Windows 10 x86 PE with updateable usb apps

2015/08/14 | By | 119 Replies More

This is the my first release of a Windows 10 x86 PE with updateable usb apps. 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,   Adobe Reader,  FastStone Image Viewer , Java and more.

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 Snipping Tool Screenshot captures
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
VLC Media Player Rufus Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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
Disk Wipe Erase all disk data and prevent recovery of data.  Smart Partition Recovery Lose a drive? Smart Partition Recovery will restore it!
Easy Recovery Data recovery software that allows you to recover lost, deleted, and formatted data 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 MyLan Viewer Netbios & LAN/Network IP address scanner
 Wordpad Basic document editor Snipping Tool Screenshot captures
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portable menu

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.


start menu

start menu


It’s a large download (1.1gb) so be patient it can take 15-430 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

Category: Windows 10 PE

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  1. Andre says:

    May we expect a 64 bits version too?

  2. Tom says:

    Thank you for your great work.

    The download link to OneDrive is wrong, it is the same as the link to Mega.

    A suggestion for your next release of Windows 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 free and portable.

    • gandalf50 says:

      Actually i havent had time to upload to one drive yet. Both links are pointing to mega. I will have a look at Emsisoft Emergency Kit. thanks

  3. Peter says:

    Thanks for the quick build. Very nice.

  4. may contain nuts (@jackedreacher) says:

    Just want to say thanks. Been using your previous iteration to backup several pc’s I look after. All the best :)

      • Nossy says:

        Thanks so much for this, it runs very smooth on my Thinkpad. Just a few things, I like that you integrated WinRE in it (recenv.exe) but it gives a runtime error when run. Also if possible include Java/.Net and Directx on it for the programs which require it. As well as EasyBCD to add entries to the bcd store. 360 Total Security for antivirus, and last but not least, Ex7forwin8 ( , a program which adds the Win7 shell so you can use that instead of the Netro interface. I managed to install it into PE, but have no idea how to save the changes in the WIM. I would be glad to help you if possible, with testing, building and whatnot. Thanks again for everything

        • gandalf50 says:

          Would like to help you and other users with there concerns and issues, but its not going to be possible at this time. My wife was just diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. So she is all I really have on my mind for the next little while.


          • SirBob says:

            Just fount this site while building my own PE. I’m sorry to hear that. My thoughts and prayers to you and your wife.

          • gandalf50 says:

            Thank You. She’s a trooper.

          • LaszloK says:

            I wish your wife a quick recovery, and a lot of strenght to you.

            This work you did here is amazing and helping me a lot in my job, and if someone misses something, it’s just to put your ISO on a USB and copy or install whatever is needed.

            All the best to you!

            / Laszlo

          • gandalf50 says:

            Thank You

  5. Fabio says:

    Thanks man.

    But, have you noticed that Team Viewer is not working?

    Thanks anyway.

  6. DarkNeness13 says:

    Hi Guys,
    Great work really !! many thanks
    I’m newby, can you tell me, howto update your last W10 release with additional language pack, even if English is universal world wide undestood…
    and howto reISO it?
    If you have time to answer of course… ;)

  7. ph says:

    Great job!!!!!! question why doesn’t the wifi adapter in the laptop show up? the intel nic is there, but not the centrino based wifi. thanks for your efforts

  8. Stu says:

    Firstly let me say what a great bit of software this is – I am sure it will be useful in the future.

    But with both your X86 and X64 builds the portable apps drive (Y: drive?) does not mount.

    I get a yellow traingle (Win8PESE Warning) on the desktop saying it unable to load iso?

    This does not happen on your 8.1 builds, I am missing something?

    • gandalf50 says:

      It’s odd your seeing that. It may be an issue with the system your attaching to. To fix go to the start menu under system tools and run the “remount CDdrive” script

      • Stu says:

        Tried running the “remount CDdrive” script – nothing

        Then tried a old HP laptop – worked perfectly (both builds) however this laptop only has USB 2.0 ports; so i moved the memory stick on the problem machine to a USB 2.0 port and sure enough both builds worked great.

        Any debug info i can send you about this? or file it under “rubbish USB 3 ports” ?

