & Java

Utilities included on the PE
Google Chrome Popular web browser Internet Explorer Microsoft’s web browser
7Zip Archiver and archive manager MBR Fix Fix master  boot record errors
Clamwin Antivirus Free Antivirus program Filezilla FTP FTP client
Regshot Registry compare utility that allows you to take a snapshot of your registry Easy BCD Take control of your boot loader
Process Hacker Open source process viewer Defraggler Disk Defragmenter
Process Monitor Monitoring tool that shows real-time file system, Registry, and process or thread activity Process Explorer Information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded
Tree Size TreeSize tells you where precious space has gone to Irfan View Fast and compact image viewer/converter.
Winrar Powerful archiver and archive manager Virtual Keyboard On Screen keyboard
Notepad ++ Full-featured text editor OpenOffice  Multi-platform office productivity suite
MS Paint and Worpad Microsoft’s basic image and test editors MalwareBytes Detects and removes dangerous malware
Team Viewer Remote control, desktop sharing & file transfer Macrium Reflect Backup and disk imaging solution
FastStone Image Viewer Fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter & editor CCleaner System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool
Adobe Reader Firefox Portable Mozilla Firefox
Ammyy Admin Desktop sharing &remote connections Aomei Partition Assistant Disk Partition Creator And Editor
HWiNFO Hardware information and diagnostic tool Media player classic Classic Windows media player
SnagitS creen capture utility WinToolkit Customize your Windows installation
Wise Disk Cleaner Disk Cleaner and Defragmenter Wise Data Recover Recovery tool to recover deleted files
Active Disk Imager Disk image software that makes an exact copy of any PC disks Active Partition Manager Manage storage devices and the logical drives or partitions
Active Undelete Data recovery software that allows you to recover lost, deleted, and formatted data Powershell 2 Windows Powershell 2
Total Commander File manager for Windows AVZ Antiviral Toolkit Advanced tools capable of removing SpyWare and AdWare modules.
Remote desktop client Microsoft’s RDP client Rufus Create bootable USB drives the easy way
Disk Wipe Erase all disk data and prevent recovery of data. Diskcryptor Encryption solution that offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition
UltraISO Directly edit ISO/BIN files Picasa Photo editor and organizer
Recuva File Un-delete Smart Partition Recovery Lose a drive? Smart Partition Recovery will restore it!
MyLan Viewer Netbios & LAN/Network IP address scanner VLC Media Player

dstart menu

All the Apps listed in the Windows Start Menu under All Programs

system info

System Info showing 64bit version

apps menu

Apps View

Portable Apps Menu

If you prefer to use the Portable Apps menu instead then 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 be saved to the USB drive.      

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It’s a large download (1.8gb) so be patient it can take 20-40 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download.  After downloading burn the bootable ISO file to  USB using rufus or similar program to create your bootable USB. A BIG THANKS to everyone over at

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  1. Mark says:

    I like your new build. I have built several different PE and I noticed that the PENetwork in the 64 bit build is unable to be executed (same as mine), it does work in the 32 bit builds. Also the Recuva doesn’t execute, that happened to me also. You need to install the Vss in the components to have older programs work. I also noticed that you installed Fake Disk from the components. Did that program do anything for programs? I am surprised that you didn’t put your picture on the Administrator log on? You have added a lot of nice features in the latest build.

    • gandalf50 says:

      PE Network seems to run fine for me. Haven’t noticed Fake disk doing much. Thanks for the Recuva info. Missed the fact it wasn’t running. Fortunately there are other undelete apps on the PE.

      • gandalf50 says:

        I updated the file to fix the Recuva issue and some other small minor issues and added my pic to the login screen. Changes are reflected in the new file Gandalfs Win8.1U1SE_x64 updateable final.iso

  2. Amadeu Venturini says:

    I downloaded a x64Br version and in logon appears a black screen and a mouse pointer only, problem… I’m going download this version now… sorry my bad language, I’m Brazilian. help-me

  3. Alex says:

    Any way to get access to the ISO without creating a MS live account?

