Updated Win8PE includes x86 & x64 versions

2014/01/03 | By | 55 Replies More

This is an updated version of my original x86 winpe8 found here plus a new x64 version.  This updated version includes the apps listed below as well as some new ones, like Internet Explorer 10 and ClamWin Antivirus.  I have also applied any new updates to all the portable apps. I am no longer including the ‘press any key’ version, since most users seemed to prefer the version that does not prompt to press a key

Google Chrome 31 Internet Explorer 10
7Zip MBR Fix
ServiWin Regshot
Clamwin Antivirus ANote
Eraser Filezilla FTP
Foxit PDF Reader Irfan View
Multi Res CC Cleaner
Process Explorer Process Hacker
Tree Size Process Monitor
IMDisk Virtual Disk Defraggler
DriveImage XML Drive Snapshot
VLC Virtual Keyboard

All portable apps are listed in the Windows Start Menu under Portable Apps. 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 only be available during the current session

portable apps menu



all programs menu

system info x86

system info x64

Download Button5

It’s a large download (550 – 750mb) so be patient it can take 10-20 minutes (depending on your internet speed) to download. After downloading burn the boot-able ISO file to CD, USB or mount  the iso

Also be sure to check out my all new Dual Booting Win8.1PE with option to boot into either x86 or x64 versions

A BIG THANKS to everyone over at theOven.org and the Win8PE SE Project for the great work they have done in helping me create this win8pe disk.

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  1. zak says:

    I have tried x86 version of the updated PE software which does not pick up WIFI Intel 3945ABG card.
    Is there a way I can get over this issue.

  2. Daniel says:

    Hi Gandalf,

    Thank you for sharing this very well compiled disk.
    I know you have mentioned you might do this in future. It would be really great if you could add NtPassEdit or windows environment password resetting utility. I am using this disk primarly for drive snapshot and resetting passwords. Unfortunately I have not managed to figure out how to add programs / scripts to winbuilder. So if you are not going to implement this solution. I would be happy to give it a try if you share your project files and give me some basic instructions.

    Kind Regards

  3. benthecomputerguy93 says:

    gandalf50, I have been doing some research on getting remote desktop working in winPE but am having some problems. Any assistance or knowledge on the matter that you could provide would be much appreciated. My email is benthecomputerguy93@gmail.com. Thanks!

  4. CHEICK says:

    This link is no longer working can check it I want to download this tool

  5. J.P. Beckers says:

    Many thanks for your Win8PE boot disk. By far, it’s the best I’ve seen from a long time. All run smoothly, A charm, I said.

    Many thanks.

    Jean-Pierre Beckers

  6. wini8 The pooh says:

    Is it possible that a temporary folder is deleted as hiren boot add?
    I downloaded Malwarebytes and end of the installation (although I used the drive B) threw me out.

  7. Free Thinker says:

    AWESOME! I have spent so much time looking for a Winbuilder script (that works). I had almost given up hope.
    You da man! ㋡

  8. Sam says:

    I need your help on powershell please let me know your email ID

  9. TechClint says:

    The download link is working for me but when it downloads, the zip file is empty. Not sure what is going on..

  10. betaluva says:

    Hi, freakin awesome WinPE! thanks for sharing, just wondering,are you going to update it to Win 8.1 ( the WimBoot feature shows great promise )

  11. Maurice says:

    Could you maybe update the Win Pe 5.0 to 5.1?

    With this exist WIM image, is it not possible to upgrade it to 5.1, because DISM detects problems in the components.

    With 5.1, the WIMboot function will be support.

    • gandalf50 says:

      WIMBoot is only supported on UEFI firmware with SSD. I do no have access to a UEFI firmware and am not using SSD presently.
      Will look into this down the road possibly.

  12. Maurice says:

    the updates can be also use for the 32bit version if you download the 32 bit version updates of course.

  13. Maurice says:

    I have anyway manage, to have a working windows 8.1 update 1 PE.

    However I needed to manualy make wims.
    Somehow the software utility on over.org does not work correct with newer versions of dism.exe

    Beside of that, somehow I don’t get google Chrome in PE working, maybe your versions using a older working version of Chrome.

    It would be nice if just could strip a Windows 8 or windows 2012 image, and than turn it after installing software in a PE building.

    So you are sure that it works

  14. Rocky says:

    Hello, really cool iso! Great work!
    Do you have a tutorial on how to create my own? I like to include particular NIC drivers and “imagex.exe” from AIK.

  15. Alama says:

    Verry verry Nice job Gandalf !! continue! :)

  16. Mario says:

    I’ve been trying this PE and it is insanely slow starting up. Tried both the x86 and the x64 versions. Just doing the autologin could take over 10 minutes. I am using several new laptops with Core i7 CPUs (Dell XPS and Latitudes), as well as some older Dell Optiplex 760 and 780 models, but for some reason, this PE is so slow in all my devices, it is useless. Any ideas?