  9. Etienne says:


    i have already a bootable USB key with Multi Boot options, i have installed your iso and it load it sucefully, ah and the +, is for my own Win7PE i have already Portable Apps with many apps, and surprise when your iso is booted, it load My Portable Apps with all my appas. Great :)

    Only things can be do is multilanguage system (or if make too much MB for add this, make multiple vertion with other language?)

    For the moment, i waiting for a X86 X64 both vertion :)

  10. DPyro says:

    What do you use to create these discs? I would like to try and build my own. I tried Winbuilder but they switched to commandline only. Maybe you can create instructions?

  11. SpongeBob Squareballs says:

    nice work! cant wait to try it out.

  12. DPyro says:

    Created my own WindowsPE with working PENetwork!eMdA0aTI

  13. Jacky says:

    Hey, I just got a question. I hate dealing with command line bcdedit, bootrec etc, so I was really hoping hard to find WinPE image with Easy BCD support. You advertise your images to have it built in but I am either too stupid to find it or it’s hidden somewhere in WinPE Environment? :P please could you point me in a right direction?

    • gandalf50 says:

      Actually that was an error. It is not in the Windows 10 x86 PE with updateable usb apps.
      You can of coarse easily download it and place it in the potableapps folder on the usb. It will then show up in the portable apps menu.
      It is included in the windows 8.1 with updatable apps.

      • Jacky says:

        Thanks for that. I found your WinPE amazing when recovering and fixing my computer. Not to mention the SSD Firmware upgrade which you made so much easier! Thank you!

  14. Peter says:

    Hello I am a german user, is ist possible to make a start script to change the language (a start-batch)?

    Thank you

  15. Krazy says:

    I tried to inject the drivers it gives me an error: “Error: 0xc0000135 An error occurred while attempting to start the servicing process for the image”. I took full control of both folders, the one with the drivers and the one with the image. Can you help me to solve this issue? Thanks.

  16. Aqua Fyre says:

    At the risk of sounding dumb. I’d like to ask if it is possible to install this Operating system onto a HDD ?

    I appreciate that it is designed to boot from ram and also to be installed onto a USB flash-drive : but the install onto HDD is a thing I would prefer.


    Aqua Fyre

    • gandalf50 says:

      You’re not sounding dumb. Just that is out of the scope of what this PE is intended for. I really am not sure if it would work. Off hand don’t see why not. Give it a try. Can’t hurt and let me know if it works for you.

  17. ibay770 says:

    I have booted from the iso on my HD.Its in my boot menu next to the Win7 entry It acted the same way
    as the USB though. I’m looking for a way to add all the
    .net frameworks/directx and visual c++ redistributales
    so you can pretty much run anything from there.
    Also how come this loads up on every computer instead of
    bluesceening when I try to swtich hardware?

  18. Nonta72 says:

    Great stuff on here!
    I have a dumb question:
    Is there any way to get Windows Store working on this ?

  19. Wayne says:

    Hello Dear Gandalf!!! – GREAT WORK !!!
    The question is regarding win8PE and Win10PE.
    I have mounted the WIM file and removed few app’s to reduce the size of the WIM file.
    The problem is when I unmount the Image and save it – the size of the WIM remains the same size!!!.

    What can I do to reduce the Size or what am I doing wrong.
    Thanks is advance,


    • gandalf50 says:

      Give imagex a try with these switches
      Imagex /export C:\yourlocation\install.wim 1 C:\yourlocation\installcompressed.wim /compress maximum
      Should end up smaller. Don’t forget to rename it back to install.wim

  20. Wayne says:

    Thanks I will try!!!!

  21. Graeme says:

    Great product. Use it for tech work all the time.

    I’m trying to create a multi boot USB with your Mini 10, Memtest 5.01 and, Seatools for Dos.

    I’m using Xboot beta 14 for the creating and all goes well and each product launches with the exception of the portable apps on mini 10 or 8.1. Do you have any suggestions?


    • gandalf50 says:

      I am not familiar with those apps. Sorry can’t help

      • Graeme says:

        No problem at all.

        I’m in the process of updating the portable apps on the windows 8.1 version and as i’m using this on a couple of drives can I just copy the updated PortableApps folder from the updated drive to the other?

        Cheers for the great work.

  22. Beta Tester says:

    Having “invalid partition table” error. What is the SHA-1 or MD5 for the ISO?

  23. Krazy says:

    What kind of DISM do you use to work on the windows 10? Or do you use imagex?