    • gandalf50 says:

      I have it set to not require an account. So am not sure what is up with One Drive. It takes 10 seconds to create an account though, so not sure its a big issue.

  4. Ilie says:

    Thank you for your job .

  5. Ilie says:

    Do you Know something about ,,Firefox couldn’t load XPCOM” ,On portable firefox apeare this.
    Thank you

    • gandalf50 says:

      Yes I have seen this issue. Don’t know why. I do know some earlier versions of the portable version don’t get this error.

      • Torsten says:

        I have copied pdh.dll from c:\windows\system32 into PortableApps\FirefoxPortable\App\Firefox.
        After that Firefox started normally.

  6. Ilie says:

    I use Pale Moon , working fine after I copy it in RAMdisk.
    Give us a link for portable browser applications (Chrome and Firefox) .
    Chrome not open , Firefox couldn’t load XPCOM etc .
    Chrome on the OS , working fine , but need to put a always Adblock and do not have Persistent Bockmars .
    Feedback maybe in the future you can do an update to Flash player .
    Thank you for all your Efort.

  7. Ilie says:

    Pale Moon have problem with FlashPlayer.
    Maxthon is maybe only hope for now.

  8. Ilie says:

    You Know if is any possibility to make persistent OS ?
    Thank you

  9. Ilie says:

    I tried hard boots, work on some usb stick, not all.
    1.You can put an ISO image link , not for WIN 8.1 Enterprise ,for an WIN to GO finished (.iso) and ready-prepared to be write on USB .
    2.This version created by you is Great but a. Portable Chrom not Open b .Firefox portable Give ,,couldn’t load XPCOM ” c. FlashPlayer is not Update d.Chrome on OS not have ADBlock.
    Thank you for your hardWork.

  10. Tomb says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing these. Could I ask you to confirm that the Checksum file is correct?

    When I couldn’t get a match, I re-downloaded the ISO and got the EXACT same MD5 on both downloads (b53f7ea13306ce9d6f1bef9b7d58fdc4) but the Checksum file says something else (A65400E44B16836F9035DEB5E5103848). Other checksums (SHA-1 etc) don’t match either.

    What MD5 (or other checksums) are others getting on their downloaded ISO?

    Thank you in advance.

  11. lizzard says:

    is hibernate possible in winPE?

  12. tjnapster555 says:

    hey thanks you are doing great work.
    can you make a PE version with less than 500 mb with just browser and antivirus mbr fix type things only and a text file that how you can expand the PE
    it would be very great if make a smaller version of PE

  13. Gary says:

    I clicked on the newest x64 version link but I wound up here and the title says it’s the x86 version. Where is the x64 version?

    Appreciate the work you have done.

  14. Zrill says:

    Hi Gandalf! First of all, thank you very much for the effort you put into this!

    I was wondering: Can you mirror this somewhere else? (MEGA, preferably) I’ve tried four times to download this and gets cut off after 1 hour downloading aprox 1270MB. I´ve tried to search if there was any way to copy it to my OneDrive account to no avail. Here, where I am, bandwidth is a serious issue, I’m a very lucky guy to have 3Mbps D / 750Kbps U

    Again, thank you for your work

  15. Areoh says:


    Many thanks for the time you’ve put into this project! We love and it works great with a bootable USB drive.

    However, we’re wanting to pull the boot.wim file and using WDS to boot the environment over the network. This works using the x86 version; but not the x64 version. The message we get when booting to the wim: (this isn’t my thread; just screenshot that matches our issue.)

    Can you think of why this error would occur and would you happen to know of a work-around?

    We where also successfully able to boot the x64 version of without issue.

    Thanks again!

    • Henri says:

      I have multiple computers at home and I also experienced this problem on one of the four computers I have.

      On the three computers, they are running Windows 8 whilst the one causing the winload problem was running Windows 7.

      I simply installed the Windows 8 bootloader replacing the Windows 7 bootloader and it simply works after.

      However, in your environment, I guess this wouldn’t work as you would have multiple machines. And I’m not that technically inclined within enterprise networks – so don’t ask me :P

  16. WhatMatters says:

    Thanks for sharing

  17. Aiyah says:

    Sir, link on dropdown in top is not working. x64 still points to x86.
    Thanks for the great PE. :)

    • gandalf50 says:

      I found the error. Links are now correct.

      • diwa says:

        hi gandalf50 – your latest winpe is really sophisticated, thank you so much. what i nevertheless miss is access to my sdcard. i’ve tried to install my drivers (oem), additionally others from the win-filerepository – no luck.

        (only as info: i built a rescue stick using macrium reflect using an own-built winpex86-boot wim, and added a selection of appropriate drivers. booting macrium –> success sdcard – shutdown macrium –> winpe appeared (!?): sdcard included!)

        acer aspire switch 10, cpu intel atom z3745, win 8.1×86, 2 gb ram

  18. Chrisl154 says:

    Hey Gandalf, I have put this version of the PE on a bootable flashy, Problem is I get a winload.exe error anytime I try to boot it. I used Rufus and this ISO with a stand Flash drive. Trying to boot off a win 8 Machine. Is there something im missing by chance? This picture from a post above is basically the same error :
    Thank you for your time.

  19. Jonathan says:

    Just discovered this and really great, been looking for a replacement for Hiren’s BootCD’s LiveXP! Thanks!

    Is there any chance you could include at least one white on black high contrast theme and possibly the windows magnifier? Win8’s default theme is unbearably white, especially when fixing notebooks with bad/dull displays.

    • gandalf50 says:

      One of the apps in the portable apps menu is call Virtual Magnifying Glass. It should do the job of replacing the magnifier. High contrast themes are another issue. I may add to a future version.

  20. Archit Bajpai says:

    Hey dude, first i would like to say, “You did a great job, the best i have ever seen”. Second, i don’t have much experience with PE, so would you tell me how to add driver pack into this PE (Size isn’t a matter) and also please add some memory diagnostic tools for ram and a good HDD partition manager and bad sector repair tool. Thanks in advance.

    And i’ll be waiting for the final release of this PE with dual boot. Please if you have some spare time then mail me on the info. Thanks again.

  21. Peter says:

    Thanks again for a new build of your excellent boot image.

  22. Tom says:

    Thank you for your great work.

    A suggestion for your next release of Windows 8.1 U1 PE: You could include ‘Emsisoft Emergency Kit’ ( instead of ‘ClamWin Antivirus’. ClamWin has a bad virus recognition. Emsisoft Emergency Kit has an excellent virus recognition (because it uses the Bitdefender scan engine) and it is portable.

  23. next2u says:

    Thanks for your great job, buddy. However, the mega link was for Win7x86 rather than Win8.1×86, please fix it up. Thanks.

  24. Pumuckl says:

    I’am very lucky to find your incredible Boot-ISO with UEFI-32 support.
    Although I have several Multi-Boot-Keys with various WinPE (some I made myself) I was unable to boot my now ASUS F205TA with Win8.1 32-Bit because my Bios has NO(!) CMS-Option to boot my Boot-Keys which use either Grub or Isolinux as bootloader.

    With your excelent “Windows 8.1 X86 U1 PE with Updateable USB Portable Apps” I got now managed to boot up in UEFI-32-Bit-Mode.

    However I stll can not do what I need:
    1. resize OS-Partition Drive C: in order to gain about 5Gb free space out of about 9GB free spacce in total
    2. the keyboard is locked fully even in CMD-Window
    The reason I think is: My ASUS F205TA is encrypted with BitLocker.
    I searched the internet to get a solution but unsucessfully yet.
    Any help possible?? Thanks in advance.

  25. Gabrielmast says:

    Hey Gandalf!
    So, I’m a student and one of our projects was to build a Windows 8 PE using WinBuilder.

    I have been able to build 3 different Windows 8 PE, but whenever I load them, the only thing that comes up is just a shell swapper window, telling me to choose a shell to load but when i click GO a message comes up saying “unable to load selected shell” but theres no shell to choose from!

    And it is the same issue for the 3 PE i managed to build.

    Any ideas on how to resolve this issue?

  26. Peter says:

    Can I access 32bit WinOS with 64bit Gandalf ToolCD?

    Can I access Win 7 system on hard disk with Win 8.x Gandalf ToolCD?

    Is there a changelog for new updates of Gandalf ToolCDs?

    • gandalf50 says:

      Yes you can access 32bit WinOS with 64bit versions and yes you can access win 7 systems with win8.x versions.
      Unfortunately this is no changelog but the most recent versions usually have the most improvements and applications.

  27. Tom says:

    Are there any plans to create a Windows 10 PE with Updateable USB Portable Apps?

  28. My download speed reached more than 5 it took only 6 min to download.. .small guys XDXDXD

  29. patrique says:

    this build is great!!

    how to use this PE with e2B?

    or how to put all your distros in the same usb hdd drive?

    thanks for all!!!

  30. dirk says:

    Is it possible to change the keyboard to AZERTY?


  31. Atul says:

    So, how do I add my own set of portable programs and how do I go about removing/uninstalling the one’s I don’t need from the ISO?

  32. Jim says:

    I can open my BitLocker encrypted system drive and replace files which are normally in use. Great job! (I’m using WIN7 Ultimate.)

    TrueCrypt 7.1a as extra app would be nice.
    A keyboard layout changer would be perfect ;-).

  33. tonyomoto says:

    Hi Gandalf,

    Please help how to add arabic language support to your windows-8-1-x86-u1-pe-with-updateable-usb-portable-apps.

    Thank you :D


  34. Rifat says:

    How to Add my Hp 1000 1205 tx driver on this windows .I cant use Wifi or Lan connection . Please help me .

  35. tonyomoto says:

    hi gandalf,

    how to personalize the OEMINFORMATION? I like to change it to my name :D

    Thank you.


  36. Gabe says:

    Hi Gandalf,

    This version (Windows 8.1 x86) is my favorite! Works awesome on my rig! :-)
    I have two questions about it:

    1- Is there a way to permanently change the display resolution? Is there a setting or a portable app for that? I mean every time I boot with this iso I have to set the resolution to FULL HD. I’d like my pendrive with this iso to remember it next time I use it.

    2- The bitlocker function is really cool, it works with all my encrypted HDDs, but is it possible (such as in real Windows) to auto unlock the drives when I boot? I always have to manually unlock all drives and I have many. Again: is there a setting, a portable app for auto unlocking bitlocker encrypted drives or maybe a simple bat file that I can create and inject somewhere?

    Many thanks in advance!

    • gandalf50 says:

      Isn’t multires in the tray. That is a quick way to set it but only for the session. If you want it permanent the you can either inject the correct video drivers for the system you are booting from, this will mek it will run with the default optimal resolution of that system your booting from. Or you could edit the pecmd.ini file and change the line ‘DISP W1028 H768 B32 F60‘ to the screen resolution you want. I am thinking about making some videos about how to do this and other modifications in the near future.

      I am no expert with bitocker but check this link You could probably create a powershell script to unlock all your locked drives.

  37. Antonio Difrancesco says:

    I will know if and when is out Italian language.Thanks

    I Will know also how can modify keyboard from english US to Italian.

  38. pazhani says:

    Hai, Plz fix the link for download. Onedrive link was broken and can’t download. Plz….. Plz…. Plz….

  39. pazhani says:

    Thanks a lot for fixing it. Now I am able to download. This was great. A great programmer hearing a simple user request and kind enough to fix it. Thanks again.

  40. reb says:

    I prefer 64bit please.

  41. reb says:

    Thank you.
    Made bootable usb of win 10 pe
    Keyboard issue….ex. L becomes 3
    PENetwork not opening

  42. Reb says:

    Please if you can make “Gandalfs win8.1U1SE_x64 updatabe final.iso” available to me for download.
    Very much appreciated.

  43. reb says:

    Keyword issue in “Gandalfs win8.1U1SE_x64 and also in win 10 pe.
    Example: L button types 3..
    Need a fix please

  44. archi says:

    Nice Blog Post.Thanks For Sharing This Information.

  45. archi says:

    Thanks a lot for fixing it. Now I am able to download. This was great. A great programmer hearing a simple user request and kind enough to fix it. Thanks again.

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