    • gandalf50 says:

      Some Bios’s seem to boot at only USB 1.1 speeds. I would check your bios settings see if there is a legacy setting.
      I would also try to burn the iso to DVD and see how fast it boots from DVD.
      ON newer systems it works fine for me booting in 2 minutes or less.
      On older systems it depends on whether the bios will boot to USB 2.0
      Dell Latitude D600 boots at USB 1.1 speed and loads in over 10 minutes.
      Dell Latitude D610 boots at USB 2.0 speed and loads in 2 1/2 minutes

  17. jaskerx says:

    Would this work for flashing a .exe Lenovo BIOS update? I use Linux so this would help a great deal.

  18. Van says:

    can you add a low level disk wiper? The one you have works ok for cleaning free space, but it would be really handy we could wipe the whole drive. I normally have to use Dariks Boot and Nuke, but most of the time a simple low level wipe that writes zeros to all the sectors would be sufficient.

  19. Oren says:


    Amazing pe.
    One question though – if I want to integrate NIC drivers into it ,is there an easy method?

  20. Randy Morrow says:

    Thank you very much for this I appreciate it. I donated as well.

  21. Gil Bates says:

    thank you for this great live CD, it saved my data today after a crash.

    It would be great to add Recuva to this CD, so it could be used to boot and recover deleted files by accident.

    How to add a Recuva, or any other tool into this project ?

    Thanks a lot.

  22. Adam says:

    I m facing hard time trying to use .netframework package

    here the steps i did

    copype amd64 c:\winpex64-12

    then i copied ur boot.wim in c:\winpex64-12\media\sources\ to save time

    dism /get-imageinfo /imagefile:c:\winpex64-12\media\sources\boot.wim


    dism /mount-image /imagefile:c:\winpex64-12\media\sources\boot.wim /index:1 /mountdir:c:\winpex64-12\mount

    dism /image:C:\winpex64-12\Mount /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\WinPE-NetFx4.cab”

    dism /image:C:\winpex64-12\Mount /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\amd64\WinPE_OCs\en-us\WinPE-NetFx4_en-us.cab”

    dism /unmount-image /mountdir:c:\winpex64-12\mount /commit

    makewinpemedia /ufd c:\winpex64-12 g:

    tried to install hma vpn , it asked for netframework 3.5

    when downloaded , Error encountered

    it asked me to enable it from windows feature but couldnt lunch it

    Any tips

    Thanks in advance

  23. Oren says:


    This is an amazing project, I’ve been using it for quite some time and it’s a life saver.
    One thing though, I’m not picky, but I need to change the network sharing module in order to access other windows shares and right now I can’t do that without mapping a drive with other credentials.
    Is there a simple way to do that?
    Thank you!

    • gandalf50 says:

      I am not quite sure what you are asking here. Can you be more specific of what you are trying to do.

      • Oren says:

        When I try to access network shares it says ‘You do not have permission to access %share%, contact your network administrator…’
        I just want it to ask for username/password.

        Also – how do I integrate NIC drivers into the pe?

        • gandalf50 says:

          In file explorer just enter \\server name\share name and it should prompt for a password.
          or you can use the pe network manager tool and map a drive from there.
          If your nic is not being found you can inject drivers into the wim file offline using dism.

  24. RGabriele says:

    Hi…Gandalf Thank You for this! Does anyone have advise on the following
    1) My current goal is to use for tenants to ideally only access our payment website and not be able to store stuff on the HD or get virus or malware … any thoughts or recommendations how to best do this?
    2) In using “Gandalf’s Win8PE_x86_updated” can I edit anything? Would love for CD to boot to our website in chrome FULL SCREEN and have no other icons on desktop…thanks in advance…

  25. Tim Jones says:

    Pls make a uefi onewindows 8 machines its really hard to do anything in uefi. Thank you so much pls let all of us know when one is ready

    thank you

  26. Casper says:

    @gandalf50 how can I contact you privately ? I want to ask you something. Thanks,

  27. ravnone1 says:

    I downloaded Gandalf’s Win8PE_x64.ISO. My granddaughters’ laptop won’t boot. My grandson burned it on a USB drive and put it in the usb port. It starts, but then turns to a greyish black screen and gets stuck. I suspect she has a mbr virus.
    Any suggestions are much appreciated. I live in KY and she is in NH. I help by phone whenever they run into PC problems.

  28. ravnone1 says:

    Unfortunately it is. It runs win 8.1.

  29. WhatMatters says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Shimon says:

    I ‘ve tried but when used I get a blank screen and start menu in which the metro start menus

  31. Mark says:

    Just installed this Win8PE CD via YUMI (choose win7/8/10 installer on the YUMI menu) to a decent speed multiboot 8GB USB stick – it starts in under a minute for me, and works perfectly! It is very very nice, much nicer to use than Hirens / Falconfour. Great job :)

  32. manigordo says:

    i dl the x86 ver for a tablet pc i wanted to fix; but didn’t load at boot. sadly it said not enough ram to create drive. it only has 512mb btw :(

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