  24. Wayne says:

    Hi, I’ve been looking into the OS, Couldn’t find what triggers the
    PEnetwork, Software to start?
    Can you please refer me to the specific place?

  25. Austin says:

    For the love of God, I can’t get this thing to boot on any computer. I’m using Rufus (which I’ve used a million times in the past) and a 16GB Lexar flash drive. Won’t boot UEFI or standard.

    • Austin says:

      Okay. I got it to work on a really old laptop (non-UEFI). Is there any way to make this bootable with UEFI? I’ve tried a lot of different ways in Rufus and when I try to boot on a UEFI computer, it gives me a security failure warning (even if I choose GPT and Fat32).

  26. Vitor Melo says:

    Thanks, very useful.

  27. Vikram says:

    Do you have RDC (remote desktop connection) script integrated in the built.

  28. Mike says:

    Any chance of including windows RDP in the next release?

  29. TechGuy says:

    How about adding Bitlocker support in your iso. All the PC’s we support are encrypted with Bitlocker and without that support in the recovery disk I am unable to use the tools.

  30. KevinC says:

    Thx for the PE!
    I am on Win8.1 UEFI and would like to boot with PE10. Will the Win8.1 drive be visible? So I can make ghost images?
    This is my first UEFI PC, so this is new to me…

    Thx for the reply,

  31. Loweded Wookie says:


    Does this build include Microsoft Security Essentials? Is there a reason why it can’t be included if it’s built into the OS?

    Just curious is all.

    Also, when you say we can install new applications does this mean I can install say for example Seagate’s Windows version of Seatools and it will always be there when I go between machines?

  32. Mike Danny says:

    Hi Gandalf,

    Great build as it’s booting faster than previous builds.

    But it seems network is not working properly cause I can’t ping in and out. Looks like the firewall is up blocking everything.

    Best regards

    • gandalf50 says:

      It sounds like you need the proper nic driver installed. Is the PE Network manager loading?

      • Mike Danny says:

        Yes the PE Network manager is loading and the drivers are loaded OK cause I can see all 3 nics.
        I have to give you more details: ping out to another Win8PE machine works but ping in from Win8PE to Win10PE does not.

  33. H3xCmd says:

    Gandalf, I have stumbled upon your WinPE versions in hopes to finding an alternative to the long lived Hirens BootCd. Hirens Dos programs are obsolete, I have not been able to use one that works well with new UEFI and SATA Hard Disks and baring the thought of mini XP is just not professional anymore. I have turned to your versions of winPE and Easy2Boot. I have been looking to to build my own WinPE version for tools that I use. I got as far as building one that brings me to a cmd prompt and learned how to mount the Wims and repack them back to Iso’s. Your’s is just too cool and already works well.

    do you have any documentation or any self help guidance after I mount your *.WIM to add programs i.e acronis True image. I really hope its not as easy as Copy and Paste the program files to the .wim directory program files.


    • gandalf50 says:

      Unless its a portable app that doesnt need an install, you wont be able to add programs that way. I am planning on making some video tutorials as soon as I have time.

  34. terry says:

    Excellent work gandalf50 i especially like the win8.1 build im really sorry to hear about your wife i lost my wife to lung cancer

  35. Hassan says:

    Hi, well done bro but on next release please include easybcd. It’s paid but there’s a community version amd it’ for fixing bcd of unbootable windows witch none of the tools included cover

  36. Antonio Difrancesco says:

    When will ready for italian or multilingual language? Thanks

  37. OS tester says:

    This is good, but I have one request though.
    Are you familiar with Linux in general?
    If so, I really want to be able to run a minimalist windows within Linux, but with only the kernel that windows needs so that it requires as little as possible of the resources of the computer.
    I know that the Linux community already got Wine and Play On Linux, but it is missing something necessary in order to accept reg. keys and get the app running without any complications.
    This should be an easy task for you when being familiar with how Windows works.
    Happy regards from Norway :)

  38. Vitor Melo says:

    Perfect! Thanks.

  39. mbaydoun says:

    thanks for this perfect mini windows but can you help me in creating a multiboot USB to include your mini windows Gandalf, windows 10 and windows 7 at the same USB this will reduce of carrying to much dvds,

    thanks on advanced

  40. Dylan says:

    Does this support USB 3.0? that would be great for imaging

  41. chris says:

    but can you teach idiot how to update the portable apps?
    everytime I update both the suite and the individual apps, they don’t save, and I have to reupdate after every reboot. am I doing something wrong?
    and weird, I got chrome to update but couldn’t launch it again (and then the updates went away upon reboot)

    AND can you explain how to install a generic wifi adapter driver so that this may be used in a more versatile manner via wifi??

