Windows Pre-installation Environment is WinPE for short, which is a special environment originally developed by Windows. Windows PE can be bootable environment or recovery environment. However, Windows provides this platform but it is not perfect. Traditional Windows PE environment is hard to use and limited.

Nowadays, computer is a part of our life. Even if an old hand can’t predict what will happen next seconds when using computer. So making preparations is important. I mean, backup. If you use Windows built-in backup program to create a system backup, you have to enter the system to restore. If you can’t enter the system, you can’t do nothing. Thus, people usually use third-party backup software or create a bootable disc with another Windows built-in program. In fact, third-party WinPE software is easier to use. Here, I’m introducing a freeware called AOMEI PE Builder.

About AOMEI PE Builder

AOMEI PE Builder is designed to build a bootable environment based on Windows PE. To build the environment, it does not need installing AIK/WAIK, this is one advantage compare to Windows inbuilt PE tool.

AOMEI PE Builder client has a user-friendly graphical interface, its theme is closer to AOMEI Backupper we have reviewed, deep blue GUI. The environment created by AOMEI PE Builder is similar to Windows 7 environment, which including Windows explorer, desktop, start menu, taskbar and so on.

The title of this article has a word – Customized, why? Because AOMEI PE Builder integrates a series of useful utilities. What’s more, it allows you to add applications as well as drivers as you wish.

AOMEI PE Builder supports Windows 7/8/8.1 and Windows Server 2008R2/2012.

How to use AOMEI PE Builder?

Download from AOMEI official website, install and run. The first interface as following shows:

AOMIE PE Builder Download

It is a brief of AOMEI PE Builder, just click Next button to continue:

Click Next

Generally, the second interface will display the normal message: your system is OK to create the bootable media. So clicking Next again:

Bootable Media

In the third interface, it is a key step. Here, you need to choose integration tools or add more portable tools to satisfy your needs. In order to know about AOMEI PE Builder better, I list integration utilities as follows:


7Zip: a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

Everything: is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

Imagine: It is a very fast, compact and innovative FREEWARE image viewer/converter.

Notepad2: It’s an editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

SumatraPDF: It is a free PDF, eBook, XPS, DjVu, CHM reader for Windows.

Q-Dir: Quad Explorer, makes your files and folder easy to manage.

Recuva: a supremely user-friendly file recovery tool.


PENetwork: a small utility to install and manage different network settings in a Windows PE.

Filezilla: a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features.

QTWeb: lightweight, secure and portable browser having unique user interface.


OSFMount: allows the analysis of disk images and mount image as a virtual drive.

BOOTICE: allows you to modify, backup and restore the MBR and the Partition Boot Record.

NTPWEdit: A password editor, it can change or remove passwords for local system accounts.

By the way, AOMEI PE Builder default has AOMEI Partition Assistant and AOMEI Backupper. They are famous products of AOMEI Technology. The former software helps you manage hard disk partition, for example: create partition, resize partition, merge partition, copy partitions and more. The latter helps you to create a system image file, backup disk or specified partitions, backup or sync files & folders.

Choose OK and click next to go next step:

Choose OK for next step

The forth interface, AOMEI PE Builder provides three kinds of bootable medias: Burn to CD/DVD, USB Boot Device, Export ISO File. Now click Next will commit the task.

After getting the bootable disc, enter Windows PE system is easy. First, enter BIOS to adjust boot order. Enter successfully is as following picture shows:

PE Builder is installed

Final words

Why we need AOMEI PE Builder? When you encounter virus attack, you can enter the WinPE environment created by AOMEI PE Builder to anti virus. If you forget the login password, you can enter the environment to reset the password via NTPWEdit. If you want to re-install the system, you can enter the environment first then re-install the system. AOMEI PE Builder is an excellent product with powerful functions, and it is free, that’s why many users choose it.

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