Free Bootable Media Creator – AOMEI PE Builder
Free Bootable Media Creator – AOMEI PE Builder
Why we need AOMEI PE Builder?
To answer this question, we should know what is Windows PE. The full name of Win PE is Windows Pre-installation Environment. In this environment, you can do many things, such as recovery, fix error, anti virus and so on. However, traditional Win PE has many limitations. As other Windows built-in program, Windows PE only provides an idea, Windows is a platform, which can’t do everything well. Thus, many third-party software companies developed all kinds of software to make up of Windows programs’ disadvantages. AOMEI PE Builder is released by AOMEI Technology to create bootable environment based on Windows PE, and AOMEI PE Builder supports different bootable medias.
Overview of AOMEI PE Builder
AOMEI PE Builder is a free tool. This freeware seckills many similar software. You may ask what advantages AOMEI PE Builder has compare to original Windows PE. Using AOMEI PE Builder, you don’t need to install AIK or WAIK, or prepare a Windows installation disc. The environment created by AOMEI PE Builder has a user-friendly graphical window and a familiar Windows 7 interface. It includes desktop, Windows explorer, start menu, task bar, Windows Recovery and so on.
AOMEI PE Builder integrates many tools, and is able to pack portable applications and drivers. Details of the two function we will explain later in this article. AOMEI PE Builder created Windows PE can connect to network, through the network, you can do many tasks, such as off-line anti virus, maintain system with convenience.
Steps of using AOMEI PE Builder
Part 1 – create bootable media
Download from official website, install and run it, its first interface as following screenshot shows:
This is a welcome and brief window. There are several anchor texts link to AOMEI PE Builder’s tutorial articles on official website. Question mark at the right bottom links to AOMEI PE Builder’s help page. Read a while, just click the yellow Next button to go next step.
The second step as above picture shows. Almost all system supports creating the bootable media. AOMEI PE Builder supports Windows 7, 8/8.1 and Windows Server 2008R2/2012, no Windows XP, Vista and Windows 10. If it is OK, click Next again.
The third step is a key step. You should add your needed utilities into the environment to complete your task. Following are AOMEI PE Builder in-built tools:
7-Zip: a file archiver with a high compression ratio.
Everything: is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
IrfanView: It is a very fast, compact and innovative FREEWARE image viewer/converter.
Notepad++: 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.
Then add more files or drivers to make a multifunctional and customizable bootable media depends on you. Let’s see the fourth step:
This is another key step. There are three selections. AOMEI PE Builder supports saving it to CD/DVD, flash drive or an ISO file. Next button on this step is the last click. Once click it, AOMEI PE Builder will commit the task. Wait minutes, you will get the bootable media.
Part 2 – enter the bootable environment
Restart your computer and adjust the boot order according to your bootable media. For example, enter BOIS system to adjust boot order as USB device. After entering Windows PE created by AOMEI PE Builder successfully, you can see as following picture shows:
Forgot somethings, the Windows PE boot media built by AOMEI PE Builder contains two famous AOMEI products’ free editions. Hard disk partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition and complete backup software AOMEI Backupper Standard Edition. The former software helps you to resize partition and do other partition optimization tasks, the latter helps you backup files and do other backup and clone tasks. Because this AOMEI’s PE can be connected to network, you can backup system to NAS or network shared directory easily.
AOMEI PE Builder will do you great favors. Preparation always better. When system can’t launch, you can enter into the environment with PE Builder and transfer important data out. When machine breaks down suddenly due to virus attack, you can use PE Builder to enter the environment and download off-line anti virus software. Then, clean up those viruses and rebuild your system. If you forget login password, firstly enter Windows PE system under help of PE Builder, then reset password by NTPWEdit is OK. In a word, AOMEI PE Builder is an excellent product.