    • gandalf50 says:

      How are you running it? From a dvd or usb. Are you testing it in a vm?

      • chris says:

        Booting from USB NO VM – just plugged directly into the USB port and using boot menu to boot to USB device.

        • gandalf50 says:

          Are you using the portable apps menu to update the portable apps? It should save the updates to the Y drive under the app name in the folder

          • chris rogers says:

            Yes sir. I use portable apps extensively and ALWAYS use the menu choice… Apps, check for updates, or install new apps, by category. The biggest problem I’m having is that every time I launch chrome I get FLASH errors (update flash, or run this time) that’s why I’m trying to update

          • chris says:

            also – i noticed “forms” don’t fill as it isn’t remembering things in the brrowser = and I saved a shortcut to the “desktop” to get back to this thread and it did’t save – is that normal? just trying to figure out how extensive a PE build would be as a “whenever I want” OS – especially with portable apps on it – this would be better than any live CD or actual installed OS!!!! (is it possible to use this is a “backup” daily driver?

          • gandalf50 says:

            Anything saved to the X: drive or Windows drive (basically like your C: drive on a normal system) will NOT be saved. So shortcuts, desktop settings, regular installs, etc. will be lost after reboot. Anything on your Y: drive will be saved. You could move shorcuts to the Y: drive and move them back after a reboot. Many things you are trying to achieve are beyond the scope of this PE. You may want to try one of my later builds and see if they behave better for you.

          • chris says:

            thanks gonna try TH2 – question – do you know why onedrive won’t let me copy your ISO directly to my own onedrive account even when I’m logged in? it always errors out – that would be the EASIEST way for users to download then it should just sync to their computer through the onedrive app. i have had the downloads fail many times trying boh the x86 and x64 windows 8 and windows 10 updatable portable apps versions and I tried copying it directly to my onedrive but that ALWAYS fails – something like maybe a permissions issue? THANKS for all you do, these really are invaluable tools

          • gandalf50 says:

            One Drive can be flakey. Even though i set the files to not require a one drive account some users still have issues and need to sign in. I have never tried to copy from one account to another. sorry.

          • chris says:

            is there a magnet link so I could get via torrent? i can’t get this thing to download for anything – I’ve been trying for hours and it keeps failing – not to mention, the connection between me and onedrive is horrific – something like 3 hours left to download – at least with a torrent, if a connection drops, it will pick up again rather than just error out and require starting over :-/ TIA!

            OH, and I updated my portable apps – and as soon as I finished updating google chrome, I can no longer launch it from anywhere – the pinned from taskbar, the desktop, the menu choice in portable apps and navigating directly to the exe in the portable apps directory – it’s weird, it shows up in the task manager for like 3 seconds, then disappears! driving me batty and I really want to use this build…..does your TH2 build have portable apps too????

  42. Peter says:

    Thanks a lot for your work. I would love to see Aomei backup as well in this package. How can I add it my self?

  43. Khan says:


    Hope your wife is in good health, my prayers for her.

    I came across this site while trying to search for PE support for 802.1x authentication. I wonder if its possible.


    • gandalf50 says:

      Thanks. She is hanging in. :) What are you exactly trying to do? A VPN connection ?

      • Khan says:

        Thanks for the quick reply, I use MDT 2013 to capture and deploy images (using LTI boot media) but I am stuck ever since my company decided to implement NAC (802.1x authentication) in our environment. I can’t get it to work.

  44. dylan says:

    is it usb 3.0 compatible?

  45. DeezNuts says:

    Does it support a 32bit UEFI Tablet?

  46. Nanotech says:

    this image can use for WDS? i’m using windows server 2008 r2, can you guide me how to do it?

  47. Rafael Miranda says:

    It’s possible join wim. to create a system AIO?

  48. Alvydas says:

    I want to use this image as a Windows RE. Is it possible to do so, he is loaded are prompted for an administrator password? If it is possible to do that?

  49. Riccardo says:

    Did you abandoned this wonderful project? :(

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