WinPE7 x86 problems

kevluck373 used Ask the Experts™
I posted a question dealing w/ PE a long time ago, but I now have started the learning process again; believe me I need a lot of learning.

I’ve working w/ a Windows 7 x86 PE USB boot image. I can burn the boot image to a USB drive w/o a problem and will boot fine, but that’s where my low level experience steps in. I’m working w/ the WinPE 7 on a x64 Win 8 laptop but don’t think that’d make a difference.

I run bsexplorer in the winpeshl.ini the explorer.exe file starts but has serious problems. When I use run from the start menu, hit browse, a window doesn’t even come up for me to pick a particular file out. There’s also no my computer icon on the desktop, and I’d really like to be able to see what devices need drivers, but I think getting that far is a long ways away. Maybe a missing driver causes the problem to begin w/?

There are a lot of premade WinPEs to download, and there are a lot of WInPEs called Gandell’s WinPE. What I’m trying to do, and haven’t had any luck finding this yet, is to look at the start up files from the ISO mentioned above. I look at the startnet.cmd, and all I see is winpeinit.

I’d like to see what Gandell’s WinPE uses to get its desktop going. A desktop that has my computer on it & functions to get to device manager. Is there a portable app that gives you the desktop w/ the my computer, gets you to device manager, etc? I search through the ISO file along w/ the boot.wim file but don’t see any unattend files. Would what I’m trying to accomplish be done through a XML?

Again, there are a lot of premade WinPEs or programs that will practically make the PE for you, but I’d really like to at least get a stable WinPE made by me going.

Would getting the desktop I want require xml scripts, registry entries, and so on?

I mount the boot.wim to edit the startup files. I’ve also included a screen shot of what the desktop looks like. I tried to start paint of my WinPE to paste the screen shot, but when I clicked the paint icon nothing happened.

I know WinPE is a very broad topic, & making a WinPE on your own may be a trial & error process, but thought I may get some ideas asking my question(s) here. I guess WinPE could be considered a system utility?

Any suggestions or ideas?

Any help will be much appreciated.
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Top Expert 2016
one of the easiest way to add a gui is using free commander portable
extract and copy that folder to your winpe and create an autoexec.cmd in your root directory to launch the program


I may have stumbled upon something hopefully can be useful. I keep a lot of ISO images for outside work I do. I ordered Windows 7 from ebay, and I extracted the boot.wim from the ISO image.

I use a program called PowerISO, and I opened the boot .wim file w/ power ISO it shows me a screen showing me I can select either Windows PE or Microsoft Windows setup from that .wim file. I used powerISO to burn the whole .wim file to a flash drive. I rebooted the laptop, choose boot from USB drive, and you can the LED flash on the flash drive but eventually the laptop boots itself up. I chose the PE part of the .wim file, extracted the files, made an ISO, and this time the cursor started blinking and kept blinking...had to turn the laptop off to stop the cursor. PowerISO won’t save a .wim file only extract from the file. This means when I choose the PE part of the .wim file I can’t save only the PE part of the .wim…I can only work w/ the entire .wim file.

Along w/ boot.wim there’s also an install.wim. I burn the install.wim to a flash using PowerISO, and the USB LED light flashes but never does anything & the laptop starts booting. I extracted the install.wim & made an ISO from it but didn’t boot.

There’s also a winRE.wim file. I burned winRE.wim to the flash but didn’t work. I made an ISO from the files of the winRE.wim file, burned to flash drive to USB, didn’t work.

I can burn the whole ISO file to a flash using PowerISO & works fine, but can’t say I see any choice to select PE.
I tried the method of converting the boot.wim to an ISO using the oscdimg command line tool, burn the ISO to a flash, and the flash booted only to the Windows 7 install 

I converted WinRE.wim to an ISO using oscdimg, burned ISO to flash w/ poweriso, & booted but came up w’ error on screen: 0xc000000f requited device is inaccessible. Maybe a driver problem?

Hopefully because I’m now able to create bootable ISOs (not really worth anything though), I’ll be able to hopefully modify the right files to get the flash to boot just to a functioning Windows desktop.

I did get WinPE starting freecommander using winpeshl.ini, but there’s no my computer icon, and so like a usual Windows desktop. Is there a preference between winpeshl.ini or autoexec.cmd?

As you can see, I spend a lot of time doing trial & error along w/ R&D trying to get my own basic PE going. However, I really want to get somewhat of a functional PE showing a desktop w/ the desktop icons.

Thanks a lot
Top Expert 2016

use imagex to extract the contents of a .wim file


I’m very, very, slowly going forward, but as the halts I’m experiencing now will be an ongoing issue.
For now, I’m using xyplorerfree. I’m also started to mess w/ PEnetwork but get a DLL file error: auto it v3: PENetwork.exe – entry point not found. The procedure entry point WaitForSingleObject could not be located in the dynamic link library apl-ms-win-core-synch-l 1-2-0.dll. I’ve included a screen shot of the PEnetwork error. I haven’t found much, if anything, on that DLL error message on the internet. I’ve tried copying over that file from a PENetwork that works from another WinPE but that didn’t work either.

I’m messing around w/ the setres too, but can’t really tell if the setres works. Maybe I have to get the right video driver? This is how I’ve got setres configured in the winpeshl.ini

%SYSTEMDRIVE%\Windows\System32\setres.exe -r 1600 x 900

I’ve tried & tried to get the video driving working for Win7 PE x86 but no luck.
I’ve got an Acer Aspire 7741z-5731. I’ve tried the drivers from Acer’s site, from Intel, and many other driver web pages but no success. I’ve had success integrating other drivers from Acer’s website but not video. This is what I know about the video part of the laptop:
Intel(R) HD Graphics
      Chip: Intel  Core i5/i3 Integrated Graphics
                  Intel Corporation
                  Intel(R) HD Graphics
            Chip Vendor
                  Core i5/i3 Integrated Graphics
Thank You


I've gotten freecommander going, and now I'm starting to use some plugin from website, Yomi's plugins.

There's a supposed plugin of a device manger of some type in the list of Yomi's plugin, but I don't have an idea how to use this plugin. There's no executable file when you download this program...only the copied & pasted text below comes up.

It looks like this is a file that has something to do w/ freecommander program itself but not sure how to put the file into action.

Would you save this file w/ a certain name in the freecommander folder?

Thanks for any ideas.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial